(Hearts of Stone) [EBOOK/PDF] ´ Simon Scarrow
Osa Thesskoudis Them despite knowing Peter is an nemy now belongs to a country which is giving them a very hard time they give him a warm welcome ask him how he is as they used to do when they were still friends And while doing that they also let him realise they cannot meet him like this any as they serve their country as much as he does and wouldn t wanna be called as a traitor by calling him inside and politely ask him to leave How does he react Eleini wouldn t have wanted me be treated this way GrEeKs ArE sO pRoUd Those were not the xact lines it s almost close to itAnyway the point is from that moment Peter lost whatever respect I had for him Not only did he seem to me as some sort of Jingoistic being but also an insensitive human Although yes I agree he couldn t shake off the image of the boy getting shot by the heinous person Heinrich Steiner but he also didn t bat an ye when Eleini s parents were being Naked executed in broad daylight He simply looked on Would he have watched in the same manner if Eleini were in their place Would he And regarding her parent sxecution I cannot imagine what Eleini had to go through that moment While reading I was wondering what all could have happened with the options Eleini had Stay in the cave and never surrender be a devoted resistance fighter and make this decision for the greater good Surrender while maybe poisoning yourself so that you don t give anything away Surrender let them break you until you die Surrender let them break you until you actually compromise the resistance bands and then dieIn any of these cases it was sure that neither Eleini nor her parents would have survived this It was Eleini s call to make when she was in that suare to give herself away or not And she almost did had Andreas not prevented her from doing so And this would never have happened had Heinrich not been the commanding officer for them that time And one thing I ve noticed in this book is the very topic Simon started the book with that same topic was used to Shadow Scale (Seraphina, end the trio s story for us Deiter Muller grandson of Peter meets Anna Thesskoudis grand daughter of Eleini as he wants to uncover the cave which Dr Muller discovered all those years ago The cave which could have the tomb of Odysseus in its possession And the very same placended up being the resting place of Andreas The place where the trio meet as they had vowed to do so and they part for the last Claim The Crown ever time It was heartbreaking in a poetic way Also Peter s fans AND history lovers can stop reading at this point you ve been warned I will never understand the obsession with the tomb of Odysseus in a middle of war and post that for that matter I agree it is ancient I agree they just uncovered something which was alive 30k years ago I agree with this people will come all over the world to look at its civilisation and all that I very much agree But which people are you talking about The same ones who are being slaughtered in this war as you speak People are being starved killed tortured and you are here caring about protecting the tomb of Odysseus Yes I m referring to Peter here as Heinrich was anyway a lost case One moment he plans to conceal the cave forever if found so that Heinrich doesn t gets his hand on it And another moment he s reasoning with his dying childhood friend for not blowing up the cave because then tHe AnCiEnT CiViLiSaTiOn WiLl bE lOsT After carrying Eleini to a safe place I wasn txpecting him to return for Andreas anyway But when Andreas did blow up to the cave what is Peter most disappointed for Not for his dead friend but losing the tomb of a person who has been dead thousands of year ago You re freakingly impossible Peter And from this Nerds even Deiter was no better Anna here is trying to tell him she wouldn t allow him to take Eleini back to Greece to point out the location of cave because that s the resting place of Andreas and it shouldn t be wise to disturb it AT LEAST when Eleini is alive And how does he respond You are being sentimental Anna No doubt Peter s blood runs in his veins If Eleini wanted in all these years she could haveasily took some people to that place asked them to dig the site so that they can have their precious tomb of odysseus and she can give Andreas s remains a proper burial But did she do that In all the years that she lived In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, even after war did she do that No So how wise will it be to ask a frail old women to come along and point to that very place where she lostverything Be a little Bark empathetic Deiter Prove you aren t like your grandfather At thend of the book I almost skipped reading the author s notes but then gave a second thoughtI m glad I did Simon Scarrow tells how On Such a Full Sea exactly he got the ideas to write this book How he justified WWII based books come under historical fiction unlike how people claim otherwise He tells how he deliberately made the story such that Anna in her present learns thevents of her grandmother s horrifying past Anna used to see her grandmother as a frail weak and old woman but on learning her past she sees how behind this old woman there once lived a vibrant Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! energetic young woman who fought for her country by risking her life at many points in her life This makes the younger generation realise what the older generation went through And that is what history is for as Simon himselfxplained to his students and made Anna Cannibal explain to her students as well history might not fetch you a great job trust me I disliked this subject in my school too but it is very much necessary to learn whatever happened in the past so that you don tver repeat the mistakes of the past in your future This point is something to take home One of my favourite uotes in this book Age withered all people and perhaps recorded history was the saving grace of those who became old A reminder that they too were once young and vibrant and making their mark on the world around the. Desperate battle between Mastered (The Enforcers, enemies sworn to sacrificeverything 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 happene.
A very moving story of friendship love and loyaltySimon Scarrow has produced an Man, Son of Man 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 LefkasAnyone 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 sven a brief bibliography of the author s sources at the backHowever the book is not all about guns and ships there s a powerful Alter Ego 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 anxciting 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 xample of Scarrow s work then I will definitely be looking into his other books The book starts with one of the most hilariously useless military maps in history It s of Greece blank apart from Athens Thessaloniki and Lefkas the only place you ver visit with big lines coming from the top indicating the German invasion Gosh you mean the Germans didn t invade from the south How oddBut apart from that amusing mishap the book s beginning is very strong We re fed the story through a traditional framing device a modern day woman is told it by her grandmother who we also see as a younger woman This sort of frame has been done to death and the book is clever Uncommon Wisdom enough to provide a certain amount of urgency to the uest Dieter Muller is the grandson of Peter Muller who helped his fatherxcavate the island and later served in the German occupying force He knows that something was found on that Unseen City expedition and is writing his PhD thesis on it for which reason he contacts Anna Thesskoudis whose grandmother Eleni was a local who helped with thexcavation and later lived through the war Anna s curiosity is piued and she views this as an opportunity to learn about her grandmother The archaeology stuff is a rather interesting hook than you usually Art expect from such a story and it provides a certain sense of mystery about the whole thingIn truth while the frame was what drew me in it gradually became of an impediment than a draw The main plot is carried out through a number of POV characters who could not possibly provide their POV Most notable are Andreas Katarides and Peter Muller both of whom we re toldarly on are dead yet provide the vast majority of narration Andreas was the real surprise He s really the lead character but I had him pegged at the beginning as a side character who dies God Is in the Crowd early on to provide motivation for the other characters Eleni herself narrates almost nothing and it hardly feels like her story In short the framing device never uite lines up with the uestions being asked or answeredThe parts of the book set during World War 2 are less bound by such issues and feel far less artificial I was very impressed at the way we see life on a Greek island before and during the ItalianGerman occupation There s hardly a trace of Greek or German in their use of language but oh my do they sound Greek in their way of viewing the world Feuds abound butveryone is friendly as the devil otherwise As our main 1940s lead is a Greek officer he s somewhat less fractious and disciplined than the rest But he s the obvious Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard exception andveryone treats him as such About the only bit I felt was off was the lack of religion Greeks are cocooned in religion I won t say they come off as atheistic or anything but they mention it less than any of my Greek friendsBut there s no getting around the fact that these chapters are rather jagged and provide what feels like a narrow view of life and death on the island I have yet to read any of Scarrow s other books but I believe they re similar to Bernard Cornwell s in that they follow a narrowly focused story over a limited period of time Scarrow and Cornwell seems to struggle with telling a story that includes long passages of time Each section and the clunky pacing would have been helped dramatically if the book was divided into sections follows one story over the course of a few days and often only a few hours This is why the framing device is necessary to give us an impressionistic update between isolated scenesI The Matriarchs (The Family enjoyed aspects of this book and the way it shed light on a little seen theater of World War 2 But I also felt that it often shot itself in the foot with the way it was organized and structured Framing devices are often awkward but we can get over that if we re not constantly reminded of the frame When your narrator gets surprisingly angry at the mere mention of a name and her granddaughter asks why it feels unnatural to have her then narrate herntire wartime Notes for the Everlost experience without mention of the individual in uestion He seriously doesn t reappear in the narrative until almost thend of the book which in narrative terms is several WEEKS after the narration has begun This is a problem given the way the situation is presented If you can ignore that you re left with a perfectly serviceable WW2 story in an interesting warzone 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 When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) enjoyed the authors style of storytelling by introducing us to an aged Eleni Thesskoudis and through heryes revealing the courage and sacri. 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 towa.
Fice of the Greek resistance as first the Italians and then the Germans attempted to crush all opposition to its vision of a new world orderPerhaps war was the real face of humanity and peace was little than a pretence of what human nature could beThey were lying in wait to slaughter their No Biggy! 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 I reallynjoyed this story Crush It! easy to follow and readven the unfamiliar names that are strange to the Attracting Birds to Your Backyard english language It brings to your attention that other than your own country being involved with the atrocities of war other countries suffered too just as much in their corner of the world Definitely one to be recommended A nicely written and also nicely pacedngaging historical novel that moves from present day London to Greece in the Second World War a novel based on one of the greek island in the late 1930 s and during the war and also in modern day Uk as a story of friendship loyalty and of conflict of interests between greeks and germans friendsfelt though the Deep Listening ending seemed a bit rushed but overall didnjoy the book The story is told in the present and in the pastIn 1938 three teens meet and Bird-by-Bird Gardening enjoy life Eleni Andreas and PeterIn 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 uite the shame cos yes his story is good but Eleni s would have been so differentOk 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 prettyIt s war There is hate There is struggle They all want to fight for their countryven if their country is not always making the right choicesBut there is 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 itI 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 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 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 A very The Works of Saint Augustine entertaining page turner with a good mix of wartimexploits and Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone emotional involvement with the main characters A slightly unusual setting on the Greek island of Lefkas gives it an added sense of transforming a typical WW2 novel into something informative and new There are also a couple of back stories one about an archaeological dig on the island and the other set in contemporary Britain with the descendants of the characters from the 1940s Hearts of StoneBy Simon Scarrow Beautiful Simply Beautiful Whenever I pick up any book based on war it is me wanting my conscious self to have a realisation of what has happened in the world what has been happening in the world and what could still happen in this world How the war changes things changes people changes your priorities And this book did not disappoint me regarding that at all The war based books which I ve read so far the setting wasither in France or Russia or Poland or Germany And the brutal horrifying things which occurred were pretty much the same But the Greece s account in this book was a new insight to my xisting knowledge A complete new picture of how this war was dealt with The fights in the hills near the cliff and amazing account of the submarine battle under the water was beautifully described Though I am not sure if I should be using that adjective but I want to convey how I really lived through it all while reading So three friends from two different countries separate while vowing they d meet ach other again But the fate had something different in mind for them The bitter irony is that they do meet although not as friends but as Supper Club enemies And so much had changed since thenEven before the war Andreas Katarides was devoted to do something for the country Fight live and die for the country When the war started Eleini Thesskoudis joins in the resistance for the same cause fight and live to see your country free Their patriotism was commendable but Peter Muller s was not I ll be brutally honest here I do not understand how can you support your own country when your sensible brain cells can clearly detect whatever your country is doing is wrong They are invading other s land Stealing from them starving them killing them Heck filtered out anntire race and put them in camps to Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) eventually put them to their death So just how and why do you want to support them For what The least you could do is let your own country s people realize this and inturn help them raise awareness so that something can be done about it So that your country improves Prevents it from being the bad guy And that sxactly what Dr Miller did or tried doing before he was Professional Capital executed for being a traitor But Peter never knew until it was too lateAnd if any Peter fans are reading this they can stop reading the review right here and now Peter is pathetic Yes you heard me pathetic He meets Eleini s parents Inspector and Rds conflict and Peter is forced to leave they swear to meet again1943 Andreas and Eleni have joined the partisan forces resisting the German invasion Peter has returned now a dangerously well informednemy intelligence officer A friendship formed in peace will turn into
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(Hearts of Stone) EBOOK/PDF ´ Simon Scarrow
Simon Scarrow is a UK based author born in Nigeria and now living in Norfolk He completed a master's degree at the University of East Anglia and after working at the Inland Revenue went into teaching as a lecturer at City College NorwichHe is best known for his Eagle series This is Roman empire military fiction starting with the second invasion of Britain and continuing with subseuen