Title: Jack Colby: Back in Action
Author: Dave Benbow
Cover Artist: N/A
Publisher: Palari Pubishing
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Genre: Action/Adventure/M/M Romance
Length: Novel (266 paperback pages)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A guest review by Tj
Summary Review: Okay, so the guys are all physically perfect – handsome, macho and built, and have hot sex with each other – but Dave Benbow’s books are great escapist fun that completely absorb me every time, and his latest did not disappoint.
The Blurb: Jack Colby: Back in Action” by Dave Benbow is as hot as his previous novel, “Summer Cruising.” This time we follow rugged Marine Jack Colby as he is called back into military action for a covert operation in the Middle East. Along the way he is pursued by several “straight” hunks who guard their masculinity with their life. But once they meet Jack and fight side-by-side with him, they develop an attraction that can’t be denied. The action moves from Hawaii to the Middle East and back to San Francisco as we follow Jack on his mission to save the world…and find love.
The Review: I had read and thoroughly enjoyed Dave Benbow’s previous books several years back, but thought he had given up writing as it had been a few years since his last book. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw his latest release pop up in my Amazon recommendations. One might feel his books are perhaps a bit… ‘over the top’ shall I say, being full of perfect specimens of gay men having hot sex, and living larger than life existances, but these books are also a lot of fun to read. If you want to lose yourself in a fun and sexy adventure, then you’ve found the right author.
As the blurb says, the story centers around Jack Colby, an ex Navy Seal who has been keeping a very low profile since being dishonorably discharged. Jack is, as Mr. Benbow describes him:
“tall, six feet, two inches, and he had the dark good looks that clearly showed the pure Polynesian blood of his mother’s side of the family. A nose that would have seemed too wide on anyone else anchored his face, square and handsome. On Jack, however, it worked. His complexion was dark, as was his shortly cropped hair. His teeth, unnaturally white and straight, gleamed in stark contrast to his dark stubble and deeply tanned skin.”
Although I wanted to hate Jack for his perfection (this usually turns me off in M/M romances), I quickly learned that although he may be perfect on the outside, he carried deep scars inside from the circumstances surrounding his discharge from the Navy. The reader gets bits and pieces of his back story, but not until later when you’ve grown to like Jack, do you get the whole story. This is primarily an action/adventure story, but there’s also a secondary story about misplaced guilt and second chances in both life and love. I love a good adventure story as much as the next guy, but I found Jack’s journey to forgiving himself his perceived failures and finding love again added some depth to the book that I hadn’t expected.
And along the way during Jack’s adventures, he meets some hot gay men (all handsome and built of course) to distract him. The sex is hot, but more importantly it was part of Jack’s journey and character growth. And actually, there are only 3 encounters in the 266 pages. So sex is secondary to the mission that Jack is on. His first encounter in the book was about having fun with a hot and willing guy, but afterward we learn that Jack is no longer satisfied with meaningless sex. This is where we see that there’s more to Jack than 8 pack abs (is that even possible?) and an incredibly handsome face.
There is of course a romance that develops along the way, and I loved reading how this improbable couple gets together. And Mr. Benbow deals with their obvious problems with an ongoing romance realistically. The majority of the story deals with the assignment that Jack accepts – taking him across the globe from Hawaii to San Francisco to the Mideast. The mission was interesting and the adventure was enjoyable, but not too over the top as could have easily happened.
If your a fan of M/M action/adventure stories, I recommend Dave Benbow’s latest adventure , Jack Colby: Back in Action.