So I've been debating whether or not to review this book because I don't think I have the proper words to do it justice but I'm going to give it a shot. Special Forces: Soldiers is the first book in the series, followed Mercenaries I, Mercenaries II, and Veterans. It's probably one of the best books I have ever read.
People call it Epic and I agree there is no other word to describe it. This is a roller coaster of a ride. Don't expect to read this and not run the gamut of emotions. It is intense! This is a story about Vadim Krasnorada, a Soviet Spetsnaz soldier and Dan McFadyen, a Scottish SAS soldier who meet as enemies during the Cold War in Afghanistan. It is a raw look at their ever-changing relationship spanning over 10 years. A relationship based on violence and horrific pain. I felt like I was side by side with these two men. You feel their emotions and the atmosphere surrounding them, the extremity of it all. The harshness of the desert and the beauty they find in the mountains.
Their story, their lives, ripped throw my heart like no other. Make no mistake, this book is brutal, they are in the midst of war and nothing is held back. It deals with difficult subject matters, including rape, physical and mental torture, isolation, loneliness, lust but what develops from this is simply AMAZING. Once enemies, they learn to trust and rely on each other and they developed respect and love for one another. During the first quarter of the book I wasn't able to even grasp how these two men could move forward without feeling anything but utter hatred and then slowly things change and by 3/4 of the book I was amazed at the transformation.
I highly recommend this book but we warned you will live and breathe Vadim and Dan and expect an intense ride.
*****I read the edited version of Soldiers.