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Full Circle | [Michael Thomas Ford]

Full Circle

History professor Ned Brummel is living happily with his partner of 12 years in small-town Maine when he receives a phone call from his estranged friend - Jack - telling him that another friend - Andy - is very ill and possibly near death. As Ned boards a plane to Chicago on his way to his friend's bedside, he embarks on another journey into memory, examining the major events and small moments that have shaped his world and his relationships with these two very different, very important men.
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Publisher's Summary

History professor Ned Brummel is living happily with his partner of 12 years in small-town Maine when he receives a phone call from his estranged friend - Jack - telling him that another friend - Andy - is very ill and possibly near death. As Ned boards a plane to Chicago on his way to his friend's bedside, he embarks on another journey into memory, examining the major events and small moments that have shaped his world and his relationships with these two very different, very important men.

Growing up together through the restrictive 1950s and confusing '60s, Jackson "Jack" Grace and Ned Brummel take solace in their love for each other. But once they arrive at college in 1969 and meet handsome farm boy Andy Kowalski, everything changes. Despite Andy's apparent heterosexuality, both Jack and Ned fall hard for him, straining their close friendship. Soon, the three men will become involved in a series of intense liaisons and bitter betrayals, coming together and flying apart, as they alternately hurt, love, shape, and heal one another over the course of years.

From the heady, drug- and sex-fueled days of San Francisco in the wild '70s to the haunting spectre of AIDS in the '80s and the righteous activism of the '90s, their relationship transforms and grows, reflecting the changes going on around them. Now, together again in the most crucial and intimate of settings, Ned, Jack, and Andy have another chance to confront the damage of the past and embrace the bonds of friendship and love that have stood the test of time.

©2007 Michael Thomas Ford (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Impactful...real...Ford's beautiful story makes it all seem possible and believable...these are rich characters, heartfelt descriptions and real-life happenings that resonate...allow yourself to get lost in this story." (The Lambda Book Report)

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    Timothy United States 01-17-14
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    "A Great Story Of Love Loss And Gay Service Members"

    Mr. Ford amazing from childhood friends to adult lovers and finally adult companions. All set in Vietnam war time and realistic in its depiction of gay service members pre-don't ask don't tell. Love lost acceptance. Great Listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donald VALDOSTA, GEORGIA, United States 10-01-13
    Donald VALDOSTA, GEORGIA, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "To Every Season..."

    I loved this story!! I can so relate to the struggles, hardships, and joy described in the pages of Michael Thomas Ford's 'Full Story'. Though I am not as old as the characters of our protagonists, Ned & Jack, many of the paths described within the pages resonate within and brought forth a plethora of memories of my own forgotten past. Initially, I thought I would resent that remembrance, but I must admit that I am thankful. This is the second book written by Ford that I have read and I can assuredly admit that I am now a huge fan. The narration of Blake Somerset, brought the characters to life and I am glad that I was able to share in the telling of such a reminiscent tale! Highly recommend!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 09-17-13
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Michael Thomas Ford at his best"

    Reading the synopsis I wasn't immediately drawn to this book. Instead I found a well written exploration of a life long friendship. Loved it - I was wrapped up in the story from the first moment.

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    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 01-12-14
    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2013

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    "too retrospective not enough intresting"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    less memories, more actions


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Thomas Ford again?

    probably not, this is the second book of his i have listened too. The first one wasn't that bad but i think this has killed his writing style for me for a while.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    keep from slowing down an already slow and overly lengthy story.


    What character would you cut from Full Circle?

    none of the characters need to be cut. Have the "memories" in the story could have been sizably cut though.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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