Hidden Conflict: Tales from Lost Voices in Battle

Hidden Conflict: Tales from Lost Voices in Battle

Alex Beecroft E.N. Holland Jordan Taylor Mark Probst

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 Hidden Conflict presents four novellas that tell the experiences of gay military men, their families and friends, during times of conflict and war. Each story presents a unique voice at a distinct time in history.

Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft
1790 British Age of Sail

Blessed Isle is the long-lost diary of Captain Harry Thompson, recently discovered in a dusty safe deposit box and faithfully reproduced in Hidden Conflict. Thompson wrote his diary entries at night and in the morning, his lover and former lieutenant, Garnet Littleton, would add his thoughts and commentary. Thus, Blessed Isle is a dialog between the two men, telling the story of the ill-fated voyage of the HMS Banshee, its mutiny, their escape, and ultimately, how they overcame all odds to build a life together in Rio de Janeiro.

Not to Reason Why by Mark R. Probst
1876 US Cavalry

Corporal Brett Price is tired of being a soldier, tired of endless expeditions against the Lakota and Sioux, and tired of hiding his deep love for his friend and sergeant, Dermot Kerrigan. Unfortunately, as a member of the 7th Cavalry stationed at Fort Lincoln, North Dakota, there is little he can do to change his present situation; his love for Dermot is particularly distressing because Dermot is married and devoted to his wife, Sarah. Their commanding officer, Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, has been relentless in rounding up the various Native American tribes of the western plains and forcing them off their lands to designated reservations. These battles between love and loyalty, duty and honor, with one of the most horrific battles ever fought on American soil as its backdrop, is the story that is told in Not to Reason Why.

No Darkness by Jordan Taylor
1915 World War I Western Front

When Lieutenant Darnell and Private Fisher are trapped in a root cellar after being shelled behind the trenches on the Western Front, they struggle to survive and escape their black tomb. Strangers to one another, their days and nights underground in pitch darkness bring them together as they share stories of their upbringing. While their lives hang in the balance, they find refuge through the growing bond between them that neither expected.

Our One and Only by E.N. Holland
1944 US World War II and aftermath

What happens when one must grieve in private? That is what Philip Cormier is forced to do when his closest friend and lover, Eddie Fiske, is killed in France during the second round of D-Day in September 1944. The story covers a forty year arc, told in decade-long intervals, that chronicle Philip’s loss, his life without Eddie, and ultimately, the acceptance and resolution of his grief. Most importantly, it demonstrates the healing power of love that can be found in unexpected places and ways.

 
PUBLISHED BY: Bristlecone Pine Press
ISBN: 978-1-60722-009-1
PUBLICATION DATE: 2009
WORD COUNT: 101528
SEXUAL CONTENT RATING: 2 2
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CATEGORIES: Historical, Action/Adventure, ManLove, Romantic Fiction
KEYWORDS: historical, military, short novels, gay, Age of Sail, American Indian Wars, WWI, WWII
 

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 Editorial Reviews for Hidden Conflict: Tales from Lost Voices in Battle

From Eleanor of Bainbridge Island, WA: 5 stars!
At last, these soldiers stories will be honored! What beautiful stories, too! This is a brilliant collection of four stories of noble love. Yet, in each story, the soldiers battle to keep their noble love hidden within themselves more than they fought any invading enemy. These stories will bring a tear to your eye and a sigh to your heart.

From From Tish, a comment at jessewave's site:
Try this book... you won't be disappointed. It is completely different from anything on the market as it is about love. Not sex...

From a reviewer at Goodreads: 4 stars!
This is a beautifully crafted book by four different authors. The stories are all very different but have an on going theme.... loss. The hidden conflict is more about being gay and hidden than about any war. A throughly enjoyable, if not emotional read. I am writing this after reading the last short story which I think makes the book.

From Victor J. Banis, 5 stars!
A terrific quartet of beautifully realized stories exploring hidden loves and secret desires, set against backdrops of war and violence. And, as the blurb says, each told in unique voices.

From Kassa, Rainbow Reviews, 4 stars!
Overall this is a great anthology that highlights historical men in the military in realistic and moving ways...This well written collection will appeal to literature fans easily.

 
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