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Latakia by J.F.  Smith
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Jul 16, 2012

it was amazing

Latakia is a truly enjoyable read. Sometimes a dubious storyline is made believable only through the masterful craftsmanship of the author. That is particularly true with this novel. The author's voice was authentic in the way it reflected military culture. The tension continued throughout the plot and subplots, and kept my interest throughout the book. I particularly enjoyed the way the author presented multidimensional characters. The protagonist, Matt, is introduced as a character lacking self-confidence or self-worth. As his arc continues to curve from the series of dangerous and fatal experiences he confronts, his character grows in courage, trust, understanding and love. The author's portrayal of Petey was particularly believable and amusing for his foul-mouthed gay taunts, insults and ridicule. And the ending resolved the plot superbly. This story gives the reader a greater appreciation of the decision to abolish `Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'
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