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Close to the Sun

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Close to the Sun follows the lives of fighter pilots during the Second World War. As a boy, Hank Milroy from Wyoming idealized the gallant exploits of WWI fighter aces. Karl, Fürst von Pfalz-Teuffelreich, aspires to surpass his father’s 49 Luftsiegen. Seth Braham falls in love with flying during an air show at San Francisco’s Chrissy Field.
The young men encounter friends,
ebook, first, 404 pages
Published June 15th 2014 by Fire Ship Press (first published June 14th 2014)
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Erin Al-Mehairi
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was offered to be able to pre-review Donald Michael Platt’s Close to the Sun and I jumped at the chance, with my love of the history of anything to do with flight or fighter planes I had high hopes. This book certainly soared for me! It's an amazing story told from the perspective of average male fighter pilots in the onset and during WWII, juxtaposing between various men from many sides of the war. He makes one remember that the lives, desires, and pursuits of these enlisted men had almost no ...more
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Donald Platt's Close To The Sun, is nothing short of Historical Fiction gold. Set against the bleak and bloody backdrop of WWII. This novel introduces readers to three young men sharing one dream. To be the best, to rule the skies as only pilots an Ace!

The Prince - Karl is a man haunted by many ghosts. Chasing the military legacy left to him by his royal ancestry, living the lie of a loveless marriage, and forced to fight under the tyrannical leadership of Hitler and the Third Reich; Ka
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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MONTHS ago I gave this one my glowing endorsement and I'm so happy to finally be able to publish a full review...

I love historical fiction novels and I especially love historical fiction novels that take place in America or involve Americans in a historical capacity. When I saw, “Two Americans, One German, Impossible Odds…” I was intrigued. I know this would be another war novel but I love the American perspective. From the first few words I was hooked on the novel and knew it was one with which
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ARC received from Historical Fiction Virtual Tour for an honest review.
Close to the Sun by Donald Platt
Anytime I read about service man and woman I feel humbled. Their commitment, courage and strength never fail to astound me. Donald Platt’s “Close to the Sun” was no exception. There were many details about the life of WWI fighter pilots. I loved learning about Hank Milroy, Karl, Fürst von Pfalz-Teuffelreich and Seth Braham. I thought that the author was really able to capture their uniqueness
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I was asked to read this book I jumped at the chance. It's about pilots! What's the big deal about pilots you ask? My husband has his private pilots license and son #3 is working on his. The early part of our marriage involved me learning about Messerschmitt's, Mosquito's, Mustang's and other fighters. So reading this book was a wonderful relearning experience.

Lately I've been reading so many books about WW II, this book was a nice change given that it was from on high, the pilots point of
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the things that impressed me most about this excellent novel was the way the author achieved a balance among the three converging story lines. It would have been easy to let one take over and eclipse the others, but each of the three held its own from beginning to end, which naturally made the ending even more powerful as the three stories wove together, resulting in a whole that was more than the sum of its parts. Close to the Sun has interesting and highly individual characters, both ma ...more
Roy Dimond
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Donald Michael Platt has created one of those rare books that when you finish it, you immediately wish there was a sequel. His writing style takes you deep into the lives of those who fought in the air and those they left behind. What I loved most about this book is that it showed the battle from both perspectives. The ebb and flow of war, the blurring of right and wrong. Simply said... this is a great book!
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SUper interesting read on how open heart surgery and heart transplants became successful - The author himself is a surgeon, so you know, all of that hubris.
Tara Chevrestt
I don't normally read "man" books, but I was drawn to this because of the aviation theme. It follows three different men as they pursue their dreams of flying pursuit planes and enter WWII. One man is a German. I had a hard time enjoying his stories. His personality was that of a jerk. One is a Jewish American. Something didn't grab me about his bits. Even his romance was uninteresting to me.

But then we have Hank and I really, really like Hank. All his parts were interesting to me: the girl Wint
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Born and raised inside San Francisco, I graduated from Lowell High School and received my B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley. After two years in the Army, I went to graduate school at San Jose State where one of my short stories was published in the college’s literary magazine, THE REED, and I won a bathch of awards in the annual SENATOR PHELAN LITERARY CONTEST.

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