Thursday, September 22, 2011

Muffled Drum by Erastes

Bohemia, 1866

They met in a port-side tavern, their lust-filled moments stolen from days of marching and madness. After eighteen months, Captain Rudolph von Ratzlaff and First Lieutenant Mathias Hofmann have decided to run away from everything they hold dear. Resigning their commissions is social suicide, but there's no other choice. Someone will eventually see Rudolph's partiality toward Mathias.

Now their plans have gone horribly awry... When Mathias goes to Rudolph's tent after their last battle, his lover looks at him without a hint of recognition. Mathias can hardly believe the man he knew is gone. He wants to fill in so many of Rudolph's missing memories, but the doctor says a shock could result in permanent damage. The pain of seeing Rudolph on a daily basis, when Rudolph doesn't remember their love, is excruciating. Now Mathias must decide whether he wants to fight for the man he loves or forget him completely...

Reviewer: BlackTulip
When I choose to read a book by this author I know that I will have a very good time. And even more interesting, the action takes place in Bohemia where my father's roots are ...

What can I say, she has a way with words when it comes to description. It is unique, you can feel the cold of the battlefield, you can smell the mixture of sweat of both men and horses, you can hear the hooves and the shouts all around, you're nearly a part of the action! Touch after touch, with subtlety she paints us a picture.

This is a story of two soldiers, Captain Rudolph von Ratzlaff and First Lieutenant Mathias Hoffman, best friends and secret lovers who intend to start a life together, far from society, its obligations and demands, unfortunately something terrible happens. Rudolph becomes partially amnesic and looses the last two years of his life and Mathias looses the only part of his life that matters to him and he doesn't know how he will coop. Between confusion for one and despair for the other the situation becomes more complicated when Rudolph old lover reappears on the scene using the situation to his advantage.

After a lot of hardship, in the end, they will have a second chance and will be able to build new memories together.

It is a book full of noises, full of emotions and full of life. I loved it. Erastes knows how to tell us a story! No doubt I will read it again. I give it a 5/5.

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