“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!