Book Review: Color Him Gay by Victor J. Banis

Steve thought to cut in on the source of blackmail money that Dingo Stark was paying the boys who wanted to COLOR HIM GAY but his hatred took him too far. As his screams drift through the still air, it’s up to the debonair secret agent, Jackie Holmes, that Man from C.A.M.P., to arrive in time to save the day!

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How was it?

For most of it Color Him Gay is  a silly, camp, gay spy story with a rough moments – maybe triggering ones for some – and a Gary Stew for a main character. Steve might get knocked down a bunch in this book but when it comes to the breath of expert level skills and knowledge he has it’s a bit much. However, the idea of a gay secret agent who fights for and protects queer folks from a society that isn’t always kind to them sounds good to me. The story and writing style might be a prime example of its era – the book was first published in 1966 – but it still resonates. The atmosphere the main characters are living in is still feels fresh, homosexuality is more accepted and mostly decriminalized now but there’s still a stigma to it, making it hard for some of us to live without fear.

Like I mentioned there are rough moments in this story like murders, beatings, rape and such, but the way they are brought about doesn’t really work with the overall tone that is mainly light and fun. So it’s a bit jarring yet it kind of works.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Color Him Gay is available on The Book Depository, Amazon, Audible and other book retailers near you.

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