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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Demaris Protocol by Brian Randall is a compelling military fiction novel that involves intrigue, dark secrets, and sexual exploitation for purely political ends. Set in the 1990s, this novel presents the CIA’s covert operation “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and it is within the framework of this operation that Trey Carter, a sequestered gay, is hired and sent on a very delicate and dangerous mission: seduce and capture a former Soviet nuclear expert. Is this twenty-something-year-old man capable of the job entrusted to him? Things become complicated when his own boss, Special Officer Rick Morgan, becomes emotionally involved with Trey. This is a taboo in the eyes of the CIA and they could be headed for a very sad end should their secret be found out.
Brian Randall’s novel is a gripping story and it is interesting to learn that it is based on real life events. The writing is excellent, with clear and compelling prose that will instantly seduce readers. There is a lot of psychological depth to this story and readers will find out what it takes to be gay in a society that considers being gay “an abomination.” There is a lot of intense action. The author has crafted the plot to read like a thriller, leaving readers with the unsettling feeling that something wrong could happen any time soon. The conflict is monumental and the characters are well-sculpted. Demaris Protocol is a fast-paced and hugely entertaining story, a page-turner.