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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  26 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Integrity. Service before self. Excellence in all things. The U.S. Air Force core values matter to Second Lieutenant Harris Mitchell, out and proud since the military ditched its "don't ask, don't tell" policy. But though the Air Force may be gay friendly, Harris isn't so sure about his demanding new boss, Brigadier General Seamus O'Neill--unit commander, cargo pilot, perf ...more
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Published November 15th 2016 by Bold Strokes Books
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Ross
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Rank revolves around two United States Air Force officers, Lt. Harris Mitchell and General Seamus O'Neill. Set just a few years after the end of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Rank addresses itself to two issues: the reality of daily life and the glass ceiling for service members who are gay, openly or otherwise, and the challenges that confront a relationship between two different generations. Thankfully free of the ridiculous and unrealistic military stereotypes that permeate ...more
KatieMc
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of nicknames and oversized mustaches
Shelves: librarybook
If you think interoffice romance is messy and ill-advised, try placing it in a rigid chain of command of a culture that has a very spotty track record with its LGBT members. Rank is a slow burn romance that takes place in the Air Force. It’s not the special ops, trained assassin, alpha-male military that you typically find in thrillers and romance, but rather a mundane military of desk flyers, administrators and paper pushers who keep the the the services ready and able to defend our country at ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books

Here comes the General!

This is such an enjoyable story and it was a pleasure to read. I am not surprised it was nominated for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award.

It is a lovely story about an airforce officer who re-enlists just after the repeal of DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell), and how he falls in love with his demanding boss, General Seamus O'Neill.

2nd Lt. Harris Mitchell is rather surprised when he is offered the position of being General Seamus O' Neil's aide. The General has a reputation of being
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Mike Adams
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sater's debut novel/romance charmed me in spite of its flaws. This military love affair starts at an Air Force base, in non-combat situation. Harris is hired to be the aide of General Seamus O'Neill, who's a gruff yet handsome boss. Their intimacy starts after a bit too much champagne at a party. The two men have to explore the uneasy situation of fraternization, which is a no-no, even in this post-"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military.

O'Neill's also 20 years older than 30-year-old Harris, our first-
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maria.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Well, sue me. Who couldn't help but root for the most improbable romance of the century?"

Que livro delicioso! Eu geralmente não gosto de livros character-driven porque eles ficam chatos bem rápido, mas eu não consegui parar de ler esse.

Os personagens são totalmente amáveis e apesar de um dos MCs ser incrivelmente frustrante, como aquela música lá da Katy Perry, você não consegue não amar e torcer por ele.

Verdade que o autor descreve coisas totalmente desnecessárias dentro da estória, o que faz
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Aussie54
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the writing style and enjoyed the story telling, but I had a big problem with the power imbalance in "Rank". A relationship between a boss and his employee, especially in a military setting where the boss is a general and the employee is much more lowly ranked, bothered me.

General O’Neil also wavered in and out of character – I had trouble imagining him doing and saying things that seemed quite contrary to his portrayal in the early parts of the story. The way he treated Harris in publi
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Alena
Oct 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, fiction
Very slow moving, and despite the first person POV, it is very detached from its main characters. To me it never became clear why the main character was attracted to the General, other than that he has the exact looks he is mostly attracted to. But he's not a very nice person and reads a lot like bully.

Very descriptive, a lot of telling, really very little plot. If all the filler material were taken out there'd only be very little left. The main character goes on about descriptive tangents on an
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Jeff Adams
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful May-December / military romance.
More complete review to come!

NOTE: I received a free ebook for an honest review for "Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast."
Patricia Kobusingye
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt-fiction
This book came highly rated from the Bold Strokes Authors blog. I believe it's the author's first book, it was written, or shall I say edited with a certain level of expertise that is rare for this genre and I would most likely read the next book he writes. The only reason for the 3 stars is that there were parts of it that were impossible for me to believe.***SPOILER ALERT *** The general's remarks at the dinner with the parents was completely out of character. The fact that they then recover f ...more
Amanda Jean
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up! Love a good age difference.
Veronica of V's Reads
Air Force Second Lieutenant Harris Mitchell had no idea what would happen when he reported to the office of Brigadier General Seamus O'Neill. Certainly not finding the love of his life.

Harris had enlisted previously, but only served his enlistment. He went into teaching, and only returned to the Air Force when Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed. Because Harris is gay, and he wants to be out in all aspects of his life. His commanding officers all know, and he's quick to bring this to the attentio
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Walford
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up, 'cause good for Sater.
This one isn't quite like my usual m/m. Maybe because it reads like a memoir; it has that kind of immediacy and, dare I say it, sincerity.
The writing varies in quality. It can be sentimental in between the passages of realness. The author writes about sex the way Gore Vidal did. In 1948. Only goopy, which Vidal never was.
But it's a great story, with quite good writing in places, and I liked it very much.
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Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
An intelligent and solid, compelling, fresh book that I quite enjoyed. A real pleasure with meat on its bones. It moves at it's own pace, without hurry. But like a pleasant drive the journey is as important as the destination. It's also refreshing to see an author who doesn't shy away from existential conflict between the main characters. These folks don't have the important stuff handed to them on a platter (as often happens in this genre): they have to work for it.

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Richard Compson Sater retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve after 24 years of service, having attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He spent most of his career as a photojournalist and public affairs officer under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” directive that kept gay service members in the closet. He is a veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rank
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