- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 52 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Neil Plakcy
- Audible.com Release Date: January 13, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S6W8F56
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Olives for the Stranger: Have Body, Will Guard, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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As with all the “Have Bodies, Will Guard” books, Aidan wonders whether Liam will stay with him, adventure and danger are bountiful, and the frequent couplings of the bodyguards are recorded fully. The story continues to show a country and its culture that is very different than the US while describing adventures that transcends place and time. Though not essential, it is more interesting to read the books in order to see the development of the characters. The next book will likely be set in southern France.
There is a short story at the end featuring the bodyguards helping one of the heroes of the revolution who has been under attack.
As usual, Plakcy has an interesting plot and good dialogue. For those interested in the parameters of the series, this is an interesting and exciting book to read.
When Aiden and Liam, through their network of well-placed gay Tunisians, are asked to take care of an adolescent Muslim girl and also to look into security problems at her gay uncle's olive farm, the two men get caught up in the anti-government uprising sweeping through Tunis. As the child of prominent Islamist parents, the men's charge becomes more than a sullen adolescent; she becomes not only a potential assassination target, but a symbol of ultra-conservative Islam and its open hostility to their life together.
The engaging adventure plot, which creates a vivid and loving sense of place in true Plakcian style, carries with it the parallel worries of both men, as they fret about their differences, each unsure of how they stand in the eyes of the other. I particularly like the truth of this aspect of the story: Aiden, who has never lived alone, wonders if his big, independent, Navy-SEAL boyfriend dismisses him as amateurish and unprofessional. While Liam, muscular and highly-trained, ponders with some surprise how his life has changed since this runaway school teacher from Philadelphia stumbled into his life. There are no tidy resolutions here; as in real life, these men continue to work things out, finding a way to integrate the professional and personal. Their love for each other, established in the first book of the series, is explored with all the gentleness of a Jane Austen novel; while the action whirls around them like something out of James Bond. It is this quirky mixture that makes Neil Plakcy's books such a pleasure to read. And makes Tunisia a place I'd really like to visit.
New conflicts showcase and reveal the many challenges in their long term relationship. That, in and of itself, is a pleasure. Add in the dangers they face, and the questions they begin to ask themselves, meaningful questions that carry big consequences.... Because the assignments are not so simple as once they were... And they can't always be together... Before you finish the book you're reading, you check to see when the next one is available! Highly recommend you order ahead as soon as you can.