A Life Apart

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
In the 1880s, two teenage boys are torn apart by a woman’s greed and a cruel secret. Each is thrown into the violence of the Mahdi’s war in Sudan, ignorant of the other’s presence. One an officer, the other a lowly cavalry trumpeter, two lovers far from each other in a hostile world—will the young men overcome the ordeal of a life apart to achieve their dream of a destiny together? More
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About Roger Kean

Roger Michael Kean spent his childhood in Nigeria, West Africa then survived (just) a British boarding school. He studied fine art and film technique (he edited TV sports films for a decade) before accidentally dropping into magazine and, eventually, book publishing. After the African experience, he has travelled widely for exploration as well as relaxation. In the mid-1980s, he was co-founder of a magazine publishing company which launched some of Britain’s most successful computer games periodicals, including CRASH and ZZAP!64. Since then he has edited books on subjects ranging from computer games, popular music, sports and history, including "The Complete Chronicle of the Emperors of Rome", with links to the original illustrations at the Recklessbooks.co.uk website. In addition to the titles shown here, Kean has also written, under the name of Zack, his artist-partner, the paperback "Boys of Vice City" and "Boys of Disco City", available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon. The third in the series, "Boys of Two Cities" is out in November 2012.

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Mike Tonio reviewed on April 13, 2013

Loved this book. Well paced, extremely engrossing historical drama. The storyline is awesome and kept me awake far past my usual bed time.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)
avis h reviewed on March 30, 2013

A riveting story and I do like it. However, the play by play of every moment I didn't think was necessary.
Interestingly enough, there's another book 'Storm Over Khartoum' written by Roger Kean, is the exact same story as 'A Life Apart' except that the 'twins' names and other characters' names are different and the story is shorter. What's up with that?
(reviewed 78 days after purchase)
Lucas Lyons reviewed on March 22, 2013

A Life Apart has love, sex, violence, adventure, seashells, 1884 British military strategy, spitting camels, fuzzy wuzzies and yorkshire pudding. What more could you desire in a historical romance novel?

Victorian England, teatime, elite boys school, dangerous back alleys, forts, army barracks, desert sands, emirs, soldiers, nubians, dervishes, perils, uncertainty, love, passion, sex, friendship, military camaraderie, thrilling battles, daring escapes, exotic locales, slavery, heroism, allegiance and always hope.

Separated in war two lovers fear they will never see each other again but nothing will stop them from trying.

It's a brilliant story of treachery and hate, loyalty and love.

We have not seen such a great bravery and passion since Roger Kean's story of Malco in his previous historical romance Thunderbolt Torn Enemy of Rome. Once again his knowledge of history and his career in writing have produced a masterpiece, Roger's partner Oliver Frey was the artist for the book cover and his legendary reputation in the gay art world shines brightly adorning A Life Apart.
(reviewed 71 days after purchase)
Monika V reviewed on Feb. 1, 2013

This is another book I wish I could give more than 5 stars.

Roger Kean I think you’ve made me speechless and if you were to ask any of my friends that doesn’t happen often. You have written one amazing book and I am truly sorry I’ve come to the end.

This book is Gay Fiction not to be confused with M/M Romance. While there are some similarities they are vastly different. It has a true plot which is just as important as the love story between Edward and Richard, without it their story would not have had the effect it did on me. Secrets and lies tore them apart and threw them into an adventure that at times was heartbreaking but there was so much love between them surely fate wouldn’t keep them apart.

What happens to them had me crying...a lot, so yes there is angst but there is a lot of emotions in the story that carried me to the end. The historical aspect of the book was so well written I could visualize what was happening as I read, it made me feel like I was part of the story. I haven’t come across a book that has done that in a long time. With A Life Apart every inch of it had me, it is one of those books that I would have read day and night until I got to the end, a story I didn’t want to put down but sadly real life got in my way.

If you love to read historical novels you will love A Life Apart and if you have never read one give this one a try it is by far the best I’ve ever read, add to that gorgeous men with passion and romance in their hearts and a beautiful HEA, that of course made me cry, it’s a winner in my eyes.

As I mentioned before this novel is very different from M/M Romance its true Gay Fiction written by an author that knows how to tell a story, it’s something I think all that read M/M Romance should read.

Thank you Mr. Kean

highly recommends.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Tom C reviewed on Jan. 26, 2013

Historically accurate fiction with action, adventure, war, heroism, intriguing alliances, sex, passion and a love so deep it has linked two men all their very young lives — what more could you ask for in gay fiction? This quickly became my favorite book.

I read A life Apart with awe at its perfection as a sexy historical novel. I wish there was a way to get the message out to readers that there is an author who writes intelligent, captivating books of the lives, loves, and riveting adventures of genuine gay men in remarkable circumstances.

A Life Apart is artfully ingenious and captivating. How is it that Roger Kean can put so much historical, geographical and societal detail into a book and still have every page be exciting? It impacts the heart and the mind with intelligent situations which is what all gay romance fiction should do.

I didn't even know the Mahdist Wars existed and I certainly found the atmosphere, local and military customs as educational as they were entertaining. It's a rare book where the adventure and secondary characters were as satisfying for me as was the love story between the main characters.

What a magnificent treasure he has created. The heroic lovers are certainly two of most unique and memorable characters and this is the most remarkable book I have read since his novel of that sexy warrior Malco in the Second Punic War — Thunderbolt: Torn Enemy of Rome (also by Roger Kean.)
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

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