By Renee Stevens
I hope everyone had a great weekend, but now it's time to start off a new week. A great way to start the week is to take a look at a story that can be found on Gay Authors. Today's feature is Toy Soldiers by Dabeagle. Valkyrie was nice enough to provide us with this great review. If you haven't already done so, maybe it will inspire you to take a look. If you do, don't forget to leave Dabeagle some reviews. Enjoy!
Word Count: 55,840
I’m a big fan of Dabeagle’s writing and when he posts a new story, it immediately goes on my ‘must read’ list. Toy Soldiers is a very special story, because it is the last collaboration he wrote with his good friend Ryan Bartlett, who passed away earlier this year. Their writing styles mesh well to produce a story that is riveting, action-packed, and heart-wrenching, with enough levity to counteract some of the darker parts.
Harlequin and Sage are members of the Green Squad; young soldiers who were kidnapped and raised by the malevolent Corporation. Their upbringing and training was not pleasant, and they receive word that their squad is to be ‘liquidated’. They escape and find a world vastly different from the one they just left. Learning how to navigate the social minefield that is adolescence, while engaging on a journey of self-discovery and plotting how to take down the Corporation proves to be a challenge for the boys.
This story took me on an emotional roller coaster. It highlights a lot of what is bad in our society---greed, corruption, and abuse---but provides a necessary counterpoint with hope, love, and justice. I read the entire thing in one day because I was riveted by the story and couldn’t stop reading!
The story could use some cleaning up since there are frequent misused words and grammatical errors, but it is still a well-written story with a good flow and great plot. I highly recommend reading it.
Category: Fiction Genres: Adventure Tags: Teen, Military Rating:Teen
Originally I intended this to be a short story, but with the experience and potential I'd had from the defunct 'Baysville' project, I had opened the doors to ask others to join my characters in Sanitaria Springs. Other stories did come, shorts that focused on other characters or places and they added to the tapestry of this real life town that we were embellishing. However another came along and we meshed very well, writing near seamlessly to advance the story and then another started a whole new branch with a different age group.
As I mentioned, I don't own all the stories so I'll be posting the original three from me, here. If you grow to love these guys, Cia has allowed me to post a link to the rest of the storyline. It's not all of the Sanitaria Springs stories, but they are the ones that follow these characters and the newer generation - some of which my friend Cynus has already posted here at GA.
Check it out here: https://www.gayauthors.org/story/dabeagle/sanitariasprings
There are link so the doghouse Facebook page as well as a page for the complete story of Alec, Sasha and the gang.
I first read this story a long time ago, and I still remember it. It has a fascinating premise -- a young man with aphasia. In his case, it presents itself as being only able to speak in song lyrics and similar.
It's definitely worth a look...and then another one I'm really happy that it's being posted here.
Long Day by Dabeagle