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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  99 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
After being taken prisoner by a Taliban Warlord, can Sam Stone hold on long enough to get his best friend back to his family and find love in the arms of Abbas, the handsome, blue-eyed Arab?

Sam Stone has been secretly in love with his best friend and fellow Marine, Benoit, for a long time. It's only after they were captured by a Taliban Warlord that he realizes that he wou
Published October 17th 2013 by MLR Press
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Now I know what pissed my friend off so badly - and me too by the way.
Is this a new way to write rescue reviews for bad books?
There were reviews from bloggers/reviewers writing for blogs popping up for this book that made me pause. Are they seriously trying to bring their point home by telling readers/reviewers who didn`t like the book and rated it low "they got it wrong, didn`t heed the warnings, and shouldn`t have read it in the first place?" Well, duh, I b
This probably would've gone much better if not for the nagging feeling that I was expected to take this piece of seriously but couldn't. Let me rant my way through this and see what happened.

This was a war story about two close friends in the military, Stone and Benoit, being captured and then tortured in horrific ways. A love story with Stone and Abbas falling in love under difficult circumstances. A story about survival, beating the odds and finding a way home. All makings of a ver
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, ebook, dmc, hof

4.5 Star Review written for Hearts on Fire Reviews.

I have seen other reviews of this story that were quite unfavorable. However, I have seen, time and again, people who rate stories like this seemingly ignoring the warnings (and in this case, the title itself) and rating the book based more on events that take place within it than the actual story or writing. I will never understand why those people chose to read such a book that clearly contained content they found undesirable, but to each the
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
How do I give an honest and unbiased review of a book that I chose to read KNOWING it was not the type of story i would normally like?

That is the question that I went to sleep pondering, and awoke deciding that I needed to take my own "hang ups" out of the review and just rate it based on its own merits, and not subtract stars because of things that happened in the story, that I already knew were going to happen.

So, here goes:

The writing was tight and precise. I felt a connection to Sam Stone r
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
P.O.W. is a major departure from Max Vos’s most recent bestseller My Hero. I knew it would be, so I wasn’t surprised. Other readers may have been. I thought both Max and MLR were very diligent in their advisory warnings. Anyone who was offended by the content should, in the future, heed a publisher or author’s warnings. They are there to be taken seriously. In effect, they turn readers away, so you know the publisher only puts them there if they contain really important information to be conside ...more
A little torn on rating

I did actually end up appreciating this book, even though it read quite differently than my expectations of it. I was expecting something more brutal and depressing, and there were parts that were rather difficult to read about. At first I thought that it was all highly improbable and wanted to dismiss it as just some rather raunchy porn and objectionable scenes. But I realized I had to consider it without subjecting it to my own preconceived ideas.

I have no authentic exp
Oct 17, 2013 marked it as no-for-me-abused-angst-or-too-long
Max what are you doing to me!!! I'm a vanilla reader and you are going to make me get out of my comfort zone.

Story contains scenes and depictions that may offend some readers. Non consensual sex, rape, gang rape, mental and physical torture.
Becky Condit
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Please leave comments on Madam Aus's 5 sweet pea review at

“Yes, Lieutenant Stone, hold a moment for the Commanding officer.”
“What? They put me on f#cking hold? Unbelievable!” Stone yelled at the phone.

Just…. *breathe*…

P.O.W. is deep and raw and emotional and confronting. I know I have frequently and loudly, both in this forum and on my personal reviews, said how much I adore this author, and this book has only deepened and firmed my opinion. This book is
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Well that was the ticket. Fantasy = yes. Reality = no. But oh. so. good to read. Non Con, Dub Con, Rape, violence, menage +, and what might get interpreted as cheating - all combine to make a really intriguing read. Stone and Benny - the two Marine's at the center were really engaging - strong but not unbreakable and really tuned into each other.

As noted realistic this is not - I am sure pieces of it are but the whole thing is fiction. I love this type of story - the darker and grittier the bet
The Novel Approach Reviews
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
P.O.W. is a major departure from Max Vos’s most recent bestseller My Hero. I knew it would be, so I wasn’t surprised. Other readers may have been, but I thought both Max and MLR were very diligent in their advisory warnings. In effect, they turn readers away, so you know the publisher only puts them there if they contain really important information to be considered when deciding whether or not to buy the book.

Read the entire review at The Novel Approach:
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who are adventurous
This was an amazing read. I think some will find it difficult and it is in some places. It deals with torture, which is never easy to read about. However the overwhelming point of the story is love. Love of friends, lovers, family and family to be.

Sam and Benoit have served together, been best friends for a long time. Sam has secretly loved Benoit all that time. When they are captured by the Taliban, all Sam can think of is protecting Benoit, getting him home to his family. As they are held c
Sue bowdley
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: male-male, favourites
This was an amazing read....BUT READ THE WARNINGS>>>CONTAINS RAPE>>GANG RAPE.....I hate it when someone reads these books then have a dig at the author about it because they don't like these sort..This was done really well.....The story is told from Sams pov.....A marine taken captive with his best friend Benoit who he secretly loves....They are treated badly but Sam soon befriends Abbas a local man who is also kind of kept against his will to protect his family...Sam and Benoit a ...more
Dragonrouge57 - Bénédicte Girault
Après avoir été fait prisonnier par un seigneur de guerre taliban, Sam Stone veut tenir assez longtemps pour que son meilleur ami, fait prisonnier en même temps que lui, retourne à sa famille sain et sauf et trouve miraculeusement l'amour dans les bras d'Abbas, le bel arabe, aux yeux bleus.

Sam Stone est secrètement amoureux de son meilleur ami et camarade Marines, Benoit, depuis longtemps. C'est seulement après avoir été capturés par un seigneur de guerre taliban qu'il se rend compte qu'il donne
Lauren Marks
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
P.O.W was a powerful read. And a book I think deserved to be written. This book doesn’t allow you to stick your head in the sand and pretend that prisoners in war time are simply left in a hotel room. And while I have read mixed reviews about this book, I can think of at least five countries or cultures who used rape in war or when they conquered other nations. The realism of this type of act really brought home the horrors soldiers endure. I have to commend Max Vos for not shying away from the ...more
This is only the second read for me of a Max Vox book. Between the two, this is my favorite. The characters were fleshed out, likable, sexy and very different, distinct personalities.

There should be a warning placed here these were P.O.W.s and there are rape scenes during captivity. So, if you can't handle rape, you need to pass this book by rather than read it and give it a bad rating because it has a subject matter you can't handle. So you have been warned. Also, there are ménage scenes for t
Lorraine Lesar
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've had this book a long time, knowing it was going to be a tough read for me. I wasn't prepared just how tough it was though, but once I got through my initial shock, I couldn't put it down - I practically read it in one sitting. I follow this author on FB and through his Blogs. I don't leave comments, I just enjoy what he has to say, he always makes me smile, unlike this book. To say this book is confronting, is the understatement of the year, it's so raw, gritty and emotional. The way he dev ...more
I wish I could give this book more than five stars. It's an emotional, raw, amazing story. Some have said it's too graphic, too intense, but this is a story about war and war isn't pretty or pleasant and I respect a writer that isn't afraid to shy away from that fact. And this is about men captured in war, so yes, it's intense and hardcore, but the three main characters cling to their sanity, their will to survive, and one another. I've read this book three times already, and I know I will read ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars

I have to wonder if this book was as hard to write as it was to read. I don't mean it was a bad book, I mean it was literally a rough read. I stepped away from it quite a few times.

I have never served in the military. My grandfathers and uncles did. My Father in Law did and my brother in law currently is serving. So, information I have was/is based on their stories and my own research and understanding. I like to point this out.

This story takes place in the Middle East. It really start
L E Bahe
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It has been several days since I finished this book and I can’t seem to get it out of my head. I have seriously pondered exactly what I wanted to say about it. On the one hand, I’m sure it is every author’s dream to have their work stick in people’s minds. On the other hand, the reason I can’t seem to let the story go is that grabbed a hold of a part of me that has never before been touched. I have never had the desire to research the P.O.W. experience (for lack of a better way to word it). I am ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I read all the warnings and I love dark books on occasions, but this one hard to read at times. Don't get me wrong, I loved it, as long as I took some breathers once in a while. The book immediately grabbed me and put me right in their world. The ending was resolved a little quickly but the guys all deserved it so it wasn't too bothersome. I'm happy I gave this one a shot. It was worth it.
Kirstin Mcfarland
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-mm, mmm
not the way I expected it to end, but not bad either.
Oct 19, 2013 marked it as just-comment
It looks soooo interesting, but I'm not into threesomes at all ((((
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Someone with a strong heart to read this.
Allen Renfro
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
P.O.W. offers a graphic glimpse into a subject that most writers wouldn’t dare address. I think, depending upon the reader, you can actually view this novel from different perspectives. The writing is spot on and fluid, helping the story to flow quickly without diminishing the plot. Vos deserves a lot of credit in maintaining the intensity throughout. While I give this book five stars I recognize that it isn’t for everyone. It is violent, it is graphic but the story had to be told this way. It d ...more
Ersilia Stecchi
3,5 stelle
Questa votazione non è dovuta all'argomento del libro, che è abbastanza crudo ma sicuramente realistico, è piuttosto il voto dato a un finale che ho trovato frettoloso e dove viene solo accennato un disturbo che colpisce uno dei protagonisti, così come è accaduto, e accade, a tanti reduci che hanno subito particolari situazioni nelle zone di guerra. Problema che a parer mio non dovrebbe essere accennato e liquidato in due righe di romanzo, a quel punto era forse meglio non inserirlo pr
Karen Lane
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Well, that was strangely hot! I know I shouldn't enjoy stuff like this, but um, I couldn't help it. It's sadistical, sad, and wrong on so many levels. Does this make me a sicko, (meh). The things that Benny and Sammy went through, the things they did to each other, and the things they were made do to others was horrendously bad and could be a trigger to some, so be warned....
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have no words to say how I feel about this one by Max Vos except how emotional it made me. To have an idea of what a P.O.W. might go through is heart wrenching but to read it is another. What Max wrote hear is amazingly heart breaking and also so wonderful to know what can be so horrible can also hopefully have a wonderful ending.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
trama buona e personaggi insoliti,peccato per lo svolgimento un pò troppo incentrato sulle torture che sulla parte psicologica dei protagonisti.
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Max Vos is a classically trained chef with over 30 years of food service experience. After retiring in 2011, Max found himself with time on his hands and turned his talents to writing. ‘Cooking English’, a short story, was his first published work, and has two others currently in publication, and he has just completed his second novel.
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