The Walls of Troy ~ Written by L.A. Witt, Performed by Nick J. Russo
MA1 Iskander Ayhan’s orders are simple: stay with Admiral Dalton’s son as his plainclothes bodyguard while he attends university classes. So typical—a high-ranking officer abusing Navy resources for unnecessary security as a status symbol. But it doesn’t take long before Iskander realizes he’s not really there to protect the kid from benign harassment by homophobic classmates.
Behind the piercings, eyeliner, and bad attitude, Troy Dalton is hiding something. He’s scared, and although he’s not so sure the armed bodyguard by his side is enough to keep him safe, he can’t risk revealing the truth.
Slowly, Iskander gains Troy’s trust, and the walls start coming down, but before they know it, the two men are way too close to each other… and suddenly Iskander is attracting more danger to the man he’s sworn to protect.
Now he doesn’t know how to keep Troy safe from harm—by staying close to him or getting as far away from him as possible.
It is almost as though this story was written for me or with me in mind. Not just an age-gap story but these two men, the 20-year-old college student Troy, with his eye makeup and multiple piercings and the 13-year-older career Navy M.P. had absolutely nothing in common. Well, maybe nothing in common but, as we come to learn, Troy does have a thing for a strong, older man in uniform. As for Iskander, Troy was absolutely not his type at all; Troy wasn’t an older silver fox, but there was something, just something about the young man. Iskander could see something in Troy; something that he couldn’t figure out.
This is a story of suspense, and a military romance as well and this author does both very well. She creates characters that we love to love and want to know. We are rooting for them throughout their journey.
Iskander was not at all impressed with his assignment to protect the admiral’s son but there were worse assignments and he is going to do his best to protect the young man even if no one else thinks Troy is at risk. Iskander is a listener. He watches and listens to both the verbal and the nonverbal messages and he becomes certain the young Troy is in danger and has been hurt to such a degree that he appears to be suffering from PTSD.
There is no rush to sex even though this story is plenty steamy. Troy and Iskander have plenty to deal with and soon come to realize that the risk is real, they are both in danger and both committed to protecting the other. Iskander is afraid of dogs and Troy has a big Rottweiler, Talos. There are several Talos has a significant role in Troy’s life, in Iskander’s and in this story.
I truly enjoyed watching Troy change both in attitude and visually as he felt safe and no longer needed to hide behind the eyeliner, piercings and dyed hair.
Then to make it all even better; to hear, see and smell the details, the narration of Nick J. Russo is spot on. He was Iskander and he was Troy, and the Admiral. At no point was I distracted by his storytelling, in fact, I was captured, stuck, and caught up in the emotion, passion (yes there was passion) and suspense. I was frightened, happy, concerned and satisfied. I will certainly come back to this performance, this story, these men.