Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Blog Tour: P.O.W by Max Vos ~ (Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway)

Title: P.O.W
Author: Max Vos
Publisher: Max Vos, Inc
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Length: 125 Pages
2nd release
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

Exclusive Excerpt:

A man strolled into the courtyard at a leisurely pace. He stood out from the others because he was clean-shaven except for a neatly trimmed mustache, and wore Westernized clothing. He seemed to be of the same height and build as Stone, and in an odd way, he reminded Stone of Benoit, whom he’d had not seen since they had arrived.
When the newcomer looked at the prisoner, Stone got a hard, strong shock. The man had electric blue eyes, which against his dark Arab complexion seemed bluer than perhaps they were. If that weren’t enough, Stone’s gaydar went off, going all the way into the red zone. This beautiful Arab man was gay.
He spoke quietly and calmly with the two apparent leaders, with his back to the naked Stone. Stone took the opportunity to look him over, to study him. His shoulders were broad, and he could see that he was in excellent shape. The slacks he wore looked as if they had been tailored. The drape of fabric wasn’t enough to hide the fact that he had a muscular ass and legs.
Turning, his eyes locked on Stone’s, and there was that secret dialogue that always seemed to happen between gay men when they realized that they were of a select brotherhood. For the first time, Stone became acutely aware of how naked and exposed he was. He hadn’t really cared before, but now he felt his nakedness.
Their eyes never broke contact as the newcomer approached Stone. He stopped right in front of Stone, their eyes still locked.
“They need to know what your mission was.” He was close enough for Stone to feel warm breath wash over his skin, making goose bumps appear. Stone instantly recognized a proper, educated, British accent. That would explain the Western-style clothing, Stone thought.
Of course, Stone couldn’t answer because of the gag in his mouth.
Understanding his mistake, he reached behind the American’s head to untie the filthy piece of cloth, freeing his mouth. His warm skin almost caressing, he pulled the gag from around Stone’s head. The rag had sucked all the moisture out of Stone’s mouth, and he croaked instead of speaking.
“Water,” the English-speaking Arab demanded over his shoulder. His voice was deep and authoritative; still, his eyes never left Stone’s.
He must have been a man of some importance, because his order was followed immediately. The young man who had gone to get him, came with a bucket of water and a ladle. When he started to lift the ladle to let Stone drink, the Westernized Arab took the implement from the youth and brought the cold water to Stone’s mouth, letting him drink deeply.
Once Stone had his fill, the newcomer dropped the ladle back into the bucket, but when the young man who had carried it over went to leave with it, the newcomer instructed him to set it down and leave. He looked back at Stone, and the connection between the two was even more apparent.

Surprisingly, he lifted the dog tags that hung around the Marine’s neck. “Stone, Samuel J.,” he read. Looking back into Stone’s eyes, his own eyes were sad. “A very strong name, Samuel Stone. You know they will not stop until you have told them what it is they want to know.”

What I Loved: I absolutely loved the idea of a story about two friends who become POW's and how they ultimately survive the ordeal together with the help of an unlikely ally. I thought that the scenes in which both Sam and Benoit were subjected to torture were done well. They were detailed enough to invoke an emotional response yet not horrifically graphic at the same time. 
What I Liked: I really like Sam, Benoit and Abbas. It was pretty unavoidable to find them endearing and charming most of the time. I'm not going to say they were the most realistic characters, however, but from a basic entertainment standpoint, I enjoyed them. 
What I Didn't Like: Truthfully, this is a story in which you really must suspend disbelief. It's not realistic and most of the actions by the characters really were for entertainment more than a realistic portrayal of a Marine's life in captivity. 
I also would not classify this as contemporary romance. Instead, I consider this erotica (not that I have any problems with erotica), since sex is a major component of this story. Some of it is steamy and sensual and some is taboo while there is also quite a bit of rape. (There are warnings present so that readers know what they're getting into). So, if you're looking for the typical romantic military story, this isn't it. If you are in the mood for an erotic story of three men caught in an unimaginable hell, you'll probably enjoy P.O.W.

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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.


Books by Max Vos

My Hero
My Hero: The Olympian
The V Unit
Inappropriate Roads
Going Home

Memories Series
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



  1. This seems like a really provocative premise.

  2. Thanks for the review! It is the second one I have read that had similar thoughts on the realism.