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"Until We Meet Once More"

Contemporary, Contemporary, Action-Adventure, Military, Short story

Nothing cracks Army Ranger "Stone Man" Vic Black's granite front. A mission to retrieve an injured Navy SEAL from the treacherous mountains of Afghanistan is all in a day's work -- until he learns the missing SEAL is his former lover. This time it's personal.

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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

I loved the excitement and edge of your seat action which seemed quite realistic and gave this story an immediacy that was different from the others. The writing was crisp and I could feel the excitement and danger in the air and all around the protagonists and their team. This is another excellent story from the pen of Josh Lanyon.
Wave for Reviews by Jessewave
Josh Lanyon winds up this anthology with an adrenaline rush of a read. Until We Meet Once More mixes flashbacks of Vic and Sean's past relationship with their present-day fight for survival in Afghanistan. I absolutely loved seeing Vic and Seanís days at the Naval Academy. The sweetness and sexiness of their time together before their relationship falls apart is vital to their present day connection and to understanding each man. Also key to learning about them is the reasons behind their breakup. Both knew from the start that they were career military and Vic feared coming out and what would do to his career. Sean, on the other hand, was idealistic and willing to take a chance. Mr. Lanyon establishes these elements in the past because the present doesn't leave much time for introspection. Vic and Sean are fighting for their lives and the amount of military detail Mr. Lanyon so seamlessly waves into Until We Meet Once More just adds to the realism of the story. There isn't time for romance when you're outrunning the Taliban, but that doesn't dim the power of Sean and Vic's reunion. The pair's love story is understated and it works beautifully, making Until We Meet Once More an unforgettable read.
Shayna for Joyfully Reviewed
This is a well written, fast paced and exciting story. Aside from the flashbacks the entire story takes place in a very short amount of time so there is no real character growth but even so I was totally engaged in Vic's story. The climactic ending when Vic and Sean are running for their lives and the last scene where they admit their feelings for each other were riveting. This story was a great way to finish of this anthology.
I Love Books blog
I'm not normally a fan of the lengthy flashback, but in this case the flashbacks worked well as they were an important part of the structure of the story. The present day story was a breathtakingly dangerous operation which had me on the edge of my seat as I wondered whether Vic would be able to save Sean. There was a great sense of pathos as Vic realised that he might actually lose the man he fell in love with all those years ago and stupidly let go. The flashbacks showed the progression in the relationship between Vic and Sean and each were slightly different in tone as the men struggle with the futility of a gay relationship within an atmosphere of 'don't ask, don't tell'. The story ends with a great sense of hope for the men especially as they will both be leaving the military soon which just reinforces the sad message that in the current climate, leaving the armed forces is the only way to continue a homosexual relationship without losing honour.
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"Until We Meet Once More"
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October 2011
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OTHER EDITIONS
Because of the Brave
E-book
July 2009, Aspen Mountain Press
Out of print

Because of the Brave
Trade paperback
August 2010, MLR Press
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Until We Meet Once More
E-book
October 2011
JustJoshin Publishing Inc.
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