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Special Forces - Mercenaries Part I

(Special Forces #2 part 1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,848 ratings  ·  264 reviews
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, 607 pages
Published March 24th 2010 by Camouflage Press
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D.C. Hi Sara, part of this book is a complete BETRAYAL of the love between Dan & Vadim. There is one particular sex scene between a main character and a si…moreHi Sara, part of this book is a complete BETRAYAL of the love between Dan & Vadim. There is one particular sex scene between a main character and a side character that made me feel physically ill (literally, no exaggeration), just because it was so WRONG. I almost never get mad at books, but this one took the cake.

If you want to read the book and have an OK reading experience, you can skip certain parts and DNF at 76% and you should be fine.


STOP at: 52%, page 321 in the PDF:
“Amazed that he held credit, that people were willing to reserve and book things just because he gave them numbers.”

Safely START again at: 55%, page 340 in the PDF:
“Vadim rapped his knuckles on Dan’s metal door.”

I read this section and want to bleach my brain.

STOP reading all together at: 76%, page 463 in the PDF (when they get back to camp after Thailand):
“To no avail, even when he added a frustrated “woof!””

Seriously, DNF at this point. That's the closest to a happy ending you will get from MERCENARIES.

You can find my full reasoning & explanation here:

Giving this book a shot and skipping the sections mentioned is the 2nd best option. The best option? Come up with a head-canon for what you want to happen after book 1. I made up mine (again, it's in my review if you are interested). Write down a happy ending YOU love and believe in it. That is my honest recommendation.(less)

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4 Stars.

BR with Andrea.

This series is pretty heavy going at times but I'm completely addicted to it.
Dan is still hurting from events that took place in Finland and is full of anger.Vadim has been through so much but is desperate to see Dan and try and explain why he had to walk away and gets himself deployed to the camp Dan is in.

I really didn't like Dan here.
I hated the way he treat Vadim when he arrived in camp.
I hated his almost blind ignorance to what Vadim must have been feeling at times.

Review completed October 25, 2012



"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."
- by Friedrich Nietzsche -

4.5 stars.

I've read the original version in August 2011. First read of the Director's Cut in October 2012.

It f@@@ing hurts when two men who love each other are drowning in reciprocal pain and don't know how to take their finger out of their asses and act…come on…do something…just talk already…just do anything to stop hurting each othe
Proceed with caution, this review may or may not contain spoilers

Oh boy! I feel really angry, I wanted pain but I ended up with rage! Too bad we can’t always get want we want.

There were some really good parts and some really baaaaaaaaad parts.

Sorry Moony! I couldn't resist.


5 stars for my Russkie and up to Thailand! After Thailand It all went downhill, I will give that part 1 star.


Vadim’s character- This guy shines in this book, Vadim is the heart of Mercenaries, his inner thought, his
Julio Genao
Absurdly entertaining.

It felt like two different books. The first: an astounding story of endurance and sacrifice and love. The second... an astounding story of endurance and sacrifice and love... plus fucking.

It features a fatal helicopter crash, which requires a coded radio conversation to coordinate a rescue, which critically hinges upon a previous episode of fistfucking in an Afghani cave.

Which was the single most romantic thing I have read to date.



It's not the novel I thought it was
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Just a quick thought about the end... (view spoiler)

I know this book will destroy me but right now I feel like a drug addict and this book is like the best hash from Morocco.

Blacky *Romance Addict*
"Once upon a time, a mountain lion and a tiger escaped a circus..."

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I'm just so high right now with the ending, that I'll overlook all the heartbreak the first half of the book brought me. While Soldiers ripped my heart out with the emotional intensity, in Mercenaries I ripped my hair out from the frustration! I have to say, I wanted to use a club and bash some of the characters!

*Do not read this if you haven't read Special Forces: Soldiers!*

The story

It picks up right after the ending of Sold

Swear to god that my buddies and I have read the same book.

Moony, DNF 2 Stars.
Shile, 3 Stars.

But alas, allow me to present to you a different perspective.

Special Forces - Mercenaries Part I hit me hard.

There were quite a few moments where I had to swallow hard. Emotional scenes in the story that really put me through the wringer.

My highlights:

1) Vadim in captivity, tortured and his flashbacks.

2) The mock execution for both of them.

3) The scene where Dan falls apart trashing his room.

4) Vadim
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apparently at some point in my life, I had decided to entrust my heart to Aleksandr Voinov (The Genius) and said, “Here, have it…” To which, he replied, “Come, Susan. Read Special Forces: Mercenaries (Part I) and let me feed your heart through a meat grinder”.

Where Soldiers gruelingly and meticulously took us through the birth and development of the love story between Dan and Vadim, Mercenaries threw every possible grenade at that love to see if it could last. I felt like I was in battle. I care
Moony Eliver
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, m-m, dnf, lgbtqia
DNF at 76%, with extreme prejudice and heartbreak. Bear with me, this might be a bumpy ride but I'll get to my point.

Imagine you're reading a cookbook, and every recipe, from appetizers to desserts, contains salmon.

Or, you're listening to an album, and the chorus of every single song mentions wrists.

Now you might be approaching how I felt after reading ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SIX mentions of Dan's shades in this book.

Beneath the shades, Dan's eyes were wide with surprise.

Dan grinned, picked up hi
Now this is really something. Make my 3 star rating a mix of a perfectly awesome 5 stars worthy beginning (and 5 stars to Vadim, LOVE YOU SO MUCH, my one and ONLY Russkie!!), to a downright bad 1 star ending.

I guess it's my own fault. I'm a romance reader, as in 'I love characters who fall for each other and build a life together'. Dan and Vadim were both awesome characters who managed to keep me interested, especially after Soldiers and the first quarter of this book.

HOWEVER, this story is like
I started writing this review at the sixty percent mark. That is never a good sign.

So, listen. I rounded up on SOLDIERS because I saw enough greatness to want more. And I guess I also expected that greatness to continue. But alas..

There's probably like.. 14.97% of this instalment that is maybe four star worthy. But that leaves so much (seriously, so much) that just isn't. Between the lack of editing and less-than-polished scenes and/or exchanges via dialogue, some completely pointless chapters
Literatures Movies
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
What. A. Fucking. Mess.

This book was all over the place.


What with Dan being a selfish bitch, and doing everything in his power to make everything as difficult as he can for Vadim. and with Jean acting like some side-hoe that wants to be the main-hoe but fails, yet still unwilling to buckle.

I don't understand Dan at all in this book. It is as if the man I have come to love and adore in Soldier just vanished into thin air and instead be replaced by this vile childish piece of crap.

From the ver

And THAT were my thoughts at the end of this part...

First I decided to rate Mercenaries Part 1 after reading the Part II, but I changed my mind.
Because I have that strange feeling in my stomach according the second part, name it my sick premonition.

Soldiers took my breath away. There are no words to describe what this book did to me. I was overwhelmed with emotions and intensity of the relationship between Dan and Vadim. I was lost somewhere in the middle space b
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mercenaries Part I is the second book in the Special Forces series which spans twenty five years in the lives of Scottish SAS soldier, Dan, and Soviet Spetsnaz soldier, Vadim. I loved and adored the first book, Soldiers. I loved how Dan and Vadim's relationship evolved and how something so fucked up could turn into something so beautiful.
… Only to turn into something really fucked up again in Mercenaries part I….

When reading this, keep reminding yourself that this is not a romance. It's a love
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Shelves: best-of-2014
Perfect! 5+++ stars!

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Mercenaries I
is almost impossible to review without spoiling it. Something happens within the first few pages that sets the storyline for the entire book. Needless to say, I loved it.

Dan McFayden is an ex-SAS soldier, now a mercenary. Special Forces is the long, torturous 25-year love story between him and Soviet Spetsnaz soldier Vadim Krasnorada. The series is not for the faint of heart. It's brutally intense, graphic at times, and elicits and all-encompassing rock-you
*****Review contains spoilers******

This book is far more difficult to review than the first. I'm having a hard time separating my personal preferences from the actual content of the book. Maybe I should call this a rant and not a review, LOL.

A few words come to mind when thinking of this book. One word ANGER, all towards Dan (and Jean)! The other, compassion and strength all towards Vadim!

So I can't say how much I hate how Dan treated Vadim in this book. Vadim is taken a prisoner of war by the
Sammy Loves Books
What an exceptional emotional journey. Dan and Vadim's saga continues, and it is one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride.

This review is Spoiler Free:

Vadim Krasnorada

Vadim Krasnorada and Dan McFadyen both experience a life altering traumatic event that changes each of them. The change is so extreme, that they no longer recognize the man they once loved more than life itself. They say what doesn't kill you make's you stronger.

Dan was so emotionally broken that he ran away, unable to deal with the min
Kaje Harper
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, m-m, favorites, intense
They say that every man can be broken, and when the strongest man breaks, he shatters. That's what happens to Vadim, two years after the KGB snatches him from Afghanistan to endure solitary confinement and torture in prison in Russia. Dan spends every ounce of his time, effort, spirit and money on getting Vadim out. But the man who walks away from Russia towards Dan is not the man he left in that hotel room. And Dan has neither the experience nor the patience to figure out who this new man is, b ...more
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
"Dying was easy,
living was hard."

In 'Soldiers' we were presented with two warriors. Two men who at times seemed to be indestructible. Their bodies were capable of withstanding so much, the abuse caused by war and that which they inflicted upon each other. Their scars a map that showed us the journey they took from enemies to lovers. Both Dan and Vadim didn't seem to question any of their actions during their time in Afghanistan. They accepted that they did things that were questionable, cruel or
I don't really know where to start with this review. I'll do my usual gibberish hoping I'll make some sense in the end.

I was so heartbroken and so angry at the same time while reading this installment. And it was all Dan. With his Mad Dog sexcapades he ripped my heart out and stomped on it.
Vadim? At a certain point my emotions for him were so intense, my chest felt like caving in. I wished he were a real person so that I could hug him and tell him everything was going to be all right, one way
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Christina
***Spoilers Ahead***

“I don’t believe there’s anything like a soul. But I believe most people are asleep. They aren’t even aware what they are, or that they are alive.”

Mercenaries part I is book two in the epic Special Forces series which tells the story and battle of love and pain between Vadim Krasnorada and Dan McFadyen. Two men that have completely embedded themselves in my head, heart, and soul. I am not going to lie to you. This series is intense, emotional and brutal. Early on in the book,
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
2.5 stars this time still rounded up to 3.

First and foremost reason: I skipped/ skimmed about >50% of the book. Because it was about Dan and other men, e.g., Jean, Matt, some other dude.

Just bc I'm relatively OK with these 2 having sex with other ppl, bc it's never in doubt how much they love each other, doesn't mean I'm OK with reading hundreds of pages about it. Like I said for book 1, if the authors reduced that other crap and reduced the book to 300-400 pages at most, would have resulted in
* Meli Mel *
**Buddy read with Drunken Panda Amanda and Melissa The Pervy Nerd**

5 Stars

"We will be together, come what may."

I finished reading Special Forces: Soldiers with such a high. I was absolutely euphoric. Then this book picked up where it left off and everything goes CRAZY. The action in this book had me not wanting to put this down. I couldn't stand for anything to happen to them. My heart was pumping and I was nervou
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
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Many apologies! *Head Slap* I originally had the wrong review posted for this book. As well as the wrong updates! I am such an arse! Please feel free to unlike this review if you previously liked it. It has now been posted under the correct title.

Yes I have now finished this one! I'm sure, I checked!

Proper review to follow...maybe.

But just so you know, nothing changes in my opinion, that, after another epic sequel, these are still the most sublime books I have ever read! EVER people EVER!

Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ever-green
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I've been thinking on how could I start my review... But how can I explain that a book was able to tear my heart and my soul... how can I explain that I felt so devastated, so sad, that I couldn't stop crying on the first half of this amazing book???? It was not easy see what Vadim went through while in prison and it was even more hard to see how Dan react to the idea of loosing the love of his life forever! Dan protected his heart being reckless, frivolous and building a feelingless heart. Howe ...more
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
****5 MiNd FuCkInG sTaRs****

Dan "Mad Dog"

"Till death do us part, as they say."

Vadim Our Ruskie "Rocky"

Vadim and Dan's continued story is so addictive Mercenaries continues on from Soldiers.

To say this emotionally fucked with me is an understatement....I don't think a book has ever provoked such strong emotions in me.

At one point I was so totally pissed with poor husband got the brunt of my bad mood (I kid you not). He asked what was eating me, when I said it was my bo
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
More "fun" with D&V and another B-R with Judith the Jewel. ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barbara by: Isabel
Shelves: m-m, blowing-feelings
««He reached for Dan's injured hand, opened the fingers and placed the bullet into the palm. "I mean this." Then thought Dan wouldn't get it. Wrestled with the words in English, but he was never sure he said what he wanted to say, anyway. "This is the bullet you'll use to kill me if I walk away again." Because if I walk away again, I'll be in so much pain I'm better off dead.»»

In the first book, the author made me LOVE and hate their characters, and the situations were off the chart excellent,
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“Vadim swallowed, felt his throat too tight to move, then, still staring at the bottle, smelling the desert and Dan, and himself, his hand reached to his side, opened the holster of the pistol. Took out the mag, took the bullet from the chamber, clicked the mag in place again, rolled the bullet between his fingers.

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