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- Print Length: 110 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 8, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DQQRB8G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Through all the organized chaos that has often defined her life her one constant has been her love of books. Reading has always been a mainstay in her life and she is rarely seen without her Nook on which she has reportedly downloaded over 2,000 books. A woman of boundless imagination, she has always desired to give life to the characters who maintained residence in her imagination. With that in mind, she has finally put pen in hand to fulfill a lifelong desire to write books of her own.
Ask anyone who knows Miski to use one word to describe her and they would say fierce. A prior military commander once defined her as a "tender warrior". Friends, patients, and associates have always found a strong advocate in this woman who is not afraid to speak her mind.
Miski believes three things: challenge is just another word to define worlds to conquer and lines to cross; love and faith are the most powerful forces in the universe, and the only thing that hinders success is to fail to try. With that in mind, she invites you to join her in a world where love is second to nothing and life is the greatest adventure of all.
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EJ has a plans for his future, unfortunately those plans are the very thing that precipitate his military demise via a horrific display of betrayal. Devastation has him reeling, trying to sort out his life and next steps. Collapsing inward, EJ avoids his family and friends. Thankfully, his best friend, Teddy is there to support him regardless.
Betrayal of a different nature relocates Dr. Dale Chenault to the sleepy little town of Sayville. Here he runs Changes, a counseling service and outreach program for gay service members and veterans, especially those struggling with the effects of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Dale proudly proclaims, “‘I have odd eyes, brassy red hair, I’m built like a bean pole, and I love iconic T-shirts’”.
When EJ and Dale meet the connection is immediate and intense. The spark sizzles despite the insecurities each harbor. That is until EJ discovers that Dale unknowingly, and without malice, triggers his self-loathing, threatening to break a promise he has made to himself. He will not repeat his past mistakes expecting a different outcome.
Fortunately for EJ, Dale is persistent in working to build a friendship with EJ. A pivotal moment occurs when EJ lets his guard down and reveals the events bringing him to his current mental state. The moment is beautiful, if not heartbreaking, as you wonder what the heck is wrong with people, why love between two men is an issue and why DADT was even implemented in the first place.
EJ and Dale deal with their pasts differently, but the course is right for them individually. In a twist of fate, the old adage of “It’s a small world” brings a satisfying and smug version of karma on those who have wronged EJ. While I am glad these men got a taste of their own medicine, I can’t help but feel sorry and have some pity for them.
I enjoyed this story, even though it was hard to read at times. While I was never subjected to DADT, being a gay man in the 80s and 90s, so much of it hit home. The struggle and fear the pages of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell depict is real. Knowing who to trust for your own preservation weighs heavily on your soul. And the act of betrayal, well that is completely unforgivable.
This is a magnificent debut novel from Miski Harris and I’m excited to see what comes next in Collateral Damage, book 2 in the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell series. I had so much invested in these men that the only thing that could have made this story better is a view into their happiness after all they endure.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Book 1
By: Miski Harris
Narrated by: John Solo
I loved everything about this book, from Miski Harris’ wonderful writing style to the story and characters she created to John Solo’s fantastic narration. This is a well written and well told story about love, loss, betrayal and coming back from it all. The storylines and characters are realistic and easy to relate to. Staff Sargent Elijah Jackson, EJ for short, was having a good life, his career in the Air Force is a success he is on target with meeting his goals. Despite the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military he has found love and is cautious about keeping it hidden. At least he thought he was, when called in to the General’s Office he finds out otherwise and is given an ultimatum, transfer or leave the military. And his partner, James, was on track for his promotion. My heart went out to EJ, especially after finding out what really happened. EJ heads back home, stays with his awesome friend Teddy, whom I just loved. Teddy introduces EJ to Dale, whom I adored too. The two hit it off right from the start but each have been burned in the past so they take it slow. EJ needs to come to terms with everything that happened, needs to tell his family and make the decision of what he wants to do, reenlist or leave. I loved how everything plays out and works out, the story flows naturally and there is never a dull moment with plenty of drama, some angst, both heartbreaking and heartfelt moments and some great ones too. I especially loved the ending. Miski Harris, thank you for this awesome story and emotional rollercoaster ride.
I listened to the Audible edition, John Solo is a gifted narrator and voice artist. He brings the character to life giving each their own voice and personality. I loved how he portrayed each character, how he humanized them by giving them a whole lot of heart, their emotions and mannerisms can be heard in his performance. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen🎧
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy's Bookshelf Reviews