Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped has long been considered a masterpiece of high adventure. In The Low Road, James Lear reinvents this classic as a satirical, queer, coming-of-age story.
In 1750 Scotland, young Charles Gordon reaches adulthood ignorant of his family's heroic past in the Jacobite Rebellion. He sets out to discover the truth about his father, but instead is kidnapped by mercenaries and sold into slavery as the plaything of a group of corrupt military officials. But Charlie's talents, in and out of bed, win him powerful friends as well as dangerous foes. The false priest, Lebecque, violent Captain Robert, depraved General Wilmott all contribute to Charlie's 'education'. Eventually leading a makeshift army of sex-crazed layabouts, Charlie faces the might of the English forces. Will he triumph, or is it better to retreat to the safety of his sybaritic lifestyle?
James Lear expertly interweaves spies and counterspies, scheming servants and sadistic captains, tavern trysts and prison orgies, into this delightfully erotic work that can take its place alongside his acclaimed novels The Back Passage and Hot Valley.
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I think the books description should have been more clear about the X-rated material. I thought this was going to be an historical novel, but was shocked to find out it was basically all about the sexual exploits between two men. I would never have bought this book had I known. This is not the type of thing I was to listen to back and forth to work.
I didn't listen further than the first three chapters and gave up.
"Perfect for my taste"
I love the historical background in the story. I love the adventures of Charlie (sometimes over the top sex, but I just treat it as art). I love how the story was narrated; easy to understand. Glad this all came together in a book. :)
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