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Out of Order by [Gober, Eric]
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Product Description

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Rob was the one who got away.
Trent stumbles upon him during a trip to San Francisco…
Right before a deadly earthquake…

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3628 KB
  • Print Length: 35 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (19 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U6B7A60
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming tale of love, loss and struggle 20 March 2015
By V M C - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A thoughtful story about finding love where one might least expect it. Set in the backdrop of a time when things were far more dangerous on the streets for a gay man, two old acquaintences meet again under the less than favourable conditions and their shared past and how they've each managed to overcome it and also try and make things better for the people around them who weren't so lucky as to survive. Their struggles and happiness that come from all around them show them the value of life, love and true companionship. A short, touching tale indeed.
4.0 out of 5 stars Short. Sweet. Well Written, and Full of Hope. 24 March 2015
By Kazza - On Top Down Under Book Reviews - Published on
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It's 1989 and Trent is in San Francisco for a job interview at an upwardly mobile company. While he has worked for non-profits as an accountant, he wants out of Phoenix and allows himself the dream of living in San Francisco. When he is scouted for a potential job there, he takes the chance. His relationship with his boyfriend, Jonathon, has broken down and his best friend, Peter, has died of AIDS related (pneumocystis) pneumonia. Now is the time to be in a new place. Unfortunately, things don't go so well at the interview, he sees himself as someone from The Far Side comic on the interviewers desk, but on his way out of the interview he runs into someone from Phoenix he never thought he'd see again, Rob. Rob and Trent used to be at the same gymnastics club together and Trent, while younger, had admiration and a big old crush on Rob. Things ended with Rob leaving and Trent not knowing anything more than assuming he had his big break contracting elsewhere. Anyway, Rob was straight, even if he was fine.

'The glass doors to a law office swung open. "Trent?"
My heart thumped hard in my chest. Gazing at me was a man I thought I'd lost forever.'

Rob leaving Phoenix allowed Trent to get out and look around, meeting his best friend and his boyfriend. Different experiences help shape our lives - sliding doors scenarios and all that.

Both of the MCs in Out of Order are very nice. There is no drama, conflict or angst anywhere to be seen - just a nice story about people who were living in a difficult time for the LGBT community, losing friends to HIV/AIDS. The (actual) 1989 Oakland Bay area earthquake helped move the story along and made for some reflection and connection. Nothing much more I can say without spoiling this charming piece of storytelling.


This was a very well written story. Short or not, it is lovely writing. The words are economical and used wisely. Size does not count, it truly is the way you use it, and Eric Gober proves that. The only reason this is not 5 stars is because I would have liked the one sexual encounter to have been on page, it didn't need to be long but I really wanted to experience the intimacy. Having said that, it is a terrific story as stands with great heart and depth. 4 Stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written. Love finds its way through the San Fransisco Earthquake. 25 March 2015
By Kmaho - Published on
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The author captivates you, and brings the story alive, with his wordsmithing, setting the scene and moving you through the story line in a fluid manner. I only wish the story were longer so I could enjoy more of his writing abilities!
4.0 out of 5 stars Trent had not only been left by his boyfriend Jonathan right before he graduated but his best friend, Peter 20 March 2015
By TN Nova - Published on
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Out Of Order by Eric Gober is a short story published by Wayward Ink Publishing. Trent had not only been left by his boyfriend Jonathan right before he graduated but his best friend, Peter, had died in the fall the year prior. Graduating in the summer from Arizona State University, Trent was flagged down at ASU’s career fair by a corporate recruiter that scheduled him for an interview in San Francisco. Distraught, down on his luck and with no other offers, Trent agreed to go on the interview only to end up leaving the office feeling worse than before. That was until he ran into Rob, a man who he thought he had lost forever.

Together the two of them decided to spend some time together before Trent had to fly back to Phoenix so they could catch up on what’s been going on in their lives. Unfortunately, a horrible earthquake got Trent stranded in San Francisco with no way to get back home until the “dust settled” and being stranded in the city with Rob.

I could go into quite a bit more detail about this short story but I don’t want to give too much away. What I will say from here is that I did enjoy this read quite a bit. Eric brought to life quite a bit of the color and detail that happens to revolve around the desert southwest area of the United States. Trent and Rob’s story as it unfolded before me through the written words was amazing and very detailed. There’s so many wonderful things that I could say about both the story and the author. This is a must read!