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Hidden Conflict: Tales from Lost Voices in Battle Paperback – November 1, 2009

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Cheyenne Publishing (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979777380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979777387
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,173,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story shows the depths of love and loss and the painful recovery process.
I blazed through all four stories in a matter of hours drawn in by the characters, varied settings and all to familiar emotions portrayed.
And how little those in our lives really know us, though they may believe that they know us well.
Victor J. Banis

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victor J. Banis VINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
A terrific quartet of beautifully realized stories exploring hidden loves and secret desires, set against backdrops of war and violence. And, as the blurb says, each told in unique voices.
Mark R. Probst's NOT TO REASON WHY is set in 1876, on the eve of the massacre at Little Big Horn. Corporal Brett Price and his best friend, Sergeant Dermot Kerrigan are both a part of Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry as it rides to a fateful rendezvous with rebellious Sioux forces. Brett is in love with the happily married Dermot, but the hardships of their journey bring them even closer together, until finally Brett confesses his love and is rewarded with a single kiss before they engage in one of the most grisly battles in American history. There's not much suspense, since we all know where this is headed, but Probst compensates with vivid descriptions and apt dialogue: "Haven't you ever noticed," Brett muses, "how these things are reported in the newspapers? When we win they say it`s a victory, but when they win they say it`s a massacre?" The battle scenes are horrific indeed, but even more painful is the picture the author paints of Brett's not altogether requited love. Yes, he and Dermot are best friends. Yes, Brett gets a kiss, just one. And, yes, Dermot loves Brett too, but not in the same way. A loving friendship may be harder to endure than the absence of love altogether. A little love is like an arrow to the heart of one who pines.
The two men in Jordan Taylor's NO DARKNESS don't even progress to the kiss, though their awareness of the possibility, and ours, is palpable. The setting here is 1915, during World War I, on the Western Front. In a tale worthy of Poe, an enemy shelling leaves Lieutenant Darnell and Private Fisher trapped and injured in the root cellar of a farmhouse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dedication to one's country may not overcome a dedication to one's love. "Hidden Conflict: Tales from Lost Voices in Battle" is a collection of four short novellas focusing on gay men in the military throughout history. A British sea captain faces mutiny with his lover, a corporal of Colonel Custer is torn between doubting his unit's cause, and love he can't have. Two strangers become stuck in the trenches in the Western Front, and find love comes in strange places, and a World War II veteran is faced with a loss he cannot properly grieve. "Hidden Conflict" is an intriguing exploration of homosexuality and the military, highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kassa VINE VOICE on February 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a well-written anthology detailing the lives of military men as they experience love, loss, pain and hope. Each story depicts a point in time, sometimes days or decades, in the life of a gay man set in a historical setting. Some of the stories have a strong thread of romance and others are not romantic at all. There is only one strong happy ending to the collection of stories so this anthology may not appeal to all romance fans. Historical fans will enjoy the tight descriptions and accuracy of the time periods, even if some of these descriptions are graphic and gory. The writing for most of the anthology is solid with few mistakes and good pacing, yet the tone of the stories is dark and intense. This is not light reading and I had to space the stories out as some are almost depressing in their intensity.

The anthology begins with "Blessed Isle" by Alex Beecroft. This is a very classic Age of Sail period piece where the story is told in journal style with heavy talking to the reader. The writing alternates between the two men's point of views as they recall the events that happened from their ill fated first meeting to finding happiness together in Brazil. The story starts in first person present tense from Harry's point of view and is awkward and difficult to get into. The descriptions are overblown with so many color analogies that they blend together and lose the richness of the prose. The formal diction and use of numerous similes stalls the beginning of the story.

However once the point of view switches to the more engaging voice of Garnet, the story picks up significantly. Here the use of first person past tense moves the story quickly while injecting humor and flavor into the writing.
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