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Special Forces - Aleksandr Voinov (Vashtan) & Marquesate

Special Forces by Aleksandr Voinov (Vashtan) & Marquesate is a MM Romance series telling the EPIC love story of Scottish SAS soldier Dan McFadyen and Soviet Spetsnaz soldier Vadim Petrovich Krasnorada. 

It was published on the authors' websites as a free novel in parts between July 2006 - April 2009 and can still be found on 
Marquesate's website (as HTML), Aleksandr decided to remove it from his website awhile ago. 
[ If you're interested in the second and third part in MOBI format please contact me. I made MOBI files from the HTML published on Marquesate's website. ]

About the series:
Special Forces is the epic story of a Scottish SAS soldier and a Soviet spetsnaz soldier. Two enemies who meet in the line of duty during the early days of the Soviet Union’s last war in Afghanistan. Behind enemy lines respect and finally love grow... but that’s only the official version. 

The reality of these two men is dark, brutal, fueled by aggression and insane lust. Steeped in pain and killing, with death as their shoulder companion, these Special Forces soldiers meet in 1980. Their intense hatred caused by rape, revenge and torture turning into fucked-up lust and years of secret encounters in the rat-infested labyrinth of Kabul and the Afghan mountains. Time, despair and desolation smoothing down the sharpness of hatred, its venom drained with each physical encounter, the lust helping to form an understanding that only two men of the same kind can share. Enemy Mine and Brothers in Arms - on two different sides. 

This novel spans across over twenty-five years of their lives. It’s harsh and violent, but life is cruel and they just do what they need to survive. 

I truly feel like I have nothing more to add to what the authors themselves have to say about this series so I'll try and sum up my feelings - This is an EPIC love story between two enemies that started with hating each other and became inseparable. 25 years of so much heart ache I sometimes wonder how I went through it all. This series changes everything I think about romance, gay or hetero, it doesn't matter. What Dan and Vadim went through in the 25 years we are part of their lives put me out of my comfort zone too many times to count, right from the first chapter to the very ending which was beautiful and naturally left me with tears as too many scenes did (not something that happens to me very often..). 

Dan and Vadim aren't perfect, they are human and not that good or nice about a lot of things they do in the time we get to know them. I started off hating Vadim with a vengeance and generally disliking Dan yet somewhere along the line I fell for them both and wanted to see them truly happy together and it took quite a lot of time to get there though any torture possible. 

It was an EPIC ride I don't think I'll ever be a part of in the future. I truly felt changes when I finished reading it. Though I can't say that the series was perfect, it was out of this world amazing. My main issue with the series is there were, at times, too many sex scenes that in my personal opinion just made the story drag for no apparent reason, yet I don't begrudge the series for it.   

The first book in the series is the most viewed post on my blog strangely enough. Though I don't take back anything *I* wrote about this series, Aleksandr has said many times he disliked these as they were written in a darker period in his life and is very different from what he writes to day and the general place he is on at the moment. He also said he was dabbling with writing more darker erotica (this book has it all..). While I didn't always like this fact, I liked the overall arc so much I just skipped those scenes. Yeah it means I skipped quite a lot in the second part but again, I was more invested in where all these experiences took Dan and Vadim and not specifically being "there" with them throughout it all. I don't think I'll even get to re-read this series as it's VERY long, and somewhat similar to Aleksandr I feel like I'm in a different place at the moment as well so reading something SO dark isn't a current fit for me. Yet still it doesn't change the strong feelings I was left with when I read these. They are still meaningful as they were back then when I read them. 

Special Forces #1 - Soldiers (1980-1989) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Special Forces #2 - Mercenaries Part One {Chapters 20-35} (1989-1992) ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
                             Mercenaries Part Two {Chapters 36-53} (1992-1993) ★ ★ ★ ¾
Special Forces #3 - Veterans (1994-2006) ★ ★ ★ ★

The series also has two spin-off novels - each written by one of the authors

Deliverance   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

by Marquesate and T.A. Brown
Tells the story of ex-Marine Matthew Donahue "Matt" and Delta Force Hubert Bozic "Hooch" whom we met in the second installment of Special Forces, both being friends with Dan and later on Vadim having a close relationship with Hooch. 
I was hooked from the first page to this one. Like and yet unlike the EPIC relationship between Dan and Vadim, this book takes us on a 13 years ride through Matt and Hooch's relationship (though their first encounter was 7 years prior). For 20 years - from being fuck buddies to being in a very committed hard core BDSM relationship. Truly a fine ride, not for the light hearted (though if you've read Special Forces you won't have any problem with this one).
This book can be read as a stand alone. Both Dan and Vadim don't actually appear in the book (besides for a few phones calls with Dan and a mention of Vadim) and everything important that happened in Special Forces with the two of them was told in this one.

Gold Digger   ★ ★ ★ ★

by Aleksandr Voinov
Tells the story of Vadim's son Nikolai. It was quite short, yet it did get to tell us of Nikolai finding his HEA with Henry LeBeau. It was sweet, there was a sort of resemblance (even if mild) to Vadim and Dan finding each other in the most unlikely circumstances and as enemies. We got to see Vadim again and see him as a father, a real father who talks to his son and gives him advice when needed which was beyond beautiful. At his "old age" (I"m not sure how old exactly..) he is still dealing with what he did and went through in his younger days yet he is in a different place a more relaxed one. I loved seeing him this way and in general reading of him again.  

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