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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Reading this book reminded me of when I went to see the movie "Schindler's List", a movie about the persecution of Jewish people and gays. I knew it would be gut wrenching but I had to see it, because it is part of our history, and how can you prevent history from reoccurring if you are not aware that it ever occurred?

Loved Kelly O'Kelley, our sharp-witted protagonist and gentle Charlie, a good man who helps expose the ex-gay movement. It is difficult to believe these programs still go on today in ! The best advice I was given as a young gay man was that you deserve and can create a happy life with another man, and after 32 years with my husband, I know it is true.

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Thank you, Ronald Donaghe, for doing such an excellent job researching and presenting the truth about the ex-gay movement. Like K'Ok, you are a very brave man. One person found this helpful. This is my least favorite book of the series. I do agree with the observation that the depiction of the young overweight boy could have been better handled. Though the character's reaction to the overweight boy was not atypical, they did not need to be expressed so vividly. Though the main character did express distaste for the physical characteristics of the young boy, I appreciated his concern and compassion for him.

More could have been said as to how people develop food addictions as a means of coping with the stressors around them. This author spent an entire book telling a dramatized story of the evils inflicted on the Gay community because of the Christian Right's homophobic prejudice and lack of understanding. Fair enough I don't have a problem with that but then he has the main character exhibit an extraordinary lack of understanding or compassion for overweight teenager. The main character is in his mid And the commentary and criticism of this traumatized overweight teenager don't stop they go on.

It is not appropriate to write a book about the impact of prejudice on a group of people gay people and in that book perpetrate and inflict prejudice and lack of understanding on another group of people overweight people. I find it deeply offensive. Kelly O'Kelly receives a late night call from his lover, William, just before the man ends his life. A victim of the teachings of the Light of Christ Ex-Gay Ministries, William had joined the ministry program to be transformed into a functional heterosexual. Kelly can't get over William's senseless suicide nor can he exorcise the anger he feels at the holy rollers who promised his lover a "cure" for his gayness while filling the young man with shame and impossible expectations.

Nine months later, still bitter and lonely, Kelly decides to go undercover to expose the chicanery of the church's ex-gay recruiting program. And so begins a compelling and gripping story as Kelly attempts to maintain his individuality and common sense in the face of religious fundamentalism, inadequate nutrition, brainwashing, and predatory behavior by some of those in charge.

The epistolary narrator gradually draws the reader into the the bizarre rules of the camp, a world where mostly miserable, self-hating men try to squelch their natural inclinations. They're watched closely as they eat poorly prepared meals in a mess hall, sleep in a tent together, and work in small teams like prisoners or soldiers.

At 35, Kelly is one of the oldest recruits.

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Earlier in life, he had been in the military, but the contrast between Army life and this experience is remarkable, and he writes, "Free time in the army was not gloomy. Guys played cards, cursed and laughed, wrestled, slapped each other on the shoulders, or fought loudly. Here, except for the scratching of pens on paper, the turning of a page, or the sniffling of a runny nose, I can almost hear the thoughts of the recruits like a continuous whispering, or a sibilant stream of rushing water, washing over rocks.

No one is happy. This includes Michael, who is only a minor character, but is very endearing and further raises Kelly's feelings of protectiveness toward his fellow recruits. As time goes on, Kelly suspects that some of the men are being maltreated after hours and while on certain isolated work details. Sure enough, a series of events occur that verify his suspicions, and along the way, the author ramps up the tension. Will Kelly be a victim, too?

Will the camp officials particularly "Paul, the chipmunk Nazi" discover that Kelly is a spy? Are they all in danger? Who will get out alive? Donaghe is a talented author with a deft touch. He does a frighteningly convincing job showing the sincere and pious surface the camp preacher and the main henchmen project while Kelly subtly describes the angry, hateful, homophobic underpinnings of their tactics.

The minister is a caricature of a preacher, not really a bad man, just misguided and too stupid to see the evil two feet beyond the edge of his vision. Nor does the preacher see that the real evil does not come from the recruits, but from his own trusted camp leader. At times violent, gritty and rough, the novel is increasingly intense, but it is not entirely without humor.

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Kelly has a wry way of looking at the world. Still, the Salvation Mongers is not a book for the faint-hearted. The violence, brainwashing, and shaming that occurs hurts one's heart while, at the same time, it mirrors the internal struggles that the men are faced with. It is Kelly's optimism, his belief in his own goodness, and his strength of heart that carry this book through to the end, at which point the reader will have completed a journey with him. That journey ultimately affirms that the acceptance of one's sexual orientation--and that of others--should not be shame-filled and full of pain.

Another winner by Donaghe. This is a story that you do not want to read but you have to read. Ronald Donaghe gives us Kelly O'Kelly who is enrolled in a camp to "convert" him from homosexual to heterosexual. Donaghe pulls no punches when you learn what happens when people act in the name of God.

There are many instances in history when people have invoked God's name to explain or give validity to the work they are doing, this "ministry" is yet another one of those. The instances that happen on the ranch to Michael, Larry, Leo and Kelly will haunt you but will hopefully be as a reminder to what happens or what could happen to people who do not do things the way the majority does things. Are there people who do not like the fact that they are gay?

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Are there people who like the fact that they are gay? This novel tells the stories of both. You also have to deal with the sneaky and conniving Paul Romaine again. I can't wait for book four which is promised to debut in See all 10 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. But can he resist the powerful brainwashing or survive long enough to tell others? Or will he inevitably lose his own self-destiny in this deadly game of religious salvation?

About the Author Ronald L. Donaghe was raised on a farm in southern New Mexico. The setting for many of his novels involves the desert and the mountains of New Mexico. He is a master at evoking the stark beauty and sheer majesty of such settings—but also the unforgiving and harsh side. Donaghe says the desert can be a passive killing machine. The Gathering is set in , four months before the coming new millennium. The Reece family had planned to gather at the old home place in New Mexico on New Year's Eve to celebrate the new millennium.

Instead, they rush home early when tragedy strikes at the very heart of the family. Books edited by Two Brothers Press Many other books have been edited by TBP and are in process by the writers who are seeking agents, publishers, or choosing to go their own way with their books.

Elixer by Patrick A. Blake Edwards has found it; the elusive 'holy grail' of recent medical science is his.

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He has discovered the cure for cancer. Dubbed a genius by colleagues and academics worldwide, Dr. Edwards creates cures for Novatek Pharmaceutical. Looking into his microscope, he silently rejoices. He has done it-a promise kept, made to the woman he loved on her deathbed and his demon defeated. His discovery is so monumental the chronicles of medical history will embrace his name forever. Millions of innocents, ravaged by the fatal disease, will be saved.

A clandestine society, the Patronums, self-proclaimed protectors of the 'American Way of Life," predicts Blake's cure would be financially crippling to the United States. Extreme measures must be taken to contain the information. The formula "Elixir" is suppressed, locked surreptitiously away. Until—twenty-five years later—Emily Cantrell, daughter of the reigning President of the United States, is leading in the current presidential race.

The polls suggest she will replace her father as the first woman president. Unbeknownst to all, she has contracted the deadly disease.

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Carl Phoenix, son of the prominent Governor from Texas, accidentally intercepts the fatal diagnosis. So do the Patronums; they intervene by providing the Elixir to the favored candidate. Carl stumbles across the cover-up, which dates back three administrations, to the highest form of government and industry. The information he has threatens the very existence of the democratic society in which he lives. He vows to expose the injustice. Who can he trust, where can he run? Carl doesn't know the answers, but to save his life, run he must—for the Patronums are closing in.

Billions of barrels lie fat and petulant in Tamyr, daring the Russians to realize their dream of economic parity. They remember the Bear. An idea takes hold, to awaken the discarded Soviet sleeper agents still in America. They will re-ignite old ties to the Islamite terror gangs. Together, they will raise the price of oil, save Russia, and fund Al Qaeda in the coming war of terror. Gomez is tasked to escort Viktorina Viisky, purportedly with some Russian Ministry or other.

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She is leading him, clumsily, to ex-Soviet agents who were planted in America in the eighties and left to rot. Viisky spins a tale—that the sleepers have awoken—are once again involved in their Cold War sponsorship of the terror groups. Indeed, it may have something to do with the Towers. Gomez puts it together quickly—the sleepers, the oil, and Nine-Eleven. One, day, Pat has a serendipitous encounter with Tim Oats, a former student-now a homeless street urchin-and feeling sorry for him, Pat invites Tim into his home.

He soon realizes that something isn't quite right about Tim: He can't keep a job, he has clashes with the law, and he's a little too needy. Pat's debts mount up quickly as he tries to help Tim, who flagrantly and destructively flaunts society's norms. Nevertheless, Pat is irresistibly drawn to Tim and tolerates his often reckless and egocentric behavior, but Tim remains emotionless, secretive, and solicitous.

Eventually, Pat starts to wonder whether Tim is capable of any emotional attachment to anyone and is plagued by the idea that their first encounter wasn't serendipitous but planned. These doubts gain substance as evidence emerges that Tim has all the traits of a human predator. How Do I Find Me? Who you really are, i. The author, Meda Killgore, is a clinical social worker whose work with individuals and families has resulted in the recognition of how negative life experiences can profoundly restrict self-expression.