They marched for peace, but found hope for the future in each other’s arms... Set against the backdrop of the infamous March on the Pentagon in the fall of 1967, Fortunate Son follows Ricky Anderson and his lover, Charlie Irvine, as they and thousands of other idealistic anti-war protesters strive to make their voices heard. Haunted by the death of his older brother on theThey marched for peace, but found hope for the future in each other’s arms... Set against the backdrop of the infamous March on the Pentagon in the fall of 1967, Fortunate Son follows Ricky Anderson and his lover, Charlie Irvine, as they and thousands of other idealistic anti-war protesters strive to make their voices heard. Haunted by the death of his older brother on the front lines in Vietnam, Ricky’s stake in the protests is personal and painful. Charlie, Ricky’s peace-loving hippie lover, has taught Ricky about rallies, poetry and love. But a secret Charlie’s hidden from Ricky since day one is about to come to light and threaten their relationship as well as their beliefs. Genres: Gay / Nostalgic Contemporary (1960s-Era)...
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Fortunate Son Reviews
This is the first book I’ve read from these authors but it certainly caught my attention. Considering the time frame of a march on the White House in the late 1960’s, this could have easily been a melodramatic, ambitious romance with heavy political ideals. Instead the authors have delivered a well crafted romance with sympathetic characters and a rich setting honest for the time period and yet relevant for current times as well. Although the shorter length fits the story perfectly, I would be interested in reading a novel length romance from this duo. If you enjoy well crafted stories with an emphasis on the characters and setting, this story should easily appeal.Ricky and Charlie have joined a caravan from Boston to DC to march in protest against the war. Ricky’s brother died in Vietnam and his emotions are still very raw concerning the death and politics of war. Ricky’s anger and resentment are very clear while still demonstrating his need for the calm understanding Charlie brings him. Ricky’s feelings are complex and wrapped in guilt for surviving and being sent to college to avoid the draft when his parents can ill afford to do so. Taken in combination with his dead brother, Ricky swings from rage to sorrow and simply wants to be heard by someone. Even in his anger, Ricky is a sympathetic and complicated character that is deftly drawn and well written.Charlie is just as complex in his calm and rational intellect, using words and arguments to fight instead of weapons and anger. He bends to Ricky’s emotional extremes and calms the other man with his love and support. His poetry and understanding fit perfectly with the setting and emotions, even considering his past. While Charlie’s secret was easy to predict and the resulting actions were telegraphed, this took nothing away from the story and the impact of the characters. Charlie’s final statements showed his quiet strength and devotion, not wavering in the past, apologetic but not willing to martyr himself for either man’s mistakes.The title of the book is a bit of a clever name as it refers to both men at different points and although neither Charlie or Ricky encounter any problems with being in a homosexual relationship, there is enough tension and drama from the political aspects to fill the pages. Again, this would have perhaps been a stunning novel length story with a more complete characterization and plot, but the story was still well rounded and engrossing for its length. The writing was fresh and engaging with descriptive prose and an inherent emotion within the phrasing. While the emotion does slide slightly into melodramatic and overly sentimental, it works for this story and should easily appeal to romance lovers.
Fortunate Son has a double meaning. At the beginning of the story I believed that the fortunate son was Ricky; he is the second son of a not so wealthy country family. His older brother died in Vietnam and his parents sold part of the family farm to allow him to go to College and so, avoid to be a conscript. But Ricky is still mourning Randall's loss, and instead of having his mind on the study, he thinks on protest and getting high, since when you are high the world seems better. At college he meets Charlie; Charlie is a lover and an artist, he has all those great ideas in mind and in a way, he directs Ricky's rage in something more useful than sulking. And maybe Charlie is the fortunate son, the one who is against something for principle and not since it touched him like it did with Ricky. Being not so involved, allows Charlie to be a safe harbor for Ricky, allows him to be the steady figure Ricky needs to not drift apart.Ricky and Charlie are young and sons of their time; being always high, not thinking at tomorrow, but always living the day, they are like a lot of young people in 1967, the year in which the story is setting. But during the March on the Pentagon, Ricky and Charlie start to think that having a tomorrow, and having it together, maybe it would be nice. They can't have a formal recognition of their love, it's so far from their time that the idea doesn't even pass in their mind, but they can have it with words between them; being aware of the world around them, make them more aware of who they are and what they want in life.This is a really nice short story, 2 sex scenes and a night and a day in the life of two young men; you don't know what it will be of them, but you can have the feeling that they will be together and happy; I like the easy mood of the story, the feeling that, even if they are living in a dangerous period, they are somehow shielded by their love, life seems easy for them and I can see a future behind the corner.http://www.amazon.com/dp/1602728461/?...
This is a tender, sweet love story contrasted sharply by it's setting and time. The story takes place over perhaps 2 days in 1967...the Viet Nam war is in full fury and the youth of America protests it vehemently. (I remember it well.) The two MCs are taking part in the march on the Pentagon in 1967. Ricky and Charlie are perfect for each other, each bringing out the best in the other. I loved them and, if wishes really did come true, I would only wish that this book were longer.
Set in the 1960s Ricky and charlie on here way to the white house with protesters. Rickys brother died in war and this was a way to get his pain to go away. But also he finds things about charlie that sort of puts a wedge between them. I wonder what did happen to them decades later wonder if they lived happily
I nearly didn't finish this book. But I pushed on when I clearly should have given up, but I can't leave a book half read... I did, however, skim over the chapters and found myself only reading dialogue.
I enjoyed reading this story. Nicely written with likable characters and an interesting storyline.