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MK is the author of more than 40 gay titles, spanning twenty years. The early Keegans
were published by GMP. About 25 are in print
now with DreamCraft the rest are due for issue.
UK publisher Millivres called Mel
"The Master of Gay Thrillers."
But MK writes much more than thrillers:
... and each title with delicious gay heroes.
In 1992, Mel was nominated for the Science Fiction Hall of fame, for DEATH'S HEAD...
In 2004, MK was awarded the Stonewall Society's Fact & Fable award, for THE DECEIVERS...
Millivres had this to say of Mel's Work: "Mel Keegan's name ia a byword for thrilling gay
adventure in the past, present or future."
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Simply love it!, January 11, 2003 By R.Parklane (Tokyo, Japan)
This review is for: Death's Head (Paperback)
Once you start, you are in for an exciting roller coaster ride. I just could not put it down and finished it in a day. Death's Head definitely ranks with Fortunes of War as my favorite Keegan books. Both protagonists, Jarrat and Stone, are intriguing, sexy and alluring, the perfect heroes of a great and solid science fiction. Their devotion and love for one another makes the book shines. The plot itself is sophisticated and races along brilliantly to an exciting finish. Not really as the future of the lovers are to be continued in Equinox, the sequel which I am desperately trying to get my hands on. Simply a great book not to be missed
Two heroes are better than one, September 27, 2000 By Suzanne Tolbert (Fort Worth, Texas USA)
I like sci-fi and fantasy novels with strong characterizations. After reading this book and the sequel "Equinox", Jarrat and Stone seem like living, breathing characters. I am not sure how many people still read Chester Himes' Coffin Ed Johnson, Gravedigger Jones mysteries. If you overlook the obvious disimilarities, Jarrat and Stone remind me of Himes' heroic policemen. Each alone is good at what he does. Together, they are unstoppable. I would trust my life to either crime fighting duo.
Brilliant complex adventure!, February 4, 2000 By Gillian Middleton "GillianinOz" (Brisbane, Queensland Australia)
Set in a high tech future this book reminded me of a japanese robot anime!
We have two great, sexy characters, partners in the paramilitary force called NARC who fight against the vicious drug cartels who run whole planets.
Jarrat & Stone are a great pair of heroes, and the author has created a fantastic futuristic world of high tech gadgets and hardware.
If you like pure escapist entertainment with a terrific story-line and non-stop action then this is the book for you. It also has lashings of great gaysex!
Fortunes of War
The best of the genre., September 23, 2003 By T. Evans "tommythekid" (Reisterstown, Maryland USA)
Fortunes of War is a real triumph in the traditon of historical novels. The fact that the main characters are gay only adds to the fun. This is fiction in the traditional sense - one of characters and plot. The story is spellbinding in the combination of love, lust and adventure. What a nice change from the teenaged Angst of most of those coming out novels. Read it for the pure enjoyment of a story well told.
Simply pure delight,! July 19, 2002 By R.Parklane (Tokyo, Japan)
Fortunes of War was my first Keegan's book. It is so good that it prompted me to acquire all other Keegan's books which are available. Sadly none has come close to Fortunes of War. I do not care for the Spain vs England background. It is the story of the two lovers which gripped me and held me till the end. Our two lovers are such likable beautiful young men, their characters solid and almost real. When they were forced to be separated I felt a tug at my heart and just had to keep on reading until 3 in the morning to savor their reunion. Their love for each other is lusty, breathless yet tender and touching. I am a straight woman and have not touched a romance novels for years. However Fortunes of War has become one of my top ten favorites. I hope the book will be savored by a wider audience and not just men in love with each other.
White Rose of Night
Rip roaring adventure!, February 4, 2000 By Gillian Middleton "GillianinOz" (Brisbane, Queensland Australia)
Very sexy story set in the Crusades. Gorgeous characters, sweet love and hot sex.
If you're looking for a gay novel that doesn't have anything to do with modern problems or AIDS then buy this book. If you want pure escapism then this is the read for you.
A sexy romp and a darn good story too!
A fantastic thriller romance complete with Lust and Love, January 31, 1999 By "A Customer"
This is a beautifully written book set during the Crusades with all of Keegan's talent poured into a non-stop, action packed love story for everyone. Drenched in love as is common with all of Keegan's books, this time he has gone over the top with his lusting charecters. This is a great read from the start to the finish.
NARC #2: Equinox
Stunning!, May 2, 2005 By R.Parklane (Tokyo, Japan)
After Death Head, I have been desperate to get this sequel.
Thanks to the writer's website, it finally arrived by mail. And it was a wonderful read, as good as Death Head. Just could not put it down. Jarrat and Stoney are gorgeous characters, the more so because they are lovers. The plot just flew by, one rip roaring adventure after another. This is what a great romantic sci-fi is all about. Plenty of action, fascinating world building and of course intense loving which knows no bounds. Glad to have acquired Scorpio, the third book. But will hold on to the week end to start because I do not wish to be interrupted. Mel, Cheers!
Fantastic sci-fi action with 2 awesome heroes, November 19, 1998 By firstname.lastname@example.org (Dallas, Texas)
When I started reading this, I didn't want to put it down!! It was nice to see a couple of gay heroes who were not written as stereotypes. Ive be reading Sci-Fi for 20 years and this one can keep up with the big boys.
Jarratt and Stone are Back in this Action-Packed Sequel, August 24, 2003 By "nightrunner" (Houston, TX USA)
Captains Kevin Jarratt and Jerry Stone are back and continue the battle against evil drug "lords." This time they take on Equinox Industries a commercial monopoly mining the gas giant Zeus, and suspected of manufacturing the lethal drug Angel. If fighting for truth and justice wasn_t enough, the two lovers also have to deal with the empathic mind bond they developed during the adventures in the first book (Death_s Head). This is a wonderful action-packed sequel, with a lot of romance, and it_s hard to put down. I am happy to hear that, according to the author_s web page, this book will soon be back in print. Not only that, there may be a third book in the horizon. Let_s hope so!
HOW many impossible things can happen before breakfast?, November 28, 1999 By Jeil (East Anglia) - See all my reviews
This has all the speed of EQUINOX with a sound modern day setting and another very sound relationship between two strong characters. Sean loses the plot at times, but Rob is very believable as the rookie trailing a far more dynamic partner through apparently endless trials and tribulations. Once started, the plot never slows up, which occasionally makes you wonder if the characters wouldn't just collapse from sheer exhaustion in the real world, but this is written in Keegan's usual, excellent and thoroughly absorbing style and keeps you involved with the characters and their partnership up to the very end. Keegan writes real relationships- not always perfect, not always steady, but based on two different people and an enduring love. Rob and Sean are understandable, from the start where they are trying to patch their faltering relationship to the end where Rob's insecurity comes far enough out for Sean to see it. How many writers can get inside people's heads like this? At times I wish the plot would step aside and let a little more of this wonderful detail too, but then this is a thriller. One of Keegan's best - I wish he'd write a few more in modern settings.
aussie gay page turner, December 31, 1998 By "A Customer"
Mel Keegan has been best known for his gay sci-fi novels, but this is a change of scenery, setting a modern day thriller off the coast of South Australia. Our intrepid heroes, Sean and Rob, seem to have a knack of finding their way into trouble, when all they want to do is have sex. While not the most romantic pair ever to have graced the planet, they are the archtypical strong macho characters needed for this novel to be taken seriously by the reader. The descriptions of the trials caused by floods are excellent and gave it a really eerie atmosphere which would make a great movie. Its very difficult to put down, it really rattles along and reaches an acceptable, but a little bloody conclusion. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I'd really love Mr. keegan to produced some more homegrown stuff--as there really aren't too many others writing in a similar genre
A crisply paced thriller, August 16, 1999 By A [Different] Customer
Keegan has paired [Sean and Rob] off with a villian every bit as peripatetic and determined as The Terminator or Jason from the Friday the 13th series. Chandler is a study in sheer human relentlessness. A previous reviewer has cited as a fault the seeming lack of romantic conflict between Sean and Rob. I should say they've got conflict a-plenty! Besides, it is their steadfast, uncomplicated love which helps them survive a very dangerous situation. It also adds a note of sweetness to an otherwise very taut tale. I hope Mr. Keegan is plotting a sequel featuring Sean and Rob. Storm Tide is a hugely entertaining book. But be sure to take Drammamine first.
Original Future World: Fascinating & Mysterious, September 30, 2007 By Kathleen E. Lawrence "CaliDervish" (SoCal Deseert) - See all my reviews
If you are tired of the run-of-the-mill sci-fi/fantasy, swords & sorcery genre; if you are a fan of fine writers, such as: Jim Grimsley, Michael Lowenthal, Trebor Healy; if you enjoy the tales of: Tanith Lee and Storm Constantine, then plunge into this unique intriguing future world.
A wonderful original romantic thriller which takes place after Global Warming has all but destroyed the earth which is now mostly covered by ocean.
The gay characters are refreshing and enjoyable, albeit one is a "new aqua-human".
Keegan is a treasure. After reading this, I will seek out all of his other works.
What Waterworld should have been, February 26, 2001 By Suzanne Tolbert (Fort Worth, Texas USA) - See all my reviews
First, I must admit that I love the sea and anything to do with the sea, so the idea of a book about the world after global warming has eliminated most of the world's land masses which DOES NOT paint a gloom and doom picture appealed to me.
For those who like the technical aspects of science fiction, this book is full of speculation about how and why human civilization could survive a disaster of these proportions. The introduction of a new species of human, genetically engineered to breathe under water will strike many as implausible (scientists just aren't that good yet), however, once you accept the presence of these characters, the rest of the story falls into place. And, unlike some science fiction, this novel has a plot, complete with mystery, suspense, villians and heroes. Oh, and it has likable, well developed characters, too.
Gay Pride meets WaterWorld, February 1, 2002 By Stephen J. Voss "sjvoss" (Pearland, TX USA) - See all my reviews
Keegan's writing style is light, descriptive without being verbose, humorous where appropriate. It was a pleasure to find gay characters portrayed as simply an accepted part of their society, taking part in community life like we really do anyway (but can't talk about it at this time.) Even readers who dislike science fiction will be able to appreciate this story - the science is not overwhelming and is worked into the plot in good fashion.
The intense action scenes are fast-paced, the romantic interludes are gentle but passionate, the politic wrangling is low-key. This book made me smile a number of times; I put off any work-related reading for 2 short evenings to reach the end of the story. Worth the while.
There are many more reviews at Amazon, and you can easily find reader reviews of Mel Keegan's novels all over the web. We can only
include so many on this page, and we've tried to give a good cross-section.