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The Voyeur [Paperback]

Michael T. Luongo
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Book Description

April 1 2007

Jason Green is a twenty-seven-year-old gay man doing sex research for the betterment of society. He teaches and lectures; he’s an educator. A new assignment will take him into the depths of New York’s seamy side, revealing the often shocking world of sex clubs, bath houses, and the dangers that await you in this dark world. For Jason, only one thing can shock him more, and it’s a betrayal he never saw coming.

Michael T. Luongo’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Condé Nast Traveler, and many other publications. He is the author of Frommer’s Buenos Aires 2006.


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Michael Luongo is a freelance writer and photographer living in New York. His credits include the New York Times, Bloomberg News, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, the Advocate, PlanetOut and many other gay and mainstream publications.

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By Walter Hypes TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This intriguing and unusual novel is set against a background of gay porn theaters, cruising areas, and the seedy bathhouses of Manhattan where social pretenses are stripped away and lust becomes the great equalizing force. It's a world defined by semi-naked men perpetually on the hunt and where the anticipated heart stopping glances are exchanged amongst a heady concoction of testosterone and sweat, those unadulteratingly masculine scents.

Into this mix comes twenty-seven-year old graduate student Jason Green, an idealistic sex researcher and educator who has entered the AIDS field hoping for a friendly gay environment to work in, free from the restrictions of suburbs. Up until recently his medical school's psychology department has concentrated on inner-city AIDS victims, the homeless, women, and minorities because it seemed to be where the epidemic was heading.

But one night when Jason is mugged, the resulting newspaper article enables his boss Shelly to finance a new study for gay men. Commissioned by the National Institute of Health, Jason is put in charge of researching a program aimed at interviewing these men, especially those who are HIV positive. Jason, of course, is overwhelmed as its long been a dream of his that Shelley would eventually get a gay sex research project of this type off the ground.

From the start, however, the project is rife with difficulties, for how can they get men to talk about their most intimate sexual experiences? And furthermore, how can they get these men to disclose their true serostatus? Shelly decides that they must go to where people are having sex and give out the number for the project.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the world Sept. 26 2007
By J. V. Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wasn't expecting to get a rather unusual glimpse into the life of a gay sex researcher. Didn't get a good idea of the title until the very end of the book. It was rather obvious that the subject of the book was the "voyeur," and for a psychologist wannabe, it seems rather sad. Enjoy the book, but not a good read.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Borer May 17 2007
By Frank Berkeley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sorry. I bought this booked based upon the testimonial of author Jay Quinn, whose work I admire and enjoy, emblazened across the top of the cover. It was a bit of a disappointment. Jason is a "sex researcher." I place that in quotation marks because it seems that most of his research consists of passing out cards -- not cards collecting data, but cards asking people to call -- in hot beds of gay sex. This is akin to describing the people passing out discount men's suit coupons on Lexington Avenue as "fashion consultants." Anyway, Jason is in a relationship with Mark, but an unhappy one. And, boy, do we get to find out how unhappy. In the first third of the story, we listen to Mark whine on three separate occasions about how much Jason ignores and neglects him. It is essentially the same conversation repeated thrice. Then, in a plot development that is totally predictable five pages out, we get an on-line version of the "Pina Colada Song." Following that, Mark makes his dramatic announcement, which is, again, totally predictable. Meanwhile, Jason is so "professional" in his work that he writes himself up for "protocol violations" but inexplicably detains a teacher from starting her class on time so that he can dump his pathetic story on her while wracked with sobs. In fact, sobbing occupies about ten consecutive pages. In the end, Jason tosses away, stupidly, everything he has purported to stand for for 305 pages. The author, Michael Luongo, credits his editor; instead he should fire him. Luongo apparently writes non-fiction travel stories as his day job. Perhaps he should stick to factual data, as interesting and credible fiction appears to be beyond his capabilities.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars profound theme May 31 2007
By ANN OLEARY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just finished the book--it is wonderful! Touched me very deeply in many ways, was HILARIOUS, and really moved me at the end--I can relate to the epiphany experience a lot. This latter experience speaks directly to themes of loss and nostalgia, but most importantly clarifies the overerarching theme--secrecy to prevent the loss of love--for Jason, the protagonist. This profound theme ties together the personal and professional aspects of Jason's life, and did the same for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EPIC JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY Sept. 27 2007
By R. C. Lemos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are looking for a comic novel with a lot of sex in it, this one isn't for you. But if you are looking for a substancial novel of sexual morals and concerns, you can't find something better. Yes, there is a lot of comic comeback verbal quips in the book (coming from a secondary ...but essential character), but the main story is one of self discovery. All the characters are fleshed out, the realities of them almost scaringly real. Workers....parents....friends....lovers. You've known people like these at most times in your life.

This novel takes you on a voyage of discovery not only about the main character, but allows insight, perhaps, into your own life. This is not only just a well done, insightful piece of fiction, but is practical and almost inspirational. So many times the endings of novels are forced and unreal. This one was not.

As a published author, with two novels currently in print, I tend to criticize various writings for their shortcomings, however there are none here. This novel takes you on a voyage of discovery, and one that needs to be read. You will appreciate that you did, and if you don't....you will miss out and something new, original and most different. (Actually, the sausage scene alone is worth the price of the book.)

So try it! You'll like it!
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