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Basic Training

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  592 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Joining the Royal Marines is a challenge that only the toughest young men should take on. As one of the most prestigious regiments in the British Forces, becoming a Royal Marine Commando is achieved only by the best.

Platoon Sergeant Col Wilson, called Bulldog, knows all about achievements, and with the responsibility for the recruits at Lympstone, he is adamant that despit
ebook, 276 pages
Published October 21st 2011 by MLR Press (first published October 20th 2011)
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
Ok, here it goes, I'm actually going to have to thank Sims for encouraging me ( read= beat me over the head) to read this book.
It starts out slowly and since it's solely from Col's POV I wasn't always sure what was really going on with Chris and I wasn't sure there ever would be a relationship between these two. Be warned though the story is definitely very 'military' in nature and everything revolves around that.
The scene where Chris is caught in the bathroom was difficult, but nothing compared
Well this book was a long time coming. As I expected this book was a realistic and at times brutal story of military life.

Col Wilson is a Drill Sargeant in the Royal Forces, he is a gay man. He knows that, but he won't and can't give into that feeling. He never has indulged in those fantasies, and his plan is to keep it that way. Until Chris Thompson, new recruit, openly gay and FUCKING PERFECTION walks in as part of his new group.

Chris is not only openly gay, but he is by far the best of best
A very enjoyable m/m military romance. Col "Bulldog" Wilson is a senior sergeant with the Royal Marines. His latest batch of recruits contains one Christian Thompson, twenty-one, six foot, green eyes, brown hair... and the first openly gay recruit accepted into the Marines training program. Col's carefully hidden (and never acted upon) desires are severely tested.

This story covers about a five year period and follows Col and Chris' relationship through basic training, deployment, changing career
4.5 stars
Happy, really happy to have been shoved into reading this and so nicely too. Its odd how a military story and a realistic one, was this insanely good. I feel lucky, because I was able to immerse myself right into the story and feel the complexities Col and Chris were up against. Thank god the violence wasn't OTT, I was dreading it, these men are tough and strong, I loved how they wouldn't roll over and give up. The slow build up in their relationship is wonderfully real a fascinating ti
Basic Training has been a while coming but it was definitely worth the wait. If you started reading Marquesate because of the Special Forces epic or of the novel Her Majesty's Men or of the short stories that have appeared here and there, Friendly Fire (in mostly dreadful company in a collection also called Special Forces for what reason heaven only knows), For Queen and Country or Code of Honour, in 'Basic Training' you will find what you have come to like about the author: strong, believable c ...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I was expecting hard rock and I got alternative rock instead. I like both. It's nice when an author can sound herself and different at the same time.

First of all, the writing. It's less clipped, more narrating than the previous books I've read. It fits the story. The pacing wasn't always balanced, but everything is overall solid.

The story is intense, but not as violent as I was expecting, even if these guys are pretty strong. But not in a general badass way. They're soldiers, military men, proud
Bulldog and The Officer

The book consists of actually two distinct stories. The first part of the book is a realistic and well written journey into the military life of two soldiers, recruit Chris Thompson and his drill Sergeant Col "Bulldog" Wilson. The latter part of the book is a sweet and emotional romance story between the two main characters. It also covers a lot of ground in the area of gay rights, bad self-esteem, and prejudice.

I scooped the first part of the book in one go. It was hard
MsMiz (Tina)
Marquesate has a way of writing that keeps me on the edge of my seat. I found my stomach clenching, waiting for the other shoe to drop through out this book, reading into comments and inner thoughts to the point I drove myself mad. Honestly, this book does not have a ton of conflict for what we have come to expect in military books of this caliber. I think in another author's hands, this book might have been a really 'meh' kind of story. I do not know how she does it, but because if her 'it' fac ...more
Kaje Harper
This was a realistic story about two military men, that managed to avoid most of the clichés and obvious plots and delivered a hot, smooth and ultimately engaging story.

As the book opens, Platoon Sergeant Col Wilson meets his next group of recruits and among them is Chris Thompson, a young man who has already been noted on his paperwork for being overqualified, intelligent, educated, athletic, and oh yes, gay and out. What Col didn't realize was that Chris is also gorgeous and will test fifteen
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
4.5 stars

This was an amazing book. I'm always looking for books that deal with actual military life - boot camp, training, in the war zone - and I don't find many so reading this one was a lovely treat because it takes place over a five year span and deals with much more than just basic training.

This book has a bit of everything in it. A majority of the story is sweet but its also suspenseful, touching, heartbreaking, horrifying, sad and unbelievably sexy. I loved the connection between Chris an
It's been two years since the release of the rather excellent Her Majesty's Men, the last book by this author, but I was so impressed by that book that I've hung in there waiting for a new book to be published. Basic Training is that book, and in my opinion the two years have been worth the wait, especially as this book shows some increased maturity in the style of writing from this author.

Basic Training follows Col who is a platoon sergeant in the Royal Marines, in charge of new recuits as they
Jul 14, 2014 Bev rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Bev by: John King of the North
Really enjoyed this one. 4 stars for this rec from John 'King of the North'.

Col, an older cynical, tough as old boot leather sergeant, who has been demoted after going on a bender following his divorce, and a raw recruit named Christian (Chris) who has bravely ticked the box on the application form admitting he's gay, and who falls 'in lust' with Col the minute he spots him. Col also notices Chris, but Col is having a really difficult time admitting to himself and accepting that he could possi
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
This is a wonderful, sweet story about, Chris, a young gay recruit (out from the beginning of his career) who falls for and brings an older (14 years) veteran (divorced, deep in the closet), Col, out of the closet. This takes place over a five-year span, so the buildup is wonderfully slow. Col knows he is gay, but has not acted upon it due to his military career. He certainly doesn't want to break all the rules and fall for a guy he holds rank over. But, Chris is deliciously persistent once he r ...more
2.5 Stars

This was ok but nothing special. I enjoyed the first 30% but the middle was boring. Basically, Col told us what Chris was up to during his training, he contemplated his relationship with Chris, then when Chris came home, they had sex. That was it. It picked up a little at the end but nothing gripped me. I liked the characters well enough and there were some touching parts but all and all this is one I'll probably forget by tomorrow.
3,75 stars rounded up to 4.

I liked Chris and Col, how they found each other, their growth, the very detailed military background setting and the overall tone of the story.

The narration though felt to me a little longwinded in places and I missed an overall tension that would drive it forward, such as a conflict in their relationship. The only actual conflict that threatened their relationship was solved within one chapter.
John "King of the North"
Loved this! If you loved I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier and Latakia, then you will definitely enjoy this! 4.5 Stars!
This was just so great...
This is a fantastic story about accepting what and who you are, about realizing what really counts in life and about being honest with yourself and others and abiding by yourself and the one you love. Wonderful, well-rounded characters and a sweet yet in no way saccharine love story. Encouraging, uplifting and engaging.
Good read. Pretty lovable in a lot of parts.

Some things went down a little too smoothly, for me. Also the story could've been shorter, and it lacked some good secondary characters.

Overall, though, still enjoyable.
Edina Rose
Great read about two military men. Reminds me of I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier.
Deals with the challenge of being openly gay in the army's macho environment.
Also deals with the challenge of "generational gap" or age difference in a relationship.
Oh, and the challenge of coming out when you are middle-aged.
Chris, the openly gay new recuit and Col, the sergent in charge of his basic training meet, fall in lust, deal with the forbidden, the tabboo the secrecy, fall in love, deal with the separation
Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

I've always liked reading about soldiers, the difficulties such career entails and the necessary roughness all of them individually present. I suppose it's that ever-present infatuation we civilians have toward men who can take care of themselves and daily protect others. Mouthwatering muscles, a knack for weapons and the uniform don't hurt a bit, of course. When I got the chance to review BASIC TRAINING, I j
Eli Easton
I loved this story to pieces. One MC is a closeted, repressed divorced man, a drill sergeant who only has his pride to live for. The other is an out gay recruit, a beautiful man who excels in every way in basic training. The romantic arc is as far from insta-love as you can get. Not only does the drill sergeant fight his attraction for quite some time, but even once they get together he can't except that every time is not the last. But the love between the two characters slowly becomes more secu ...more
This book should fulfill your needs if you are looking for chemistry, character development, a little bit of tragedy, and happy ending love! Col and Chris from the beginning completely sizzle with chemistry that kept me actively engaged in reading this story. The situations that they are in give you glimpses into their beliefs and core values as people that kept me cheering for a happily ever after. Great read!
This book broked my heart and gave me joy... Chris's honesty was the best of this book! The way he faces all challenges and how he fights for the man he loves is fantastic! Col is a scared and closed man, so he doesn't show his feelings so openly and he is more difficult to follow. Most of the book is on Col's POV, wich was good, but if we could read Chris's thoughts would have been very interesting!
I really enjoyed this story. Stayed up late (LATE) last night to finish it. I read some of the reviews that mentioned the lack of character development. I'm not sure where that comes from. We see Col grow up - yes he is already a grown up - but he's not really grown up and into himself. And Chris well what he goes through as a rank and file - how he pushed himself to be someone that Col can be proud of, and then the two of them together and even Chris' Aunt Julia. I don't get it - I really felt ...more
4.5 'soldier love' Stars.

There is nothing fancy about Basic Training, the writing is plain and straight forward as it recounts the story of two men who meet, are attracted to each other and start a relationship that we see unfold over the next five years, in a community where this relationship is not only taboo but illegal. And yet it is so much more than that, it is an unexpected, pared-down, slow-build, true-love, love-story, that had me feeling constantly weepy and constantly vigilant, antici
Realistic characters + a great story = Loved it!
Elisa Rolle
The only regret I have upon finishing this one is that it took me so long to read it. Actually, I’m ashamed cause I really liked the previous military romance I read by Marquesate, so I knew this one was probably as good as well, but there are so many books out every month, that I tend to read new to me authors, and let the ones I have already read got behind. Well, don’t do my same mistake and if you haven’t the chance, read Basic Training.

The main strength of the novel is the balance between m
Main Characters: Officer Chris Thompson & Sargent Colin William Gerald Wilson
Key Themes: Homophobia, Age & Social Differences
Location: England & Scotland

Surprisingly heartwarming MM romance set in the British Armed Forces - specifically the Navy. This is a captivating story which maintains it's focus (there were numerous times, the story could have taken a left turn into the absurd…but thankfully it didn't!).

The characters were authentic - they behaved rationally, and expressed appr
4.5 stars

I didn’t want this book to end… it was so realistic and I was so drawn to Col and Chris. Col is the tough Sergeant in charge of training platoons of new soldiers. Chris is the “golden boy” who has opted to work his way through the enlisted ranks and not just accept a spot at officer training. Col has never acted on his own desires. Chris does not hide his orientation when he enlists and now Col can no longer deny that he is attracted to someone who is actually gay. (view spoiler)
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Marquesate is a British author living in Scotland. She has been associated with the British Forces for many years, and specialises in contemporary gay military fiction.

Using the insider knowledge of the 'bowels' of the military machinery and the insight into the soldiers' minds and modes of functioning, Marquesate creates realistic settings, situations and characters who are simultaneously down to
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