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Against the backdrop of WWII-ravaged Italy comes a powerful and emotional novel of love, survival, justice, and second chances by the bestselling author of White Rose, Black Forest.

Occupied Italy, 1944. In the mountain regions south of Bologna, Liliana Nicoletti’s family finds escaped POW James Foley behind German lines. Committed to the anti-Fascist cause, they deliver him to a powerful band of local partisans. But when the SS launches a brutal attack against the Resistance, Liliana’s peaceful community is destroyed. Alone and thrown together by tragedy, James and Liliana fight together as Monte Sole burns. Forging an unbreakable bond, they know their only hope of survival is to make it to the Allied lines. 

Twelve years later, fate reunites Liliana, newly widowed, and James, now a journalist for a New York magazine. Liliana reveals to him the obsession that has haunted her since the massacre at Monte Sole: finding and bringing to justice the SS officer who ordered her family killed. James has a revelation too. He might know how to hunt the man down. Joining forces once more, and increasingly drawn to each other, Liliana and James discover new levels of conspiracy on a journey that leads them to Argentina - and to a choice that will change their lives forever.

©2021 Eoin Dempsey (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Heart wrenching novel

I love reading and listening to WW2 fiction stories and this one is one of my favourites. Eoin Dempsey's writing is brilliant and the audiobook narrators did a fantastic job. Thoroughly recommend this book.

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  • Katherine
  • 20-02-2021

Brilliant

This is, hands down, one of the best historical fiction books I've read. The writing was flawless and captivating every step of the way. I was taught many things I wasn't aware of and I'm so glad this book educated me. Liliana and James were wonderful and complex characters and their POV's were done so well. I'm recommending this book to everyone.

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  • blaise bennett
  • 17-02-2021

I never wanted it to end

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I’m a huge fan of this author. He writes so eloquently and the story line is so captivating. While the story is heartbreaking, it was also very beautiful and it was so good. I loved these characters and I truly didn’t want it to end. Well done!

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  • MsPaden
  • 15-03-2021

Story That Should Be Told Over and Over

History must be preserved. Atrocities like those revealed here could so easily be repeated; all for the sake of power and control. God help us if the truth of stories like these are canceled.

Love the voices all very believable.

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  • paula wright
  • 28-02-2021

What a great book. I listened to other books by mr Dempsey and they never disappoint

Highly recommend this historical fiction with so much truth in it. He had a good story so sexual situations weren’t needed as fill ins. He didn’t need anything gratuitous because he had Important story to tell. So many times I didn’t think the protagonists wouldn’t make it out Alive. Could this ever happen again to this extent? Waiting for another great listen mr Dempsey

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  • Pamela R Knoblauch
  • 10-06-2021

His Best WW2 Book To-Date

This book is based on a little known true event about about a squad of cruel and inhumane SS Nazis who eradicated every civilian in the village, and other nearby communities known as Monte Sore. ,This village is near Bologna, Italy,. It is a fictionalized account of two very different people who survived the horrific atrocities of the SS who stopped there to murder entire families, including children. A POW of the U.S Armed Forces, and a young Italian woman of one of the families witnessed the massacre of her entire family by one of Nazi SS officers. It was a heartbreaking and gut wrenching read. The author portrayed their astounding courage , and how extremely perilous their journey in the first half of the book in nail biting detail. The second part of the story picks up 12 years later where these two people reunite in N.Y, This part of the book is very intriguing and suspenseful as LIliana, the Italian woman, cleverly lures James, an esteemed journalist, to a soiree, after reading his written piece on the horrific slaughter of her home village, Monte Sore. She convinces James to help her track down a particular SS officer who she believes is responsible for executing her entire family. Most of these Nazis escaped prosecution .of these war crimes by fleeing to Argentina. This is where the other half of the book takes us to. This part of the story was thrilling and intriguing. And I enjoyed it as much as the first half.

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  • Sandra
  • 25-02-2021

Excellent!

The speech the main character gives to an audience of fans of her book is compelling and applicable to the time in which we live.
It alone is worth your time, but the book is so good you won’t regret the time it takes you to get there.

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  • Kathy
  • 12-06-2021

Great Story !

very interesting story and really makes you think in light it's all the hatred and what is going on in the world

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  • Thelma
  • 16-03-2021

Not what i was expecting

The Longest Echo I was really looking forward to this book, when I started I was instantly hooked and I thought it was going to be a great story to keep me hooked on my seat, and that was the case for the first half of the book.

This is the story of Liliana Nicoletti she was just a young woman when everything started to collapse, she saw and live atrocities that nobody could survive, things during WW2 that changed so fast for her leaving her behind and all alone, her only reason to keep going is to find the evil man who killed her entire family.

The Longest Echo is divided into a few parts and the last part was not what I really expected, I felt like I was reading a totally different story, the main character, the heroine became very pedant for my own taste. she was kind of selfish with her motives, I really thought after what Liliana went through she was going to be way different than what we read in the last couple of chapters.. she became very vindictive and somehow she was treating James like he was a burden, I know this was not the case but that's how it felt, her attitude killed the vibe of the book, there were so many scenarios that made you feel like everything was a lie.

The narrations were what kept me going I'm a huge fan of Will Damron that is why I gave this book a chance and that is the only reason I finished, he gives so much to each character bringing the best of them and adding so much more to the story.

Overall the book had so much potential but the last part killed the whole story, I wish the author would have left it when James and Liliana met again.

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  • JMOM
  • 09-04-2021

This is a very special, one of a kind WWII story!

I have listened to or read many WWII books but none of them have been told quite like this one. This WWII story takes you on a journey through the horrors of war but it doesn't stop at the end of the war like many other stories do and it doesn't skip back and forth from war time to when the characters were old and grey either. It tells what happened with all of the characters in the years shortly after the war in a very interwoven and brilliant way and it doesn't leave any stone unturned.

I do have to admit that I really struggled with the female narrator the first several chapters of this book. It was hard for me to get used to the way she reads- it sounded like she was rushing through each sentence and then taking a short, quick gasp at the end of each sentence. There wasn't much emotion in her voice at first either. I don't know if she was nervous or something but it did definitely get better as the book went on. I about stopped listening but then Will Damron's part began, the other narrator of this book, and as always, he performed excellently! He narrated Beneath a Scarlet Sky, if you've listen to that audiobook, you know what I mean! He does an excellent job reading with fluency and putting real emotion in just the right phrases of his voice. So, I continued to listen and sure enough, I got used to Carlotta Brentan's voice which also seemed to get better as the book went on. I was very surprised to see that she has actually narrated many, many books especially recently. She is a native English and Italian speaker so I bet that's why they chose her for this book and kind of explains the different sound to her reading but thay gaspy sound she makes about drove me nuts at first.

Despite all of that, I really, really loved this book! I never wanted it to end! My favorite part is when Liliana gave her speech towards the end of the book. Those words should be written on the hearts of every human being in this world!

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  • Bunny
  • 16-06-2021

Narrator so bad I couldn’t finish!

I never ever DNF a book. Ever. Yet I couldn’t bear to complete this and had to stop. 12 chapters in but I can’t go further. The narrator is horrendous. As for the story, it is so lacking at this point. I don’t care about the characters. They seem flat and plod through the story with no depth. However the reason I stopped listening is the narrator. Will Damron is ok. Nothing to write home about, but Carlotta Brendan is the WORST NARRATOR ever. Her voices are cartoonish. She can’t act at all (at all!!) but it’s her voices that are ridiculous. They’re awful!! It’s impossible to listen without being totally focused on the inane voices. She’s also flat. Zero passion. She reads, she doesn’t act, she doesn’t put emotion into it. Untenable! Never listening to this reader again!!

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  • Christineb
  • 22-02-2021

A great story

Enjoyed this story Audio was great Characters where believable I enjoyed the fact the war ended but the storyline continued until the characters found closure and peace

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