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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Soldier’s Story by Iona Blair

A Soldier’s Story by Iona Blair
Publishing: Carnal Passions
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (66 Pages)
Other: M/M, M/F, rape, anal play
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell

Amidst the dangers of war torn Afghanistan, an army officer finds himself irresistibly drawn to another soldier.

Canadian Lieutenant Jay Sutherland is a happily married man, or so he thinks! The love of his life is back home, the stress of the war is present and all around him and with it the insecurity and uncertainty of himself and the validity of his life.

Afghanistan holds the key to his very existence right now, and so does Corporal Darren Morrison. His preoccupation with the Corporal confuses him and intrigues him at the same time.

An unauthorized mission and a missing squad, which includes Darren, are reported. Jay, on his way home at the end of his tour, comes back to the warzone and into a perilous rescue mission. What is driving him so recklessly, the missing squad or the missing Corporal?

Does the Corporal reciprocate his feelings, and what is going to happen when he returns to his life in Canada? War changes a man but can it change him for the better and what will be the casualty list of his life?

Iona Blaire tackles a very controversial issue in this well written short story. She brings Jay Sutherland into places we would never imagine and throws a few curve balls in along the way. Gay men serving in combat is as old as the Crusades. It is only in our arrogance that we think that this is new phenomena and a product of a modern society.

With the return to his home, Jay Sutherland needs to confront so many issues, but realizes that his strength is in his relationship with his fellow soldier. Acceptance of his reality is the most difficult thing he will ever need to do but he shows the strength of character to do what he must.

This is an interesting take on a very talked about subject and is very much a worthwhile read.

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