The Poseidon Network


Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

The Poseidon Network is a work of fiction in the historical, emotional drama, and espionage sub-genres, and was penned by author Kathryn Gauci. Set during the Second World War, this engrossing and atmospheric drama tells the tale of Special Operations Executive Larry Hadley who arrives in occupied Greece in 1943. As the Second World War engulfs Europe, Larry must work with the titular Poseidon Network to bring the conflict to an end, but the deeper he gets into this new world, the more complex and entangling it becomes. What results is a dangerous thriller novel with plenty of twists, traitors, and treason in the mix.

Author Kathryn Gauci has crafted a lavish and detailed novel that leaves no stone unturned as it delivers a fully immersive historical espionage experience. The settings are less typical for a Second World War novel, showcasing the Mediterranean and its surroundings with gorgeous descriptions and a classic feel that evokes images of 40s cinema and glamour. There is also a gritty realism in the spine of the tale, which increases with the tension as the stakes get higher for the agents involved. Larry is an exceedingly well developed central protagonist, one who grows and shifts with the story into a man you really want to root for and investigate alongside. The final essential element to the tale is the plot, and this is the true highlight which delivers in spades, with some very unexpected and exciting conclusions. Overall, I would highly recommend The Poseidon Network to fans of wartime mysteries and spy thrillers that tick every box for maximum engagement.

5***** David Huntley

Review of; POSEIDON NETWORK by Kathryn Gauci

Larry Hadley, a newspaper correspondent leading a double life of an agent for Britains Special Operations Executive known as SOE, had been tasked to assist with helping the Greek resistance movement code-named Poseidon, to increase its efforts in undermining the German and Italian occupation of Greece.

Hadley begins his Greek operation in Cairo Egypt where he had been instrumental during 1941/42 in helping Britain defeat the Italians in various …more…

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

GREECE WWII – this novel is alive with all the Passion, Adventure, Bravery, Intrigue, Mystery and History of the Greek Resistance. Also Betrayal…and Love in disguise? Having read and loved all of Gauci’s books to date, I was looking forward to this one – and indeed it surpassed my expectations. You will feel the emotions along with the brilliantly-portrayed characters and their ultimate goal to end the Nazi Occupation and ultimately, restore Greece and the world to Peace. Like watching a great film again (and The Poseidon Network needs to be one!), you’ll want to read it more than once!

5***** Excellent novel about the Greek Resistance

Reviewed in the United States on 28 March 2020

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Mar 17, 2020 Sandra McKenna rated it it was amazing

A very compelling read.
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

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Mar 02, 2020 Margaret Yelton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Poseidon Network mainly focuses around the resistance groups in Greece. I found the book a little hard for me to get into, but once I did I found it to be a very interesting read. The author has the ability with her descriptions to bring the storyline to life. In my opinion this book could fall into several catorgeries historical fiction, with a thriller edge to the book. I would certainly recommend this book to others. I received a copy of the book from the author as a gift, and this is my …more

Mar 24, 2020 Jackie rated it really liked it

Really loved this book with such amazing detail and great writing put into this. I really loved this authors writing and have now added her to my favorite historical authors! A first by me won’t be my last. Very intense and intriguing! I highly recommend this book.

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It took a while for me to get to this book, but it was certainly worth the wait! This would be the first book I have read about WWII Greece and I have found this story both distressing and educational. This is the second book I have read by this Author, the first being Conspiracy of Lies, which is also an amazing story. My next book by Kathryn Gauci will be The Embroiderer. I would recommend both Conspiracy of Lies and The Poseidon Network, both works of fiction but based on true facts. Thank …more

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Jan 10, 2020ChillwithabookAWARD  rated it it was amazing
The Poseidon Network by Kathryn Gauci has received a a Chill with a Book Readers’ Premier Award.
The Poseidon Network, a really enjoyable read, well written and a good fast moving plot.Pauline Barclay – Founder of Chill Awards