Out Of The Blue

The skies above France during the Great War see a cleaner, almost courtlier, flight than the trenches do.  Even so, the fighting that the German and British aces lead in the skies brings its own form of danger and wild risks.  And no one is more aware of this than British ace Bat Bryant.

Due to a choice he made while on leave, Bat's past comes calling in the form of insinuation and blackmail.  But, a moment of panic leaves the man who is threatening Bat dead by his hand.....and a witness to his crime in the form of one of the other pilots.

Cowboy Cooper, a Yank who has come over to help the Brits, helps Bat in his own way.  It leaves Bat feeling indebted and leads the two of them into new territory.  Where will events take them from there? Only time, and their flying abilities, will tell.

I found Out of the Blue to be a nice read with vivid imagery of the time period and very nice handling of the characters.  So much so that, reading the story, I would have like to see it in a longer format.  I found Bat to be as much a product of his background as Cowboy was - with both having the proper panache to be found in pilots and Bat showing the maturity and weariness of being one of the longest surviving pilots in his unit and Cowboy showing a maturing brashness of a pilot that could still be considered a 'stripling' that is earning his wings.

Book Blurb for Out Of The Blue

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.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2009 4.50