Monday, November 9, 2009

Three The Hard Way Review by Cleon T. Day

Three The Hard Way (3THW) by new author Brian L. Banks is a lot of drama, but in a good way. Most of us who are gay know that this lifestyle has a lot of drama whether you’re in the mix or outside of it. What’s fascinating about 3THW is how the story unfolds. First, Mr. Banks wants you to know who his three main partners in crime are (Darius, Kurtis and Theo). He introduces them in separate chapters at the beginning so you can get a sense of each personality.

After you get to know a little something about the each of the men, we get a chance to see how they came to know each other. He prepares you with the central theme it seems in the Gay community, going out. What I found interesting as a city boi here in the ATL is the storyline taking place in Little Rock, Arkansas. I didn’t know Gay Black people had a Black Gay community there. I thought only big cities had it going on, then again this is fiction or is it….

As you read, a number of things will become familiar to you, the bar scene, flirtations, one night-stands, “so-call” boyfriends, exes, cheating, lying, backstabbing and of course, sex. By the title of the book and the book cover, you know there had to be sex. Although there are “scenes” in the story, the book title and sexy bodies on the cover might lead you to believe that it was some heavy sex going on. However when it shows up it’s done just as politely as if it was unfolding in front of your eyes.

One thing that I like about the book was it felt like I knew these characters and their life situations. Anyone of us could put ourselves in any one of these stories. Three The Hard Way is about how three people come together, their friends and their lovers, past, present and future. You might have noticed that I have not shared anything of the storyline and that was intentional. 3THW is a story that needs to unfold before your eyes. It’s like a soap opera with a number of twists, surprises and the plot thickens.

I don’t want to give anything away but there’s a secret or a number of secrets that are introduced near the beginning, but you really don’t find out until all hell breaks loose. New and former relationships with lovers are tested as well as friendships. Issues of trust come into play with both. As 3THW is unraveling you will find yourself in it if you have ever been in love and wanted it to work out and finding it’s not so easy.

Three The Hard Way is an easy read, however the challenge for me and maybe some of you is keeping up with who’s with who. Of course the three main characters Darius, Kurtis and Theo have friends and relations interwoven into their lives. It trying to remember at times the connections between the characters as the storylines became more involved. Never the less it wasn’t crucial to the story to have to flip back to the former pages. For those of you who like storylines with a number of twists and plots, Three The Hard Way is packed with the drama, suspense and secrets revealed.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Book Tour Is Coming Soon...


PRIDE...Here I Come.... Stay tuned for more information regarding my upcoming book tour. I'm trying to hit America's hottest Pride events this summer. Why don't you join me...

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Love Ya,
Phoenix

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Three the Hard Way: It's Finally Here!

My first book is finally here and ready to be enjoyed by all of you. I really think you will enjoy the literary experience. This is just the beginning; there will be many, many more. Enjoy!



Darius, Kurtis and Theo are all living the life in Little Rock, Arkansas. They eat, sleep and breathe drama so it's no surprise when things really start to spiral out of control. Darius is the true drama queen out of the group of friends. He's very promiscuous with the guys and he has no desire to change. He tries to play Mr. Innocent, but beneath the surface, he has some deeply rooted issues that he can’t seem to control. Kurtis is the diva out of the group of friends. He always has the answer for everyone’s issues but his own. He’s hiding a dark secret that threatens to destroy him. Theo is the dark angel out of the group. He’s the good guy who just happens to have 2 drama queens as best friends. Or is he? These 3 friends are taking the city by storm and just when you think they’ve done it all, they surprise you with more.

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When it came to sex and drama, Darius Jones was your man. Darius always lived his life in the midst of drama. The casual observer would say that he got off on it. No matter what was going on in the world, he could always find a way to focus all of the attention on him. Now in some cases it was a true coincidence, but for the most part, he was just a drama queen. Although he had characteristics like this, he was still very charming and people loved to be around him. People often gravitated toward his cool, calm demeanor. They were often blind sighted when they caught wind of his true personality. Darius was known for having many personalities. He could be fun, but he could also be very dangerous when it came to his dealings with people. It wasn’t the type of danger that would put someone in harm’s way; he was dangerous with his words. He was truly destined to be this way. Darius came from a small town in Arkansas where he lived with his mother and his sister. His parents divorced when he was still a toddler. He was the only child for many years before his sister came into the world. He still had plenty of time to become one of the most spoiled kids in the neighborhood. For the most part, Darius was a very good kid. He was surrounded by many friends and family, and he never wanted for anything. The only thing that constantly got him into trouble was his mouth. He had a smart mouth and didn’t mind telling you what he thought. This caused a lot of drama between him and his mother; however, it was something that grew out of during his high school years. He grew out of it with his mother, but everyone wasn’t so lucky. Darius attended college at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. College was an experience that taught him so much about life. Since he came from a small town, there were many things that he didn’t experience. He encountered his first sexual contact with another male while in college. That moment changed his life because for so long he’d been afraid to explore that side of himself. That one moment put life into a totally new perspective. To be frank, it was on and poppin’ from that moment when it came to Darius and his sexual conquests. He was still a bit confused sexually so he continued to date women as well. He eventually graduated with a business management degree. He wanted to be an event planner and he was determined to make it happen for him. When it came to relationships, Darius was all thumbs. Although he had his share of romances, nothing ever really came out of them. He was too picky and when he got bored, the relationship was basically over. For a long time, he needed someone who could keep his attention and satisfy his sexual cravings on the regular. He was always attracted to the masculine type of man who filled the dominant role in the relationship. However, at times, he found himself with girly men because at the end of the day, he still found them very attractive. Darius was still a great catch, but he had a lot of extra baggage when it came to his personality, attitude, and bullshit. If he were ever lucky enough to find a guy who could understand that and combat it when necessary, he would be happy. But that’s like asking a mushroom to roll over and sing. Of course, behind every drama queen, there are two other drama queens.

About Brian "Phoenix" Banks

Brian Banks is a native of Warren, Arkansas. He studied at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he received his degree in radio, television and film. Writing is Brian’s passion and he believes that it’s his true purpose in life. He now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Purchase Information

Hello Friends, Family and Visitors:

My book is currently not available in stores, but if you want to order it online, here is the link. I know you will enjoy it, so buy it. Thanks in advance.

http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000111584

Brian "Phoenix" Banks