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Dog Tagged

Dog Tagged [Kindle Edition]

James Brock
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Drill instructor Sergeant Clay Norris has his hands full. Between new recruits and a Senior Drill Sergeant with an attitude hanging over him, the last thing he needs is to develop a crush on one of his trainees, but Private Chevy “Banksy” Banks is an Adonis he is unable to resist. A natural leader, the young man draws the other troops in with his easy manner and warm-as-the-Sun smile, a combination that melts the trying-to-sound-tough young Drill Sergeant.

When the Senior Drill manages to tear the two men apart before anything beyond longing glances can happen, Clay tries to move on and forget Banksy, throwing himself into his career, knowing that he may have to wait until he retires from the military to be able to partner up, while understanding the irony that he is defending a freedom he is not yet allowed, the freedom to be who he is and to pursue the person he loves.

Fate brings Clay and Banksy together again for a brief and joyous reunion when they are able to begin planning a future, that same fate cruelly ripping them apart once more, with each facing a trauma alone.

Dog Tagged is set post DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) and pre the policy’s repeal; a time when being openly gay had seen many a lost career in the service. Sexually explicit in places, this story offers only a glimpse of how some men and women serving their country are not afforded the same rights as the heterosexuals with whom they fight side by side.

Incidents in Dog Tagged are based on true events.

Private Banks was at the top of the company in everything we did. When we climbed the rope lines in the obstacle course, he was like a coconut crab, scrambling down the line in record time. Crossing the parallel bars in front of the dining hall, he looked like a young ape swinging through the jungle. Bravo Company had a contender for trainee of the cycle, which meant top spot and an award given by the Brigade commander at graduation from basic.

There was only one thing Chevy Banks failed at and that was throwing a grenade.


By the time I had a couple of beers, I had a couple of guys lined up to come back to base with me. I had my uniform hanging in the backseat, which served as a kind of catnip come-on to the guys I had picked up, a hot blond and his even hotter dark haired friend. I couldn’t have Chevy and I needed an outlet, and since these guys were revved up and ready to go, why not take advantage?

And there we were, having the time of our lives, windows fogged from our breath, rain tapping on the roof as lines of sweat streaked down over our mostly naked bodies. I think I still had a sock on, the blond still wore a thin shirt, his smooth muscular chest exposed to me, while the other guy had managed to strip totally in the front seat.

As much fun as I was having, I would have traded everything we were doing for one closed mouth, both of us fully clothed, kiss with Chevy.


The only thing I had been lacking was standing in front of me.

“I’m so damn glad to see you I wouldn’t mind if you showered with me, Sir.”

It was a joke, I knew, but it got me hard. I had just found him and I didn’t want to leave him, so we set a time and I went back to my quarters to, well, who would we be kidding if I didn’t just say it – dress for our date. I would have brought flowers if I thought it was acceptable.

About the Author

James Brock joined the United States Army in 1976, following the footsteps of the men in his family going back generations. He was honorably discharged in August 1979. A fond childhood memory is a brief story told by his great grandmother, who said that when she was a young girl she remembered getting cups of cool well water for the “soldier boys” walking along the dusty road that ran by the family home as they headed back to their lives following the Civil War. She said James was a pretty boy and she made him promise not to ever go to war. Luckily, there were no wars going on while James was in the service so he was able to keep his word to Granny Jones. James lives in Seattle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 206 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1618451049
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Beau to Beau Books (30 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Touching in Places 15 May 2013
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There is nothing like a man in uniform! The story started great and I just loved reading about the sexual encounters of Clay. The time in his car with two guys is particularly fun. All this is with the background of his unspoken feelings for a new recruit.

It would have been great if he just kept it at that with the two guys getting together at the end. But I have to admit that I didn't enjoy the ending. We all know there is consequences to war and what happens to Banksy is an all too familiar occurance. But I must admit that I found it a little contrived and it didn't get me emotionally the way I think the writer had hoped. The book felt like it was two different stories. Starting out as a great and funny romp and turning into a love story tainted by tradegy. I know the two can work together but in this instance I didn't feel it quite worked.

But I am glad I read this book, it did have some great moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real grower 9 Nov 2013
By Phase58
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I had this lined up on my kindle for a couple of weeks and when I stared reading didn't think I was going to like it. I could tell it was written by a man (just started reading, didn't check out author), it was harder edged that if if had been written by a woman.
This is a book you think about after you've read it, not instantly forgettable like a lot of m/m.
The author is ex-military and so he has first hand knowledge of what he's writing about.
The two main protagonists were both likeable, after their crush was nipped in the bud they came across each other again in the heat of war. This story was well written, the description of Norris' capture and internment made me feel as if I was there. The route he took after being rejected was also typically male. I felt so sorry for Norris cause he was a fool and just needed to give Banksy time to adjust, to realise that when someone loves you they look past the stuff you hate and see only the good.
This is a very good read, not overly long (I read it in an evening)giving a first hand insight into the military life. Well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 19 Oct 2013
By roz
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I have to admit this was not the type of book that I would normally read, but have to say I found it to be well written and now understand the complexity of a "loving" relationship between two men when obstacles were put in their way, one being their profession, being in the military. I found this to be revealing book on something I did not really understand, and would not hesitate to read something like this again providing it was not crudely written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. 30 April 2013
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Not one of my best books, but it was interesting. I don't think I will read other books by him, though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 11 April 2013
By Stuart
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I really enjoyed reading this book. A slightly different slant on a well-worn storyline kept it fresh and new. Glad I picked it up; found it hard to put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ATTENTION !!!! 11 April 2013
By Raymond
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Loved this story, but far too short. I wanted to know more about military life and procedure, and what happened to Evan and Manny.......!?
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