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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

“…a chilling page turner that explores a shocking, little-known episode in history and manages to include a touching love story.” —Historical Novel Society

“A beautiful, heart wrenching novel that captivated me from the very beginning. This is historical fiction at its absolute best, and one of my favorite reads of the year.” —Soraya M. Lane, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Wives of War and The Last Correspondent 

“Based on the true horrors of WWII Monte Sole, this story tugs at the heartstrings while delivering authentic, engaging champions and page-turning scenes that continue beyond the war.” —Gemma Liviero, bestselling author of historical fiction 

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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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Very unrealistic

Sadly poor historical military research,
Plot and story belongs to a van diesel movie
Or the sound of music !,

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Auntie JoJo 607
  • 16-11-2021

Good Job

Good job. The performance was very good. I enjoyed the story and I appreciated that there was no vulgarity.

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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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  • Trudy D
  • 06-01-2022

A Wonderful Historical fiction of WW2. EYEOPENER

I have read quite a few WW2 historical fiction books. This was the first that centered just on what happened in Italy. The things done to villagers in the town of Stella Rossa and so many others in the region should disgust all of us. Germans left the area in ruin, homes burned to the ground, bodies littering the area. The longest Echo, brings to light these atrocities.

Liliana was lucky to survive. If it wasn't for James, a POW that they had helped earlier, she might not have. Through their story, the reader gets a book's eye view of their struggles to survive. Liliana has been charged with getting him to the allied forces. James promises to keep her safe.

Liliana is determined to find the one that destroyed her and her family's life. James, a journalist, has been writing about his experiences. Together they stand against those that need to answer for what they did. The story shares their journey to righting wrongs.

In school, I was taught that many Germans fled to Argentina. I don't remember being taught how it was done. I did not know of all the help they had. The Longest Echo brought light to these practices.
The Longest Echo is a must read for all of us. We need to remember. We need to make sure that history does not repeat itself.

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  • Biochemist77
  • 07-02-2022

Outstanding!

This book is intense! It will take you on a painful and vivid journey, showing you history in ways you've never seen before. Beautiful written! Wonderfully narrated!

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  • J Ban
  • 10-09-2021

Moving and Mesmerising

This novel was both a moving and mesmerising read. The narrators made you feel you were there. The author’s description of the time and places he described were captivating. Although sometimes graphic, I felt it captured vividly what we all know probably would have taken place during the invasion by the nazis. I felt taken back in time. It was sometimes emotional but a very accurate and enjoyable read. Would highly recommend this book.

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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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