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On October 28, 1940, Mussolini provides Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas with an ultimatum - either allow Axis forces to occupy their country or face war - and Greece’s response is swift: “Oxi!” they say. “No!”

In a small village nestled against the radiant waters of the Aegean Sea, Alexei, the son of a local fisherman, and his best friend Costa - who were both born on the same night 18 years earlier and have been like brothers ever since - leave their homes, like all the other young men in their village and throughout Greece, to bravely fight for their country.

But before they go, Alexei asks Philia, the girl he’s loved his entire life, to marry him, which sets into motion events that will change the lives of these three and their family and friends forever, beginning an unforgettable story of courage, survival, sacrifice, and the strength of the human spirit.

A spellbinding novel and sweeping epic, Once We Were Here introduces listeners not only to the heart-pounding dangers and horrors of war but also to the heart-breaking emotions and sacrifices of those who fight and whose lives war intrudes upon.

©2020 Christopher Cosmos (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • E. H.
  • 2020-12-09

Great story...

Story line was great. Kept wanting to hear more. Not wanting to set it down.
Narration was superb.

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  • Kyle
  • 2020-12-05

Can’t wait for the movie or tv series!

Awesome book. In addition to the amazing story, I learned a lot about Greek culture and the role that the Greeks played in the war. This is going to be a huge hit when it gets made into a movie or tv series

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  • judy
  • 2021-02-19

A facet of WW2 that we haven't heard enough about

This is a historical fiction based on the Greek resistance of WW2. The heritage, the friendships, the culture, the sea, the mountains, the Italians and ultimately the Germans weave their way into the lives of heroic young men and their families as they defend their homeland from invasion and ultimately change the course of history. Thoughtfully and beautifully crafted.