Love, Freedom or Death
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Why I wrote this book
The book derives from a fascination with Crete that began thirty years ago and has continued through over three dozen visits since, covering many parts of the island on foot, often to the bemusement of the locals who presume I must be German or mad, or both. Inspired by true events, it is an attempt to give something back.
There is a continuing output of non-fiction about the Battle of Crete – one of the enigmas of WW2 – and a couple of recent novels have touched on episodes with authenticity. This is the first in English to engage with both the Battle and the resistance.
The war on Crete may have been small scale in the scheme of things but that also made it up close and personal, especially to the Cretans, whose resistance to occupiers goes back centuries. Against that background this is a story of a man torn in different directions, putting personal loyalties before duty to a corrupt cause, and a woman whose sense of duty is tested to the limit. In that respect, on an island whose history spans millennia, it is an age-old love story set in a turbulent context.