This is another story recommended to me by someone who read some of my reviews. It is set in post-WW2 era, and around the time of the Korean War.
A newly-appointed lieutenant is stationed in Germany, and is propositioned by someone he believes to be a prostitute. Without giving away the story, he finds love.
For plot, I give this story an A (8). It is really too short a story to develop a better plot, but the author does an excellent job with the story he tells.
For technical quality, I give it an outstanding score of 10. It may be because the caffeine has not had time to hit yet this morning, but I can't recall any errors as I read it. Without rereading the story, I will give the author the benefit of the doubt. At the very least, it would still deserve an A+ (9).
For personal appeal, I give the story an A+ (9). It was a great short read, with romance, drama, and a nice little epilogue to tell us what happened later in the life of the characters.
If you're looking for a stroke story this ain't it! It is a love story taking place from the late forties to the near present.
The tale begins with a desperate young German mother offering herself as a prostitute to a young Intelligence Officer who immediately senses that she, like thousands of other women in post war Germany, sold their bodies for food. A Hershey Bar would get you a blow job and a can of coffee would get you her virgin thirteen year old daughter as well.
But Elke is not all she seems to be, and the young officer becomes involved in a spy story which ends finally in victory for the good guys.
There is a truth in the depiction of the US Military Intelligence in that period when the OSS was disbanded, and the CIA was born to take its place.
It also shows how the true Commanders of the Military were the Top Sergeants and the Master Gunnery Sergeants!
Enjoy a really good love story!
p.s. The best example of an oxymoron, by the way, is:"Military Intelligence."