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review 2016-08-01 09:41
excellent follow up.
Happy Independence Day - Michael Rupured

Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.

Terrence is a law student, and wants to change the world. Visiting bars that openly serve gay men leads him to meet Cameron. But Cameron runs from Terrence every chance he gets. Until Cameron meets a lady who whoops him upside the head and makes him see who he really is. He just needs to be with Terrence one time, before he disappears.

This is the second in the Philip Potter series I've read, but it is book 3, I think. There is one I have still to read so am reading them out of order. I don't think it matters too much, though.

Terrence is in New York, studying pre-law and has a wide and varied circle of friends. They spread time at the Stonewall Inn, which is a bar run by the Mafia catering for openly gay/lesbian people along with those who colour between the lines. Cameron catches his eye, but runs away all the time. Cameron does have good reason though. Being bait for his Mafia boss' blackmail scam has jaded the man. He knows he doesn't have long left, he is, after all, getting old, but Cameron also knows he needs to get away, before he is made gone and ends up at the bottom of the river with concrete boots.

I really enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as No Good Deed, and I the only reason I can maybe pinpoint, is the crime/thriller element is not here. Its based around the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, the run up and the few days after.  So there are are murderous thoughts from some people, but none that take flight. We get how one police officer feels before and after, how two amazing women stand up to the police, how people watching nearby felt. Its very deep, in the emotions that run through it, and I did like that.

Its also a little steamier than No Good Deed, not too much, still very mild, but in keeping with the fact that, times they are a-changing, if albeit slowly.

As well as Terrence and Cameron, we get Philip Potter, and George, his lover; we get Harold and Abigail;  we get several other characters too and it gives a huge amount of insight into what happened at Stonewall Inn that fateful night.

It took a long time for things to start moving but many believe this event was the birth of the modern LGBT movement.

As I said, I enjoyed this read, but not as much as No Good Deed, but it still gets....

4 stars

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

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review 2016-07-27 16:41
Happy Independence Day by Michael Rupured
Happy Independence Day - Michael Rupured

“When the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars… then peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars... This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius... harmony and understanding; sympathy and trust abounding; no more falsehoods or derisions, golden living dreams of visions; mystic crystal revelation and the mind's true liberation.” ~ Fifth Dimension 'Hair' Aquarius

'Happy Independence Day' by Michael Rupured picks up at the end of ‘No Good Deed’, with Terrance in college and Harold, Phillip's most recent charge, just graduating from high school. The most important things in Terrance's life are to graduate from college and go to law school so he can be in a position to help the oppressed gain independence and respect. At this stage of his life, nothing is more important than achieving those goals. At least, that was the case until he sees Cameron, a handsome, rugged-looking young man across the room in the Stonewall Inn.

For Harold's high school graduation, Philip and his lover, George, give Harold and his best friend, Abigail, a trip to New York City and tickets to see the musical Hair. One of the things Terrance promises Harold is to take him to the Stonewall Inn, a rather run-down establishment, but, other than the token police raids that take place regularly with advanced notice, a safe haven of sorts for homosexuals. The police are paid off by the mob for this courtesy. Harold and his friend are in awe of all the sights and sounds they never would have experienced otherwise. Men dancing together, drag queens in full regalia, women dancing together, holding hands, and drinking, another “courtesy” secured by bribes, since it is against the law to serve liquor to homosexuals.

Cameron can't imagine anyone wanting to be with him in his current circumstances, especially a handsome young man like Terrance. Yet, when Terrance finally approaches him, he can't resist. A chance to be with Terrance is something Cameron doesn't want to miss. When Cameron and Terrance leave, they entrust Harold and Abigail to the care of his friends, Kremma De Kropp, drag queen extraordinaire, and Terrance’s lesbian buddy, Kelsey. It never occurs to Terrance that anything out of the ordinary might happen. However, he is wrong. It's a hot Saturday night and the club is more crowded than ever. When an unscheduled police raid takes place and the officers go beyond obligatory harassment to deliberate destruction of their safe haven, the crowd becomes hostile. Their backs are pushed up against a 'stone wall', and for the first time, they come back fighting.

Michael has done a great job of bringing the characters from the first book into the present of this story. Terrance may be the focus with his love interest being Cameron, but woven in with their romance are real historic events. Michael's writing is smooth and evenly paced. Even though I knew what would take place, I still couldn't put the book down. When I heard about the riots back in 1969, I was appalled that it took violence to achieve change, but I remember thinking: “It's about time to call for some respect.” Thanks, Michael, for the brilliant portrayal of Stonewall's legacy.


Source: www.rainbowbookreviews.com/book-reviews/happy-independence-day-a-philip-potter-story-by-michael-rupured-at-dsp-publications
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text 2016-07-04 19:14
Happy 240th Birthday, America



Have a great party, everybody!

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photo 2016-07-04 08:01

My fellow Americans:


May this holiday be filled with peace, happiness, & freedom!  I hope this post finds you enjoying a terrific book or hanging out with friends & family.


Happy Independence Day America.  Happy 240th birthday to us all!







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review 2016-01-25 02:02
Independence Day
Independence Day - Robin Nelson

This is a book in my collection of American Holiday books. This would be a fun book to read and have them talk about fireworks and what independence means. I would use this with a 1st or second grade class. Then for an activity I would take toilet paper rolls, cut slits half way up the tube and bend them outwards. When you dip them in paint and put them on paper they look like fire works. I could do multiple writing things with this collection of books.

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