Latakia

Adult
Rated 4.82/5 based on 11 reviews
Matt’s life is upended by a deadly situation on a trip overseas, making him desperate for home and his boyfriend. After being rescued by a team of US SpecOps Forces, Matt learns to respect them and become friends with them. And what he learns from them gives him courage to make overdue changes in his life. But brotherhood runs two ways, and he winds up changing several lives on the team as well. More

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Words: 116,530
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466048324

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Review by: Tyler Knoll on March 26, 2014 :
I was prepared to ignore a few implausabilities and the hand on heart patriotism because the writing was so good. And who said grown men don't cry. I also appreciated that the sex wasn't so much on page, but the frank talk about sex and everything pertaining to it was. More realistic.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Yuki to Miko on Nov. 11, 2013 :
This book is great. I definitely recommend it, the only problem I had, was that there was an extremely boring part where I couldnt figure out what was the point (after the main charcters got together) but overall I loved it
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kerry Hernandez on May 11, 2013 :
Wow, I really loved this book. The first that I read by JF Smith and it definately won't be the last
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laura on April 08, 2013 :
Wow, this was lovely. Very touching in how it dealt with the issue of being gay in the military and the bonds of brotherhood created through the mission that Matt undertakes with the team. The characters are beautifully drawn and the dialogue just brilliant. Petey's persona is one of the best I've read in any book, and the friendship between him and Matt is one of the best bits of the book. Far more than a gay romance, I would recommend this to everyone.

I've re-read this several times since I purchased it and if I could give this more than 5 stars I would.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Bridget Agnello on May 30, 2012 :
This is a beautifully written novel from very talented writer JF Smith. His characters are layered and the dialogue comes across as each character's authentic "voice". The humor in this book ranges from a smirk on your face to a laugh-out-loud-and-embarrass-yourself-in-the-coffee-shop laughter. I'm desperately trying to find more writings from JF Smith. Write faster Sir....PLEASE??!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marge C. on May 04, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. The story is as much about friendship, brotherhood, and team as it is a m/m romance--and that is just fine by me!

After a couple of opening chapters which show Matt at home in Richmond with his self-centered boyfriend, the story moves to Syria where Matt is working with Doctors without Borders. Matt is kidnapped, interrogated, and feels he will be killed at any minute. Matt's rescue by Navy SEALs sets off a great adventure tale for about half the book. The setup of Matt working with the SEAL team is somewhat unrealistic, but the author pulled me into the action and I happily went along for the ride. The strength of this novel was how all the characters interacted with and learned from each other. I enjoyed getting to know them all and seeing what shennanigans Petey could get up to next in his (in the end) friendly verbal battles with Matt.

The last part of the story shows Matt arriving back in Richmond and how he had changed, mostly for the better. I thought his feelings here were realistic--not overly traumatic and over the top, but serious and considered.

The love story was great, with the main characters getting to know each other as friends first. But best of all, the last part of the book wasn't just about the two of them, but we get to see the relationships between all the SEAL team members at home, too. I felt as if I was getting an inside look at these honorable men who work hard to protect each other in all types of dangerous situations. Perhaps the ending was a bit overdramatic, but it was like the end of a great movie, where the music crescendos and you get a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes. And I loved it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Paula Synapsis on April 29, 2012 :
Amazing book. I usually don't like reading books about soldiers/seal/ect but I found this one so great and I recommend it because the author is very good!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: azreview123 on Feb. 15, 2012 :
Excellent book - will be waiting for more from JF Smith.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ann Somerville on Jan. 24, 2012 :
I'm giving this one four stars because it's an enjoyable read (after a slowish start), the characters are wonderful, and because the line editing is superior compared to too many self-pubbed books. It compares favourably to some m/m books put out by professional publishers.

However I must be honest and note that the writing would benefit from a guiding editor's hand, that Matt is at times rather Gary Stuish (*everyone* wants Matt), the plot relies on a somewhat implausible coincidence, and that I somehow doubt that the bond between a wimpy civilian and a group of stone-hard SEALS would form as fast and firmly as portrayed in the book (though I am in no position whatsoever to know one way or the other. It just smelled a bit Hollywood to me.)

With those caveats in mind, I would say that JF Smith has a raw and definite talent, and that were he to submit his work to a decent publisher of gay romance or m/m, his writing would be refined in the process, and I can see him becoming a major star of the genre.

For under a buck, this book is incredibly good value for money, and offers several hours of enjoyment. You could ask for more, but when so many books fail to deliver these things at all, I'm not complaining!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Penelope Frost on Jan. 04, 2012 :
Latakia is a great novel wich I highly recommend! It's definitely worth more than you pay, so give it a try, you won't regret it!
I love the characters and the whole plot, just everything about it. I've been thinking about it on and of since I finished reading it, and that just shows what an inpact it had on me and how great a story JF Smith has created. I will, without a doubt, be reading this one again.
Praise to JF Smith for this fantastic story!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Douglas Gellatly on Dec. 31, 2011 :
Things have become worse in Syria since 'Latakia' was written, but here is a story that is nothing but remarkably memorable. From the days of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, comes this wonderfully crafted tale of courage, faith and trust, belief, commitment and dedication, all wrapped around very human lives and the closeness of brotherhood. There's heaps of conflict and compassion, of distrust and love and raw human nature. There are scenes where human mistakes are made, there are scenes where human choices are made, and there are scenes, and prose, that tell the reader that in some aspects of life there are no choices, such as human sexuality. JF Smith is to be congratulated for 'Latakia' – this is a wonderful novel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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