Title: The Seventh Wave – Part II of The Pearl Trilogy
Author: Geoffrey Knight
Buy Link: The Seventh Wave
Publisher: Dare Empire eMedia Productions
Genre: Contemporary M/M, interracial
Length: Novella 110 PDF pages
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
*This review contains what could be considered spoilers*
Review Summary: Luke and Jad endure their first separation and have to battle to understand what they want, in order to stay together.
For Jad and Luke it was a summer of love. Of sweltering thunderstorms and salty fresh oysters. Of afternoons spent diving naked through the warm tropical waters, and nights spent laying on the wet sand wrapped in each others’ arms beneath the southern stars. But if the two young men were certain of anything other than their love for each other—it was that summer couldn’t last forever.
As Jad begins his medical studies in faraway Sydney, Luke joins the Royal Flying Doctors as a pilot, attending to medical emergencies in remote outback Australia.
Will the temptations of the city, the allure of a handsome new friend, and his dream of becoming a doctor tear Jad away from Luke forever?
Or will the beautiful but harsh Australian Outback finally decide the fate of the two young friends and lovers?
In The Pearl I met half blood Aborigine Jarrah Yindi and his white playmate Luke Lawson who had been best friends since they were six years old. They fell in love as teenagers and now Jarrah (Jad) was leaving home to study medicine in Sydney, and as the time to leave grew closer they could not bear to be apart from each other. Eventually the day arrived and Jad almost missed his flight because he was so upset at leaving his lover and best friend Luke. His father also had his own regrets that Jad was leaving so soon because he was hoping to teach him about his heritage before he ventured into a different world. When he boarded the plane the most important item Jad had to remember Luke was the pearl he had given him years ago.
On arriving in Sydney Jad realized how naive he was when his wallet containing all his money and identification was stolen. Lucky for him when he made it to the university there was someone who was eager to help him, Brandon White, an American student who had been there a few days. They became fast friends and wherever Brandon was, there was Jad, as most of their classes were together. Soon Jad became so immersed in university life it was getting harder to talk to Luke since they didn’t seem to have anything in common any more. Luke was also moving on with his life as he was was learning to be a pilot with the Flying Doctors. Eventually the calls to Luke were fewer and farther apart as Jad and Brandon spent more time with each other. Darwin was a world away and the inevitable happened as Jad and Luke drifted even further away from each other and Brandon fell in love with Jad who was right there by his side.
Being very young, lonely and in need of sexual satisfaction one night Brandon kissed Jad, and against everything he believed in and the love he still had for Luke, Jad had sex with someone else. The next morning Jad refused to see Brandon again because he was so upset at himself at the way he had betrayed the man he loved and nothing Brandon could do or say eased his guilt. Then a few days later he received a frantic phone call from his mother. Luke was missing and Jad’s entire life was put on hold as he rushed back home to find the man he loved.
Geoff Knight is a terrific writer and he brings the reader into the wonder of the Top End of the World as Jad battles the elements and himself in his search for Luke. He now knows that life without Luke would be empty, although he still doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. The immediate and pressing problem was to find someone to take him into the uncharted unknown to find Luke, hopefully still alive.
This story is told in two parts – Brandon and Jad, and Jad with Luke in Darwin. I really felt sorry for Brandon because he loved Jad and he was a sincere, caring person but Jad belonged to someone else. I empathised with Jad who was still very young and in many ways wasn’t sure about what he wanted to do with his life, so he spent a lot of time spinning his wheels especially in Arnhem Land, remote scrubby bushland with only his Aborigine guide Billy Shakespeare for company and no direction from him about what to do next. In some ways this is an analogy for many young men who can’t decide what’s important and Jad was still indecisive almost to the end of the book when the light bulb eventually went on.
As with The Pearl I felt that I was actually in the vast Top End of Australia as Jad was searching for Luke, and Geoff Knight’s prose sucked me into his world. The detail and the atmosphere were incredible and Billy Shakespeare spoke to him in riddles and didn’t explain anything but expected him to know how to find his way to Luke in more than the physical journey. Billy had a unique way of toughening up Jad which at times seemed cruel, but in his own way I believed he wanted him to make up his mind about how important Luke was to him.
This emotional story of Jad’s and Luke’s coming of age will stay with you as you experience all of the uncertainties of a first love, the first separation and the ties that held them together. All of their emotions coalesce as they experience joy and sadness, betrayal and love and everything in between, before finding each other again. Although Luke wasn’t as much of a presence in this book as in The Pearl because he and Jad spent a lot of time apart, he defiinitely knew what he wanted and he made sure that Jad could see into his heart.
If you don’t like cheating, even though Jad is still very young, then you probably shouldn’t read The Seventh Wave which would be a pity because it’s a different kind of young adult love story about two characters with whom you will fall in love.
The Seventh Wave is not a standalone book and you need to read The Pearl so that you can get to know Luke and Jad in their natural environment. Part III, The Firestick, is the concluding story in this series.
At that moment there was a crash against the shore as the seventh wave proudly announced itself, rushing all the way up the beach till it hit the trunks of the palm trees before slowly retreating back to the sea. My old man sat back in his chair, satisfied that nature hadn’t disappointed him. “Always the strongest. That’s Mother Earth keepin’ things interesting. Giving the sea a push. Reminding us who’s in charge. That wave could carry anything to shore.”