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Come Unto These Yellow Sands par [Lanyon, Josh]
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Sometimes the adventure chooses you.

Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police Chief Max Prescott is healthy.

When one of his most talented students comes to him bruised and begging for help, Swift hands over the keys to his Orson Island cabin—only to find out that the boy’s father is dead and the police are suspicious. In an instant, the stable life Swift has built for himself hangs on finding the boy and convincing him to give himself up before Max figures out Swift’s involvement in the case.

Max enjoys splitting an infinitive or two with his favorite nutty professor, but he’s not much for sonnets or Shakespeare. He likes being lied to even less. Yet his instincts—and his heart—tell him his lover is being played. Max can forgive lies and deception, but a dangerous enemy may not stop until Swift is heading up his own dead poet’s society.

Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that Josh Lanyon’s smart, sexy, sophisticated stories may prove hazardous to your heart.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1112 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 208 pages
  • Editeur : Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (14 juin 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004P1J5M4
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HASH(0x946d40a8) étoiles sur 5 A new personal favourite 16 juin 2011
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I enjoy Josh Lanyon's writing: he always tells an engaging story with wit and charm with a special ability to create characters we enjoy. But Come Unto These Yellow Sands really is Lanyon 2.0. This book works on so many levels. It's beautifully written and intelligent; Lanyon makes five words do the work of dozens. Main characters are carefully drawn and engaging: nothing about them is "canned" or cliche. Other reviewers have described the story with more eloquence than I could muster, but it's as honed as the craft of the book. It's all wave and no flotsam.

I found it an enormously satisfying read, but the best reason for buying it is that I suspect it will re-read even better.
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HASH(0x946db258) étoiles sur 5 Another Fantastic Story by Lanyon! 17 juin 2011
Par Reece Notley - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"I've never hid my love for Lanyon's writing and I'm not going to do so now. Some are less intriguing than others, most notably the "Dangerous Ground" series which I enjoy but there's something about Lanyon's writing voice in mysteries that does it for me. Wordgasms.

Josh doesn't disappoint with "Come Unto These Yellow Sands".

There IS a formula to Lanyon's mysteries. Usually the one of the male leads is hindered in some way, either physically or emotionally and he is coupled with a stronger, authoritative figure. For most writers, this would be a cliched trope but bhis formula works because Lanyon makes it work. The compromised male lead is complex and his "issue" varies...with Lanyon working those issues into the storyline.

In CUTYS, Sebastian Swift is not just the "Fall Down and Go Boom Bad Boy" of the literary circuit, he is still a recovering addict and Lanyon addresses it within the book (albeit mildly). His lover, Max Prescott, is a cop that Swift half-lies to about a murder... and Swift ends up paying for that hiding of the truth with the damage it does to his relationship with Prescott.

I enjoyed the mystery but I also enjoy the dual plotline of Swift's exploration of his relationship and his fall from grace. THAT is what Lanyon does best... run two or sometimes three plots within a book and does so gracefully and with fantastic pacing.

I highly recommend this book. It's on the re-read for me.
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HASH(0x946db21c) étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable on so many levels 17 juin 2011
Par Sirius - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I think this novella is my new absolute favorite of Lanyon's stand alone works. It is so masterfully done and it works on so many levels. The other reviewers already described plot in great details, so I will not go in there either, I will just say that both Swift and Max are quite flawed people, but Lanyon's superb writing never let me feel anything but sympathy for both of them. I really enjoyed the chemistry between them and while mystery was certainly important for the plot, heck it was the plot, I felt that romance was just as important and unravelling of mystery highlighted not just flaws that both guys had, but also their best qualities. And I never doubted for a second that they are better together than apart.
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HASH(0x946db5dc) étoiles sur 5 MASTERFULLY WRITTEN, EVERY WORD EVOKES AN IMAGE, A FEELING, A THOUGHT 15 juin 2011
Par Patricia Vasquez - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Come Unto These Yellow Sands is the story of a man, Swift, and his journey from simply living, "..healthy, whole, and mostly happy," to being an active participant, more fully engaged, and ready to reconnect with life. The vehicle for Swift's metamorphosis is a murder mystery; but Swift is not a police officer, FBI agent, or even an athlete. He is a college professor and a poet. The journey for Swift is bumpy and perilous. Josh Lanyon has written a story that is like walking through an art gallery; every single word counts, carefully placed to create the most vivid picture and evince a wide range of emotions. He creates a sense of time and place with phrases such as, "he could hear rain ticking against a metal watering can" and "cyan-blue waves ruffled against sand and rocks." Chiaroscuro is a painting technique in which the artist carefully plays with the contrast of light and dark. As I read the story, I was continually reminded of the artistry of Josh Lanyon's writing as he, too, played with the contrast of light and dark in this book. Swift sees the world in a shifting pallet of colors while his sometimes boyfriend, Police Chief Max Prescott, has a black and white view of the world. Swift is cocooned safely within his academic world, while ugly words and events revolve around him. Swift, who has managed his recovery from drug addiction for 6 years, is suddenly overwhelmed with want and need for the drug he thought he had conquered. Come Unto These Yellow Sands is an intelligently written novel by a master craftsman. The mystery will keep you guessing, Swift will own your heart, and the ending will have you cheering. This is a novel you should not miss! Snowball in Hell, Fair Game, In a Dark Wood, Icecapade, All She Wrote: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 2, Blood Heat (Dangerous Ground), Somebody Killed His Editor, The Hell You Say (Adrien English), The Dark Farewell
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HASH(0x946dbac8) étoiles sur 5 An Incredible Journey of the Heart 14 juin 2011
Par J. Sidelinger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Josh Lanyon is an exceptional writer and an automatic purchase for me. I just had the pleasure of reading his latest release "Come unto These Yellow Sands" and for me; it is his finest work to date. Sebastian Swift or Swift as he prefers is a man with a troubled past. He was a drug addict but has been in recovery for six years. Swift is now a literature professor at a small college and in relationship with the town police chief, Max Prescott, a rugged 6'4'' handsome man who is committed but has never definitively spoken about his feelings. Their relationship is comfortable one until Swift makes a fatal error in judgment while trying to help a student. Police Chief Max whose occupation defines aspects of his personality feels blindsided and reacts badly when Swift confesses his mistake jeopardizing their relationship.

Mr. Lanyon is adept, in my opinion, at telling a story - his works touch people; have substance; conflict and resolution; strong imagery; layered plots that do not go for the easy solution; and he keeps the audience in mind. You find that want to discuss his plot and characters with other readers. I believe this novel is one of his finest for all those reasons as well as a fresh approach. The new work departs from the first-person POV, and although it has humor - it is not the overt witticism we have come to know in his other stories but deftly understated and subtle. Another expression of Mr. Lanyon's effectiveness as a writer is his seamless interweaving of lines of poetry throughout this story - the choice of verses is perfectly synced with the story's framework; adding another layer of understanding to its protagonist. For example, "There were no paved roads on the island, but the dirt roads were hard-packed and wide. Swift drove them easily, despite the rain sheeting down. White sand, white skies...the only color came from the trees lining the road, scarlet and gold foliage fading into the autumn mist. Nothing gold can stay...How very true." "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is a single line from the Robert Frost poem entitled the same, but it isn't shoehorned in - the line flows naturally.

"Come unto These Yellow Sands" is not an ordinary mystery - yes, there is a murder, but the essence of this story addresses and examines relationships between long-time lovers, mothers, fathers, sons, family, and friends. It is about the interplay of feelings, history, circumstances, misunderstandings, loss, and reconciliation, all intricately woven into the story's fabric giving its characters depth and dimension. There are heartbreaking moments of realism that given its context make you realize that if these were not fictional characters - the response would still be entirely appropriate given the same circumstances. For example, when Max questions Swift's motivation and asks, "Why did you keep it from me? Aside from the fact that you were breaking the law, you had to know it wasn't going to...end well between us."

Josh Lanyon fans will have another favorite couple to add to their list - Swift and Max are not larger than life characters. However, they are and will be memorable for their vulnerability and flaws - each protagonist is complex and endearing for different reasons. Swift has his demons to overcome when his world is upended, and he is thrown into an "adventure" he would not have chosen for himself. There is an occasion when he has a rough night and Max reassures him saying, "I'm not going to let go of you. I'm going to hold you all night." Capturing the character's heart and emotions are Josh Lanyon's forte. He gets it right with each book and especially so in this new one. "Come unto These Yellow Sands," is an emotional journey that is both poignant and reflective - it had me reaching for tissues.
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