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Latakia [Kindle Edition]

JF Smith
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Matthew likes his life in Richmond. He has his friends and his softball and his volunteer work. And he has a very good-looking boyfriend, Brian, who he’s been happily dating for over a year now. So what if his friends tend to question just how good his boyfriend is, and so what if Brian tends to have inexplicable mood swings. And so what if Brian seems to invite Matt’s suspicions on occasion. If he just shows a little faith and trust, he’ll appreciate what he has with Brian the way he should. Right?

But suddenly, Matt finds himself in a desperate life-or-death situation on a trip overseas, and he realizes just how much he misses home, and Brian. He’s luckily rescued by a team of US Spec-Ops Forces, only to find out they’re a bunch of bigoted jerks. Worse, a quirk of his situation forces him to spend time with them that he’d rather not. And that’s when he finds out that first impressions can be misleading. When called upon, he steps up when every fiber of his being tells him not to, and discovers something deep inside himself that he didn’t realize was even there. And his life will never be the same. He finds that he can, after all, make some very overdue changes in his own life.

What Matt doesn’t realize is that the bond of brotherhood runs both ways. And he winds up changing the lives of several of the men on that Spec-Ops team as much as they changed his.

All it takes is faith and trust.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I2RN9U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars move over Brokeback Mountain 15 Aug 2012
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This is one of the best full length m/m novels I have read (and I have read many m/m, but very few offer this length and opportunity to really get involved with the story and characters). It is so worth reading and well worth more than it is priced. I have to agree with other reviewers that Matt's first relationship is a bit hard to take but the the author does make it clear at the beginning what poor self esteem Matt has. Once the action starts and the Navy gets involved it is gripping, heart-warming, heart-stoppping, and tear-jerking but not in overly exaggerated way - it is a truly gripping story that had me reading passed 3am and only put down because I couldn't stay up any longer! I have to agree with others, you got to love Petey despite his obnoxious attitude. Thoroughly recommended, wish I could give it 6 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Read in A while 27 May 2012
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Not being American and not being a Navy SEAL I can't say how realist SEAL Team 8 truely is, but it's what you always hope they are like... all for the team and once you're in the team once you have the teams' loyalty it will be yours for all time.

And I have to go with the other reviewer, you have just got to love Petey, god how many Squadies do I know just like him? mouth like a toilet bowl and a sense of humor from the gutter and merciless with their buddies.

I don't know why this book is a cheap as it is but it is worth every penny and a heck of a lot more.

JF Smith is a brilliant writer, this book had me on the edge of my seat, I literally couldn't put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy 19 Dec 2012
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What a fantastic book.

One of the best books I have read in a very long time. I can't express how much I enjoyed it.
The characters are spectacular, I started by absolutely detesting some of them then genuinely wanting to be their friends! The story line is wonderful, action packed, yet funny, yet sad, yet scary, yet heartwarming... oh its just got everything. It really deserves recognition and readership. I loved it.

Sequel please? I have book hangover!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it a lot, but with reservations.... 17 Dec 2012
By BevS
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Bought this book ages ago, and accidently deleted it (hey, I'm getting older and sadly the braincells are disappearing faster than I can make new ones!). Am glad I realised (yay me!!) later and purchased it again. I did enjoy this story eventually - have to say though that the slow start put me off quite a bit, and that creep of a loser boyfriend Brian really p****d me off! How could Matt not have realised that anyone who says 'you're lucky to have me' is a complete moron, not worth the space they take up and the air they breathe! Still, we've all been there and done that, it sometimes takes a long time to find your soul-mate.

I did sneak a look at Mr Smith's other book on Amazon 'Falling off the face of the Earth', and looking at some of the other reviews, I have to agree with one of the reviewers in particular who said that although there are no sex scenes in that particular book (not really any in this one either, but no probs), the language used in the conversations between different characters was crude, insulting and really nasty. I have to say that that was one aspect of THIS book that I didn't like at all - OK, Petey was a raging homophobic idiot at the start, and I could've cheerfully kicked him in the n**s myself, but to do a complete 360 turnaround, and decide Matt was the 'brother' he'd never had but now, BTW, loved like a brother, didn't ring true to me I'm afraid. One stretch of the imagination too far, IMHO. So, to sum up, yes I loved the fact that Travis was eventually able to admit to himself that he loved Matt as much as he loved being a SEAL (even though it took a near tragedy for him to do it), and he came out of the closet in front of his SEAL team, whose reaction was a little underwhelming to say the least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Lovely Surprise! 30 Aug 2012
By Imani
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I'd never heard of this author. I just thought the title was a bit quirky and I was curious enough to spend 77p on it. I loved it! What a great story! It's about a young, big hearted gay man, Matt, who, whilst doing voluntary service in Latakia, is kidnapped by extremists. He's rescued by a team of Navy SEALs and taken back to the States. Whilst on his way home on the USS Iwo Jima, Matt is in the unusual position of getting to know his rescuers, and forms a connection with Mope, the leader of Team 8, who is also gay and very much in the closet, for obvious reasons. One of those 'reasons' is Petey, an obnoxious and foul-mouthed team member who seems to be homophobic, sexist, racist, and any other negative '-ist' you can think of! And so offensive, you hate him at first. So, Matt only finds out Mope is gay when Mope tells him, so well hidden is Mope's lifestyle. The story looks at how Mope and Matt find, and fall in, love with each other.

I won't say much more, although what I have told you, so far, won't have spoiled the story for you because, what makes this book isn't the rescue or the subsequent mission Matt is asked to take part in (teeny tiny bit of a spoiler there). It's all the characters. There is 'action' and usually in a Navy SEAL-heavy book, there's an abundance of it, with the SEALs or the Marines being portrayed as alpha males who show no fear, but who are secretly tortured inside... blah blah blah. Somehow, JF Smith manages to make their vulnerability work, without taking anything away from them as alphas or as SEALs. He makes them human. They all have their 'stuff' and find ways to cope. And as they get to know Matt during the journey home, they adopt him into the fold and he becomes a kind of 'mascot'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good story
This author definitely knows how to tell a story, the characters were written in depth and you felt like you actually knew what they were thinking. Read more
Published 1 month ago by fo
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
What can I add that has not already been said. An excellent gripping tale with great character development in a story which not only grips your attention and holds it, but manages... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Saturnin
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem....
What a great book. How I've missed this before, I'm not sure.

I find this genre can be troublesome at times, stories too short, little depth, next to no plot outside of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mump the grump
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
I bought this book on the back of The Fence and then the Trees as that was fantastic, I was not disappointed with Latakia. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phase58
5.0 out of 5 stars Latakia
I loved this book. It is without doubt one of the best M/M love stories I have read. The careful and thorough development of the characters make them utterly credible. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Teresamis
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner of highest standard
Well constructed fast paced read. Excellent character development and exciting and believable storyline had me hooked within a few pages. Highly recommended.
Published 6 months ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding in its genre
Bought this as an e-book last year and it instantly became a firm favourite that I keep coming back to for another read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
i totally loved this book so much that i read it twice back to back i loved peteys character and thought it gave a very realistic perception of the dynamic one might encounter... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable - must read
A great book. There are likeable characters, a good plot, a love story to care about. Really is one of the best books in the genre: almost comparable in quality with Tigers and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr Steven J Rhoden
5.0 out of 5 stars Latakia
Loved this book made me laugh and cry only took me 11 hours to read this I love petey xx
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