- File Size: 3367 KB
- Print Length: 383 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 154262729X
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (January 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NBUBPSX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Question of Allegiance Kindle Edition
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
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A Bildungsroman about a young man taking a ship to eventually reach Germany c. 1935 where he pursues an education and decides to pilot since it is inevitable he will be conscripted. In the meantime, there are sword fights, girls to chase, pranks, and despite it being war, some of the more lighthearted aspects of barracks life.
As the book continues, so does the war and the story takes a darker tone as German forces are now far in Russia. Life in the Soviet Union was not a pleasant one.
The author has a gift for the “you are there”. Learning to fly, Berlin night life, war, the privations of Soviet Russia, the Gatsby-like life on a cruise ship are all captured well and bring the reader into the story. And we’re involved in aerial battles and narrow escapes and steamy romances, told with the swagger of WWII-era melodramas.
Vollmer conveys enthusiasm in this story. He switches from romance, to procedural, to thriller, to the classic war tale, and you are easily swept away. This is a fun story, humorously told, that treats you to a journey from Africa to Europe and back. It is definitely time well-spent.