Category: ‘Rich Merritt’

Code of Conduct Redux

January 26, 2008 Posted by suefairview

Rich Merritt has informed me that more Code of Conduct readings/book signings are planned. These are really fun to attend, as I can personally attest! The schedule is as follows:

Sat., Jan. 26, 2:00 PM: Providence, RI – Borders, Providence Place

Tues., Jan. 29, 7:30 PM: Princeton, NJ – Barnes & Noble, Marketplace Fair

Wed., Feb. 6, 7:00 PM: NYC – Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street

Thurs., Feb. 21, 7:00 PM: NYC – KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St.

Recently, Rich was interviewed by Logo:


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Book Reading: Code of Conduct

January 21, 2008 Posted by suefairview

As thanks for the Amazon and blog reviews I have written for both Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star and Code of Conduct, Rich Merritt invited me to a reading he was doing at Barnes & Noble in Chelsea. I was really excited and just had to attend! Of course I wanted Sean to come with me.

In the meantime, Sean caught this horrible cold and I could tell that he wouldn’t be well enough to come with me. All of my friends and my sister had to work. No one could come with me. I had to go by myself. But, Sean was well enough to drive me to the train station in New Haven which saved me that energy. Without that, I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it from a stamina perspective.

I took the Metro North to Grand Central Station and arrived at 5:15 pm. I walked to 6th Avenue to the Barnes & Noble. It was early and I had time to go to Cosi and get a tandoori chicken sandwich. Then I returned to Barnes & Noble and bought two books; one was a bargain. It was a hardcover signed by the author marked down from $23.98 to $4.98. What a deal! It is a novel called The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani and it is about a young woman in 17th century Persia whose father dies and she goes to live with her uncle who is a rug maker for the Shah. I hope I like it.

Then it was 6:30 pm and Rich showed up. I went and introduced myself and we shook hands, but he recognized me from my blog. He was very nice and was busy saying hello and setting up for his talk. So I sat down. When the talk began, there were about 80 people there. It was well attended. Rich began by saying “Picture that it is this time next year and the war with Iraq is over and President Bush has completed his term and President Clinton is in Office.” There was spontaneous applause from the audience and some cheers. Rich continued “That was what it was like in 1992 when this book takes place. But, it was before the don’t ask don’t tell policy was in place.” Rich then read three compelling parts from his book. Here is a video of one from a reading that was taken back in October of last year:


Here is another video trailer that was made to advertise Code of Conduct:


After the reading, there were questions. Rich had mentioned that the book tour had taken them to Australia and one audience member wanted to know how they were received there. Rich said that they were very well received in both Sydney and Melbourne and that both were very literary cities. There was a chuckle from the audience.

I said that when I was reading the book it felt as if it just poured out of him. As if the book just wrote itself. He replied that he wrote the book 15 years ago and that at that time he felt that he was the only one in a position who could write it. He felt it was a book that had to be written. So, essentially yes, the book just poured out of him. There were no more questions.

Since I sat in front, I was second in line for the book signing. Rich signed my book “To Sue, thanks for all your wonderful support, Semper fidelis, Rich Merritt”. We chatted a bit and he commented that I was a real trooper for traveling all the way from Connecticut. Then we had our photo taken with his camera.

I told him to take care, we shook hands again. I looked back and realized that he had 80 more patrons waiting to have books signed. I decided to leave. I looked at my watch and it was only 7:30 pm. I walked back up to Grand Central Terminal and made the 8:04 express train back to New Haven.

The next day I was as sick as a dog with Sean’s cold. But it was worth it.

Book Review: Code of Conduct

January 6, 2008 Posted by suefairview

Here is my book review straight from Amazon:

Code of Conduct

Could not put it down, January 5, 2008

Code of Conduct takes place right after Clinton was elected President and before his “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was put in place. I could not put this book down. That is how exciting it was. It covers the lives of a group homosexual men and women in the Marines and Navy who are friends and their relationships and how these relationships are affected by the policies of the military towards their sexual orientation. The novel first grabs you with a murder mystery, then two romances. When a serious accident occurs on during an air show, a gay pilot is blamed as part of a government cover up. The novel explores love, loyalty, courage, dedication and honor in a very moving way that you will never forget.

At that time, there were witch hunts for gays in the military, and you might wonder, who would endeavor to catch folks in the act of sodomy? Self loathing closeted gays would, that’s who. You may say, oh, but those don’t exist do they? Just have a look at the news recently and you can see that they do. Rich Merritt’s book is full of compelling characters such as these and more. My question is who is going to produce the movie? The novel certainly has enough action scenes to support a feature film.

This is a very important book for all Military personnel to read so that they will understand how their gay counterparts feel about having to hide or worse yet, lie about their sexual identities to serve their country. This book serves that purpose perfectly as does Rich’s first book, Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star. All Americans with any interest in the Military in this country or in Politics should read this book.

Book Review – Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star

December 13, 2007 Posted by suefairview

Pre-blog, I was searching for material to help me understand all aspects of the gay experience. I happened across this memoir by Rich Merritt and decided to read it to understand the gay perspective on “don’t ask, don’t tell”. Boy was I ever glad I did. Here is the review that I wrote for Amazon after reading the book:

5.0 out of 5 stars Brutally honest, August 2, 2005

I loved this book. It is a brutally honest account of a gay man’s struggle through fundamentalist Christianity, the US Marine Corps, porn, alcohol, drugs and much more. A true understanding of what it is like to grow up gay in America is conveyed. There is enough detail that you feel like you are there.

All US citizens should read this book to understand that not all of our fellow countrymen and women have the same rights as others. It is a very important book and a fresh and amazing look at this remarkable man’s life.

Many better written and more comprehensive reviews have been added since mine. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it and you can buy it here.

Since then, Rich has written a novel, Code of Conduct. You can read more about that book here. I intend to buy that book and read it when it is available. You can pre order it from Amazon here and it will be available in bookstores everywhere after January 8, 2008.

I cannot wait to read this book! Of course I will review it afterwards.