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's 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.
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- Melanie Faber
Perfect Narration for an Amazing Short Story
I had read SKYBOUND earlier this year and fell in love with the author's writing. This is a wonderful short story. Very atmospheric. Beautiful language. A touching love story in a touching setting.
The audio book was wonderful. The narration fitted the book perfectly. I highly recommend this gem.
A gem - what else can I say?
The story made me FEEL it...everything, like I was part in it. I mean, I felt Felix's cold feet like I also felt the strange mix of emotions.
It was soooo good - and it didn't hurt that it ended a bit positive. Okay, I admit, I don't think that everything will be so easy as the end tries to make me believe. But it makes me hope that they actually will have a future.
The writing itself is beyond skilled, emotions transfered by masterful use of words, no unneccessary flowery language. The facts are straight, very well researched, just mere facts, showing humans, capturing this period perfectly.
I've read it several times before I've bought the audiobook (yes, it is soo good).
The narrator gives it a slightly different touch, a slightest hint of musing, while reading it myself I found Felix more pragmatic. Aaaand isn't that the added bonus? Because I like it both ways :D