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Special Forces is the 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. This epic spans across over twenty-five years of their lives. It's harsh and violent, but ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 573 pages
Published March 28th 2010 by Camouflage Press

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Feb 20, 2014 julio rated it liked it
here's the thing.

this book—and the overall three-volume epic it concludes—isn't finished. it's semi-currently undergoing a righteous edit, and the difference between the edited text and the original is notable.

further, the fucking thing is massive. it is a work of staggering ambition—hubris, even—or maybe just balls the size of my head. a story that spans 25 years? a million words? yeah.

too much, in other words. too much to review with my typical mix of douchebag flippancy and stentorian gravita
Feb 17, 2013 Shelley rated it really liked it
25 Years!
And now it's over...

Living the last 25 years vicariously through a million words, taking me through the passage of time, places and seasons has been an experience I shall never forget.
Dan and Vadim, my warriors. You were my pain and my joy and I shall love you forever.
This story, the pleasure and the pain will forever be with me. All of it, every moment, every comrade, lover, friend or foe.
This was just the most emotionally charged, exhilarating, frustrating and heartbreaking adven
Oct 02, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it

Done. I feel like I ran a grueling marathon...and came in first place! That exhausted. That elated.

I will miss you Vadim and Dan. You’ve changed my life…seriously.

Sorry to friends and family and DVR who have gone neglected.
Sorry to Goodreads community for being such a basket case.
Sorry to books and ARC’s and Buddy Reads I passed over.
Sorry to the exclamation point for overusing you in every update, comment, and review.

The Review:

Veterans was the perfect ending to an amazing series. It felt like
Aug 17, 2011 Sindhu rated it liked it
That’s how I feel. The story in ‘Mercenaries’ and ‘Veterans’ feels like a betrayal.
SF- Soldiers was incredible, not just a slice of real life. It was, first and foremost, a grand and magnificent love story. It described a love so extraordinary, so beautiful in its brutality and intensity, I was crying for days afterwards.
However, reading the Mercenaries cycle was like a punch to the stomach. What you get is a promiscuous Mad Dog with hardly any morals or sense of caring towards Vadim
Feb 05, 2016 Mel rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, e-book, free-stuff
Veterans is the fourth book in the epic Special Forces series and it’s the final part of Dan and Vadim’s story. Unfortunately: it wasn’t the ending this series deserved.
Don’t get me wrong: this is not a bad book. And it breaks my heart to give it 3,5 stars, but Veterans just did not come up to the standards of the previous three books. It didn’t show the same level of enthusiasm, attention to detail, depth or nuance as the rest of the series.

My major problem was that Veterans felt like an epi
Mar 24, 2015 Camilla rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, pdf
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5 stars

Wow. I actually made it through this series without having to get a psychologist. maybe that's a little much, but seriously. I'm still asking myself why I kept putting this series off. I kept seeing it around GR and was quite frankly a little scared of it but now I'm so glad I read it!

While I loved reading about Dan and Vadim in the war zones (can't help it...thinking of them in uniform...) I really enjoyed seeing the more sensual side of both of them. It still blows my mind tha
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4.5 stars for the book but 5 stars for the series.

I just finished Veterans and what a sad day it is. I can't believe my journey with Vadim and Dan is over. Twenty-five years of passion, anger, violence, loneliness, torture and above all LOVE. I miss them already!

Veterans is the final book in Special Forces and although I did love it, I had a few problems with this book. My expectations were higher mainly because it was the last installment and I wanted eve
Nick Pageant
Jan 15, 2015 Nick Pageant rated it really liked it
So ends the epic BR with Mark!

I'm not sure what I'm going to do now. I am lost. Review to come.
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
"A hard beginning maketh a good ending."
- by John Heywood -

"...I promise to respect, support and care for you, to honor and encourage you."
"...I will respect you as an individual and be true to you through all the changing scenes of life - in good times and in bad. I undertake to fulfill this promise until life's end."
"I give you this ring as a token of my love and a lasting reminder of the promises made between us today. I promise to care for you above all others and cherish you throughout the
Feb 17, 2013 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military

That's it! The journey of twenty five years is over. No, that's not true, for Vadim and Dan the journey of their life together isn't over yet, but we are leaving them in the confidence that they'll manage their best years without us watching over them!

I totally agree with Suec (she buddy-read Mercs II with me - thx sweets:). Every emotional heart string has been pulled. Love, fear, pain, longing, devastation, euphoria, despair, anger, desperation and again and foremost, love.

Veterans is a worth

They are happy tears...
because of HEA...

but I'm crying because I have already missed them, the most unforgeable characters ever, two men to die for, my Dan and Vadim...

My first spontaneous desire after I've turned the last page was to go back to Soldiers and start the whole epic from the very beginning.
I have never had this urgent uncontrolled desire before and I read a lot. I am still not ready to say goodbye to Dan and Vadim. Will I see you again?...

Thank you for the 25 years of the heart
25 years epically unforgetable!

It is very difficult to put in words everything that these books gave to me! There were so many different emotions, some good, some not so good, and others devastating! Pain, sorrow, joy, happyness... love... and every one of these emotions are nailed in my heart and my soul, and forever they will be!

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I was, once again, drowned in a sea of feelings while reading Veterans! There were no more wars to fight, but there were fightings with traumas and depression! Dan an
The view from Calton Hill of the Balmoral Hotel and Princes St, Edinburgh.

Wow, what a book, loved it! I shall have to start again with 'Soldiers' shortly or I shall feel bereft...

"Holy Fuck." Dan exhaled, "it really is real, then, aye? What the hell happened to us along the way? We used to be so cool and reckless."
"We grew up, got modestly well-off, and somehow stood each other for twenty-five years."
Apr 01, 2016 Martin rated it it was amazing
I hope I’ll be able to find coherent words for a review. Looking back at 25 years in the life of these two completely different men who found love in a world of blood and gore completely swept me off my feet. Consider this a spoiler-laden (!) review of the whole series, not just the last book.

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"There be dragons, and he’d been riding on one for too long."

So it comes to an end. I am currently in mourning. I was desperate to get through Dan and Vadim’s story because I needed to see how this epic love story ended. Now that it’s over I want to start all over again. I miss them.

Special Forces put me through the wringer. I am, at this moment an emotional basket case. Honestly though? It was worth it. Getting to see the development of a relationship that spans 25 years with beautiful highs a
Jun 23, 2010 Rida rated it it was amazing
Special Forces in 3 parts, Soldiers, Mercenaries and Veterans.

I am not sure that I can do this book justice. It grabs you from the very first page and doesn't let you go until the end; and then stays with you.

Above all else, this is a love story; a very passionate love story. We are made to feel, no, obliged to feel, all the joy and ecstasy of love, all the pain and agony of love. It is a love that tears you apart, heals you, wounds you and makes you whole. If you have never had this love, the n
I don't think I can put into words how I truly felt about this story. If you're reading reviews on the final chapter, then you probably already know what you've gotten into.

All I can say, is that after 25 years with Dan and Vadim, I've been shown depths and complexities of human emotion and desires that I never knew before, including some I never thought I wanted to understand. There is a quote in Soldiers, in which Vadim explains to Dan why reading is important to him. That it is about discove
Jun 01, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: Christina
4.5 Stars

“to love, loyalty, friendship, and trust!”

The thought of letting go and saying goodbye to Vadim and Dan is just too painful to face. I thought the longer I put off this review the more time I had with this story, characters, and emotion running through my blood. Stalling is a skill. ;) But then it hit me. *slaps hand to forehead* Vadim and Dan are not going anywhere! They will forever hold a place in my heart and mind. This epic tale consumed me, made me laugh, cry, crave, scream, think
I went through the last lines of Veterans a few minutes ago and I feel I've reached the end of the toughest journey in my life. I can't believe I'm done...

This last installment was a lot different. More mellow, more emotional, the characters more introspective. The pace was much faster and there was much less dialogue.
But it didn't matter. It was alright. Like the last leg of any journey, it slowed down. After all, you need to move to shallower waters before reaching the shore.

Some small things
Aug 24, 2015 Angela rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, historical
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I really can't believe it's over. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Maybe laugh, because I made it through all those nights of staying up until stupid ‘o’clock. Reading until my eyes burned and being woken up by my Kindle smashing me in the face because I fell asleep whilst reading in bed again.
Honestly though, I think I'll probably just cry. This series was so much more than I ever could have expected and I am devastated that I've finished...

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Jan 15, 2013 Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mature, m/m, adult

Right away the authors took my soul, slammed it down, hard. Ripped me apart, tore me, exposed me and continued to destroy me. Then little by little they began piecing me back together again but not without letting me slam back to pain, weakness and deep depression over and over again. All without losing me anywhere along the way. In the end, they were kind enough to reassemble all the parts and re-fill my soul with hope and happiness but not without leaving a deeply affected core that is very
The End! Finished two minutes ago, and loved every minute of it.
Dec 19, 2012 Vicki rated it liked it

Well, Veterans was better than Mercenaries, but still no where near as good as Soldiers. There were parts that I chose to skim due to either aggravation or boredom, but there were some really touching, important moments as well. Here are my thoughts:

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Sadly, there are no more chapters. I started this series saying I had no clue how I would ever forgive Vadim much less like him. Now, I come to the end and can say I fell in love with him, much more than Dan. I don't know that I have been more emotionally involved with two MCs than these two. To read a series that spans twenty-five years allows you to become so involved that you have every emotion, as if these two were real. I have to say to the authors, take a bow. You have brought a wonderful ...more
Oct 23, 2015 *Lynn* rated it it was amazing
It feels bittersweet for it to come to an end. I really enjoyed reading the story of Dan and Vadim. It's an epic story that I will forever remember.
Apr 22, 2013 I.Am.Reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
First of all, thank you authors, for your brilliant work!

Dan and Vadim's story, what a roller coaster ride -- 25 years of ...EVERYTHING!

Sometimes I felt like a rag doll with a whiplash, other times, I felt like a voyeur watching porny neighbors, and other times I felt like a sappy teenager.

I must say that out of all the books in the series, I think Soldiers was the most intense.

I guess when you've been through the absolute worst with someone and lived to see it, you become aware who you are an
Kaje Harper
Jul 12, 2012 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, m-m, intense, bdsm
This is a satisfying and sometimes emotional conclusion to the series. The small issues I had with too much irrelevant sex and language glitches Mercenaries II are still present, but the story moves forward smoothly. Both Dan and Vadim had major emotional issues to deal with, and those were the best parts of the book, although I did feel that Dan's resolved a little easily without the back-sliding I might have expected after that length of depression and alcohol abuse.

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“You made me human. I stand by that. You made me into somebody I would have wanted to become, if I'd ever thought about what I wanted to be that wasn't about a record or power or a rank or some...delusion I was chasing. If all that was gone and stripped away, the man I am, I am because of what you did, what you made me feel all those years.” 55 likes
“Vadim smiled. “I’m not meeting him. We’ll be friends.”
Dan still didn’t say anything, just nodded, the smile still there, then turned and walked through the living room and onto the patio, all the way through the French windows. Looking out over the old orchard and the mountains when Vadim got to his side, reaching over to take Dan’s hand. Worth it. A thousand times. Any sacrifice, from the small ones to the big ones, and Dan turns his head, looking fully at him, while the smile grew. He didn’t need to say anything, didn’t have to voice the “I love you”. It was there, unsaid, yet outspoken.
Fourteen years, they didn’t come cheap.”
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