Forces - Reviews
are so many reviews of Special Forces all over the web, and
so much feedback from readers since the publication of the
first chapters in 2006, it is an impossible task to gather
it all, or even just a fraction of it. It doesn't help that
I've lost all my feedback emails from a dedicated account,
because that account got hacked. I shall forever remember
the many words that have been said about Special Forces,
you to every reader who ever took the time to feedback via
email, discussion forum, review site, or anywhere else. Thank
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that for most I lost the identification of the author.
© DBRAINHAILINGJOB at DBRAINHAILINGJOB
review) (September 2011)
won't be doing a review because I don't know how to properly
critique a book. This post is just to vent what I am feeling
right now about this mind-blowing book I have read a night
ago. I don't even want to think as I type as long as I am
able to express everything I feel about this book that has
tortured my mind all day! Mind-blowing, addictive, brutally
honest, hauntingly captivating, imperfectly perfect, morbid,
dark, and tenderly painful to read. That's how I describe
this book. How on earth can I enjoy reading another book
after this? (...)
it's not the same case to me if a novel aims to be brutally
honest and to present a certain degree of reality without
having the aim to "titillate" the senses of the
readers with sweetness and tenderness that you often get
from a typical romance novel. This book that I have just
read is anything but sweet and tender. It has some great
bed scenes (a lot, in fact), and haunting dialogues of revelations
of powerful emotions (sorrow, ecstasy, happiness, love,
violence, lust). It has a happy ending, alright, but the
obstacles the main characters undergo involve torture, rape,
bombings, murder, and some more crimes you wouldn't even
want to imagine. The ending would not satisfy your fantasy
as you wonder what other internal and external struggles
the characters will encounter. (...)
are a few things in the book that challenged my moral tolerance.
In a typical romance novel, I get emotionally triggered
when problems like "cheating" (or sleeping with
another individual to be more precise) occurs. This I can
still stand since such acts are really considered not good
in any context of a romance novel. And so, such problems
are solved as soon as there is reconciliation between the
two characters. However, this particular book is way too
much for my wholesome mind =). Some scenes repulsed me but
I could not let go of this book no matter how disgusted
I was as I read from scene to scene. (...)
book had a tight grip on me. Oftentimes I wanted to stop
reading but I could not bear the thought of not being able
to keep track of the story of these two characters. I enjoy
romance novels for the fantasy and the sweet feeling I get.
On the other hand, this book does not have the perfection
that I often seek from a romance novel. But it deeply moved
me despite those deep dark scenes. In fact, it could be
these deep dark scenes that have captivated me. A romance
novel with perfect characters would be forgettable and not
memorable. This book, however, in its most disgusting and
morbid way, will surely stay in my memory for a long time.
A simple line like "I fucking missed you" would
tenderly give a painful kick to my heart. "
by the Special Forces series and HMM you are a special talent.
Your milltary research is meticulous, and the sex scenes
are so original. I love the mix of toughness and tenderness.
I think Dan and Vadim's relationship demonstrate your skill
as a writer. SF is a wonderful epic, and I cannot think
of another book that explores the emotions and social dynamics
of a m/m relationship over a 25 year period.
the fact that you do not pull your punches in your writing.
You depict real men and you do not apologise for your uncompromising
Thank you for a great cover that I can actually read on
public transport. It conveys the the toughness of the book
better than any bared torso."
just finished the Special Forces saga! I loved not only
it, but its length: it was great to be immersed in Dan/Vadim's
world through so many pages and years. I'm truly impressed
by how you managed the characters, development, plot, continuity,
etc. throughout the whole 2000-odd pages. :) I feel kind
of bereft now that it's over, and I have to re-emerge from
their world. Thanks for a lovely and well-written read."
just wanted to say I found you accidentally whilst surfing
the net, I am halfway through the Special Forces books and
I think this is possibly the most amazing love story I ever
read, I have spent a lot of the time sobbing my heart out,
Vadim and Dan deserve a HEA, and some, I am almost afraid
to read any more in case they are separated, I don't think
I could bear it. Please don't ever stop writing these stories
they are great!"
story was one of the best I've ever read! The shocking reality
of war, was something I did expect to shake me like it did;
but I have a deeper understanding what the men in uniform
have gone through. Dan and Vadim will forever be engraved
in my memory, for the sheer hard work it took to stay together
in the war and even after the war. It was difficult to understand
how an act of violence and pain can be twisted into an act
or declaration of deep love. It was all so fasinating, I
did not want it to end.
are an excellent story teller and was shy to send a comment
that would not express how much I enjoyed reading your novels.
I thank you for having them as a free read here as well."
reading your Special Forces fiction. I was expecting something
closer to pornography, but this is storytelling at its best."
LOVE Special Forces! What an amazing book (hate to even
call it a book, it's so much more than that) I've never
read anything like it and doubt I ever will."
have just finished reading "Special Forces", (the
most wonderful love story I have ever read), and I was wondering
if you will be doing a follow-up after Veterans. Please
note: sorry, but there will never be anything more. Dan and
Vadim's story has come to a natural end, while their lives
- in all our imagination - live on.]
Special Forces was an incredible experience. And I wanted
to thank you for sharing such amazing characters with us.
I loved all the books of course, but Soldiers will always
be my favorite. Probably because it was all about Dan and
Vadim, no secondary characters.
It doesn't mean I didn't like some of these characters:
For example I'm almost as much in love with Hooch and Matt
as I'm in love with Dan and Vadim."
finished the first of your Special Forces trilogy. At 64
years, I didn't think I would ever again read anything that
would warm me up as much as this story. Now I'm completely
hooked. Thank you for fanning flames of emotion and pride
that had almost died out. What can I say: you have the magic
Forces] is the best story Ive ever read. I finished
it many weeks ago but
the story and characters are still with me. They flitter
through my mind sometimes throughout the day and I find
myself thinking about certain scenes or conversations between
Dan and Vadim.
I started reading I could not stop. I became immersed into
the world of Dan and Vadim. The intensity and reality of
these characters and their story had me believing and feeling
it. Felt the hate Dan had for Vadim in the beginning. Then
later fell in love with Vadim and was rooting for them to
make it through alive and find the happiness they deserved
the journey of transformation along with these characters.
I thought everything was black and white in the beginning
war, good guys vs. bad guys, right and wrong. This story
reflects life and humans are never simplistic, that we are
complex and unpredictable, and this was convincingly captured."
haven't slept in an entire day (over 24 hours) to finish
reading this, and my God... this is probably the best thing
I've read in a long time. This made my heart break, in a
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