Dima made it! He’s agonizing over his decision to flee East Berlin and shelter with his boyfriend Ian, but his mind appears made up. But his father? General Borin is enraged, and it looks like somebody is going to pay with his life.
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Writing the handful of chapters surrounding Dima’s flight West, I had to dwell long and hard on how Borin and Peltsin would react. How would a father with a very good relationship with his son respond to action that would appear to be both rashly irresponsible and treasonous? If I’m to keep you engaged and keep suspension of disbelief alive, these chapters are critical. Once we hit Greece in Act 3, things get much easier, but Act 2 and Dima’s escape is tough to pull off. I would very much appreciate knowing if I lose you anywhere, even briefly. If you find yourself saying, “No way, I can’t believe this could actually happen,” I’d much appreciate hearing from you, especially if you’re otherwise enjoying the story.
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