Review: Special Forces – Soldiers (Special Forces #1) by Aleksandr Voinov and Marquesate

Special Forces - Soldiers (Special Forces, #1)


Special Forces is the story of a Scottish SAS soldier and a Soviet spetsnaz soldier. Two enemies who meet in the line of duty during the early days of the Soviet Union’s last war in Afghanistan. Behind enemy lines respect and finally love grow … but that’s only the official version. This epic spans across over twenty-five years of their lives. It’s harsh and violent, but life is cruel and they just do what they need to survive.

Special Forces – Soldiers is the first cycle of the Special Forces epic, which consists of three cycles and is about a million words. The second cycle is Mercenaries and the third one is Veterans.

This print version is the original version of Special Forces (1st edition), as it was edited by the authors of the time of first publication on Marquesate’s website. The Soldiers cycle was published between July 2006 and March 2007. This is the only version that is authorised by Marquesate.

The ebook version is available for free download, and the original chapters remain as a free read on Marquesate’s website below:

This print version of Special Forces is strictly non-profit and print cost only. The paperback of this original version is available from Lulu.




I got some serious mixed feelings about this book. At the beginning it was really hard to read it. I generally liked characters who are seen as villains, but it is always great to understand what’s behind those questionable actions. The major issue here was trying to understand Vadim. I couldn’t see any reason for some of his actions other than pure destruction and, because of that, I had a hard time trying to care for him. The overall feeling change while reading the book but there were moments when I just couldn’t believe I would ever be able to like him. Dan was different, I guess it was because I saw his actions more like defending himself and not just being as destructive as Vadim was, but it was easier for me to care for him.

It was hard to get myself into the story and for most of the book It was a bit of a torture for me, there was still something intriguing that kept me reading, and I’m glad I did, because for the last pages of the book, things became so much more interesting and I did got to believe in Vadim and Dan’s relationship.

Overall the story is really good, at times I felt it was unnecessary long, but the plot in general was great. I didn’t appreciate the ending, but I guess it accomplished its objective since I’m really hook to the story and I’ll me reading the next one in the series.

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