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Who Pays The Ferryman? Kindle Edition
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Haldane arranges to meet up with some of his old comrades-in-arms, but is hurt when he receives an unexpectedly cool reception from his wartime left-hand-man and blood-brother, solicitor Babis Spiridakis.
Confused, Haldane sets out to re-visit some of the scenes of his wartime adventures, and along the way meets Anika Zeferis, a woman to whom he unexpectedly finds himself stongly attracted.
Although he is certain that he has never met her before he finds her strangely familiar, and as the plot unfolds the reader discovers secrets that tell Haldane that his instincts have served him well, secrets that he must keep from Anika if he is not to bring unhappiness, to her and to others in the group of people who have become his Cretan friends.
Much of the action takes place in and around the picturesque and still recognisable village of Elounda, the island of Spinalong and the mountains that overshadow them.
Unwittingly, Alan Haldane stirs up hatred amongst some of his aquaintances, with eventual tragic results, and the final scenes that take place amongst the wild and sparsely populated mountainous regions transport the reader into the very heart of a wilderness that is still to found by the intrepid explorer and paints a graphic picture of what it must have been like for memebers of the wartime Andarte to hunt and be hunted amongst these mountains.Read more ›
It starts with the middle-aged hero, Alan Haldane, taking stock of his life and realising that he needs to return to the place where the big moments of his life had all been played out:-Crete. Crete is defined as a land held in trust for the past and it is the past which continues to dictate what is happening on the island. Alan is recognised as Leandros on the island because he had been part of the Andarte freedom-fighters but feelings still run high there about deeds that had been done in the past. Love is there in abundance but in Crete there is also hatred and death. You can really feel the clash of cultures, with the old peasant Cretan ways colliding with the new reality of a more modern Crete and also the struggle within Leandros himself. He is still trapped within his past and his earlier actions and the more he struggles to free himself, the more entangled he seems to become-and the Ferryman is always waiting. A mesmerising read!
So if you loved the television series and you want a bit more detail filling in then read this.
and it is no wonder that they made a tv series of this novel. Pity the television today couldn't revive it as I am sure it would be a big success . Well done Michael J Bird I look forward to reading more of your novels !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had read it and seen the BBC series so knew what to expect. Have since read it twice over!Published 1 month ago by Marianne Griffiths
Excellent book and film as with another M J Bird offering the Aphrodite Inheritance. If you like one the other is a must.
P R Matthews
Excellent condition book at very reasonable price. Extremely satisfied.Published 2 months ago by steve
read it whilst on holiday on Crete in Elounda , will have to get the DVD now.Published 2 months ago by prettyangebaby
I remember the television series. I wish I had read the book before thatPublished 2 months ago by Fonna Bygraves-Davies
Brilliant thriller. Keeps you in suspense till the end. A must havePublished 3 months ago by Country Music Fan
So interesting to read the history of Spinalonga. Saw the original series a long time ago on TV. Fascinating read.Published 6 months ago by Dorothy Edmiston