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What Inspired P.O.W.
One day I was sitting at my desk looking out the window and halfway watching the news since I am a bit of a new junky. It was during the spring uprising in the Middle East and Anderson Cooper was doing a special report. Something he said caught my attention and then what followed shocked me and made me focus on what he was saying.
He was talking about what happened to some who were captured, taken prisoner after some of the raids. The man he was interviewing and then later commented on were talking about male rape as an instrument of torture. That was something that I’d never heard of so me being me, I dug in and did a little research.
What I found was pretty much nothing, so I dug a little deeper. I remember thinking that I wish I hadn’t. It did take a little bit of effort but I did finally hit pay dirt. Yes, male rape, especially of Muslim infidels is used. It isn’t exactly common but it isn’t uncommon either. It is used to torture, humiliate and degrade. It’s about the power.
From everything that I’ve known about Muslims, from those that I’d worked with over the years or known, I’d have never in a million years have thought that something like this would ever occur. But… it has, did and does. I’ve always thought that homosexuality was so much of a taboo that even during war this would never happen. I was wrong.
I spoke to a friend who was an Army Ranger and he said he’d heard of it. I asked him about gay activities in the Middle East since he was there for three tours, and he confirmed that it does happen and it isn’t that much of a secret. It’s an unspoken understand that men have sex with other men because women are just off limits. Period. People will overlook the ‘small indiscretion’ if it isn’t flaunted and behind closed doors.
I did a lot more research and as I was doing so, the story started to come together. Sam and Benoit became real and they began telling me their story. The result was P.O.W. It practically wrote itself. They were very loud in telling me too.
It isn’t all harsh and horrible things. There is a lot of love in there too. They have their happy after and have continued to live their lives, moving on and supporting one another. There is also the love of Abbas, the hot Arab doctor.
It isn’t for everyone, so heed the warning. For those who are ready for adventure, a story about the love of family, friends, and country, you might give it a try.
Author: Max Vos
Publisher: Max Vos, Inc
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Length: 125 Pages
After being taken prisoner by a Taliban Warlord, can Sam Stone hold on long enough to get his best friend back to his family and find love in the arms of Abbas, the handsome, blue-eyed Arab?
Sam has secretly been in love with is best friend and fellow Marine, Benoit, for quite some time and would not hesitate to die for him.
The macho Marine, Benoit, is shaken to his very core when he and his best friend are taken prisoners and made to do things that he would never have done, especially with Sam, who he knew had feelings for him.
Abbas tries everything to gain his families freedom when an unexpected man comes into his life that he starts having deep feelings for almost immediately.
Sam Stone has been secretly in love with his best friend and fellow Marine, Benoit, for a long time. It’s only after they were captured by a Taliban Warlord that he realizes that he would readily give his life to get Benoit back to his family. But it is Abbas, the Westernized Arab who steals his heart and helps Sam and Benoit regain their freedom. Now Sam has to learn to find true love and help heal not only himself, but the two men he loves deeply.
Warning: This book contains material that may be offensive to some: graphic language, military situations, P.O.W scenes, adult situations and other situations only meant for an adult audience
“Mayday, Mayday, Black Hammer is hit; I repeat: Mayday, Black Hammer is hit. We’re going down.” Bucky’s voice may have seemed calm to an outsider, but those who knew him understood he was anything but calm. “Mayday, Mayday. Black Hammer’s current location: thirty-three Lat by seventy Long. Repeat. Mayday, Mayday.” Bucky choked out as the cabin of the helicopter quickly filled with smoke.
Samuel J. Stone looked at the other five members of his team. “Fuck,” he mumbled, wondering if perhaps they weren’t going to make it out of this one. He yelled at his best friend Benoit. “After all the fucked-up shit we’ve been through, I’m not gonna fucking die splattered on the side of some mountain in this hellhole.”
“Vasquez, get that damn door open,” Stone yelled across the cabin to the other Marine.
“Gettin’ it, Stone,” Vasquez answered his lieutenant.
Stone opened the opposite door, letting some of the thick smoke billow out of the burning helicopter. He and his fellow Marine, Benoit, looked out the open door. They could tell they were going down fast.
“We’re still too high to jump,” Stone yelled at the others trapped in the flaming bird.
“If there was anywhere to fucking jump to,” Benoit yelled back.
Even with both side doors open, the cold winter wind whipping through the cabin, the acrid black smoke continued to surge in, making their eyes burn, their chests constrict with the lack of breathable air. There was a bitter taste in Stone’s mouth from inhaling the foulness of burning rubber and jet fuel.
Using hand signals to keep from yelling to be heard, Stone motioned for Vasquez and the two others to use the door they had just opened to escape through, while he and Benoit and the new kid, Saundersen, would use the one opposite.
The high-pitched scream of the rotor motor was loud enough to pierce the ear-protection headphones, making it nearly impossible to speak. Each man could barely hear Bucky still calling out a Mayday over the radio, through the headsets.
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Grand prize: $20 Dollar Amazon GC and a Ecopy of P.O.W. by Max Vos
Second prize: The Complete Memories Series ( 5 ebooks) by Max Vos
Third prize: Two Backlist Titles by Max Vos
💕 Books by Max Vos
- My Hero
- My Hero: The Olympian
- The V Unit
- Inappropriate Roads
- Going Home
- A Christmas Memory
- A Christmas Memory 2
- A Christmas Memory 3: Home Sweet Home
- A Valentine’s Memory
- A Spring Break Memory
Available in French
- Mon Héros
- Hawk ‘n’ Harley
- Unite V
- Rentrer a la Maison
Available in Italian
- Il Mio Eroe
- Andare a Casa
💕 Meet Max Vos
Max Vos is a classically trained chef with over 30 years of food service experience. After retiring in 2011, Max found himself with time on his hands and was urged to turn his talents to writing. ‘Cooking English’, a short story, now part of his anthology collection, Inappropriate Roads, is now available. My Hero was his first novel, which turned into an international best seller. Max now has a total of six completed novels, which are listed on his website, along with the entire Memories Series. My Hero: The Olympian, the sequel to My Hero was released late last year.
Max can be reached at