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The Eagle of Spinalonga [Kindle Edition]

Nike Azoros
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Book Description

Nikos is twenty two years old, handsome, clever and just graduated law school when he finds out he has leprosy. He is sent into exile to Spinalonga, a rock island of Crete where there is no food, no electricity, no medical help, no supplies, nothing. He catches an eagle as a unique way to source food then, armed with his education and natural instincts he decides to create a life of dignity for the inhabitants of Spinalonga in the style of the city state system of Ancient Greece. Pavlos a thug criminal sent there by the state from prison does everything in his power to maintain chaos and terror so as to keep control of the island. World War 2 breaks out and the Nazis invade and inflict horrors upon the Greek people. Nikos and the people of Spinalonga outsmart the Nazis and play a major role in the resistance.


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Nike Azoros is a Greek Australian author and an expert on Greek culture.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 812 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147768638X
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AWBXV8A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leprosy, an eagle and friendship 8 Nov. 2012
By Lilian
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I loved this book! Having read Victoria Hislop's The Islandand having been to Spinalonga, I found this book really interesting. I read it in two sittings and was sorry to reach the end. The thought of those poor people suffering with Leprosy and having to basically fend for themselves, brought tears to my eyes, but it was also uplifting because of the way they managed to overcome so many setbacks. I would recommend this book and hope there's more to come from this author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 19 Jun. 2013
By ronix
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The Eagle of Spinalonga - Nike Azoros

Nikos has just qualified as a lawyer and is eager to get on with his life when he discovers that he has leprosy which means he will have to leave his mother and his profession to join his sister, Maria, who is already on the island of Spinalonga. The priest who performs his funeral feels such guilt that the people living on this desolate location have to go through this funeral service while still alive and decides even though he is healthy, to give up his parish and join the lepers.

Nikos and Father Manoussos find the living conditions on the island shocking and set about changing the dire living conditions, meagre food, hygiene and total lack of medical care into a place where people can live with dignity. Nikos goes one step further than just writing letters and organising the refurbishment of the hovels; he captures an eagle and thanks to her efforts, the islanders enjoy fish, rabbit and on the rare occasion, lamb.

The story covers living on the island from before the Second World War to the 1960's when the remaining inhabitants are allowed to leave this place of incarceration, having been cured of leprosy.

I enjoyed this book, but it didn't flow with the same easy grace that Victoria Hislop's book, The Island did. Maybe if I'd read this book before The Island it would have had more impact.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 9 Jan. 2013
By Ian H
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I really enjoyed this book. It is unique, touching story and highly entertaining. I'm not sure why one of the reviewers complained about formatting of the book, as it was fine for me. There was no issue with format on my kindle.

The author style of writing draws in the reader and I was absorbed deep into the story within the first few chapters. You can begin to sympathies with the characters, those affected by the disease, as the author writes understandingly of the problems faced by individuals and the fearful social attitudes that persisted. The story also forces us to reflect on illness, both the nasty, narrow-mindedness of the healthy and the spirit of survival in the condemned.

The book is a mix of Mediterranean culture, thrilling plot line and the fear & stigma around the dreaded leprosy. The message from the story seems as relevant today as it would have been a century ago. Same prejudice, different disease. Very entertaining and recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The last years of Spinalonga as a leper colony. 16 May 2014
By DubaiReader VINE VOICE
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Judging by other reviewer's ratings, this is a popular book, however, I did not feel it earned more than three stars. Firstly it needed a fair amount of editing to correct typos and give it more of a narrative feel, rather than 'this happened and then this happened...' Secondly, it contained continuity errors: a) the residents on the island were starving, yet there was a fat prostitute, b) Nikos manages to stay hidden on a small island with a huge eagle, yet the disruptive Pavos never finds him, never even appears to be wondering where he has gone for days on end, and finally, c) having made a big thing about the fact that letters could not be sent home in case of contagion, the message about the state of poverty and starvation on the island, is delivered by a series of letters.

The story is a fictional adaptation of events on the leper colony of Spinalonga in the years prior to the invasion of Greece by Germans in WWII. Nikos Lambrakis finds himself diagnosed with leprosy and is banished to the barren island, where his training as a lawyer stands him in good stead. He organises the residents into working groups and helps provide food with the help of a magnificent eagle that he catches and trains. Eventually in the late 1950s a cure is found and the residents gradually leave for treatment.

I Googled images of leprosy and it was a truly awful disease that must have been a fearful diagnosis for those who succumbed. It is sobering to realise that in spite of there being a cure, there are still people in third world countries who are isolated and shunned to suffer these disfigurements alone.

This story is very similar to the book called The Island by Victoria Hislop, which I personally thought was better written and rated 4 stars. Thankfully, The Island lacks the gratuitous sex that appeared far too frequently in The Eagle of Spinalonga and I was very surprised to learn that the author was a woman.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The eagle of Spinalonga 7 April 2013
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I loved this book a real page turner .A different view of Spinalonga from Victoria Hislops The Island giving a view of wartime Greece.Well written you can relate to the lepers and really feel their pain .I would certainly recommend this book an eye opener to what happened to these .poor people and how they lived and coped whilst stricken with this terrible illness a happy ending I might add
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eagle of Spinalonga 8 Nov. 2012
By Allan J
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I had visited Spinalonga last year and was very interested in this book. I thought Nike Azoris done a wonderful job in describing the island and the whole story of the lepers, really bringing it to life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars RICH AND GRIPPING TALE
I was attracted to this title,having read Victoria Hislop's story about Spinalonga and visited Crete. The Eagle story is so very well told, a real page turner. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by R. G. Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really good book so different to what I usually read and I was so gripped I couldn't put it down.give it ago.
Published 9 days ago by surfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting but very Greek look at Spinalonga and its history.
Published 10 days ago by John L. Whitehead
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent really enjoyed this book very sad but heart rending
Published 10 days ago by Heather Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent book. having been to the Island I really enjoyed the story
Published 13 days ago by Mrs W.
3.0 out of 5 stars A 'Grown-Up Fairy Story'!
Any enjoyable read if you can suspend belief as it appears to be a 'grown-up fairy story' even to the handsome stranger turning up on his horse. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Ginger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT BOOK TO READ. WOULD RECOMMEND.
Published 20 days ago by frank davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagle go spinalonga , brilliant read.
Brilliant book beautifully written from beginning to end, didn't want to put it down. I would be interested in reading much more from this author . Read more
Published 1 month ago by jen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I chose the book because I am interested in the island of Spinalonga and how society deals with its outcasts
Published 1 month ago by Betty M Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
bit dissapointed not realy my cup of tea
Published 1 month ago by Angela Edwards
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