Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Losing Sight of the Target
AUTHOR: T.A. Chase
PUBLISHER: MLR Press
LENGTH: 19,000 words
RELEASE DATE: November 10, 2016
Both Justin and Caesar are losing sight of their own targets, but are finding how much fun it is to focus on new ones. Justin Isaksen is a 25-year-old US Olympian competing in his first Games. It will be his last because the doctors discovered that he is losing his eyesight faster than they thought he would. He’ll be legally blind by the time the next Games roll around. Justin has to learn how to deal with end of his competition career. Caesar Gikas’ job is dangerous and he travels the world searching for targets. He does what he does because he’s good at it, but it’s lonely work. Then a chance encounter with Justin shows Caesar that there just might be someone out there for him.
Justin Isaksen has macular degeneration that is robbing him if his eyesight a lot faster than anyone thought it would. After years of training Justin made it onto the US Olympic Biathlon team to compete at the Sochi Winter Games. Now, these will be the first and only games Justin gets to compete in because Justin will be completely blind soon.
Caesar Gikas meets Justin in the bar of the hotel they were both staying at. Caesar is fascinated by the athlete with the sad eyes so he starts up a conversation. It doesn’t take long for the both to realise they’re both attracted to each other. After they have spectacular sex Caesar finds he wants to stick around instead of making his escape as soon as he was finished. Although they both feel the connection between them they both realise there really isn’t any hope of a relation as they’re heading in different directions.
As it happens Caesar takes a job that lands him in Russia at the same time as Justin so they agree to meet up. Without even realising in it they start their own little mini relationship both thinking it’ll be over very soon. Justin finds it getting harder every day now to hide his failing eyesight. In the end, Justin is successful enough to win a silver medal before he must retire because he can’t see.
Even though this is a short story and pretty much everything was covered by the author I wanted more. I wanted just a bit more at the end about Justin and Caesar’s relationship after the Olympics ended. The only reason I wanted more is because I really enjoyed the book.