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Out of the Blue (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Josh Lanyon

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France, 1916. The Great War. High above the carnage in the trenches, British and German aces joust like knights of old for control of the skies. The strain and tension of living every day on the edge of death leads to dangerous choices and wild risks. When British ace Bat Bryant's past catches up with him, he strikes out in panic and kills the man threatening him with exposure. But there's a witness: the big, handsome American pilot Cowboy Cooper.

Cowboy, it seems, has his own ideas of rough justice.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 79 pages
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  • Editeur : Just Joshin (3 septembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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Voix distincte de la littérature gay, Josh Lanyon est un auteur Américain couronné de nombreux prix. Depuis plus de dix ans, il écrit des histoires de mystères et d'aventures à l'intrigue très présente, sur fond de romances gay.

Auteur prolifique, il a publié son premier roman, Fatal Shadows, en 2000 et a travaillé avec de nombreux éditeurs, mais aussi auteurs, tels que Laura Baumbach, Jordan Castillo Price et Sarah Black.

En plus de ces nombreux romans, courts-romans et nouvelles, Josh est l'auteur de la célèbre et très appréciée des critiques, série Adrien English, qui inclus le titre The Hell You Say, gagnant du prix USABookNews en 2006 pour les Fictions GLBT. John a également été gagnant du prix Eppie et trois fois finaliste du prix Lambda Literary.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful WW 1 Adventure 25 décembre 2009
Par Jessewave - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
It's the middle of World War 1 and the Allies are fighting the Germans for supremacy in the skies. The book opens when our flyboy hero, Captain Bat Bryant, accidentally kills Orton, a mechanic on his team who was attempting to blackmail him. Unfortunately there was a witness to the incident, Cowboy Cooper, another flying ace, who demanded his own forfeit from Bat for keeping quiet and getting rid of the body. Two days later Cowboy moved in for the "kill" and Bat never had a chance.

I read Josh Lanyon's books mainly for his characters and the mysteries and from the first page I felt part of the action in this story which never let up. Men were dying all around Bat and Cowboy and it seemed that young replacements barely had a chance to experience their first flight before they were history. The average life expectancy of an Allied Aviator was 11 days and no one defied those odds forever - some of the guys were still in their teens when they showed up for their first assignment, and they were dead in less than a week, before they had a chance to grow up and experience life. Bat was just 23 years old but as a Captain of RAF No. 44 Air Squadron he was responsible for his men's lives and at times his job was a heavy burden. The only member of the group who was confident he would come out of the war alive and return home was the irrepressible Cowboy. Somehow I believed that he would make it.

Have you ever felt so immersed in a book that it seemed you were part of the action? Out of the Blue will have that effect on you. The adrenalin of the suicide flights, the courage displayed by the airmen in rescuing their comrades while under heavy fire, the firefights in the air, the drone of the aircraft, the crashes as planes went down in flames with their pilots still shooting at the enemy, the camaraderie among the pilots - the battles were all too exciting at times!! The era seems to have been accurately described by Lanyon - the music, the atmosphere, the clothing, the speech were all wonderfully depicted and there wasn't anyone who was a caricature.

Of all the characters in this book for me the most remarkable and memorable was Cowboy who made Bat seem like a pale reflection, even though Bat was the captain in charge of this band of flying aces and was just as brave. Cowboy was the outsider since most of the other officers were Brits who had been at Eton together, and if they weren't old school chums at least they had the facade of class and breeding, and they tended to look down on the American who was not part of their inner circle. The secondary characters were all well drawn but they had so little face time before they bought it that it was difficult to get to know them.

This is such a wonderful story that you will read it again and again and again. Despite its theme of war and death the book is quite funny in parts as well as uplifting.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Out of the Blue 22 janvier 2010
Par Sarah - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
After the death of his lover Bat is a man who seems to have no reason to carry on other than leading his squadron into battle. There he takes unnecessary risks and is filled with despair. Things get even worse when, on the verge of being cruelly blackmailed, he accidently kills the man trying to extort money from him. Cowboy, an American pilot proves to be an unlikely ally after witnessing the crime and comes to Bat's aid. Cowboy has his own agenda however and exacts a high price for his assistance and silence.

The book had such a taut opening, a murder, a lover dead in tragic circumstances and an incredibly lonely man. I wondered just how the author was going to achieve a romance between Cowboy and Bat under such difficult circumstances. Surely to make Bat a sympathetic character and not seem a little flighty in his affections there had to be mourning? But, somehow he manages to pull it off. Josh Lanyon does it without making light of Bat's grief and captures the essence and urgency of the time period precisely. Where living in such a desperate era, grief was dealt with and not dwelt on as tomorrow it might be you.

Bat and Cowboy have incredible chemistry, even if Bat is a bit, "No, no, no...awww ok," at times. Oh the angst! I kinda liked that though. That whole reluctance and sense self preservation kicking in, because he doesn't want to be hurt again. Even when he just knows deep that this dangerous American is going to fry his brain with dirty and oh so rocking sex up against a wall, or wherever is handy! I was most impressed with the total hotness of the writing. I KNOW, supposed to focus on the higher nature of their feelings for each other, but Lanyon so nailed it in this book. Hello fogged glasses. O-o

I'm finding I have a bit of a yen for historical novels at the moment. As long as they're well done and don't jump the shark and try and wrap everything up in a bow! This is not the case with Out of the Blue though. It was an absolutely magic read that delivered several hours of deliciously good reading. Smart, hot and clever with beautiful historical detail and attention to the time period, which left me wanting more.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Out of the Blue by Josh Lanyon 24 décembre 2009
Par Elisa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
For once there is no mystery, at least not a mystery unknown to the reader and for which he has to gather proofs. Audrey, nickname Bat, is an English Air Force officer during the WWI; he was in love with Gene, one of his fellow pilots, but this is not their story. Gene is dead, shot down during a flight, and Bat has not even the time to mourn him, his mechanic is blackmailing him, treating to reveal the clandestine and illegal relationship, and Bat can't allow it. Not only Bat is the son of an earl, and so to preserve the name of his family is essential, he is also worried for the memory of Gene, that can't be soiled. He probably didn't plan to kill the blackmailer, but it happens and Cowboy, an American pilot who is fighting side by side with Bat, witnesses the event. Now it's Cowboy who has a proposition, more than a blackmailing, for Bat: they will be lovers and he will help Bat to hide what happened. Bat is both attracted then repulsed but the offer: attracted since with Gene he has never had a real sexual relationship, and what he feels and does with Cowboy is enticing and addictive; repulsed since it's against everything he was taught to believe, even the old texts he read with Gene to justify their love: sex was not something that was considered or promoted. In the end, probably Bat thinks that he has nothing to loose, he doesn't believe that he will see the end of the war and so there is nothing to preserve. This is also the attitude of the author for this novella, it's all open to possibilities; Bat and Cowboy have two different perspective, Bat refuses to think at the future since he doesn't believe that he will see it, so he doesn't even think to what will be, he doesn't worry of the consequences of what they are doing since he doesn't believe there will be a consequence; Cowboy instead is resolute to be alive at the end of the war, to go back home, and well, why not?, maybe to bring back Bat with him; what will be is not essential now, to consider the consequences it's not their main issue. There is quite a clash of culture in here, Bat all old England conventions, reserved and sharp with words, Cowboy all new world America open and friendly, even a bit opportunist, but never false.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Wish that Josh Lanyon had written this as a full length novel 24 juillet 2010
Par RandomizeME - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Josh Lanyon breaks away from his usual 'formula' (mystery, closeted alpha male cop/PI, sensitive male writer) to give us this way too-short WWI short story. Captain Bat Bryant is just 23 years old, but he feels 100 as he deals with the unexpressed grief over the death of his first love Gene, guilt over the accidental death of his would-be blackmailer Orton, worry during the ensuing inquiry over Orton's death, and the almost crippling responsibility as he leads his Squadron A into aerial battles with the Germans. The only things that are keeping him sane & feeling alive are his love for flying and his sexual awakening at the hands of the American Cowboy Cooper.

I'm not a huge fan of war adventure stories, so I really can't say how authentic Josh Lanyon's descriptions are, but I can say that the high adrenaline aerial dogfight scenes really made me feel like I was at the pilot's seat, and certainly felt very realistic to me. There's a scene where Bat flies to Cowboy's rescue, and I was literally at the edge of my seat, hoping for the best. War is a cruel thing, and it is heartbreaking to see the brave young men in "Out of the Blue" just drop like flies and see Bat lose friends right and left. When Bat eventually breaks down and cries at one point in the story, I was right along with him!

It's a pity that Josh Lanyon chose to write this as a short story - it suffers from the lack of word space to fully develop the characters. I think I'm supposed to believe that what Bat and Cowboy have is love, but it seems more like desperate young men just trying to have some human connection while they live on the edge of hell. I do wish that Josh Lanyon revisits this story and tells us what happens next - do they survive? or do they deal with another heartbreak?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Out of the Blue-A Joyfully Recommended Title!! 22 janvier 2010
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
World War I flying ace Captain "Bat" Bryant is furious enough to lash out when a sneaky mechanic attempts to blackmail him following his lover's death in combat. Unfortunately, his angry reaction leaves his would-be blackmailer dead. American pilot "Cowboy" Cooper witnesses the incident and says he'll help Bat out--for a price. Unable to think of anything else to do, Bat is forced to agree to Cowboy's scheme.

Out of the Blue is a fantastic historical novella. I couldn't help but sympathize with poor Bat, who'd lost the man he loved in a terrible war and couldn't even grieve freely. Cowboy was harder to get a handle on at first. He seemed to be acting purely out of self-interest, but as the story went on his true motives began to come out. The scenes of Bat and Cowboy together are great, full of heat, desperation, and sometimes a poignant sweetness. Everything that happened was heightened by the danger of war and of discovery, which would have meant terrible consequences. The scenes in which Bat led his squadron on forays into enemy territory were nerve-wracking because they felt so real and there was so much at stake for both Bat and Cowboy. Out of the Blue snared me with the twin lures of a historical time period I rarely read about and a British hero who's completely in control in the air, but not so much on the ground. After Josh Lanyon reeled me in with those things, his wonderful characterization and deft hand with combat scenes kept me enthralled. Anyone who enjoys historical romances should read this book! Out of the Blue definitely earns its place on that highest of keeper shelves, the sparsely populated Joyfully Recommended shelf.

Cassie
Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
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