The Poseidon Network
It is always refreshing to read something about World War II that is not set in the more usual region of France or Germany. And even more refreshing when the story has a good plot, believable characters and is very well written.
Ms Gauci has a talent for describing her locations so well that you are transported there; like a fly on the wall you are immediately a part of what is happening at a Cairo cocktail party or holding your breath, back against a wall in a hidden spot in a souk, or trudging up a mountain path in Greece wary, scared, of what is around the corner…
Narrated first person by special agent Larry Hadley, from the opening paragraph I felt I was immersed in a breath-taking Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall thriller movie. Ms Gauci’s talent for writing the description of events and landscape is as superb as the tension she builds. The characters spring to life, the atmosphere is as real as the hot Greek sun.
Nor is this novel glamorised. The real Greek Resistance was populated by passionate people who believed in fighting for their freedom, regardless of the consequences if caught by the German or Italian occupiers. Danger, treason, death, was there at every step, and Ms Gauci portrays this very well. Her characters are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Some of them survive, others do not.
For the reader, we are there, alongside Larry and the Resistance, aware of the danger, aware that somewhere there is a traitor about to betray us – and we turn each page with an eager, held breath wondering what is to happen next…
An excellent novel which will keep you reading into the early hours… and beyond.
Reviewed for Discovering Diamonds
© Helen Hollick
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2020
Reviewed in the United States on 28 March 2020
For lovers of World War II, spies, espionage, Resistance, double agents suspense, and much much more, this book is a must-read.
Beginning in Cairo during 1942, the story is told from the perspective of SOE agent Larry, who is sent to occupied Greece to infiltrate the undercover Poseidon network.
Travel from Egypt to Greece and Turkey in this brilliantly written and researched story by top historical fiction writer, Kathryn Gauci.
This is a real page turner and I cannot …more
“The Poseidon Network” is an atmospheric, tension-charged historical fiction/thriller populated with unforgettable characters. Told from Larry Hadley’s (a correspondent and an SOE agent) point of view, it transports you right back in time to occupied Greece, Turkey, and Cairo, where the stakes are as high as they can be and where virtually no one can be trusted, and particularly, a beautiful stranger.
What I enjoyed the most about this novel, apart from the riveting plot, was the setting. Kathryn Gauci is a master when it comes to vivid descriptions, which she manages to write in such a way that you feel like you’re watching a movie and not reading a book. The workings of the Greek Resistance and Poseidon Network, in particular, were incredibly interesting to follow; I also appreciated how the author didn’t turn their activities into some glamorized version of the Resistance but instead showed the plight of ordinary people who had to fight, lose their loved ones, risk their own freedom and life on a daily basis, and that’s a wonderful tribute to all real Greek resistance fighters, in my opinion.
Meticulously researched and compelling, this novel will satisfy all fans of the historical fiction genre. Highly recommended!
Set amidst the cosmopolitan circles of Cairo and Athens and the harsh landscape of the mountains of Greece during the Second World War, The Poseidon Network follows journalist and agent Larry Hadley as he is sent on a mission to find the “White Rose”, the leader of the titled The Poseidon Network, a resistance group committed to sabotaging their German and Italian occupiers.
Larry soon finds himself in a series of mysteries as he unravels what happened to the White Rose and exactly what side his alluring wife/widow Alexis Petrakis is on.
What I loved about Guaci’s writing is that she weaved in such detail that made me felt I was right there amidst the action, and kept me reading all night. A perfect read for a cold winter’s night. Highly recommended.
To put it mildly, WWII was a harsh time for everyone around the globe. Life was particularly difficult for those living in areas occupied by enemy forces. In such areas there were always pockets of resistance and secret networks connecting those groups fighting to free their homelands.
This book focuses mainly on the story of some of those working among the resistance groups in Greece. The lives of the people there were particularly difficult, especially when the undercover forces began to suspect that there was a traitor in their midst reporting back to the Germans. Can they discover if there truly is someone in the resistance who is working against them, who the traitor is, and how their reports are being delivered to the enemy before all of the resistance’s efforts are undone? And all this must be accomplished without giving away their suspicions and while still managing to accomplish their own mission.
I enjoyed the story told by Ms. Gauci. The historical aspects were clearly very well researched and the plot was well thought out. Seeing how the resistance operated while undercover was truly interesting and I enjoyed seeing the historical notes as well as the directions on how to make a few of the drinks mentioned inside the story at the end of the book. It is always fascinating to see a bit of the reality behind the historical fiction in any book.
www.chillwithabook.comThe Poseidon Network, a really enjoyable read, well written and a good fast moving plot.Pauline Barclay – Founder of Chill Awards