Monday, July 30, 2012

Skybound (Early Book Review)

Title: Skybound
Author: Aleksandr Voinov
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: August 20, 2012
Source: Net Galley

Goodreads Summary:
Germany, 1945. The Third Reich is on its knees as Allied forces bomb Berlin to break the last resistance. Yet on an airfield near Berlin, the battle is far from over for a young mechanic, Felix, who’s attached to a squadron of fighter pilots. He’s especially attached to fighter ace Baldur Vogt, a man he admires and secretly loves. But there’s no room for love at the end of the world, never mind in Nazi Germany.

When Baldur narrowly cheats death, Felix pulls him from his plane, and the pilot makes his riskiest move yet. He takes a few days’ leave to recover, and he takes Felix with him. Away from the pressures of the airfield, their bond deepens, and Baldur shows Felix the kind of brotherhood he’d only ever dreamed of before.

But there’s no escaping the war, and when they return, Baldur joins the fray again in the skies over Berlin. As the Allies close in on the airfield where Felix waits for his lover, Baldur must face the truth that he is no longer the only one in mortal danger.

My thoughts:
This is a heartwarming and heartbreaking tale of a squadron of Germans at the end of the second World War. The novel is short but it pulls you right in so that by the end you feel as though you really are a part of this group. It's a story of love and loss and live and death. It's a story of war that is so real and tragic and wonderful as to bring it fully life. It is a story that proves that love can overcome all even in the worst of situations.

Rating: 4.5/5

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