"Great action, character development and terrific play by play. Great characters supporting. Multiple issues going on with a wonderful weave. If you like thrillers you will be thrilled to meet this author. I'd love to dispute some of the bad reviews here but I won't. I think the inclusion of some characters that happened to be gay offended some folks. It was implied by a few that there was gay action going on in the book. No funny business. Anyway just a gripping book."
Lee and I had an interesting discussion about this insightful comment.
“I suspected as much, Julie. That’s why it runs a few points lower than my other books.”
“I don’t get it. I’m your main character, and I don’t even have a lot of sex scenes! Fact is, you spend all your time writing about murder.”
“Well, thank you. I do like a good plot. But I also write about love. You love Joe, he loves you… and I respect the both of you enough not to get graphic. There are three gay characters in Castle Cay who love each other, too, and I treat them with the same respect.
“I've actually given this gay issue a lot of thought, Julie. As you know, I’ve studied the Bible extensively and in context. At the creation in Genesis, God said to mankind, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number.’ Homosexuality would have been an impediment to God’s order throughout the Old Testament period when the Earth was sparsely populated with humans. There were a lot of other severe rules in the Old Testament, very harsh things that had nothing to do with sex. Many of them wouldn't make sense today; some would even be illegal. All were designed, in my humble opinion, to promote the overall cohesiveness, reproduction and safety of mankind’s original tribes.
“Fast-forward to NOW, Julie, when there’s no shortage of humans and we live twice as long. Same sex attraction is, according to geneticists, a ‘near universal phenomenon across all species’ on our populous planet. Could it be that a minority of non-reproducing members is a population control factor in many species? Do we mere mortals think that God has no control over our particular population explosion?"
"As for me, I think God loves us ALL and we're in good hands, Julie."
It was late, so we left it at that and went to bed…