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Latakia [Kindle Edition]

JF Smith
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I2RN9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,025 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What an engaging book! January 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I could hardly put this book down once I started reading. The whole set-up is of course on the other side of likely. But the author manages to spin a totally believable story. Matt, a clueless, upstanding American citizen is helping setting up a vaccination programme in Syria with Doctors Without Borders. Back home he's got a shifty character for a boyfriend but somehow he seems convinced that this Brian guy is the best thing that's ever happend to him. Where he got this notion from I cannot imagine. Even his two best friends seem to think Brian is an ass and are dropping hints to clue Matt in. Through a case of mistaken identity Matt ends up as the victim of an abduction and nearly dies in Syria. A SEAL fire team gets him out and since you can't exactly catch a commercial flight out of a war/crisis zone the poor guy is thrown into another unknown realm - the life and workings of a naval war ship in the Mediterranean. Loved this whole set up. It could have come across as contrived but somehow wasn't. And JF Smith kept the angst and the violence to a bearable level. Just enough to make you turn every page.

There on the ship Matt meets his rescuers: four Navy SEALs, the cream of the crop when it comes to covert ops and risky, sticky situations. Manly man with the macho and homophobe attitude to go with. At least that's what it looks like at first glance to the openly gay man. He's incredibly thankful to them but also feels bad that they would bully him for his sexual orientation. Over the course of the next few days Matt settles in on the ship and actually gets to know the guys that rescued him. Both sides have to let go of some preconceived notions - if there ever were any in the first place. Like that there couldn't be any gays serving in the military. Duh.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge surprise, and one of the best books of the year February 25, 2012
By Tom W
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Matt is a great guy - just ask any of his friends in Richmond. He takes food to sick friends, works with Doctors Without Borders as a volunteer, uses his talents to help set up tracking and record-keeping for childhood immunizations. Plays softball on a gay league. And has a hot boyfriend, Brian, to whom he would give the world if he only asked.

When he's offered the opportunity to use his talents to assist DWB in their mission in Syria, he jumps at the chance and will be leaving for a two week assignment. Before he leaves, he begins to have doubts about how Brian feels, especially when Brian accuses him of being distant. Picking fights and leaves him stuck with the check for dinner, again, the night before he's to leave.

So when he's kidnapped and fearing for his life, locked in a dark room alone, he resolves the be the man Brian deserves, to never doubt him again. And when he's rescued by a group of Navy SEALS, his relief and gratitude are immense. Even when he's confronted with what he thinks is homophobia and bigotry by the guys that risked their lives to save him. But then he meets and talks to one of his rescuers, Mope - Travis - and some of what he thought he saw and felt, he begins to question. How he acts, how he views the world.

But when he's given the opportunity to repay that rescue, to risk himself, will he? And what will be the cost be to himself? His relationship with Brian? To his preconceived notions about the men who rescued him - Mope, Petey? And will he find he has more in common with these men than ever thought possible?

I have to just out it out there. This book blew me the hell away.

When I saw it in Amazon for $0.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story. February 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

I liked this writer's Falling Off the Face of the Earth and when I saw the new story, I was really interested to see if I liked it as much as I liked the first one, and for 99 cents I did not hesitate much.

Okay, my biggest gripe with this book is its title, which really, really does not reflect the great story behind it and I wish the writer would have come up with the better one. I also think that the story could use some general tightening up, but I really did not see obvious typos, grammar mistakes, etc.

So I highly suggest you ignore the title (and the cover while I am at it) and start reading. You will meet a completely ordinary guy Matt, who definitely has some self-esteem issues and puts up with his jerk boyfriend because Matt tries to convince himself over and over that he is lucky to have Brian. I have to say that Matt's self-esteem issues did not make me less sympathetic towards him, but your mileage may wary.

All of this changes when Matt finds himself in the extraordinary situation and, as the blurb tells us, gets saved from it by a team of Navy Seals. I have to say, that I think this writer really has a talent to make out-of-whack situations to be completely believable for the reader and while I was reading the story, I kept nodding my head. When I thought it over after I was done reading, of course I thought that the idea of Matt's further involvement in the situation he initially found himself in was not very realistic to put it mildly. However it still does not matter to me in the slightest, because the writer made me buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and some bromance....
I should really be reading more exciting books like this one! The military setting was much better than what I usually pass by in my book searches (pretty much the same PTSD plot... Read more
Published 14 days ago by nowyat
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books.
Great story, compelling characters, complex plot: the whole package for a good novel. I really like this author.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a shame as this is a fantastic read. The situation may be a bit...
Never judge a book by it's cover. This novels cover was so unimpressive and the title never grabbed me so it's just languished on my To Read list. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Satyr69
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Love it. Kept me reading non stop. Intriguing and interesting story, relatively believable though maybe a little stretched at times but a great dream...
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Prior
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Amazing!
All I can say about this book is WOW. Seriously; I am completely ashamed by how long this book languished on my kindle unread because it is AMAZING. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rina
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a really good book
It started out a little slow. Yeah, Brian is a jerk and Matthew's friends don't like him.

Matthew's capture and subsequent rescue and what follows is really well... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rusty Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good story
I've read this story now for the third time, and loved every minuite of it. It touches me every time I read it and makes me yearn for that kind of love, the kind that's just worth... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
This book is, in my opinion, the best of all of this author's works. I am not typically one to write reviews but, without paraphrasing the book, if this compels you to read it,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Roamer41
5.0 out of 5 stars I Didn't Think I'd Like It. I Loved It!
I had real misgivings about this one. JF Smith is a wonderful writer. I've read all his other full-length books available in the Kindle Store. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alan Arthur Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and touching
This book made my tears fall like few have done. I was totally taken in by the friendship and love expressed here. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Hickey
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