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In the notorious Five Points slum of 1870's Manhattan, Galen 'the Mongoose' Driscol steps out of jail and back into the arms of his transgendered lover, Wira Boruta. When Galen tells Wira that he's tracked down the man who tried to kill them as children, Wira is unwilling to listen, and pleads with Galen to forget the past, and live only for the future...their future. OnlyIn the notorious Five Points slum of 1870's Manhattan, Galen 'the Mongoose' Driscol steps out of jail and back into the arms of his transgendered lover, Wira Boruta. When Galen tells Wira that he's tracked down the man who tried to kill them as children, Wira is unwilling to listen, and pleads with Galen to forget the past, and live only for the future...their future. Only Galen doesn't forget, nor does he forgive. He doesn't give a second thought about exacting justice, but justice has a price, and it's come to collect from the one person Galen loves most......

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ISBN : 8465315
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Number of Pages : 196 Pages
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gadarene Reviews

  • LDDurham
    2018-11-20 23:03

    Gadarene is a phenomenal book. It’s rare to find a book in this genre that pulls you into the story. Even more rare in the fact that this is a historical work. Absolutely stunning.Even more fascinating is that Wira, our transgendered character, is in no way a chick-with-a-dick character. Wira is Wira. There is no other way to put it. Wira’s character is written so well, so perfectly, that even as she is referred to as a girl, as I refer to her as “she”, never did I feel I was reading a hetero story. Not once. Wira is strong, loving, helpful, but has her faults, too. Wira is Wira. When you read this, you’ll understand.The setting and time played an integral part in this story. So many times, historical fictions gloss over the not-so-great stuff. Not Gadarene. This book lays it out as smelly, dirty, hard, cramped, cold, and not so great. And the people are the same. Calling people by racial nicknames: a given. Cleanliness: maybe. Food: you hope. Struggle: you bet. Because of this, there is no whitewashing in order to keep modern sensibilities. Wira had to survive while Galen was gone, and she did it the best way she could. Galen never bats an eye at his lover’s ‘profession’. Galen is a hired thug, an assassin. Wira worries, but can’t stop it. The people in this story can’t afford high-class morality.Another thing I found spectacular is the gender roles played out in the story. Wira sees herself as a woman. Wira acts like a woman. Galen knows what Wira looks like under the dresses. Galen treats Wira like a woman. When he comes back home, he takes the role of the man. This doesn’t mean Wira becomes an empty-headed doll. It does mean that Wira falls into the role of a woman in the rough side of town. I loved it and thought it absolutely brilliant. Again, never did I feel I was reading a hetero story. I salute the authors for this feat of genius.When it came to the horror aspect, the authors didn’t hesitate. It hits full-force without it being gory. Okay, maybe a tad bit. But mainly, it’s just creepy and gave me a great scare. The way the story unfolds, with memories and dreams, it kept me on my toes and off-kilter.The best part (I know! There’s more?) is that this is a story I couldn’t just put down after the end. It stayed with me. The mystery continued to get solved in my brain; the little details of the setting and characterization slowly slid into the light and made me gasp in delight while I was doing the dishes. It’s a story that I had to tell others about, to talk it out, and make further discoveries. The story is still with me. It makes me greedy and demanding and hoping for a sequel of some sort, any sort. But, really, I couldn’t be happier with the ending. I couldn’t be happier with this book.I recommend this book to anyone who loves excellent characterization, historicals, mysteries, or horrors. I would be shocked if those who read it didn’t love it. If you don’t “get it” after the last page, give your brain a couple of days. Let is set a while before making a firm decision. You’ll be glad you did.I read the print edition of this book. Buy the print edition. You will want to hug and stroke this book. Save your monitor and just get the print edition. Besides, you'll also want to be able to easily flip the cover over to stare at the art. It's gorgeous and so ambiguous. It couldn't have summed up this story any better.See the rest of this review at Top & Bottom Book Review.

  • Alyosha
    2018-11-16 17:12

    An Intense, captivating, interesting, romantic, gut-wrenching story in every sense of the word. Characters I will be sure to remember. Definitely a keeper - one that needs to be read alone - at night.

  • Fangtasia
    2018-11-22 19:30

    The Five Points, NYCA mix of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper, maybe even a bit of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. With the surreal environment of an M. Night Shyamalan movie, this story is second to nothing produced by better known, more mainstream authors. Think Dean Koontz and Stephen King. It's that good.The characters, main and secondary, the plot, the setting, all come together to provide an experience not to be missed by fans of horror. This is made even better by the gritty but poignantly resilient romantic story between the two main characters, men who have nothing but each other in this life, and no luxury of hope for the next.Highly recommended, but not for those with a weak stomach or a faint heart.

  • Snowtulip
    2018-12-11 22:32

    This is such a unique m/m book and I am glad that I was sorting through Aly's shelves for a reading challenge (thanks Aly) or I wouldn't have ever heard of it. The author did a great job with the historical component of it, I felt that I was right there in the dirt and grit of old Manhattan.So much of the book was spent in trying to figure out the horrors of the past and if the images that Galen and Wira saw were real or figments of the imagination. These horror elements gave the story some intensity.I loved the relationship between Galen and Wira, you could feel the love that had for each other just coming off the pages, despite how they'd sometimes act toward each other. This was a surprising read, glad I read it.

  • Carvedwood
    2018-12-09 21:29

    This book impressed the hell out of me.The scariness of the story is the first thing that impressed me. Anderson/Potts tell us what happened, what Wira saw, how she felt about it, what she did about it, but they don't explain why any of it's happening - the unknown is left in the realm of the unknown, and that’s where the scare factor comes in. Is any of this really happening? Is Wira imagining things? Is she psychic or psychotic? Little by little, I learned enough to begin to piece together the events that led up to what’s happening, but never – quite – enough to answer the first question, is this really happening? When the book was over, when the story was done, I was left wondering what, if anything, had been real. The second thing that impressed me is the characterization, and I don’t mean just the people. The story was set in Manhattan in the late 19th century; the time and place has a character all its own, not as obvious as Galen’s or Wira’s, but just as real. I have no idea how historically accurate it is, but it was written so beautifully that it didn’t matter to me. It was dirty, smelly, cold, hungry, overcrowded, underwashed, and by modern standards, it was appallingly bleak and hopeless. There was a fairly large cast of incidental characters, each of whom retained their true purpose in the story – they were archetypes, reflections of the main characters. In the thugs and bullies and drunkards, we see what Galen really is when you strip away all the romance from his character. In the whores and barmaids and cross-dressing working “girls,” we see what Wira is, what she has to live with. The two of them accepted this world without question as reality and therefore I, the reader, had to accept that this is what the two of them really were: a thug and a whore. The wonder of their relationship with each other was much more than hot sex and tender words and smiles. It was the fact that it was able to exist at all.As a side-note, the cover art is superb on many different levels.

  • Erastes
    2018-11-14 17:09

    I had no idea what to expect when I opened this book – I knew a little about the authors, but not a lot, and I didn’t know that either of them were likely to produce anything in this genre. I have to say that it’s not an easy book to find – No mention of it on C B Potts’ website and if you do a Google search for Gadarene C B Potts you get one hit which is my comment on a thread on Mrs Giggles’ blog.I had an email fromTina Anderson when she discovered I was reading it and she explained that the book is “a light novel.” I hadn’t heard the term so she explained: Light Novels in Japan are novels that have artwork and are aimed at teens who’re manga fans; in America, Tokyo Pop and Seven Sea are redefining it by producing English works aimed at comics readers with images and ‘simple prose’.I also had to go and look up the term Gadarene (after I’d finished the book) because I am an ignoramus. But now I know what it refers to, it certainly fits the story – in fact to look it up (if you don’t know to what it refers) it might actually spoil the plot a little.This book is difficult to pigeonhole for those of you who like that kind of thing, it’s a love story – there’s no doubt about that at all, and actually surprised me that the sex was the least of the plot devices. You never doubt for one moment that Wira and Galen are soul mates despite the tempestuous nature of their relationship. Both characters are wonderfully human, making real mistakes and trying to cope with their demons.And boy oh boy, do they have demons.It’s also a mystery and from the second half onwards it spirals into some very visceral horror, so be warned if you are expecting fluff. Nothing could be less fluffy, and for me it was a nice surprise – so many books concentrate on the love affair.The book is beautiful, and by that I mean the design. From the sumptuous cover and the little knot garden designs (both by Laura Carboni) interspersed in the pages to the font of the chapters and the nice easy on the eye font of the main text itself. It is always rewarding to have a pretty book, and I appreciate it a lot.I wouldn’t describe this as light, though. Some of the prose is wonderful and skilfully dotted with slang from the period. Talking of the period and the location – I knew almost nothing of these, and if I hadn’t seen “Gangs of New York” I’d know nothing at all. This leaps straight into the slum of Five Points and does a damned good job of it, never romanticising it. There’s dirt and trash and danger everywhere you look and if anyone makes the film, it would have to be Tim Burton.Having never read any transgendered fiction (and I think this has to be the only historical?) at all I found it a little hard to get my head around the way the trans viewed themselves. Wira is a hermaphrodite, something that is dealt with at birth in these times, (often erroneously) was raised as a girl for his formative years then after his mother died was forced into men’s clothing. I had the feeling that he thought of himself as a she (he gets into a panic attack when he tries to dress in trousers and leave the house) but both he and Galen refer to him as he, despite both of them always refer to Georgian (a great butch of a transvestite) as she. This dicotomy is actually resolved in excellent style and certainly left me thinking, long after I finished the book.I spotted one or two minor editing issues, some minor typos and also that Wira is supposed to say “v” instead of “w” but this is inconsistent – so it’s almost like he does it as a pose. On a very personal level, I didn’t like that Georgian called Wira “Dubuya” – of course, it’s just unfortunate that I have to blame The Shrub President for that – but it jarred me.But all in all (considering that I’m a very squeamish reader) I enjoyed it a lot and if you want a genre-busting story that covers a lot of ground, emotionally and viscerally, then you should definitely give this one a go.

  • Ryes
    2018-11-14 21:11

    Gadarene by Tina Anderson and C.B. Potts met and exceeded my expectations. The story effortlessly merges the genres of horror, paranormal and historical. And at the heart of it, Gadarene is also a romance.The setting of the story is established early on when Galen is released from jail, and he takes a leisurely walk back to his mother's house. Slum life is painted vividly and it's clear that Galen, and everyone else he knows, does not live a life of luxury. Galen's mother is a prostitute, and so is Wira, Galen's lover. Galen himself is a hitman hired by various members of two rival gangs called Long Coats and Top Hats.The prose has a smooth style that fits with the story. Galen and his friends are poor hitmen and prostitutes and they talk like poor hitmen and prostitutes. Wira has a Polish accent, though he was born in America, and his W's sound like V's. I appreciate the attention to details like that. But Wira slips up too often, and that makes me wonder whether the authors were careless or whether Wira can control how thick his accent is.Galen can be ruthless, and he doesn't hesitate to kill, even when he's not officially "working." It's that part of him that wants to take revenge on Him, the man who tried to kill Galen and Wira when they were younger. Wira is more practical and tells him to let go of the past. Galen doesn't want to worry Wira so he tells Wira that it's all forgotten. Despite Galen's tough exterior, all things Wira turn him into a softie. He even pulls Wira out of his unpleasant profession of giving blowjobs.The love between Galen and Wira is obvious and touching, however that's not all there is to the story. Gadarene is bloody and gory, and unsettling enough to give you nightmares. But I hope that doesn't stop anyone from reading, because you would be missing a terrific story.The cover art and layout alone make this book worth a second glance. Font choices were beautiful and appropriate, and the cover and back complimented perfectly what was inside. There is little to criticize about Gadarene; it comes as close to perfection as possible.I'm grateful to the authors for producing a top-notch work, and I'll look forward to their future projects. If you're looking for something unconventional, Gadarene is highly recommended.Review first posted at Rainbow ReviewsPURCHASE LINKS: E-BOOK | PAPERBACK | HARDCOVER

  • Elisa Rolle
    2018-12-02 21:14

    Well never say never. I always said that I would never read an horror and here I'm, just finished one, and I have to say a very good one, and being very happy to have read it (even if happy is not a word that fit with this genre ;-) )Late nineteen century in Manhattan, Galen is just out of prison. He has spent three years in Ludlow, a boy from Five Points, with no hope for a bright future. Son of a woman who is whoring herself to live, he has neither a place to stay if it weren't for Wira. Wira is his lover. A boy born with a genital imperfection, Wira was raised by his mother like a girl, but when his mother died and he went to the youth home in Bowery, they decided he was a boy. But his mother promised him he will be a woman, and Wira wants to be a woman. Above all for his lover, for Galen.During Galen's absence, Wira has gained money "blowing kisses", but he has never allowed to nobody to fully "have" him. That part of him is only for Galen, and now that Galen is again at home, he doesn't want that Wira goes on to do the "life". But past trauma, of both Galen and Wira, and the reason why they met, doesn't allow to Wira to forget and go on. He has always believed that alcohol was the reason for his nightmare, but now he is sober, but still he sees the "boys", little ghosts who always look at him with accusing eyes. Even more now that Galen is out of prison. But why can't Galen forget the past? Why has he always to speak of Him?Gadarene is a very intense book. It's strong, and it's not flowers and kisses, but it's also a beautiful love story. Both Galen than Wira are very deep characters. It's beautiful to read of their relationship, how they depend on each other, how difficult is their life, but still how easy and warm is their love. And even if this book has some paranormal elements, for me it's a wonderful historical evocation, of the tough life of that part of the world not born in safe and warm houses, of a man who is not fully man, but still has found love and deserved that love.The historical details are wonderful, the use of the different slangs, the melting pot of people which was the poor district of a long forgotten Manhattan, all conveys to make an appealing reading.ETA: I was fascinated also by the cover (wonderful) and done my homework; the artist name is Laura "Zel" Carboni, and she is Italian like me!http://www.amazon.com/dp/0974419524/?...

  • Shin
    2018-11-28 20:03

    A most entertaining original read!I'll start with the beginning, which would be the cover. Now covers are, for the most part, a source of turn-off on most gay novels for me, but certainly not this one. It's amazing and scary at the same time, a perfect match for this story. Not to mention the children we see on it probably have me scarred. That image followed me all the way through the book, really spooky.The story itself is rather unconventional, but I think this is where it gets it's appeal. Romance, Paranormal and Horror each have a part in it. That's not to forget Wira, who's a little more than a transexual. He's a very complex character. Everytime I thought I knew how he would react to certain situations, he always surprised me. It was very interesting.There were a few amusing moments, most notably when dear Wira tries and fails to pronounce "fucking" properly.My favorite character was definitely Galen, possessiveness and all. You have to give it to the guy who has no problem whatsoever killing people and even made it his living. Furthermore, I think the love he has for Wira is very evident. You can feel how much they really need each other and that they are lost without the other. It's really sweet that Galen is also the one who liberated Wira when they were younger from the abusing hand of a psychopath child molester, and that much later, they are together still.Running away didn't end everything though and revenge brings with it something much darker. Unfinished business as one would say, and it haunts them, quite literally. Until they make it right.I'd give a warning for blood and gore as I'd say this is not for the faint of heart. Still, it was refreshing reading something out of the ordinary for a change.

  • Serena Yates
    2018-12-09 21:28

    This is a hard book for me to evaluate and rate.I liked the basic story and the message of having to deal with your past before you can move on. The characters of Galen and Wira were real to me, even though the story is set in the 1870s. There is a lot of back story, which is neatly woven into the telling of what happens once Galen is let out of prison.But - I found it very hard to deal with the 'horror' elements of it. I think it was more the detailed descriptions that got to me than the idea of what happened and how it impacted the characters. This was definitely darker than what I usually read, and a lot darker than I'm comfortable with.Note: This book was picked for me in the m/m romance monthly pick-it-for-me challenge. I doubt I would have bought it based on the blurb, though I am familiar with some of the other authors' work.

  • Beth
    2018-12-09 19:13

    Compelling characters, especially Wira and her ways of dealing with being a woman in a man's body at the end of the 19th century. Grittily realistic (except for some horror elements) portrayal of the poorer classes in New York City at the time, while still retaining the beauties of physical attractiveness, friendship, and love.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-19 20:30

    Some of the dialogue I found to be rather modern fora 1870s setting but by no means is this jarring to the point of enjoying the story or the characters. Unfortunately the story ends just when we're really enjoying the world of our protagonists Wira and Galen. The romance between the two is strong as is the chemistry. The supernatural element in the end dampens the message of moving on but by no means does this mean the story doesn't end with a solid conclusion.A fun simple and quick read.

  • Vfields Don't touch my happy!
    2018-12-15 16:28

    Way, way too dark for lite summer fare. I thought the two MCs were fascinating but damn did they suffer. I could have used a laugh or cuddle in the end but hey, that's just me.

  • Alaska
    2018-12-06 19:17

    4.5

  • Misty
    2018-12-10 16:15

    ** 4.5 Stars ** Unexpected, unique, dark, sordid, chilling ...... Galen and Wira's undeniable bond and fierce love shine through this nightmarish story like a beacon!