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Denial, Deceit, Discovery


"Gay, straight or just confused; everyone will connect
with this book on some level."

Denial, Deceit, Discovering is the heart-rending story based on true events in the life of Jack Ellis; a young Catholic man deep in denial of his own homosexuality. It tells the story of how his own denial and the denial of his loved ones forced him to conform to
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Paperback, First, 364 pages
Published May 31st 2013 by Inkslingers Publishing
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Claire
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Review: Denial, Deceit, Discovery by J. James Published by:Inkslingers Publishing (31st May 2013)

ISBN:9780957640306

Source: Author provided review copy

Rating:4*

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Denial, Deceit, Discovery is the heart-rending story based on true events in the life of Jack Ellis; a young Catholic man deep in denial of his own homosexuality. It tells the story of how his own denial and the denial of his loved ones forced him to conform to the straight world, resulting in his marriage to his high school
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Aimer Boyz
Generally, I'm not a fan of books written in the memoir style but Denial, Deceit, Discovery is the exception to my rule.

You know those talks you have, when the TV is off, the lights are low and the couch is comfortable? When you stop talking about your job, the traffic, the next election and start sharing who you are and who you were...that's how this book reads, feels.

Jack Ellis had a real talent for not thinking about the things he didn't want to think about. A talent that kept him on the
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Ursula (Teddy)
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once I started I couldn’t stop, I was so intrigued to find out what would happen next. I must admit I was a little sceptical at the start with the ‘Gay, Straight or just confused; everyone will connect with this book on some level’. But for anyone who’s ever lived, you’ll certainly find some connection somewhere within these pages. This book is well written with good examples of inner conflict, honest thoughts and feelings. I totally recommend this book, you’ll laugh out loud, you’ll cry, and ...more
David Graham
This is an interesting book that's essentially autobiographical. Bizarrely, Amazon have it listen under 'erotica', and whilst there are some pretty explicit scenes of gay sex, the general jist is far from being erotic, and instead involves a lot of rather intense soul-searching. Where it fails is in the unevenness of the writing that badly needs attention to punctuation and grammar.
Book
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really good book from start to finish. Anyone who is gay will tell you it isn't easy and this fact is portrayed extremely well. We seem to feel the highs and lows more acutely than those in the heterosexual world and there is humour and sadness in this book for sure. I laughed and shed a tear more than once I don't mind admitting.
John A. Rhodes
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

This is a great story of a gay man finding himself. It also really shows how cruel the world can be sometimes. The action was great and foreshadowing better.
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
*copy purchased by reviewer*

This is the true story of one mans journey from denial to admittance and finally to acceptance and happiness.

Memoirs/biographies have always been one of my favorite sections in the book store. I don't really care for famous peoples stories, but I do love the interesting stories of the average, everyday "Joe", or.. Ummm, "Jack" as the case may be.


The author walks us though his life experiences, his first time seeing an erect Penis, his first orgasm, first physical
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Michael
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so relevant to so many men around the world - I could not put it down from beginning to end!
I can certainly see some of myself in this book, I never married however had a few relationships with women in my younger years - especially in my late 20’s.
How the character copes with his situation is very much ‘the norm’ for many men when they realise that they may not be as straight as they thought. I have actually read the book twice now as I had missed some nuances the first time around
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Brittany
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This story was a riveting read, very quick to get through because it is hard to put down!

This is a story about a man coming to terms with himself and his new identity and what that means for the people he loves. It is heartfelt and true to the mark. The writing is raw, it is graphic and during the story you find yourself feeling a thousand different ways about the characters, especially Jack, the main character. Jack is at times selfish and at others incredibly selfless, he makes very smart
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Dick
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is very much the story of many men who were born in the 40's and 50's when it was essential to be in the closet. It also resulted in many of these men ending up with many men ending up with a split personality where they could be married, have children and sometimes sex which was generally disappointing. Eventually, there was a discovery that ended with the gay men realizing the he was gay. This would later result in him telling his wife that he was gay and causing her confusion, pain ...more
Rocky
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for research on a forthcoming project I'm working on. The author writes a seamless story of his journey through the many phases of a struggling gay man in a prejudiced, judgmental world. I highly recommend this story for any individual who is fighting the same internal battle. I found that the world can sometimes be far harsher to the closeted gay than to the open and honest homosexual. This book should be required reading for any human being living in fear of coming out. The ...more
Cheryl
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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It seems wrong to rate a book that is based on actual events. Who am I to judge someone else’s life and say whether I think this man’s story is good or bad?

That aside, I very much enjoyed this book. Jack gives us a close look into his experiences as an apparently straight man who over time realises and comes to terms with the fact that he is indeed gay. He talks about his life growing up, his close, catholic family and his wife and takes the reader with him as he moves through the stages of his
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Colin Griffiths
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing book, I really connected with the story on a personal level. There is something in this book that every one will enjoy; it has passion, pain, joy, heartache, mystery, drama and suspense. It's an amazing story that so many people will be able to relate to in some way or another. This is a book I would read more than once, and leaves you wanting more of the story and hoping for a sequel. For an authors first novel, the writing is perfect, the pace of the story is spot-on and the ...more
Debbie Gale
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant insightful book that crawls into the depths of one man's struggle with his homosexuality!

My eyebrows remained in my hairline for the majority of this book (in a good way) shocking and yet humbling at the same time.

It made me both angry and sad that society can still mould a person into believing that being gay is wrong. This book is able to grasp this in such a way that it is unlike any other book I have read, so personal and I honestly felt like I knew this young man and genuinely
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Miranda Wood
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What and incredible and emotional story. This is not normally my genre, but Wow. I love reading this. Every word of it had me longing for the next. It may start out with you thinking it's a story about one thing but really it is an insightful look into the human mind and soul. Please read this for the sake of improving your mind and your outlook on life.
P.S. Hey J. I would love more of this.
Bryce
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic title, compelling story and meaningful message! James stares down the past, present and future of Jack Ellis with a shared commitment to unflinching honesty and emotional growth. As his first book, Denial, Deceit, Discovery is the rarest of all coming out stories - it transcends common boundaries of the genre, becoming wholly relatable and impactful to anyone who has ever uncovered, reconciled and disclosed a dramatic personal truth in adulthood.
Alan
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I won this book in the First Reads Giveaway.

It took me a little while to get into this book, but soon found myself turning the pages. Very thought provoking. For anyone who is afraid to 'come out' in regards to their sexuality, this is a great book to read.
Brandon Shire
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75

Didn't resonate with me as much as it did with some others. However, the story is one many gay men have lived and will recognize.
Joe
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. The theme of denial was especially easy to relate to. Additionally, the style of writing was smooth and easy reading. Overall, it was a great book!
Victorias' KeepinitReal
Raw..Revealing..REAL!

Outstanding book! I loved it. It was gritty, so inexplicably raw and most definitely true to life. J. James story/life's experiences were amazing. So heavy, honest and full of emotion. A page turner you won't be able to put down until completion. This book is so well written. Every circumstance and experience you can't help but feel because the author is very candid and descriptive and puts it ALL out there for the readers. What an amazing and powerful journey. Exceptional.
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Inked Reads
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
ThreeandHalfStars
First I have to say this is not erotica. Not at all. It might be a bit too vivid for some but as an avid erotica reader, I can tell you this isn't it. However, that being said, It felt like real life for me. The times sexual situations are encountered, they are normally quite brief and simply describe what the character himself was going through and why he was in that particular situation.

I felt like at time the pacing was off as some parts I could read fast enough and other
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Rachael Orman
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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ThreeandHalfStars
First I have to say this is not erotica. Not at all. It might be a bit too vivid for some but as an avid erotica reader, I can tell you this isn't it. However, that being said, It felt like real life for me. The times sexual situations are encountered, they are normally quite brief and simply describe what the character himself was going through and why he was in that particular situation.

I felt like at time the pacing was off as some parts I could read fast enough and other
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Sherry
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was curious about this book so entered the goodreads giveaway. I have an acquaintance/friend who is gay who didn't "come out" until I had known him for several years. I would have never suspected since he had a real girl girlfriend for most of the early years. She was "in the know" about him.

I just wanted to get some incite about his life since we never discuss his "gayness". It's not important to me and he doesn't offer. We just enjoy each other's company the few times we meet for a meal
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Syndi Day
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
i was the lucky winner of a copy of this novel through a goodreads win. it is a story based on true events surrounding the coming out of a gay man. it is very insightful and brutally honest and makes you really think about societal pressures to conform to 'normal'. it is divided into three parts, each with it's own challenges and has a very nice ending. syndi
Debbie Carnes
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heartfelt story of one man's journey of Denial, Deceit and Discovery.
I laughed , I cried, a skillfully told story
A must read
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Originally from the UK, J James is currently living and working in Southeast Asia. He enjoys the tropical climate, and the relaxed pace, which has provided the opportunity to continue developing ideas for his writing.

Both his debut novel, 'Denial Deceit Discovery,' and his latest fictional novel, 'Happy Never After,' draw upon experiences in Asia - using the rich visuals from the region to add
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