Mark A. Roeder
- Title: Masked Destiny
- Author: Mark A. Roeder
- ISBN: 9780595329588
- Page: 380
- Format: Paperback
Masked Destiny is the story of Skye, a high school athlete determined to be the Alpha male Skye s obsessed with his own body, his Abercrombie Fitch wardrobe, and keeping those around him in their place Try as he might, he s not quite able to ignore the world around him, or the plight of gay boys who cross his path Too frightened of what others might think, Skye faMasked Destiny is the story of Skye, a high school athlete determined to be the Alpha male Skye s obsessed with his own body, his Abercrombie Fitch wardrobe, and keeping those around him in their place Try as he might, he s not quite able to ignore the world around him, or the plight of gay boys who cross his path Too frightened of what others might think, Skye fails to intervene when he could have saved a boy with a single word The resulting tragedy, wise words for a mysterious blond boy, and a unique opportunity combine to push Skye toward his destiny and possibly his first kiss As he slowly gains courage, he seeks out the friendship of Clay, his dream boy, in hopes they will become than friends Oliver is sought out in turn by Ken, who warns him Clay is not at all what he seems, but Ken, too, has his secrets Oliver must choose between them and discovers danger, a link to boys murdered in the recent past, and the answers to secrets he d never dreamed.
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Mark A. Roeder is in my reading list since a very long time; I actually bought this novel, Masked Destiny, more than 2 years ago, but I haven’t read it yet for a very simple reason: I was afraid. Aside for two novel set in the ’50 (Outfield Menace and Snow Angel), all these novels turn around a group of gay guys in Verona, a small town in rural America, between the ’80 and the first years of the XXI century; the first two of these boys, Mark Bailey and Taylor Potter from The Soccer Field I [...]
This was the not only the first book I ever read by Mark A. Roeder, but also the first gay novel I'd ever read. It was 10 years ago. I was a huge gay enthusiast since the moment my best friend came out to me. I became obsessed with all things gay and gay rights related. I wondered, why all you see is love stories about straight people on the shelves of the book stores, why isn't there a gay equivalent of Cosmo? I was determined to find one, and then one day I saw this book, right on the shelves [...]
This is, in terms of writing, an early work, but a mid work in the chronicles' chronology. Since I'm reading the books in the "recommended" order, this was a bit of a letdown since its plotting is a bit slapdash and the pace rather slow. Still, it is a good story and brings a couple of new "types" into the mix. Skye is a bit comic in his cocky self-assurance; and, Oliver endearing. And, of course, the supernatural element that began a few books ago adds an interesting dimension.
I've read most of the Gay Youth Chronicles, and I'm occasionally impressed, but sometimes not. This book, though, was great because of Skye. He's a great character, and his evolution is interesting and believable (for the context, at least). It's the tenth book in the series, and I think it's worth reading the previous ones first. They're good overall, just not on my favorite's list.
Loving this author
It took me awhile to really get into this book but once I did I was hooked. Skye was a bit to cocky for my tastes but in the end he grew on me.
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