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What would you do? Sent to an island of unending sickness, with almost no food, no electricity, and no means of contact with the outside world. The land is barren, and you fight against your own disease as well as the other inhabitants of the island. What would you do? Would you wither, or stand and fight?
I was so pleasantly surprised at Eagle of Spinalonga. Confused by the title at first, I realize now that Spinalonga is a Greek island... where the lepers were sent to live out the rest of their lives. This is a real island, and was used for that purpose. This piece of historical fiction has led me to a good many hours of research about the real island, and the whole thing is really fascinating.
Being a writer myself, I appreciate the great amount of work put into this book by Nike, the author. Fantastic descriptions, not over done but just enough to give the reader a shining taste of the environment. Some authors get into the habit of writing far too much description, or not enough, but Nike has managed to walk the fine line with tact. The research that has gone into leprosy, lepers, and how one with leprosy was treated at the time period... all of this research is evident, and makes the story that much more engrossing.
I have to admit to being intrigued by the very beginning of the story - I've read so many hap-hazard, ill-conceived intros, that I was startled and hungry to keep on when I read the beginning of Eagle of Spinalonga. Mysterious, harsh, and a touch morbid... exactly what readers love to start out with. It keeps us going, and Nike did a fantastic job with it.
Foreign words were integrated with finesse - if the simple guide in the beginning wasn't enough, the sentence structure was enough for readers to understand the context, and grasp the meaning of the word.
Without giving anything away, the story is fantastic. Filled with metaphor, but doesn't beat you over the head with it. The scope of it's world is desperate, but because of the main character's outlook on life, it's surprisingly calm. The situation is dire, but Nikos is the calm in the midst of chaos. He shakes the hands of those willing to steal everything from him. It's been a while since I've seen an admirable but honest character.
I've already started passing on this story to my friends. It's been such a long time since I've been truly intrigued by a bit of writing, I posted all over my Facebook wall with links to the book. At a little over $3, it won't break anybody... but it will pleasantly surprise you! Don't miss out on Eagle of Spinalonga, as I'm sure the author is going places, and this book won't stay this cheap for long!
There was a time when leprosy was a disease thought to be easily transmitted. A time when there was no cure, no treatment and no hope. At this time Nikos is banished forever to the tiny island of Spinalonga off the Greek coast. With only each other the residents have to try to find a way to survive. But Nikos, unlike many others, decides he will find a way to overcome the hardship and endure.
This beautifully written, well researched novel brings an era of history to life. Encompassing several decades, including WWII, the story of the exiled is one which wrench the heart digging deep into human emotion and behavior.
Usually after I read and review a book I delete it from my Kindle or pass along the hard copy to a friend. In this case I will be keeping the novel to read again. I highly recommend this novel and will be telling my friends to purchase a copy.
Karen Bryant Doering
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