The Road to Ithaca

The Road to Ithaca

by Ben Pastor

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The Road to Ithaca by Ben Pastor

The fifth in the Martin Bora WWII mystery series. In May 1941, Wehrmacht officer Bora is sent to Crete, recently occupied by the German army, and must investigate the brutal murder of a Red Cross representative befriended by SS-Chief Himmler. All the clues lead to a platoon of trigger-happy German paratroopers, but is this the truth?

Bora takes to the mountains of Crete to solve the case, navigating his way between local bandits and foreign resistance fighters. With echoes of Claus von Stauffenberg, Bora is torn between his duty as an officer and his integrity as a human being.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908524805
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press, Ltd
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: Martin Bora Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 844,830
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ben Pastor: Ben Pastor, born in Italy, lived for thirty years in the United States, working as a university professor in Vermont, and is now back in her home country. She is the author of other novels including The Water Thief and The Fire Waker (set in Roman times and published to high acclaim in the US by St. Martin’s Press), and is considered one of the most talented writers in the field of historical fiction. In 2008 she won the prestigious Premio Zaragoza for best historical fiction. She writes in English.

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The Road to Ithaca 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Captain Martin Bora is in the Germany army during World War II. He is a strong soldier with loyalty to his country. But he is also not blind and sees what Hitler is doing and realizes that he is not on the winning side of this war. Bora is sent to Crete to buy wine for Moscow when he is to investigate the shooting of a Red Cross representative that may have been committed by German paratroopers. Although Bora is nipping at the bit to get back to Moscow for Operation Barbarossa. Bora might want to get this unwanted task over and done with quickly, but he is drawn into the investigation just like the reader. We bounce between Bora’s journal and a third person narrative to explain both how Bora is a dedicated soldier yet doesn’t blindly follow his leaders. He also doesn’t want to be in newly over run Crete that is filled with political tension. But when he starts digging into the murder, so many more things come to light. This is a great story that compares to the Odyssey with the different locations and events that Bora goes through. Although some parts did get rather heavy with the Odyssey and drew a touch too far away from the heart of the story. Besides that, I did enjoy this story and am very curious at reading the other Captain Martin Bora stories. I received The Road to Ithaca from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Captain Martin Bora is in the Germany army during World War II. He is a strong soldier with loyalty to his country. But he is also not blind and sees what Hitler is doing and realizes that he is not on the winning side of this war. Bora is sent to Crete to buy wine for Moscow when he is to investigate the shooting of a Red Cross representative that may have been committed by German paratroopers. Although Bora is nipping at the bit to get back to Moscow for Operation Barbarossa. Bora might want to get this unwanted task over and done with quickly, but he is drawn into the investigation just like the reader. We bounce between Bora’s journal and a third person narrative to explain both how Bora is a dedicated soldier yet doesn’t blindly follow his leaders. He also doesn’t want to be in newly over run Crete that is filled with political tension. But when he starts digging into the murder, so many more things come to light. This is a great story that compares to the Odyssey with the different locations and events that Bora goes through. Although some parts did get rather heavy with the Odyssey and drew a touch too far away from the heart of the story. Besides that, I did enjoy this story and am very curious at reading the other Captain Martin Bora stories. I received The Road to Ithaca from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.