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The Cretan Runner

The Cretan Runner

Author(s): George Psychoundakis

Location(s): Crete

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): WW2

George Psychoundakis was a young shepherd boy who knew the island of Crete intimately when the Nazis invaded by air in 1941. He immediately joined the resistance and took on the crucial job of war-time runner.

It was not only the toughest but the most dangerous job of all. It involved immense journeys carrying vital messages, smuggling arms and explosives and guiding Allied soldiers, agents and commandos through heavily garrisoned territory. And George did not escape capture and torture on his many forays.

This brilliant account of George’s activities across mountainous terrain, come blazing summer or freezing winter, is a gripping story of bravery against impossible odds.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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