Author: Tal Bauer
My Rating: 500
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense (M/M)
- Kris Caldera, CIA, junior member
- David Haddad, Special Forces Sergeant – Arab American, Muslim, gay
- Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.
Release Date: April 26, 2018
Publisher: Published by the author
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Sexual Intensity: Spicy
The Story: The truth is complicated.
On September 11th, 2001, Kris Caldera was a junior member of the CIA’s Alec Station, the unit dedicated to finding and stopping Osama Bin Laden.
Ten days later, he was on the ground in Afghanistan with a Special Forces team, driven to avenge the ghosts that haunted him and the nation he’d let down. On the battlefield, he meets Special Forces Sergeant David Haddad. David – Arab American, Muslim, and gay – becomes the man Kris loves, the man he lives for, and the man he kills for, through the long years of the raging wars.
David Haddad thought he’d be an outsider his whole life. Too American for the Middle East, too Arab for America, and too gay to be Muslim. It took Kris to bring the parts of himself together, to make him the man he’d always wanted to be. But the War on Terror wreaks havoc on David’s soul, threatening to shatter the fragile peace he’s finally found with Kris.
When a botched mission rips David from Kris’s life, Kris’s world falls into ruin and ash. A shell of the man who once loved with the strength to shake both the CIA and the world, he marks time on the edges of his life. The days bleed together, meaningless after losing the love of his life.
After being captured, tortured to the edge of his life, and left for dead by his comrades, David doesn’t know how much of himself is left. He vanished one day in the tribal belt of Pakistan, and the man who walks out almost a decade later is someone new: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.
But strange rumblings are whispering through the CIA. Intelligence from multiple sources overseas points to something new. Something deadly, and moving to strike the United States. Intercepts say an army from Khorasan, the land of the dead where the Apocalypse of Islam will rise, is coming.
And, at the head of this army, a shadowy figure the US hasn’t seen before: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.
David is coming home.
Tal Bauer is an award-winning and best-selling author of LGBT romantic thrillers. He is happily married and lives with his husband in Texas. Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America.
Mainely A Review
I loved The Executive Office series by this author and reading Whisper was a sure thing. Then I started hearing chatter about how ‘long’ it was and how ‘intense’ and although it was available on KU and I borrowed the book, it took me a while to begin. That was a good decision on my part because this is a story to read where you have no distractions.
When I finished reading this I was in shock, stunned. The difference between this and most stories available today is like the difference between a stubbed toe and neurosurgery. Seriously, this story is frightening, more than that, terrifying. This is as true to life as any story could be and still be fiction. This author always does his research and this has more truth than nearly any nonfiction story of the time.
An epic saga interweaved with a tragic yet breathtaking love story. There are people and events in the story that were too horrifying to be real yet they are/were or at least entirely true-to-life meaning that events similar to these have really happened.
“A thousand million stars in the sky would not be enough to count the ways I love you. Or grains of sand on the beach, even if you split every grain in half.
Whisper is absolutely, without a doubt, my #1 story for 2018! I shiver even thinking about it.
I can’t possibly do justice in a review so I postponed and procrastinated. I was left with a potpourri of emotions, strong emotions, with no place to put them.
The story is incredible, matched only by the lyrical, beautiful writing. I could see, smell, hear and feel the emotions and action, sorrow and pain.
Readers may remember Kris from Hush and your heart cracked for him. Hearing his story with this level of explicit detail is something that you can’t prepare yourself for. There is no preworkout.
The most incredible book of 2018!
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