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Basic Training

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  783 ratings  ·  101 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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Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Platoon Sergeant Col Wilson is everything you'd expect a drill sergeant who is working with new recruits to be: He's loud, butch, demanding obedience and makes you clean your rifle twice, even if the metal shines - because it builds character (he says).

At 35 years of age, he is also a frustrated divorced guy who got demoted after a case of drunk driving and is just doing his job, training the young recruits, trying not to reflect on his life and the reasons why he was unhappily married, hoping
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mandy*reads obsessively* by: Simsala
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 Girl Has No Name
Basic Training is a well-written military gay romance with very catching main characters. When Chris Thompson arrives as a new recruit in Col Wilson's platoon, the world of the well-known Sergeant going with the nickname of Bulldog is turned upside down.

Chris Thompson is ambitious, fit and has all the necessary talent to make it through the basic training in order to join the Royal Marines. But Thompson isn't only extra-ordinary talented, he is also gay - openly gay in an environment, where hom
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: various-romance
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
Eli Easton
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Kaje Harper
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
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
MsMiz (Tina)
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt-all, pdf
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
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
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this, quite a lot. There were parts I felt that needed to be a little tighter and near the end there was a couple of cheesy bits. But, it was cool, sexy and I love the almost military procedural tone of the text. Very entertaining.

Read October 2011

Re read April 2016.
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
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Col Wilson is a man in denial when we first meet him. As an SNCO responsible for training new recruits he is tasked by his "one pip wonder" officer to keep an eye on the Royal Marines first openly gay new recruit. Enter the confident young triathlete and new recruit Chris Thompson. However, a brutal incident changes everything and for both men things will never be the same again.

What follows over the next seven years is a paired down real and honest love story. Col is a 35 yr old man coming to t
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military
4,5 stars.
I expected this book to be hot, and it definitely was. What I didn't not expect is for it to be so tender, and touching, and beautiful. I just loved everything about it. I loved Col and Chris - how different they were, and yet how similar in their core, how both of them had their own worries - and yet worked so hard to find their happiness together. I loved how fast-stepped the book was - not so long in pages but it covered years of the lives of the characters, and yet there was time f
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
John The Cosmic Wanderer
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Loved this! If you loved I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier and Latakia, then you will definitely enjoy this! 4.5 Stars! ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Adam by: Martin
The last few books I've read with the Military Fiction tag had disappointed me because they were mostly stories that were post-military rather than a story taking place during their active times inside. Therefore I was thrilled to find out that this story actually had the characters on active duty/training.

This is also the first time I'm reading an age gap romance of 14 years difference between a sergeant and his recruit. The start of the story was interesting, and I enjoyed reading about both C
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
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
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance, military
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.
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Justin Nova
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A little slow in parts but I really liked the main characters as well as some of the side ones.
Valentina Heart
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let’s start with the easy stuff: this book is long, longer than most others in this genre. At first I was surprised because normally the stories are so superficial that they take at most a couple hundred pages (and that’s when they’re padded with super long sex scenes and fake angst). The other thing that took me by surprise was how serious the writing is. I don’t mean there is no humor but I wasn’t expecting such quality from the name of the author alone (you know, not many authors use one name ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite, military
This book as a gritty feel to it that makes it believable. The characters are strong capable men and from the start the military is at the forefront of the book rather than mere background. These men are soldiers and go on tours and deal with time apart and expectations. It's very clear that the author has knowledge of military life.

The story does take place a little in a bubble; few other than the main are named and we don't see much interaction, however it works for this story as their times t
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, soldiers, own
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!
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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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