in-the-blood-of-the-greeks-by-mary-d-brooksIn the Blood of the Greeks by Mary D Brooks is set in Greece during its German occupation in World War II and is the first book in the Intertwined Souls Series.

Zoe Lambros is a Greek teenager who fights in the resistance and is a fierce hater of the Germans.

Eva Muller is the daughter of the German Commander who occupies the Greek village where Zoe and her mother live.

One day Zoe’s mother is brutally murdered by the Germans and Zoe vows to take revenge and kill as many of them as she can, including Eva Muller.

What Zoe doesn’t know is that Eva has a tortured past that has left her both physical and emotional scarred and Eva is fighting just to survive.

In an unforeseen series of events Eva and Zoe are thrust together and must learn to work together towards a common goal. In such close proximity Zoe realises that Eva may not be the monster she thought.

The Characters

In The Blood Of The Greeks has a lovely set of characters.

Both main woman are clearly written, well defined and characters that you cannot help falling in love with.

Brooks also has a lovely cast of side characters who are memorable and add a depth to the novel, inspiriring you to love some and hate others.

The Writing Style

Mary Brooks has a flowing, descriptive style of writing. Her timing is good, her events are memorable and everything works together to drive the narrative forward and keep you reading.

The Pros

This was a lovely read. I enjoyed the story and the characters lingered with me after I had finished it.

This is the first in a series of books and I felt like it was a complete story, a refreshing change from some series where the book ends mid story. The plot was concluded and made me feel satisfied.

The Cons

The version that I had needed going over with a fine toothed comb. There were some grammatical errors and time lapse problems that can irritate the reader. It was a pity that there were these problems because it was a delightful story and I feel like it deserved a better edit.

However, when I contacted Mary Brooks about it she told me that the newer version had sorted out those problems.

The Conclusion

Despite the problems mentioned, I did enjoy the book. Brooks has a talent for storytelling. The characters are memorable and the story lingers with one.

It is a lesbian romance that is sufficiently different from the normal romance formulas to keep it fresh. As a bonus, this book is 400 odd pages, making it a more substantial book than many. This is especially good for readers like me who consume books so fast. In The Blood Of The Greeks is well worth a read.

Excerpt from In The Blood Of The Greeks by Mary D Brooks

She sat up straighter when she saw a gust of wind rip the hood off Eva’s head.

“So now you have a face,” Zoe muttered.

Eva’s long hair disappeared into her cloak. Zoe was mesmerized by the color. She was expecting Eva to be blond, but she wasn’t. Her hair was midnight black with the barest hint of blue as the sun hit it. The artist in Zoe was amazed; the Resistance fighter was intrigued. Eva stopped as the guard put her hood back on and they resumed their slow journey.

Zoe followed Eva’s tortuous slow walk to where the house ended and the intersection began. “I wonder what color your eyes are,” Zoe mused. “Not bad for a cripple.”

 


Series

Intertwined Souls series

In The Blood Of The Greeks

Where Shadows Linger

Hidden Thruths

Awakenings

No Good Deed

Nor The Battle To The Strong

Bits and Bobs

ISBN number: 9780994294500

Publisher: AUSXIP Publishing

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Note: I received a free review copy of this book for review. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always endeavour to review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.

In the Blood of the Greeks Book Cover In the Blood of the Greeks
Mary D. Brooks
Ausxip Publishing
March 25, 2015
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This is a story of passion, courage, shattered faith and love, which will take you back to World War II, to a war ravaged Greek town under German occupation, where people live in fear for their lives. Zoe Lambros is a young Greek girl who has lost her family, and her childhood, to the madness of war. Devastated by her mother's brutal murder at the hands of the German commander, Zoe's faith in God has been shattered. Her one goal in her miserable existence is to kill as many Germans as she can, including the German Commander's daughter, Eva Muller. Eva Muller hides a tortured past, a secret that, if revealed, would lead to her certain death. Despite this, Eva chooses to defy her father and work with the village priest, helping Jews escape German occupied Larissa. But Eva cannot do this alone. She needs help. Eva and Zoe are brought together by the village priest, though they hate one another. They help the Jews and forge a friendship, despite the risks, where one mistake could cost them their lives. Follow the incredible story of Eva Muller and Zoe Lambros. It's more than a lesbian romance. It's a story of secrets, passion and an incredible intertwined destiny.