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Who Pays The Ferryman? by [Bird, Michael J]
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Based on Michael J Bird's BBC TV serial. It was 35 years since Alan Haldane had been in Crete, fighting with the partisans, lauded as a hero. Thirty-five years since he'd seen Melina or had word of her. Now he was going back, trying to rediscover in Crete what he had lacked in England: a sense of place, of peace. He couldn't find Melina, and he couldn't forget her, but he discovered that she had borne him a daughter, who was as blind to his existence as he had been to hers. He could not acknowledge her, could not let the past disrupt the present. Yet when he met Annika, and knew he could love her, he could not dispel the shadow cast between them by the ghosts of the war years. He was caught between fear and longing, in a trap that he had laid years before. He was not the only one who remembered. His presence on the island slowly rekindled a vendetta, a blood feud that could end his agony of indecision so simply -- by death.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 631 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Bird (19 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00905G6Z4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
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Written to support the BBC's and the Greek Film Centre's 1978 collaborative 8-part TV production of the same name,Bird's book, 'Who Pays the Ferryman' tells the story of wartime British officer and leader of a Cretan Resistance Group, Alan Haldane's eventual return to the city of Iraklion in Western Crete.
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.
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Who Pays The Ferryman is a fast-paced and thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge.
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!
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I vaguely remember this when it was on the telly, oh no I mean someone must have told me about it, I am not that old honest. Anyway, it is all very safe and pretty predictable. It feels like an old BBC/ITV drama when you read it. It is supposed to be a thriller but quite honestly there is no sense of menace or expectation of anything nasty about to happen, despite the author telling you there is. Perhaps some of you might welcome this, as sickening violence is all too common in books now. Personally though it was too fluffy for me. I was also found the main character, who was clearly based on the author, a little nauseating and essentially nice but dim.
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At first reading this book the impression is that it's just a copy of the television series. It does fairly faithfully follow the series so you do know what is coming next, but some scenes from the television series are not there. What it does do however is fill in lots of background and gives you a better understanding of why various scenes are the way they are. I guess Michael Bird is sharing the scene setting and his thoughts about the characters as he was writing the script.

So if you loved the television series and you want a bit more detail filling in then read this.
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I have read this before and therefore wanted it on my kindle. I haven't read it as a kindle format yet. We holiday in the area where it is set. Elounda has changed from when it was written but only for the better. The tv series did reflect the book at times.
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Enjoyed the story but awful editing! Lots of mistakes with inverted commas popping up in wrong places and in one vital part of the story the character referred to is described as the mother instead of the sister!!!! Is this what happens when the original book is transcribed to Kindle? Or are the errors in the original print version? Who knows.....but a little more care required please as it is diverting and spoils the pace of the story.
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I bought this when I was passing through Elounda in Crete after visiting Spinalonga when a huge sign on a taverna reminded that this was where this this 1970s BBC TV series was set. It's a decent enough read, the pace is glacial but it was less dated stylistically than many other books/TV series of that era.
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Excellent book which I rate 5 star plus. Well written and a sheer delight to read
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 !
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