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1938. A perfect summer on the Greek island of Lefkas for three young people untroubled by the simmering politics of Europe. Peter, visiting from Germany while his father leads an archaeological dig, has become close friends with locals Andreas and Eleni. As the world slides towards conflict and Peter is forced to leave, they swear to meet again.1943: Andreas and Eleni have1938. A perfect summer on the Greek island of Lefkas for three young people untroubled by the simmering politics of Europe. Peter, visiting from Germany while his father leads an archaeological dig, has become close friends with locals Andreas and Eleni. As the world slides towards conflict and Peter is forced to leave, they swear to meet again.1943: Andreas and Eleni have joined the partisan forces resisting the German invasion. Peter has returned - now a dangerously well-informed enemy intelligence officer. A friendship formed in peace will turn into a desperate battle between enemies sworn to sacrifice everything for the countries that they love. 2013. Dieter asks Anna to find out about her gran's past in Greece. Can they meet for coffee, or a meal when he visits from Germany? She pus him off, but asks Eleni Moss what happened....

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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Hearts of Stone Reviews

  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    2019-05-15 21:26

    A very moving story of friendship, love and loyalty.Simon Scarrow has produced an exceptional work moving from the present day to the past and back again as Anna a history teacher pieces together the story of her grandmothers life prior and during World War 2 on the Greek island of Lefkas.Anyone who reads my reviews will know that I’m a stickler for accuracy in historical fiction and the author has really done his work here. The submarine and the missions involved in the story are real and one aspect I particularly liked was the mention of the little known Marlin submachine gun, which was only really used by partisans in occupied Europe. There’s even a brief bibliography of the author’s sources at the back.However, the book is not all about guns and ships, there’s a powerful emotional pull, and as the story unfolds the author creates some very credible characters that you really care about. Some may think some aspects of the book are overlong, but the sum of the parts creates an exciting finale where the pre-war relationships ignite a fierce confrontation as the characters are torn between loyalty to their nation or their friends. If this is good example of Scarrow’s work then I will definitely be looking into his other books.

  • Chaido Kouroupaki
    2019-05-05 13:29

    Μια πολύ συγκινητική ιστορία φιλίας, αγάπης και αφοσίωσης. Μια ιστορία που ξεκινάει το 1938 στη Λευκάδα, όπου γίνονται φίλοι τρεις νέοι, ο Αντρέας, η Ελένη και ο Πέτερ και με το ξέσπασμα του Β΄Παγκοσμίου πολέμου, οι δρόμοι τους χωρίζουν ενώ υπόσχονται ότι θα ξανασυναντηθούν στο μέλλον. Το 1943 η Ελένη με τον Αντρέα, ξανασυναντούν τον Πέτερ, όμως η σχέση μεταξύ τους δεν είναι πια ίδια αφού πολεμούν σε αντίπαλα στρατόπεδα και ανάμεσα τους ανάβει μια άγρια αντιπαράθεση και οι ήρωες μας είναι διχασμένοι μεταξύ της πίστης τους στην πατρίδα και στην φιλία τους.

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-04-28 14:38

    Ο Simon Scarrow είναι ένας εξαιρετικά ταλαντούχος συγγραφέας, ο οποίος έχει τη μοναδική ικανότητα, με ό,τι θέμα κι αν καταπιαστεί, να το κάνει ολότελα δικό του, πραγματοποιώντας την απαραίτητη έρευνα προκειμένου να προχωρήσει στην δημιουργία μιας δικής του ιστορίας που όμως, θα σέβεται την πραγματική Ιστορία. Το "Καρδιά από πέτρα" είναι από τα πλέον χαρακτηριστικά παράδειγμα και πρέπει να ομολογήσω πως αν και ως είδος δεν είναι και πολύ του γούστου μου, κατάφερε να με συγκινήσει. Και όχι μόνο αυτό! Κατάφερε να διατηρήσει αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον μου, από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος, αλλά και να με κάνει να παραδεχτώ πως ο συγγραφέας, σε αντίθεση με άλλους κατά καιρούς, δεν εκμεταλλεύτηκε την Ιστορία του τόπου μου κακοποιώντας την, αλλά την αντιμετώπισε με τον πρέποντα σεβασμό.Η ιστορία μας ξεκινάει στη Λευκάδα του 1938, όπου ο Πέτερ, ο Αντρέας και η Ελένη, αναπτύσσουν μεταξύ τους μια βαθιά, δυνατή φιλία. Ο πρώτος συνοδεύει τον πατέρα του που είναι αρχαιολόγος, ενώ οι άλλοι δύο είναι μόνιμοι κάτοικοι του νησιού. Με το ξέσπασμα του Β' Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου, ο Πέτερ αναγκάζεται να φύγει, αλλά οι τρεις νέοι δίνουν την υπόσχεση πως οι δρόμοι τους θ' ανταμώσουν και πάλι. Και πράγματι, πέντε χρόνια αργότερα, το 1943, ο Αντρέας και η Ελένη θα συναντήσουν και πάλι τον Πέτερ, ο οποίος επιστρέφει στο νησί, μόνο που το χάσμα που τους χωρίζει πλέον είναι τεράστιο. Εκείνοι έχουν ταχτεί στο πλευρό των ανταρτών, ενώ ο εκείνος είναι πλέον αξιωματικός τον μυστικών υπηρεσιών των Γερμανών, κάτι που δεν τον καθιστά άξιο εμπιστοσύνης, αποτελώντας θανάσιμο κίνδυνο για εκείνους. Στο σήμερα, η Άννα, εγγονή της Ελένης, συναντά έναν απόγονο του Πέτερ που θέλει να έρθει σε επαφή με την γιαγιά της, κάτι που η ίδια δεν επιθυμείς, αλλά που θα την οδηγήσει στο ν' αφηγηθεί στην Άννα μια ιστορία τρομακτικά αληθινή, και βαθιά σπαρακτική, που σημάδεψε και άλλαξε τη ζωή της για πάντα.Αυτό που πρέπει να προσέξει ένας συγγραφέας σε ένα ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα, είναι το να παντρέψει την Ιστορία με την μυθοπλασία με τέτοιο τρόπο όπου το αποτέλεσμα να φαντάζει ρεαλιστικό και κατά συνέπεια, η ιστορία που αφηγείται, να γίνεται πιστευτή από τους αναγνώστες. Ο Scarrow το πετυχαίνει αυτό, στον απόλυτο θα λέγαμε βαθμό, ζωντανεύοντας την φρίκη του Β' Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου, συνδυάζοντάς την με την ευαισθησία μιας προσωπικής αφήγησης που αποδεικνύει πόσο δυνατή είναι η έννοια της φιλίας, αλλά και σε τι τέλμα μπορεί αυτή να βρεθεί φτάνοντας στο κομβικό εκείνο σημείο όπου δεν έχεις επιλογές και όμως, πρέπει να τις κάνεις. Όσον αφορά το ιστορικό σκέλος της ιστορίας, ο συγγραφέας κάνει κάτι ακόμα που ξεχωρίζει το βιβλίο του από άλλα. Όχι, δεν είναι το ότι την τοποθετεί σε ένα ελληνικό νησί, αλλά ότι κάνει αναφορές σε γεγονότα που δεν είναι ιδιαίτερα γνωστά, ή έστω, δεν είναι γνωστά στο ευρύ κοινό. Αυτό προσφέρει στον αναγνώστη επιπλέον γνώσεις, αλλά και του ανακινεί το ενδιαφέρον γύρω από ένα κομμάτι της Ιστορίας για το οποίο πίστευε πως γνώριζε σχεδόν τα πάντα.Η αφήγηση μοιράζεται ανάμεσα στο παρελθόν και στο παρόν, με το πρώτο να έχει σαφέστατα μεγαλύτερη δυναμική, ενώ το δεύτερο μπορεί να μπερδέψει λιγάκι τον αναγνώστη, αφού ναι μεν η Ελένη εξιστορείται τι έχει συμβεί, ωστόσο, δεν μιλάει για την δική της ιστορία, αλλά για του Ανδρέα. Δεν θέλω να πω περισσότερα, αλλά στο τέλος, να ξέρετε πως όποια απορία έχετε κατά την διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης, θα σας λυθεί στο τέλος. Το παρελθόν καταλαμβάνει δύο διαφορετικές περιόδους, τις οποίες χωρίζει μία πενταετία αλλά και δεκάδες συμβάντα που σημαδεύουν τις ζωές των ηρώων μας για πάντα. Στιγμές μικρές και μεγάλες, στιγμές ευτυχισμένες παρά τη δίνη του πολέμου που ισοπεδώνει τα πάντα γύρω του, μα ακόμα περισσότερες εκείνες της δυστυχίας και του πόνου, από εκείνες που σε αλλάζουν και σε κάνουν να μην είσαι πια ο ίδιος. Σκηνές που αποδίδονται από τον συγγραφέα με μια παραστατικότητα που ζωντανεύει μπροστά στα μάτια μας, τόπους, ανθρώπους και καταστάσεις.Ένα βιβλίο η ιστορία του οποίου αναγκάζει ανθρώπους που αγαπιούνται βαθιά, να διχαστούν ανάμεσα στο καθήκον και την πίστη τους στην πατρίδα τους, με την αγάπη και την αφοσίωση που νιώθουν για τους φίλους τους. Μια μυθιστορηματική αφήγηση, μιας απ' τις πιο μελανές σελίδες της σύγχρονης Ιστορίας, μέσα στα χρόνια εξέλιξης της οποίας, ζωές καταστράφηκαν, ιδανικά ποδοπατήθηκαν, ευθύνες μοιράστηκαν με τον πιο άδικο τρόπο και τελικά, κανείς δεν έμεινε ίδιος μετά απ' όλα όσα βίωσε, ούτε έζησε τη ζωή που ονειρευόταν ή που του άξιζε στην πραγματικότητα να ζήσει. Με πένα περιγραφική και γλαφυρή, που ξέρει όμως ν' αποφύγει τις περιττές περιγραφές πραγμάτων ή καταστάσεων που δεν εξυπηρετούν τη ροή ή την απόδοση της πλοκής, ο Scarrow εστιάζει περισσότερο στην απεικόνιση της ιστορικής αλήθειας, που την κεντάει με βελονιές αληθινών συναισθημάτων και ευαισθησίας που μονάχα οι ανθρώπινες σχέσεις μπορούν να προσφέρουν, αλλά και να χαράξουν βαθιά μέσα μας.

  • Rodaw
    2019-04-25 16:34

    Nádherný příběh ♥Miluju Andrease...Tahle knížka se mě hodně dotkla..

  • SeaBook
    2019-05-10 21:49

    Toto bylo prostě úžasné!! <3Srdcervoucí příběh z druhé světové války, která řádila jako všude jinde i v Řecku. Sledujeme život tří přátel, ze kterých válka udělá možná nepřátelé a možná hrdiny...Za mě povinnost každého milovníka beletrie z druhé světové války!! <3

  • Bruno
    2019-05-02 20:41

    Muito bom! A escrita é fantástica que nos leva 100% para dentro da história que até esquecemos da realidade, as personagens são cativantes, as descrições são cinematográficas e as emoções são intensas, é de devorar desde as primeiras às ultimas páginas!!É mais um livro sobre a 2ª Guerra Mundial, mas desta vez tem-se a Grécia como pano de fundo. Desconhecia que a Grécia também fora cruelmente pisada e torturada como outros países...O livro é sobre a guerra, mas é acima de tudo sobre os três amigos da adolescência: os dois gregos Eleni e Andreas e o alemão Peter. Temos a actualidade, a neta da Eleni e o neto do Peter que se vão encontrar (através do facebook) e a Eleni está com 90 anos. Que aconteceu durante este tempo na Grecia?! É a própria Eleni, uma idosa já muito frágil, que irá revelar as suas memórias à sua neta, estas memórias que a avó mantivera enterradas e silenciadas dentro de si durante muito tempo. O neto do Peter encontrou os pertencentes do seu avô e juntando com a história da Eleni, torna uma história incrível, emocionante e chocante! Adorei! Fabuloso!"Viu como Eleni comia atabalhoadamente com dedos trémulos e recurvos. Era difícil de acreditar que aquela mulher frágil e de cabelo grisalho tinha sido uma combatente da resistência grega. Anna sentiu uma pontada de mágoa ao ver como um espírito tão grandioso podia ser devastado daquela forma com o passar do tempo."

  • Ana Luísa
    2019-05-08 18:50

    4,5 estrelas.É difícil explicar o quanto eu gostei deste livro. É um relato (ficcional) intenso sobre uma amizade que começou de uma forma tão pura e inocente e que foi engolida pelo inferno da guerra.O plot ocorre durante a segunda guerra mundial e é sobre 3 amigos de nacionalidades diferentes. Eleni e Andreas são gregos e Peter alemão. Isto antes da guerra começar. Imaginam o que é nações obrigarem melhores amigos tornarem-se inimigos? Lutar uns contra os outros? A escrita é muito boa, entramos na história de maneira fácil e o escritor conseguiu transparecer todos os sentimentos de amor, sacrifício, determinação, traição, ódio,... de uma maneira tão real. É extraordinário quando por momentos nós é que estamos ali na história, a lutar pelos nossos.Se eu acho que este livro é para todos? Talvez não. O autor não se foca só nesta amizade, dá relatos intensos e detalhados de guerra (desde submarinos, aviões e armas), panoramas militares e políticos. Por isso, se ler sobre isso já não é muito a vossa praia, talvez não seja a melhor leitura que possam fazer. Pessoalmente adorei todos estes pormenores e com certeza vou ler mais deste escritor.

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2019-04-19 20:46

    The story is told in the present and in the past.In 1938 three teens meet and enjoy life. Eleni, Andreas and Peter.In the present Anna meets an descendant of Peter who wants to meet her grandmother Eleni. Not something Eleni wants, but instead she tells her story to Anna. Though I must say, it was not really Eleni's story we get, it is Andreas' story. Quite the shame, cos yes his story is good, but Eleni's would have been so different.Ok, back to the past. The war starts. Italians and later Germans invade Greece. Andreas goes off to fight. Eleni stays at home, and Peter who knows Greek and the island will later be sent there. They will all meet again. And we all know that wont be pretty.It's war. There is hate. There is struggle. They all want to fight for their country, even if their country is not always making the right choices.But there is more. Peter was on the island with his father who was an archaeologist. And later Germans come back to find that which was not found, or was it? And to take it.I do not think I have read a book set in Greece during WWII before. I liked the mix of war and the hunt for that which was hidden. It was also sad to see how the anger still lingered on. Still, more of Elenis' story would have been nice, but that would have made the book too big. Not to mention to see how Peter fared before he came there.

  • Trev Twinem
    2019-05-02 13:31

    A superior second world war book based around the Greek resistance on the idyllic  Ionian island of Lefkas. It is a story about love, friendship, war, and treachery and brilliantly portrays how the Nazi regime attempted to subjugate all those who opposed it's so called Reich doctrine. I enjoyed the authors style of storytelling by introducing us to an aged Eleni Thesskoudis and through her eyes revealing the courage and sacrifice of the Greek resistance as first the Italians and then the Germans attempted to crush all opposition to its vision of a new world order..."Perhaps war was the real face of humanity, and peace was little more than a pretence of what human nature could be."...."They were lying in wait to slaughter their enemy, or be killed in turn. Against that reality what did their feelings matter? Feelings had no place in this setting, this moment." This is the second Simon Scarrow book I have recently read and it certainly does not disappoint.

  • Marina Maidou
    2019-05-15 18:30

    Αρχικά θεώρησα ότι θα διάβαζα ένα αντίγραφο του Μαντολίνου του Λοχαγού Κορέλι, μια που αναφέρεται σε μια παρέα (οι Έλληνες Αντρέας κι Ελένη και ο Γερμανός Πέτερ) στη Λευκάδα πριν τον Β΄Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο και πώς αργότερα η εγγονή της Ελένης προσπαθεί να βρει την άκρη του τι συνέβει τελικά στην παρέα αυτή. Ωστόσο ο συγγραφέας, έχοντας ψάξει με συνέπεια τις ιστορικές πηγές, δίνει με ακρίβεια και σεβασμό το ιστορικό πλαίσιο της Ελλάδας στον πόλεμο, συνδυάζοντάς το με ένα θησαυρό του ομηρικού Οδυσσέα. Ωραίος τίτλος, ενδιαφέρουσα πλοκή χωρίς να γίνεται στενάχωρη λόγω θέματος και απροσδόκητο τέλος που άφησε μια ωραία, γλυκόπικρη εντύπωση. Κι αν δεν σας αρέσουν τα πολεμικά, αυτό θα σας αποζημιώσει ευχάριστα.At first, I thought that I would read a copy of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, because this book it's about a company of friends (the Greeks Andreas and Eleni and the German Peter) in Lefkas before World War II and how later, Eleni's granddaughter tries to find what happened to this company. However, the author, having searched consistently the historical sources, he gives accurately and with respect the historical context of Greece in the war, combining it with a treasure of Homeric Ulysses. It has a poetic title, an interesting plot without becoming heavy because of the issue and with an unexpected end which left a nice bittersweet impression. Even if you don't like martial novels, this one will reward you pleasantly.

  • Georgette Ioannitca
    2019-05-02 18:50

    Ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα όχι όμως λεπτομερέστατο που θα το προτιμούσα σε ταινία μεγάλου μήκους.Παρ'όλο ξένος συγγραφέας,εν τούτοις καταπιάστηκε με την Ιστορία και δη του τόπου μας χωρίς να την χρησιμοποιήσει για κάτι,πραγματοποιώντας ,φυσικά, την έρευνά του ώστε να βγει ένα άρτιο βιβλίο και συγκινητικό ,αναλόγως τι εισπράττει ο καθένας αναγνώστης.Κουραστικό λίγο βέβαια και σε μερικά σημεία στάσιμο,αλλά αυτό δεν ακυρώνει την πλοκή και την δημιουργία του συγγραφέως που σεβάστηκε τον τόπο μας και την Ιστορία του.Αφηγηματικό βιβλίο με εναλλαγές παρελθόντος (ως επί το πλείστον) παρόντος και μία γραφή εύκολη ,κατανοητή και με ζωντανή παραστατικότητα κινεί και πλέκει τις ζωές και τους χαρακτήρες των ηρώων μας.Γνώστης του νησιού,του πολέμου,της βαναυσότητας και άλλων γεγονότων και ειδικά αυτά που αφορούν το υποβρύχιο Παπανικολή .Φυσικά,εν καιρώ πολέμου,δεν θα μπορούσε να είναι απών και ο έρωτας,το βάθος του και η κατάληξή του έτσι όπως την βλέπει ένας άνδρας συγγραφέας.

  • Rui Gel
    2019-05-19 15:42

    Tal como o autor já nos habituou, uma boa história, muito bem contada. Gostei. Uma visão um pouco diferente do que se passou, os sentimentos paradoxos incontornáveis. Podemos e devemos aprender alguma coisa com a História. Obrigado, Simon.

  • Dolf Patijn
    2019-04-27 13:49

    A nicely written and also nicely paced, engaging historical novel that moves from present day London to Greece in the Second World War and back.

  • Molly
    2019-04-28 20:52

    Este é o segundo livro do autor, tendo sido o primeiro o Britannia. Este é totalmente diferente no contexto e mantém o mesmo nível de qualidade e relevo histórico. A história está dividida em diferentes momentos, sendo uns em 2013 e outros em 1943, passando por alguns em 1938, antes da Segunda Guerra. Todos os momentos estão entrelaçados e todos os acontecimentos convergem para os mesmos aspetos, mostrando assim a genialidade do autor. Todas as personagens estão extremamente bem criadas e são muito reais. É possível sentir todas as suas emoções e seguir os seus pensamentos e ações. Gostei muito de todas elas, em especial do trio de amigos que se veem numa termenda confusão e conflito, com a sua amizade posta em risco da forma mais cruel e sórdida que poderia haver.A nível do enredo, é de referir a perfeita sincronia com o passado e presente, bem como o suspense que está sempre no ar, que paira em todas as páginas, permitindo ao leitor andar sempre a tentar levantar um pouquinho do véu de mistério da história. Toda a tensão entre amor, amizade, dever e guerra consegue formar um nó de grande emoção e tensão, que faz com que o leitor esteja constantemente a sofrer pelas personagens. Existe grande drama, ação, aventura, amor e amizade, e tudo o que a estes aspetos está inerente. O contexto histórico está muito bem elaborado. O autor criou aqui, mais uma vez, um cenário muito bem contextualizado, com dados importantes e cruciais. Não é tão comum ler sobre a Segunda Guerra noutros países que não "os principais" (ou pelo menos eu não conhecia este lado da guerra). Inglaterra, Alemanha, França, Estados Unidos, Japão, Rússia... mas tendo a Grécia como pano de fundo, ainda não tinha lido nada. Os livros tendo como contexto a Segunda Guerra Mundial são sempre livros com histórias fortes, grandiosas e que comovem. Não esperava algo diferente vindo daqui e foi isso que aconteceu. Encontrei uma história repleta de horrores, mas também de momentos de grande beleza, onde a lealdade, o amor e amizade são a grande base da obra. Também gostei muito de ver a História, Arte e Arqueologia aqui presentes, com papéis de grande relevo, servindo como base para ligar todos os momentos espaciais e temporais. Mais uma excelente ideia do autor! Em relação à escrita, esta é bastante fluída, encerrando um mundo de beleza e alguma frieza, sendo ela mesma uma das armas do livro. Sendo assim, encontrei neste livro uma fonte de conhecimento e uma fonte de beleza, que me comoveu bastante e me alegrou. Tem todos os ingredientes que uma boa obra deve ter, despertando no leitor variados sentimentos e emoções. Mais uma vez, recomendo a todos aqueles que gostam de uma boa história, sendo Romance Histórico ou não. É para todos! E, mais uma vez, aqui está outra excelente aposta da Saída de Emergência!

  • Hazel
    2019-04-19 16:41

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.Simon Scarrow brings to life the horrors of World War II in his latest novel Hearts of Stone. In 2013, Anna Thesskoudiss, a history teacher is contacted by a German research student, Dieter Muller who is interested in talking to her grandmother Eleni. He explains that he is the grandson of Peter Muller who was friends with her grandmother whilst staying on the Greek island of Lefkas until the war made them enemies.Dieter Muller’s introduction implies that the story is going to be about the relationship between Eleni and Peter, which gets destroyed when Peter returns to the island as an enemy intelligence officer. The blurb for Hearts of Stone also implies this. However, the majority of the book focuses on their friend Andreas’ experience of the Navy and his role in the resistance. Scarrow goes into detail of every dangerous situation Andreas finds himself in, but this is not what the reader was expecting to learn about. Eventually the final chapters turn to Peter’s role in the war and the reason Eleni and he could no longer consider themselves friends.Despite being full of action and war horrors, it gets a little boring reading about Andreas’ life. Although this narrative leads to what happens with Peter, it occasionally felt unnecessary, as it was the final stages that appeared to be the most important. From an historical point of view it is refreshing to read a war story that is not focused on either Britain or Germany. Hearts of Stone reveals how Greece was affected even though they were not one of the main fighting bodies. It is shocking how many innocent people were killed purely for the Nazi’s to invoke fear in the hopes the natives would submit to their rule. Hopefully the vast amount of mistakes and grammatical errors would have been corrected before the final – I read an uncorrected proof – publication. Admittedly Hearts of Stone was a bit of a disappointment as it was not exactly what it appeared to be. However it has educational value as well as entertainment for readers who enjoy war stories. Scarrow has also included maps of the Greek island of Lefkas and the Mediterranean during WWII as well as a character list to benefit readers as they take in the story.

  • Kenny
    2019-05-19 21:31

    2 and a half really. A second world war story set in occupied Greece, with a short bit of present day narration picking up with one of the characters and her granddaughter. I think the latter was to give Scarrow that rarest of opportunities with the sort of military historical fiction he writes, to have some of those actual women things in the book as actual real characters!The adventure story clips along nicely from pre-war And thankfully the silly 'what ancient treasure could the archeologists have found?" plot line that seems to be building at the beginning is kept minimal (I've gone right off those type of books after a glut a few years ago) - indeed practically forgotten. The multi narrative is good, and as you'd expect, the fighting and actions scenes are particularly good. But one of the reasons I don't read much WW2 fiction is the reality was usually far more fascinating - as a brief cameo by Patrick Leigh Fermour, he of "Ill met by midnight" highlighted. I was hoping he'd have more of a role, but he doesn't - and that was even more the boys own derring do stuff. While it's unlikely to be accused of being literature, it's not meant to be, it's a bit of beach reading, and you can while away easy hours rattling through this.

  • Mariella Deliyannis
    2019-04-19 15:41

    Το βιβλίο αυτό αποδείχθηκε διαφορετικό απ΄ότι περίμενα! Νόμιζα ότι θα διαβάσω γυναικεία λογοτεχνία και τελικά ήταν ένας εξελιγμένος Alistair McLean, με περιγραφές μαχών και πολέμου, αντιδράσεις των ανθρώπων που μπλέχτηκαν στον κυκεώνα του πολέμου, εξαιρετικές περιγραφές που σε μετέφεραν στην Λευκάδα του Β' παγκοσμίου πολέμου, πολύ καλή γραφή συναισθημάτων και καταστάσεων και αντιδράσεων, στρωτό γράψιμο με σωστές λέξεις και ρυθμό. Αυτό που δεν μου άρεσε ήταν ότι ενώ στο πρώτο μισό του βιβλίου ήταν πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα η εναλλαγή μεταξύ των γεγονότων προπολεμικώς και μεταπολεμικώς στη Λευκάδα με τη διήγηση της Ελένης στην Αννα, και τη διήγηση της Άννας που πάει την δράση πιο κάτω, το δεύτερο μισό ήταν μόνο διήγηση του συγγραφέα, ενώ αν είχε παρεμβάλλει τις αναμνήσεις που έγραψε η Ελένη με τα γεγονότα του πολέμου, θα ήταν πιο καλογραμμένο. τα αστέρια που κανονικά του βάζω είναι 3,5 αλλά σε κάθε περίπτωση ήταν ένα βιβλίο που διάβασα με ευχαρίστηση, δεν με κούρασε καθόλου και μου έμειναν εικόνες από αυτό.

  • Georgina Moon
    2019-05-08 20:42

    I bought this book as it is about the Greek island of Lefkas, which I know well. It is a good story, and I could relate to the characters, although I didn't particularly like the style of writing. The story was believable, and I enjoyed the descriptions of some of the places I have visited on the island. It was a good mix between historical facts of events that happened during the war, and a fictional story about the search for archaeological treasure. I liked how it jumped back and forward over two time periods.

  • Gillian Ashton
    2019-04-27 18:29

    The story of a history teacher who by chance comes accriss her grans past. Its a tale of friendship,love and loss through the second world war,focusing on the Greek islands.Its a poignant and moving tale,well researched and it makes me feel there's possibly a real life story hidden within this novel.It transports you back in time,I was able to feel.like I was on the island with the friends, I loved the different views and personalities of the characters.A well written novel.

  • Andy Wormald
    2019-05-03 16:44

    I absolutely loved this book from the first to the past page, and that is down to the writers style, the story is well crafted and flows at a pace to keep the pages turning, set at the outbreak of world war 2, which see 3 friends torn apart by the conflict only to be reunited on opposite sides, a story of friendship and passion told from different perspectives, set in the present day and in the past, beautifully crafted into a mesmerising story.

  • Richard West
    2019-05-15 19:26

    Only 3 stars?!?! It would have gotten more, but the book was rife with typographical errors, such as words repeated, or left out altogether - was it ever proofread? Simon Scarrow who is better known for writing about the ancient Roman Empire jumps ahead a couple of thousand years for this World War II novel set on the Greek island of Lefkas. Since it is a war novel, people die, including characters you've grown to like. However, it is also - in some respects - a romance novel without it being something that is aimed at a largely female audience. And since it is set in wartime, the romance doesn't always work out. It is also about friendship and the friendship between several of the Greek islanders and the son of a German archeologist. Since it's a war novel, you know the German youth will eventually wind up serving in the German army during World War II. And, you don't have to be a genius to figure out the three young people will come together again during the war, two of them as members of the Greek resistance and the young German in uniform.Jumping back and forth between contemporary times where one of the young people, now in their 90's, is telling the story and the war timeline could be confusing, but it surprisingly flows well. Since the early part of the story concerned a German archeological dig, something was discovered and then hidden and because he had been there, the young German (now a Nazi officer) is sent to Lefkas to find the hidden treasure. Fairly simple story line if you stop and think about it, but it moves along well and keeps the reader interested.If you're a fan of Scarrow and are waiting for the next Roman adventure and haven't read this yet (it came out in 2015), you can probably pick up a copy at a closeout price on a book website (I found mine at BookDepository.com so it's the British edition where trucks are called "lorries" and so on). Interesting read and it does give you pause to wonder, what would have happened if.....?

  • Cudeyo
    2019-05-16 20:36

    <>Otro ejemplo del buen hacer de Simon Scarrow, que esta vez se aleja de las novelas históricas, para narrarnos una historia que nos toca más de cerca. La de la invasión alemana de las islas griegas durante la II Guerra Mundial.Una profesora de historia es contactada por un historiador alemán preguntando por su abuela. ¿Qué tiene que ver una tierna nonagenaria con la II Guerra Mundial, la resistencia y el ejército alemán?Esta es la historia de Eleni, Andreas y Peter. Peter es alemán, mientras que Eleni y Andreas son griegos. Pero eso es poco importante, son amigos para siempre jamás. ¿O no? La guerra rompe amistades y convencionalismos, y cada uno se encuentra desarrollando un rol que no se podía prever.Es un gran libro, de lectura ágil y entretenida, emotivo y que nos deja un par de enseñanzas, también. Os lo recomiendo.

  • Brian
    2019-04-27 14:50

    Set on the Greek island of Lefkas before and during world war II, this is the story of a friendship that is destroyed by war. It is also a story of the Greek resistance and the Italian and German invasion of Greece during that conflict.This is an enjoyable read with a good story line. But the story is a bit predictable. It isn't anywhere near as good as Louis de Bernieres' Captain Corelli's Mandolin. If you want to read a good book set in the Greek islands during World War II I'd recommend that one.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-20 16:38

    brilliant! this was another of my quick choice books when i went to my local library. i dont recall having read any of Simon Scarrow before. As always, i do like books that shift in between different time frames and this one was a really good story

  • Angel Serrano
    2019-05-17 21:42

    En una pequeña isla griega, unos arqueólogos alemanes buscan la tumba de Ulises. La segunda Guerra Mundial interrumpirá las excavaciones, pero tres amigos se volverán a encontrar en la isla bajo circunstancias muy diferentes, en medio de la ocupación nazi y la guerrilla de los andartes.

  • Oismiffy
    2019-05-01 13:27

    3.5 stars.A little predictable, but well structured and written. Reminded me a bit of some of the early Ken Follett thrillers. I quite enjoyed it, but it never quite achieves "page-turner" status.

  • Roberto
    2019-04-30 15:52

    All wars are fratricide.

  • Elisabete Silva
    2019-05-09 15:23

    Interessante do ponto de vista histórico mas com descrições de combates de guerra um pouco maçadoras.

  • Monica Barbosa
    2019-04-25 21:40

    Very good with the details, found the end a bit disappointing.

  • Gary
    2019-05-05 17:35

    Easy read - great book.