I've just read the first 3 chapters. Perhaps because I identify with the
characters, I find your novel to be a genuine "page-turner." I will buy it. &
recommend it to certain of my friends
It is frightening! As I read the first chapter, it was as if you were inside me,
expressing my feelings, but expressing my feelings with more clarity than I
could muster by myself. The description of the acid in the stomach, the fear,
apprehension, uneasiness...chapter 1 was expressing me!
I can hardly wait to continue on! [It's] done tastefully and in style!
I just love the story....sooo hot.
EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENTLY WRITTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUPERB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have captured all the feeling that two bisexual
men can feel toward each other, but more important you have exposed the
inter turmoil we who are bisexual must face as we live a life that we are born
into, that the world at large refuses to acknowledge and condems us for. ...
Now listen carefully, Find out who wrote the script for Brokeback Mountain and
get an Agent! Hurry up and do this because you have a gold mine on your
hands, this is OSCAR material ... !!!!!!!!!!!. I read the first seven chapters last
night and I had to write and tell you this before I start reading again. You
captured the essence of what it means to be bisexual and your exposed the
internal turmoil men face who are bisexual when they dearly love their wives
and yet they still must have the love and need of having a man also. What a
great writer you are. Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just finished reading your novel and I must say I really enjoyed reading it.
I enjoy reading and to read something that I can become involved in makes it
all the better.
Great story, it takes me somewhere I never been
I am captivated. Very good story so far, through 2 chapters. It is just like the
relationship I hope to find someday but have been unsuccessful at so far.
Well written, I can't wait to continue reading.
I have to thank you for an amazing read. I couldn't stop once I got started. I
could so identify with David. You captured the conflicting emotions so well that
I too went through with my wife finding out that I am bisexual. (Careless with
the computer) .... I would like to read more.
... You've really put together a great book. I can feel all the emotion of David
and James. It's so real. I can't wait to move to the next chapter. Here I go
i just discovered your story and finished it a few moments ago. ...really a
great story. you are a great storyteller, which i believe is a gift from
god.............have you written anything else I can read?
Thanks again for a great read. You caused me to stay up til 5 a.m. two nights
ago and 3 a.m. last night.
Martin- I have to thank you for your wonderful book. I am just finishing chapter
4 - savouring it bit by bit like fine red wine. I am reading it in installments partly
because it reflects my own need to keep that same part of my life private and
also partly because it is too delicious to devour all at once. From the rich way
your characters are drawn I can tell you have been there along with a lot of us
guys. I hope you find a publisher to put out the book through traditional
channels so more people could experience how good it is. Good luck, you've
done us a great service.
I've just finished reading "Five Married Men", one of the most compelling reads
of my life. I was one of those men like David and James and led a reasonably
happy married life fighting the daily haunt for intimacy with another man.
During the read I wondered if you, the writer, were not a man with similar
experiences. Somehow, I don't think a heterosexual man could capture the
intense emotion between men without having the experience.
My wish would be that the hetero world read your novel and perhaps they
would emerge with an understanding of the torture men like yourself, myself
and the five married men go through during their lifetime. No one, but no one,
would choose the path!
The Brokeback Mountain movie brought a new awareness without question,
but I would hope that someday your story would be brought to the public in the
form of a movie.
I just finished reading your magnificent novel. My chest is aching, and I'm
struggling to take deep breaths. You have managed to capture so much, I
don't know where to start.
I'm a 45 year-old married man who came out to his wife three years ago about
my bisexuality. Unlike the characters in your story, I opted to share my
feelings with her before acting on them with a man. At the time, I believed it
was the "right" way to do things. But the pain that she and I have endured has
taught me that there is no "right" way to be a bisexual in a fearful, intolerant
world, and that all roads lead to suffering.
Enough of my woes! Your book deserves to be published, and I'm amazed
that it isn't already in print. It seems like it has the makings for a great
screenplay, also. Showtime seems to thrive of edgy stories like yours.
Meanwhile, do you sell tanscripts of Five Married Men? I really would like for
my wife to read it, and she won't sit at our home computer and read the screen.
This is a very nosy questions, but I'm dying to know? Are you just an
extremely well-researched writer, or have you written from your own painful
***** Consequences and Broken Taboos,
January 8, 2007 Amazon.com
Reviewer: K. Peoples (Arlington, VA)
The author wrote a moving and challenging
novel here. Should bisexuals marry? is the
question he poses. I wasn't convinced that at
least one of the five men involved wasn't
actually gay, rather than bisexual, but that's
another issue. Marriage in our society involves
two, and only two, people making a commitment to be life partners with each other
only. A bisexual marrying someone of either sex is denying him/herself the
physical and emotional fulfillment of one of the sexes. The implication of this book
is that a bisexual person is denying him/herself a basic part of his/her self by
making such a commitment. That's a disturbing conclusion not only for the
"straight" world but also for the gay one as well. After reading this novel, I can see
why gays (and straights) should be leery of entering into a "permanent
relationship" with a bisexual, since it may not be possible for a single individual to
satisfy his/her sexual and emotional needs.
To be sure, the book is well written, the characters appealing (both the men and
their wives, and Tim is sheer dynamite!). Most of the action is credible, though the
scenes in Mexico stretch the imagination and credulity more than a little bit. The
ending will blow you away. It is not always a fun read; in fact, it is quite disturbing
in more than one way, and intentionally so (I think). But if you are looking for a
serious treatment of bisexuality and its implications and possible consequences
for all involved, and if you are not afraid to read something serious (rather than
escapist), you will not be disappointed in this book.
***** When's the movie coming out???, January 8, 2007 Amazon.com
Reviewer: Dennis J. Schleicher "Author" (Glastonbury, CT) -
The author has really captured the readers attention by making you think, and
wanting you to turn the page to find out what happens next, although it's fiction I
believe it can be seen as reality, and I can assure you that both sexes will enjoy
this page turner. That would make a real good movie for Warner Bros to hit the big
Dennis J. Schleicher
author of: Forbidden Love with a Married Man; E-Mail Diaries
*****A Must-Read novel!, August 2, 2006 Amazon.com
Reviewer: Mark Sorensen -
Five Married Men is first-rate literary entertainment, and much more. If you are
looking for summer reading that grabs your attention, this is it. This novel has
believably likable characters, intricate plot development, romance, sex, drama,
suspense, humor, and action. There's something for everyone.
More importantly for me, Five Married Men is an honest discussion of male
bisexuality. As a bisexual married man who has just recently come out of the
closet, I found this book heart-breaking in its accurate portrayal of the challenges
that face men like me and their wives. I can't say how much Martin Brant writes
from experience, from thorough research, or from an incredible imagination. But I
can say, from MY experience, that his fictional characters are as real as the men
I've met in support groups, chat groups, and bars. The emotional conflicts, the
clandestine meeting arrangements, the fear of discovery that are described in the
book are happening all around us every day.
Male bisexuality is marginalized in this country. Today's pop psychologists tell us
that there is no such thing as a bisexual man. Even the GLBT community struggles
to understand us. It's high time a book like Five Married Men was published. Maybe
it will start some discussions that are overdue. Believe me, there are a lot more
bisexual men walking around than you can imagine. If we all came out of the closet
at once, the whole gay/straight dichotomy would go the way of the dinosaur.
Don't think for a minute that this book is all gloomy and depressing. It is also very
provocative. Because Mr. Brant develops the characters so well, the sex scenes
are much steamier than typical gay or straight erotica. If the text doesn't turn you
on, you'll at least feel empathy for the lovers.
Five Married Men is a novel that reassures bisexual men they are not alone, and
educates the rest of society.