Cover art by Ben Baldwin

Welcome Home, Captain Harding

Returning to California after eighteen terrifying months in Vietnam, Captain Joe Harding is assigned a trio of duties: assisting his fatherly former commander at base operations, spying on misbehaving bomber pilots and organizing an air show designed to counter the anti-war fever sweeping the state. Meanwhile, his much younger tennis partner has enrolled at Cal Berkeley, enmeshed himself in pacifist politics and resumed his role as Joe’s lover. When a playmate from Wheelus, a one-time fighter pilot now flying for TWA, shows up at Joe’s house in Merced, the three men must navigate the joys and difficulties inherent in creating their own sort of ‘welcome home.’ Continuing the adventures and misadventures begun in Elliott Mackle’s award-winning Captain Harding’s Six-Day War and Captain Harding and his Men, Joe and his fellow officers and men are up against a hot-dogging, risk-taking aircraft commander, a pair of drug-abusing co-pilots and a married administrator with a taste for sexual blackmail. When a Broadway show causes a death in the family, a test flight goes terribly wrong and Joe’s honor and patriotism are questioned, he must fight to clear his name and rebuild his imperiled career.

Fiction
When drowned men's bodies begin turning up in Lee County, Florida, Detective Bud Wright and sidekick Dan Ewing must set to work solving the murders.
After eighteen terrifying monthis in Vietnam, Captain Joe Harding returns to California.
A sequel to "It Takes Two," set in Fort Myers, Florida, about two years after the conclusion of the earlier tale.
Continuing the adventures and misadventures begun in Elliott Mackle's Gaybie Award-winning "Captain Harding's Six-Day War."
Voted Best Romance in TLA's Gaybies Awards competition. . . . "Speak Its Name’s Best Book of the Year ... Resoundingly goes to 'Captain Harding’s Six Day War' by Elliott Mackle. Atmospheric, real, with great characters, politic and complicated plot all of which is left closed enough for us to be satisfied but open enough to call for a sequel which I’ve been told is being written." --Erastes, Speak Its Name.
''This is the way gay novels used to be written: big, smart, sexy, funny–with important themes, great characters, and the tainted heart of a big city at its core.'' –Felice Picano.
New Lethe Press edition of a Speak Its Name Five Star Read

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