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The Road Home

(Big Diehl #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Diehl's return to Wyoming from six years of service to his country---including combat in Iraq---is colored with a dark intent to even the score with his father. But before he can once again embrace that family, including Tony, a ranch hand with a military history of his own, Diehl's single-minded purpose of revenge against his father precipitates events that turn his life ...more
ebook, 420 pages
Published June 13th 2010 by ManLoveRomance Press (first published June 12th 2010)
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Roger Kean
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don’t do synopses in the rare reviews I post, since most of that can be found in the book blurbs, and the words of those reviewers who do so and do it better than me, so no story here and no spoilers. There was a novella, but this is the real deal— Big Diehl: The Road Home . It’s long, involved, and a damned fine story. I suspect many traditional (or should that be typical) M/M Romance readers will be unhappy with the switched POVs and "illegal" head-hopping between characters in a scene, bu ...more
Second read. Even better than the first. Hard knock life with tough breaks and a true family that loves you no matter what. I noticed a lot of things the second time around. To me, that's the sign of a good writer, another read that you can delve deeper. I re-read Big Diehl in preparation to read Comes a Peace.
Two years ago, we drove thru Wyoming and I have a personal vision of this land, it's architecture and people. Great to have that first hand knowledge.
George, again my hat is off to you for
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Staff Sergeant Big Diehl takes his military discharge and goes home to wreak havoc on the dad who abused him and gave him that awful name.
His journey home does not go well, apart from him picking up a cute dog from the middle of the road.
Probably he shouldn't have bought all that fertiliser.

I suppose this genre is gay contemporary but it reads more like gay romance. Whatever happened to that genre? It was everywhere a few years ago and I miss it.
Seaton's got a lovely Wyoming twang prose style an
From the cover and the backblurb of Big Diehl: The Road Home one could think this book is about a boy (Diehl) and his dog (Jack). Well, it is, but there are lots of secondary characters too. Among them, a few of Diehl’s lovers; his friends (a lesbian couple that takes in waifs like him); his father and all kinds of different inhabitants of the region where Diehl grew up. Most of these characters get their own detailed attention and in some cases even their own voice or perspective through which ...more
George Seaton
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I know... BSP (Blatant Self Promotion). Five stars for goodness sake. This is the follow-up novel to the novella of the same title. It's a long one...420 pages, and I'm forever grateful to MLR Press for publishing it (it's also available in print format). The novel takes up where the novella left off, with some back story that, hopefully, holds the storytelling together. From my website: The Diehl stories tell of a young man who, upon his graduation from high school, escapes his dismal lif ...more
Oct 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Big Diehl is an extended novel that shares the same character from an earlier novella by the same name. I haven’t read the novella but I doubt you need to in understanding the novel. In fact the story goes into so much background (near 100 pages) I think anything offered in the novella is repeated here so pick this up on its own easily. That said the story is rather absorbing and interesting. The writing is unique with a tone and voice that takes some getting used to and makes the story feel mor ...more
Elisa Rolle
I remember with pleasure the novella with the same character, Big Diehl, a barely legal boy who searched in the Army a way out his nightmare but also the family he was missing. Oddity of life was that leading off to a life in the Army, he also find another way, an isolated ranch owned by a lesbian couple, Chris and Maddie, who made her life to offer shelter to all these young boys and girls who are misfit of society. But for Big it was too late, or maybe too soon, he needed to go out and be in t ...more
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After six years of service to his country, during which he saw combat duty in Iraq, Big Diehl has received his discharge from the Army and is headed back to Wyoming. His only goal is to confront his father for the repeated molestations he suffered as a boy. But before he can even things with his old man, Diehl finds himself in the center of a homicide investigation and on the run from the law. When it looks like his “adopted” family in Casper can’t help him, he is comforted by a stray dog, who t ...more
Milo Baumgartner
fantastic story... great people... well written... loved the description of the:
Pleasant Acres Trailer Park
"Paint had paled upon and peeled from those walls, a rejection of color, a fade to gray, as if somehow the structures themselves knew the party was over; a plead that they be let lose of their purpose, a supplication to fold in on themselves."
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Although this story by the new-to-me George Seaton is over 400 pages long, it’s one that I could not stop thinking about regardless of how long it took me to get back to it—real life and all does have a way of interfering with my reading sometimes. But even so, I could not get Big Diehl—the book or the character—out of my mind… not that I wanted to, oh heck no! And once I got back to Big and his journey home the pages flew by. This is not an action-packed thriller it’s mostly an introspective re ...more
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Big Diehl: The Road Home by George Seaton is about many things. It is the story of a man’s reckoning with a childhood and adolescence of neglect, abuse and overwhelming pain. It is the story of a soldier’s return from war and the challenges he experiences in attempting to re-integrate into civilian life. It is the story of a man’s search for a sense of belonging and for love. It is also a story about the intersection of people and lives and how life’s chance encounters can alter the direction of
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Big Diehl: The Road Home is aptly titled. It's the story of Diehl's journey home, physically and metaphorically. Mr. Seaton has written a very well constructed story with fully developed characters and a well thought out plot that he executes perfectly. It's a hefty tome, weighing in at over 400 pages, but with that much available real estate Mr. Seaton expands on, and develops secondary characters that add to the fullness of the story. We get a full orchestration of the story, not just a surfac ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This isn't a perfect book, but it is lovely and engaging. The main character is one of my favorites from the books I've read recently. I don't think I usually develop crushes on book characters, but I just imagine this man, named Big Diehl despite his lack of height, to be overwhelmingly charismatic, masculine, confident, honest pure-hearted and strong. The book rambles in places and could use a bit of tightening, but I sincerely loved the story and wish I could meet Big in real life. I've recom ...more
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this one. I liked it, and I liked the characters. Diehl does, I think, get his HEA, but there's at least one character whom I love who doen't get everything tied up in a sweet little bow at the end. Hopefully, the author will write about that particular character eventually because he deserves an HEA. I won't say which character that is because that would spoil the ending of the book. ...more
Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Big Diehl: The Road Home... started as a short story in "Big Diehl." Its now grown in to a full fledged novel with a bit of a whodunit thrown in. I don't think you need to read the former since the majority of the short is contained within the novel. (Not that it's not a great read.)

Nutshell: This story is about looking towards the future, while at the same time letting go of a hurtful past.

So many great characters in this book. 4.5 stars.

May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, read-again
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I was completely engaged from beginning to end. I loved the authors style of writing and the pace of the plot was perfect to me - there was never a dull moment.

There were just so many great characters, particularly Diehl himself, who has a heart of pure gold. There were some awfully sad moments though, and I couldn't help my heart breaking for someone at the end. I bought this book based on the good reviews here, and I'm very glad that I did.
Adam Reid
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a wonderfully heartwarming book about a man named Big who comes back to seek revenge for what has happened in his past and meets with a childhood friend who he had left behind. during the story, Big happens to become a suspect in a crime and makes things worse when he actually does get in trouble.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Unique in many ways. Captivating read and very, very good. You won't be sorry. ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, kindle, mm
Good story. Kindle version has formatting errors that distract the reader.
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