Don't Ask - the story of America's first openly gay Marine.

Rated 4.38/5 based on 8 reviews
Don't Ask is the story of America's first homosexual Marine and the political firestorm he never meant to start. Pro-God, pro-USA, pro-troops. B.K. Dell - Stories that Matter.

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Words: 93,890
Language: English
ISBN: 9780982978412
About B.K. Dell

Have you ever wondered why Harry Potter and Twilight are so popular? It is because readers seeking to avoid filth have no place left to turn. The industry of mature fiction has been overrun by people who confuse profanity with profundity and think that graphic depravity can substitute for insight. So the only guaranteed way to sidestep smut is to read books written for young audiences. We see the same phenomenon happening in movies, where the main box office winners these days are from Pixar, Disney, or Marvel Comics.
My goal is to reinstitutionalize God-loving, America-loving, wholesome books for thoughtful adult readers.
You can find me on the front page of every search engine by searching "conservative fiction".

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Review by: Brian Lund on Jan. 19, 2012 :
Interesting book. It left me in a confusion of emotions. About all I can say is unfortunately not ALL Christians are like Jackson and fortunately not ALL gay activists are like Stacy. I fear the story of Caleb gets lost in the firestorm he never meant to start. There was a message that could have been stated that gets lost, but then it's a book written by a conservative Christian writer.
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Review by: Bob Farrell on July 14, 2011 :
Tuesday, July 12, 2011Controversial Topic Handled Well
I wasn't sure what to expect from a Christian novel about the first homosexual Marine. I found my interest kept and I was drawn into the world the characters lived in. I think if the Bible had passage with JESUS talking to a homosexual I think Christ would have treated him like Jackson treated Caleb. This is a novel worth reading. I look forward to reading future books by B. K. Del.
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Review by: Dox 96 on July 04, 2011 :
This is an extremely well written story by a very talented writer. The writer has the ability to draw up and make the reader fall in love with a wide variety of characters in the story - gay characters, Christian characters, uber-masculine characters. It tells a story which is highly compassionate from all sides of the picture: what it's like to be a gay man diving head first into the hyper-masculine world of the US Marines; what it's like to be a Marine recruit suddenly dealing with the first gay person they've ever met in their life as an equal; and what it's like to be a conservative Christian in amongst this highly volatile environment.

I would love to give this story five stars, but unfortunately from about half way through the story, the compassionate nature gives way and starts descending into farce as the writer falls into the trap of making the bad characters over-evil (and thus unbelievable) and start acting out-of-character. Suddenly the scenes seem absurd and unlikely leaving the reader unable to empathise fully.

And it's such a shame. The writer clearly has an agenda, which is fair enough, and even as a 'leftie' myself, the themes of criticism, such as the unfair branding of all Christians as intolerant bigots and the tendency of some gay people to over-play their victimisation and see discrimination everywhere (including where it isn't) are important and need examination.

But the notion that Christians in the United States need their own anti-hate laws to protect them was laughable (when Christians start hanging from the trees as 'strange fruit', maybe then you can have them, and won't that be a proud moment!) and suddenly the over-played victimisation was on display by the author, totally detracting from the intended theme.

Having said all that, please read it. The first half is just delightful and poignant and there are very important debates and interesting talking points. Maybe the author could re-write the second half when he's not so angry. He (she?) certainly has the talent to write in such a way to reach over the political divide and capture the liberal side of the fence... I'm certain it could be a lot more believable and earn it that extra two stars.
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Review by: Anony Mous on May 11, 2011 :
I think it's time I left my short review here. I started to read this book expecting nothing of it. It turned out I was sucked in into this insane manly and intolerant world where both sides were confused and hurt. Now that I have seen the story from each angle, cried and laughed with it, I am certain that this was one of best books I have read.
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Review by: M M-Stewart on Feb. 27, 2011 :
This was an amazing read. I laughed and I cried. Look at me, I'm still crying! I loved reading this so much that I went to work telling all my friends to get their hands on it. My husband is also in the military and I suspect even he'll get a kick out of reading it. All of the characters are beautifully written. It's like if I walked outside right now I could bump into any one of theses characters; flip on the television and watch this same crisis unfold on CNN. This author is truely gifted, and from a pompous writer like myself, I don't say that often!
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Review by: Marie Miller on Jan. 07, 2011 :
I loved this book. BK Dell did an excellent job characterizing the good and the bad that are found on both sides of this issue, but he doesn't evade the responsibility of actually taking a side. The author obviously loves God, Country and the Marines!

About his writing style, as mentioned he does an outstanding job developing his characters and weaving an intricate story with twists and turns. His dialogue is very natural and well done. But I've also got to give kudos to Dell for how laugh out loud funny some parts of the book are. This book takes you through the whole spectrum of emotions. Well done!!
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Review by: Jason Krause on Jan. 03, 2011 :
Read the paperback and loved it. Great story told in a way that's respectful of the subject and the reader, and still manages to be a politically timely page-turner filled with thoughtful, well-developed characters. I especially love that Dell tells the story so compellingly without employing the ubiquitous obsenities you might expect in a story about Marines. A quick, easy read, too. Highly recommend it.
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Review by: liisa rinker on Dec. 29, 2010 :
I read this book in paperback and loved it. It is great to see it as an ebook now. It is funny and sad and keeps you in suspense till the very end.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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