Ghost of Gallipoli
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Genre: Historical Fiction. Format: eBook. Views: This Week 218, Total 2652.
Two young people leave Ireland for Turkey, eighty years apart: for one, Private Jack Callaghan, newly enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, a bitter parting from his fiancé; for the other, Jack’s great-niece, Ellie McKnight, the promise of an exciting new life.
It’s 1915, and the world is engulfed in war: Jack finds himself at Gallipoli, where, in the carnage of V Beach, he loses his young life. Though his body is mangled, Jack’s spirit survives, his appetite for revenge nurtured by the fact that he and his comrades died needlessly, thanks to mistakes made by their superiors. For decades this vengeful revenant has bided his time, knowing one day someone would come to help him seek the retribution he desperately craves.
The 1990s: a rapidly modernising Turkey. And, it seems that at last Jack’s helpmate has arrived: his great-niece, traveling to Istanbul to wed her diplomat lover, Harry. As Ellie struggles to settle into diplomatic life, her great-uncle gradually reveals himself to her in a series of chilling incidents. At first disbelieving, Ellie finally comes to accept that Jack is not merely a figment of her imagination. So shocked is she by his terrible story, and the political machinations unfolding around her, that she becomes his accomplice in his search for retaliation.
Set against the fabulous background of Istanbul, Ghost of Gallipoli is part thriller, part ghost story … and part love story. Above all it is a tale of betrayal and revenge, and of how the sins of the fathers may be revisited on their descendants, regardless of time or place.
As the World War One Centenary approaches, Ghost of Gallipoli is a highly pertinent read.
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Very Good Story, Very Well Written, Definitely Recommended, Very Well Edited in 2 reviews.
Margaret Whittock : Sorry - posted for the wrong book ... have removed the review.
Paul Smith : Although I do have a particular interest in history and historical novels, this book can be read by anyone because it has lots of human interest that is bang up to date but educates you in a very subtle manner about the causes of the first world war. It also describes the background to the conflict and the price paid by regular people like you or me by those in power who wanted, very much, to maintain the status quo - with them at the head as somehow superior to us plebeians.
This is a book that I found hard to put down once I had started and did what all good books do and stays with you and you find yourself thinking about the characters long after the book is finished.
If you are listening BBC or ITV this would make a great drama for the small screen - especially in the current centenary years between the start and end of world war one.