The Crimson Thread (Hardcover)
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"The Crimson Thread, a novel by Kate Forsyth is a beautiful story of love, hate, jealousy, and rivalry, as well as being deeply steeped in Greek mythology. The year is 1941. The story takes place on Crete during World War II as the Nazi occupation took over Crete. Paratroopers rained down on the populace while the German army marched down Mt. Olympus toward Athens. Alenka thrived on the family stories told by her mother and grandmother. She always thought that she would go to Oxford then she would be able to solve the hieroglyphs found on her beloved Crete. But the war changed all that. Her half brother Axel had no such plans. He was totally absorbed with the Germans and their invasion. On the other side of the world Teddy and Jack were looking for an adventure so they enlisted and found themselves graduating from Duntroon Royal Military College in Australia. They then joined the Allied forces and soon fell into the resistance along with Alenka on Crete. As Jack said,"you can't help where you were born, only how you live."--Reviewed by Penny
In Crete during World War II, Alenka, a young woman who fights with the resistance against the brutal Nazi occupation, finds herself caught between her traitor of a brother and the man she loves, an undercover agent working for the Allies.
May 1941. German paratroopers launch a blitzkrieg from the air against Crete. They are met with fierce defiance, the Greeks fighting back with daggers, pitchforks, and kitchen knives. During the bloody eleven-day battle, Alenka, a young Greek woman, saves the lives of two Australian soldiers.
Jack and Teddy are childhood friends who joined up together to see the world. Both men fall in love with Alenka. They are forced to retreat with the tattered remains of the Allied forces over the towering White Mountains. Both are among the seven thousand Allied soldiers left behind in the desperate evacuation from Crete's storm-lashed southern coast. Alenka hides Jack and Teddy at great risk to herself. Her brother Axel is a Nazi sympathizer and collaborator and spies on her movements.
As Crete suffers under the Nazi jackboot, Alenka is drawn into an intense triangle of conflicting emotions with Jack and Teddy. Their friendship suffers under the strain of months of hiding and their rivalry for her love. Together, they join the resistance and fight to free the island, but all three will find themselves tested to their limits. Alenka must choose whom to trust and whom to love and, in the end, whom to save.