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    Lazarus PDF/EPUB ↠ Paperback stability, maturity, and love Although their friendship is filled with peaks and valleys, their relationship is threatened by Adrian s biggest challenge BETA CHI PHI Finding the appeal of pledging his father s fraternity irresistible, Adrian decides to take the plunge and pledge Beta Chi Phi in an attempt to fill the void in his heart, even after his relationship with Savion blossoms Almost immediately, Adrian is thrust headlong into a world of mind games, controlled behavior, and strokes from the paddle tempered with the brotherhood that bonds men in times of adversity Adrian knows that he must keep his relationship with Savion a secret at all costs, for if his new found family were to learn the truth, he may have to choose The one he lovesor his brothers."/>
  • Paperback
  • 354 pages
  • Lazarus
  • Rashid Darden
  • English
  • 14 February 2019
  • 0976598604

10 thoughts on “Lazarus

  1. LaToya Hankins LaToya Hankins says:

    As a lesbian member of an historically African American sorority, I knew a little bit about the world which makes up the plot line of the book But the attention to detail Darden included in the book opened my eyes to so much Set in D.C I love the way Darden sets the scene so you are almost there on the campus of Potamic University with the characters I appreciate how he gave light to the supporting characters While I may not had agreed with some of the actions the lead character took in his As a lesbian member of an historically African American sorority, I knew a little bit about the world which makes up the plot line of the book But the attention to detail Darden included in the book opened my eyes to so much Set in D.C I love the way Darden sets the scene so you are almost there on the campus of Potamic University with the characters I appreciate how he gave light to the supporting characters While I may not had agreed with some of the actions the lead character took in his pursuit of balancing brothehood and love, I understood the reason behind the reactions


  2. Sara Sara says:

    It took me an absurdly long time to read this book, considering that one of my friends wrote it There were a couple of reasons that I kept putting it off First, I usually don t seek out realistic, contemporary fiction, if that makes sense When I pick up a novel, it usually involves elves, spaceships, fancy British people who lived 300 years ago, or a talking dog that inevitably dies Second, I was pretty sure I didn t know a damn thing about fraternities despite watching Animal House on cable It took me an absurdly long time to read this book, considering that one of my friends wrote it There were a couple of reasons that I kept putting it off First, I usually don t seek out realistic, contemporary fiction, if that makes sense When I pick up a novel, it usually involves elves, spaceships, fancy British people who lived 300 years ago, or a talking dog that inevitably dies Second, I was pretty sure I didn t know a damn thing about fraternities despite watching Animal House on cable at some point.So, I finally sat down to read this novel about real, normal college kids who were deeply involved in an element of college life that I knew nothing about I read the entire book in less than 24 hours and had a tough time putting it down I was immediately drawn in by the characters not just the main character, but the supporting cast of characters that pledge the fraternity along with him They are believable and genuine I loved the dialogue between Adrian and his close friends Nina practically bounced off the page every time she spoke.At times, I wished that there was less description of the pledging process andtime spent on the conflicts between the characters particularly between Adrian and Savion , if only because the novel shines so much in those tense moments That said, it was kind of interesting learning a bit about what goes on when people pledge a fraternity too, and gaining a little bit of empathy for someone who would put himself through all the torture involved in that process.I ll be reading the rest of the series.


  3. Michael- Michael- says:

    An interesting and extremely detailed account of a gay black man joining a fraternity at an HBU I can honestly say that I now know what it is to pledge Would have liked to have hadof the main character s love life included.


  4. Yvette Yvette says:

    This is book in actuality is an up close and personal experience journey into young adult lives I could not put this book down I just reviewed again I truly enjoyed the depth of each of the characters emotions that were revealed by the authors writing You laughed, cried and felt all the passion in this manuscript, I could not wait for the second book, which I have started to read.Rashid keep doing the grand job of being an awesome writer You are the best baby Family love.


  5. Anita Anita says:

    Just reinforces why I never wanted to pledge a sorority All that fake sisterhood that conceals hypocrisy and violence The book does a nice job of taking us deep in the inner workings of black men pledging a fraternity while in college and trying to continue to navigate their personal and academic lives Adrian, a sopho, is particularly fraught because he is gay and has a relationship with Savion, a senior Fair amount of homophobia among many of the men, which sadly, is often seen in black Just reinforces why I never wanted to pledge a sorority All that fake sisterhood that conceals hypocrisy and violence The book does a nice job of taking us deep in the inner workings of black men pledging a fraternity while in college and trying to continue to navigate their personal and academic lives Adrian, a sopho, is particularly fraught because he is gay and has a relationship with Savion, a senior Fair amount of homophobia among many of the men, which sadly, is often seen in black men s interactions A couple of issues for me so much telling While I get it because the reader needed to understand everything about the Betas and the process, the information dump became overwhelming after a while I skipped pages and pages of the linking of arms, the singing, the stepping, etc Though I expected it, I was appalled by the violence and wanted to stop reading, I was so angry Also, I am a regular MM romance reader and have to say that this is not a romance as labeled on Goodreads I liked Savion and Adrian together I labeled it gay fiction since, in my view, the author did not adhere to the classic structure of a romance And that totally pissed me off That s how it ends I know there are books 2 and 3 but did not like how book 1 ended Not entirely sure I can move on to the next I did like Adrian s friends, especially Mohammed They stuck together and survived by supporting each other Also liked how the women were portrayed Nina, Taina, etc Liked the writing The author has a powerful voice Few typos but nothing to take you out of the story


  6. Channon Channon says:

    this book had me emotional as hell it truly captured the essence of what gay black men have to sacrifice in order to remain unscathed on a college campus it also captures the exact feelings of trying to keep a relationship alive when it has already died i absolutely love this book and i recommend any person of color and or LGBT member read this book.


  7. Albert Albert says:

    Amazing This was an amazing read , I definitely would like to read the other two books I should have purchased all three


  8. Stanley Clay Stanley Clay says:

    There is story telling and there is compelling story telling And while author Rashid Darden, in his debut novel, invites and educates us into the clandestine world of fraternity pledging on the university campus, the great conflict that is the bedrock of great literature romantic love versus service duty is rather tepidly treated here.It is as if Mr Darden isinterested in educating us into every aspect of the college fraternity pledging cycle at the expense of the human drama of lover s There is story telling and there is compelling story telling And while author Rashid Darden, in his debut novel, invites and educates us into the clandestine world of fraternity pledging on the university campus, the great conflict that is the bedrock of great literature romantic love versus service duty is rather tepidly treated here.It is as if Mr Darden isinterested in educating us into every aspect of the college fraternity pledging cycle at the expense of the human drama of lover s fighting for their love against all odds.Don t get me wrong I am actually quite fond of this book, rich in the details of the great sacrifices one must make if life long brotherhood is to be obtained I only wish that the fat for which I had been charged was trimmed a bit, and the story seasonedfor my carnivorous taste, meaty conflicts keeping the reader up at night, biting nails over the dilemma our young pledge Adrian Collins must endure as he is torn between his great romantic love and his love for the fraternal institution, his frat brothers, and his fellow pledges.The ripe with possibilities plot is actually quite good, a sort of An Officer and a Gentlemen set on a college campus instead of a Marine training base Our narrator, Adrian Collins is handsome, brilliant and devoted to serving others, involving himself in community work and total dedication as Vice President of the NAACP on the campus of fictitious Potomac University somewhere in the southeast, where he is a student He is also gay and closeted to most everyone but his good friend Nina But when Savion Cortez, a handsome Latino senior and gifted poet returns to campus and performs, he catches Adrian s eye and Adrian his The connection and consummation is almost immediate and we know that this is a relationship that will be very special, and their deep and growing affection for each other helps them decide to come out of the closet together, declaring their love for the entire world to see.But soon after this handsome couple decides to take this courageous step Adrian is recruited by the Beta Chi Phi Fraternity, which puts the coming out plans on hold Savion,the Bohemian artist with a distinct aversion for the stringencies of the fraternity structure, knows, in spite of Adrian s assurances, that the pledging ritual hazing, forced separation, inherent homophobia would be difficult for both of them But because it is something that the man he loves wants so badly, he reluctantly goes along with it.And indeed the pledging process does take its toll, threatening to tear our two heroes apart at every turn.But as structured here, what happens to Adrian and Savion gets the short end of the stick, while too many details about the pledging process overwhelm the story and bogs it down, often robbing it of its potential poignancy and pacing.Dialogue heavy, many speeches about what it means to be in the fraternity are perhaps very accurate, but often their clinical renderings make huge chunks read like textbook primers Even our narrator speaks in an unadorned manner that often tells the story by the numbers instead of through passion Judicious editing and a slightlypoetic narrator would have made this tome float a lotbuoyantly.Nevertheless, Mr Darden knows his stuff, and for all the frat guys out there, the detailed accuracy of the process will perhaps engender indelible memories of an once in a lifetime experience


  9. Jen Jen says:

    On the surface, Lazarus doesn t appear to be a book that a 30 something white Canadian woman would be able to identify with The beauty of the book is that it transcends race, age and sexuality, and in the end, is a story about brotherhood, personal growth and acceptance Everyone has struggled with a secret in life, and the fear of what revealing could cost them Darden easily creates the setting of Potomac University and infuses it with the culture of the DC area it s set in His first person On the surface, Lazarus doesn t appear to be a book that a 30 something white Canadian woman would be able to identify with The beauty of the book is that it transcends race, age and sexuality, and in the end, is a story about brotherhood, personal growth and acceptance Everyone has struggled with a secret in life, and the fear of what revealing could cost them Darden easily creates the setting of Potomac University and infuses it with the culture of the DC area it s set in His first person POV through the eyes of Adrian Collins allows for close identification with his main character While you may not share his struggles, you certainly understand and sympathize with them As Adrian moves through pledging Beta Chi Phi with his line brothers, you can t help but root them on, and, when Adrian s secret is revealed, you are tense with the anticipation of how the supporting characters will react.One of my favourite aspects is how detailed Darden s supporting characters are Each character is developed in a unique way, with his own background and story, yet the focus never shifts from Adrian Each character is different, easily remembered and adds a layer to the story Overall, Lazarus is a compelling read with interesting characters that anyone can identify with


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Lazarus❴Reading❵ ➺ Lazarus Author Rashid Darden – Thomashillier.co.uk ADRIAN is handsome, brilliant, and devoted to serving others Under the cool exterior, however, he is tormented and unfulfilled Abandoned by his father and emotionally distant from his mother, he feels ADRIAN is handsome, brilliant, and devoted to serving others Under the cool exterior, however, he is tormented and unfulfilled Abandoned by his father and emotionally distant from his mother, he feels alone adrift on campus until he meets SAVION With rhymes dripping from his lips like honey, Savion has just what Adrian needs stability, maturity, and love Although their friendship is filled with peaks and valleys, their relationship is threatened by Adrian s biggest challenge BETA CHI PHI Finding the appeal of pledging his father s fraternity irresistible, Adrian decides to take the plunge and pledge Beta Chi Phi in an attempt to fill the void in his heart, even after his relationship with Savion blossoms Almost immediately, Adrian is thrust headlong into a world of mind games, controlled behavior, and strokes from the paddle tempered with the brotherhood that bonds men in times of adversity Adrian knows that he must keep his relationship with Savion a secret at all costs, for if his new found family were to learn the truth, he may have to choose The one he lovesor his brothers.


About the Author: Rashid Darden

Rashid Darden is an award winning novelist of the urban LGBT experience, a seasoned leader of black fraternal movements, and a professional educator in alternative schools He is local to the District of Columbia and Conway, North CarolinaHis books include the Potomac University Series Lazarus, Covenant, and Epiphany Yours in the Bond Men of Beta, Volume I the Dark Nation Series Birth of a Dark Nation and Children of Fury the anthology Time and The Life and Death of Savion Cortez, a volume of poetry His short story Smith Jones Young Americans was first published in Short Fiction and Poetry Inspired by David Bowie Volume I In , Rashid s play Message from The Legba was selected as a winner of the OutWrite DC and Theatre Prometheus One Page Play Competition It was staged in Rashid won the Elite Award in Literature from Clik Magazine in Rashid is the National President of Gamma Xi Phi, the professional fraternity for artists He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, the Apollonians, and the Freemasons Always a teacher, Rashid has led workshops on practical topics like bylaws and governance, membership recruitment and engagement, and intersectional awareness Rashid s efforts in the community have garnered him awards from Greek Tweak, the Thursday Network, and the Georgetown Black Student AllianceAs an alternative school educator, Rashid has curated varied syllabi for use of educators and students, including the Nat Turner Syllabus, Moonlight Syllabus, David Bowie Syllabus, and the Harriet Tubman Micro Syllabus He has taught writing and language arts in traditional and innovative ways, from lectures to project based learning Rashid has used restorative practices to proven academic and social emotional success of his studentsRashid believes wholeheartedly in living an authentic, intersectional life at all times He is an out, black gay man who has experienced chaos and order, wealth and poverty, urban bustle, and rural peace He brings to his novels as well as his own life a sense of thoughtful disruption Ultimately, he believes in the principles of everyday brotherhood that is, the parts of ourselves which keep us connected to one another in meaningful ways.