A viral The Merry Millionaire: The Great Depression hardley affects Ron and Mervyn, our intrepid lotus eaters. (The Merry Millionaire Duology Book 1) By J.A. Wells are Book The idea of a Renaissance man may be regarded as old fashioned these days, and rather a clich But the phrase can be forgiven when applied to J.A.Wells After a twenty year career as a professional actor on the British stage, then a further twenty years as an artist, J.A.Wells has added storyteller to his list of talents.. The Thirties, a decade of decadence and depression, ending in war This hardly has an effect on Ron and Mervyn, our intrepid pleasure seekers Disregarding the rumblings of war in Europe, and dancing to a dying tune, they join the waning fast set, cruising the Norwegian fjords on luxury ocean liners and sailing up the Nile on serene feluccas Explore the bygone age of firsThe Thirties, a decade of decadence and depression, ending in war This hardly has an effect on Ron and Mervyn, our intrepid pleasure seekers Disregarding the rumblings of war in Europe, and dancing to a dying tune, they join the waning fast set, cruising the Norwegian fjords on luxury ocean liners and sailing up the Nile on serene feluccas Explore the bygone age of first class sea travel and luxury oriental hotels, summer on the glaciers, and the heat of Cairo s social season All seen through the eyes of Ron and Mervyn, the gayest pair of lotus eaters you will ever encounter J.A.Wells has succeeded in painting a dense, yet frivolous view, of a time now lost to the journals of debutants and dowager duchesses In the first of his duology, J.A.Wells uses his rich imagination, creating a colourful cast of living and breathing characters We will wonder what may become of the pairing of Ron and Mervyn, poles apart in age and class, yet similar in inclination Author s Note In most circumstances, at this point the author writes a disclaimer declaring that his or her characters bear no resemblance to people living or dead However, in this case, most of the persons you will encounter in the story, once lived, but their names have been changed for reasons of expediency I hope that by including them in this work of fiction I have given them the justice they deserve and have not sullied their reputations in any way Throughout this fictional memoir of a millionaire, using the voice of Captain Ronald Fry, ex army captain, scout master, philanthropist and benefactor, I tell how it was to be gay in the 1930 s, when homosexuality was against the law and punishable with years of hard labour To show one s true feelings, one ran the risk of blackmailers, entrapment, robbery, violence, and even murder.. A viral Books The Merry Millionaire: The Great Depression hardley affects Ron and Mervyn, our intrepid lotus eaters. (The Merry Millionaire Duology Book 1) Our world has changed in many ways, our European based cultures have become more reasonable and all inclusive of religious philosophies, racial and cultural differences and sexual orientation. Of course pockets of resistance still exist and resound through the voices and actions of the un-enlightened. That said, I have a certain conservative view of the world, so it was with hesitation that I decided to read this novel from this genre, which follows the journey of a “gay” character. The Captain is a very rich English gentleman, whose lifestyle could be looked upon today with a critical eye, in light of our society’s courageous attempt to protect the young.The richness of this story gives us a window into the fascinating world of privileged English toffs during the 1920s and 1930s. We journey with Captain Ronald Fry, the merry millionaire, and his mentoree, Mervyn Watson, shrewd beyond his years, as they travel surrounded by the sumptuous luxury of their world, edged with the secrecy and danger which accompanied their similar “inclinations”.The book follows an unpublished fictional-memoir, discovered after the death of the main character, Captain Ronald Fry. The Captain lived a double life, being a gay man living in a world where to be gay was illegal and unacceptable in the light of day, but with discretion, deceit, and a lot of money, it was possible to be “merry”.J.A.Wells has written a jaunty tale of a the Captain’s life, his travels and adventure, set squarely in historical events of the time. J.A.Wells’ descriptions of magnificent cruise liners share with the reader his love of gorgeous interiors, clothes and theatre. His detailed depictions of luxurious ships, gentlemen’s clubs, seedy bars, sleazy nightclubs, and magnificent mansions, give a texture to the story, encouraging you to stop and absorb a sense of place and time. He can put you right there, just as though you are in a room and relishing its opulence, its colour and light, its sounds and smells.The story covers Ron’s experiences during the First World War, how he accepts his gayness and adapts to its demands. Then later, he and Mervyn become mentor and mentoree in the Greek sense. Ron showers Mervyn with generosity; generosity that includes Mervyn’s sisters, brothers, mother, father and his group of friends. They swan around England’s West Country, cruise Norwegian fjords, and later, go on a rescue mission to Egypt. It’s the glamorous 1930’s. The unlimited supply of Ron’s wealth, gives his family and friends access to many wonderful experiences.This story is a tapestry filled with colour and texture bordered by dark edges. It is driven along by Ron’s story, and how he side steps society’s rules of behaviour and at the same time is a likeable character, with all the traits of a benefactor. He does much good for others, but at the same time uses his position of power to place himself perfectly for questionable opportunities.Reading this story with the sensibility of the political correctness of today, and the knowledge that all is not “good” or “right” within the life of the main character, adds a thought provoking edge to what is otherwise a rollicking tale of a very MERRY millionaire..A good read!