Randal Collins Publishing
R. Roderick Rowe is a new author who offers a fresh look at the survivalist genre, mixing a bit of cultural engineering in with survivalist values to build a community based on a homosexual lifestyle. This would be a 'coming of age' story on steroids, if books could use steroids. The first book, titled "Paradigm Lost, Jamari and the Manhood Rites Part I", is available now at Amazon Books in both paperback and Kindle versions.
This book is currently classed as "Fiction, LGBT, Coming of Age, Post Apocalypse".
The next book is a closer look at the "night studies" portion of Jamari and the Manhood Rites, Part 1. This book, "Paradigm Lost: Eros Times" follows Jamari and company as they are taught the skills of physical pleasuring. It develops scenes from Part 1 that were glossed over or deleted in an attempt to make the book acceptable to a broader age range audience. This book falls into the category of Gay Erotica and is not for the casual reader. BUT, there is much to be learned as Jamari learns the value of safely conducting mutual pleasuring with both male and female partners!
We have a review of the Manhood Rites, Part 1 from the Manhattan Book Review with a rating of 4 out of 5 Stars! Here's some text from the review:
"Author, R Roderick Rowe essentially takes current day society taboos and makes them the norm in the dystopian society in Paradigm Lost: Jamari and The Manhood Rites Part 1 as far as governing bodies, family make up and sexual preference. He does a great job of integrating events that have happened in our lifetime (i.e. September 11th, ISIS, use of natural gases, etc.) and adds them to the story as history for this society. As far as the role of government and how society is run, readers are allowed to see another, albeit fictional, possibility. The acceptance of homosexuality as a norm in this society and heterosexuality as merely a means to an end is a clever way to address how taboo and unaccepted homosexuality is now.
Rowe’s approach does not try to force it as the right or wrong way, rather he puts it out there and readers can take it as it is. Some may find this uncomfortable when reading, however some may find that if they look at the story of Jamari’s journey as a whole, they will see that the changes in this society and how they got where they are makes Paradigm Lost an interesting read."
Other reviewers have applauded it also:
4 out of 5 Stars! - The San Francisco Book Review
4 out of 5 Stars! - Serious Reading
3.5 out of 5 Stars - The Portland Book Review
Here's a look at some text from "Paradigm Lost: Jamari and the Manhood Rites, Part 1":
The year 2115 (75 years After THE FALL)
Jamari woke up on what he had decided was going to be the final morning of his childhood. He pulled his bedmate closer and woke him as well. He was firm in his mind that today he would start the process to become a man. He worried, though, about what he would have to leave behind as he began that journey; about whether he knew his own mind well enough to face the obstacles ahead since no one was ever told what the rites of manhood entailed.
His Hearth Leader, Jahangir, had told all of them, again, the night before that this would be the last time until the spring that the Tribe would be taking candidates into the Young Men’s Halls. After today, the available hearths would be closed. Jamari speculated that it would be until enough of the current group of Young Men had graduated into full manhood and citizenship. He knew that this was his time. In fact, he had passed by the last hearth opening a half year ago, waiting for his good friend, and this night’s bunkmate, who was coming awake in his arms; an added warmth for a chill fall morning and a companion to share the waking process of his maturing body. He hoped that he would someday have a better understanding of the “Rule of Attachment” that The Tribe was so careful to monitor. Perhaps leaving Ryan behind would be a painful separation, but, there was still hope that Ryan would also take the steps to become a man as well, and, hope-against-the-odds, be assigned to the same Young Men’s Hall. Maybe at a later time, but, he would still be coming along someday.
The room, a short distance down the hall into an underground fortification, was still dark, with only a faint light coming from the open door to the younglings’ dorm. Jamari nestled against the warm body next to him awaiting the wakeup call. As he did so, Ryan came fully awake and pulled Jamari’s arms more firmly around him, inviting him to be closer.
They could hear others awakening to their morning as they rustled around in the blankets, waiting for the wakeup call. Here in Jahangir’s Hearth, in Milltown Hall at the hillside stronghold of the community of Milltown Hill, milieu of the Elkhead Tribe, in the State of Lincoln (once southwestern Oregon), Jamari held his friend, enjoying what could be their last closeness as he also held onto his resolve that this was his final day as a boy, and that tonight he would sleep in one of the Young Men’s halls.
Now available! Paradigm Lost: Jamari Shaman
The second book in the Paradigm Lost series, this novel follows Jamari through his first full year of the Manhood Rites challenges.
Jamari enters into the challenges and training regimen to become a fully functional adult member of his tribal community. Eager to become a tribal sub-chief and warrior, the Manhood Rites reveal underlying talents as a Shaman, taking him down an unexpected and undesired path.
Physically and mentally tested, he journeys to the coastal areas to render and gather salt for his tribe, where he encounters other peoples who live outside the tribal influence, sometimes with disastrous consequences.
Along the physical journey, he must also find passage into his own spirit and soul, unearthing unsuspected talents and skills.
Can he accept his fate and transform into the respected spiritual leader he is destined to become? And will he survive the process?