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My Name Was Karl Kindle Edition
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Firstly we read of Karl's heart wrenching story. He went through what a lot of men sadly went through many years ago. Jump forward seventy years and we meet Ben. He's on the same island as Karl was years ago. When Ben decides to go exploring and hears weeping he feels his mind is playing jokes with him. He needs to find out what happened but he gets more than he bargained for.
Although I usually stay away from books that is heavy in history I'm so happy I read this gem of a story. It's an eye opening story of the heartache that happened in years gone by.
I can't say a lot without giving the story away so, here's what i will say: This story had mystery, love and passion but it also had heartbreak, pain and a whole load more too!
It was so fantastically written that I just couldn't put it down. I think one of things that helped me to enjoy this so much was the fact that certain aspects of the story were based on real events.
This was an absolutely beautifully written story, the characters will make you fall in love with them in how they are written!
I can't wait to now read more from this author!
Absolutely loved it!
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As a reader unfamiliar with the history behind this story, I found myself equally fascinated and aghast. My heart broke for Karl, I wanted to be able to reach into my kindle and wrap him in my arms, both his human form and spiritual being.
Ben is an equally engaging character. The interaction between himself and ET2 Erik Johannsen stayed with me for a long time, not only what occurred but also how Ben secretly felt about ‘it’. I can’t say more without spoilers, but I’d love to know how much these kinds of things go on in real life.
Ben’s friends, Jen and Ed, were delightful supporting characters. Hell, all four main characters took up residence in my heart. I guess you could say the characters are what held me captive throughout this story.
There is some adult content and I will say a few of those parts pushed my limits of suspension of belief, but for the sake of the authors creative licence I went with it.
For most of the story, in the back of my mind I couldn’t help but wonder how these two men could possibly hope to have a happy ever after, and I have no intention of giving away the ending either. Grab a copy for yourself, I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
It starts out dark, and I had somehow figured that to be the baseline. Nope. As things evolve and we move out of historic times and into the now, it takes a drastic turn for the not so disheartening aftermath of WW2.
Karl was a WW2 German prisoner in a time where being German or gay sucked. Ben is a navy guy in present time, and although being gay in a uniform still causes problems in real life (as opposed to the official guidelines saying no one can be discriminated against), Ben knows certain freedoms to his sexuality—enough to be able to come out to his coworker Ed and his wife Jen.
Another thing Ben has against him is his place of residence. He lives on base, and it’s boring! Boring enough for the young man to go explore the historical buildings. And here, he meets Karl.
This is a book for readers who can handle the dark but loves the fluffy sweet romance. It’s for the reader who wants to be all over the spectrum emotionally, and the ones who have no problem setting aside the conventional “knowledge” of how ghosts and ghost stories are supposed to be.
Daniel Mitton manages to paint scenes clear enough for me to see even though I’ve never been there. I had no problems feeling like I stood in a place with lots of history or moved in an area that had seen new areas added to the old.
My biggest *hrmph* is that the story could easily have been longer! Easily! There was enough material for it because the plot and characters are there to be fleshed out (not an intended ghost pun on the incorporeal). Sometimes, it felt like Daniel Mitton was in a hurry to get through it and done. This being a debut novel, it’s something I’ve noticed to be a general feel when reading those.
But I liked the way he built it and how he played with fate and ghostly matter questions. I’m keeping an eye on this author from now on. I have a feeling he’s going to bring the “all over the spectrum” plots to my TBR list.
I felt so sad for poor Karl and what he went through, the historical aspect making for a rich, heartbreaking tale. When we meet Ben a number of years later, he can't quite believe what he's experienced when exploring the old prison located near his barracks.