‘War under the Olive Trees’ follows four friends who return home from World War II believing they were heroes only to find the people in their small Village of Majorca had moved on with their lives – especially the young women who had promised to wait for them.
Quill Barbaros was the leader of the four returning friends but his family history – particularly that of his grandfather – made him somewhat of an outcast in the village. He wasn’t looking forward to returning to the quiet little Mediterranean village after seeing most of Europe during the War. In fact, he wasn’t even sure about what to do about the woman he had left behind.
Mensa Galliano was considered the prettiest, most eligible young woman in the village, and she made it clear she was eagerly waiting for Quill’s return – at least that’s what Quill thought. There were other suitors beating down Mensa’s door hoping to cash in on Quill’s absence, and she was weakening. One of them, Tuco Marko who was the Olive plant manager and son of the richest family in Majorca had very aggressively staked his claim to Mensa’s hand and was not eager to give it up.
The four friends’ return creates a volatile new mix in the village as they try to pick up the lives they left to go off to War – one they didn’t actually have to fight in to begin with.
‘War under the Olive Trees’ weaves a tale of love and deceit, class envy, murder and redemption all swirling around Quill and his friends. Quill’s escape to the sea to clear his head only adds to his confusion when he meets someone else who wants to enter his life for good.
“Sexy, romantic, mystery and journeys, everything you want in a good read.”
Five Star Review on Amazon By lisa nunn
Loved this book, one of those you can’t put down and keeps your interest but you have to read “Sitting on the branch of an Olive tree” it’s the history of the characters in this book which is also very good, read both on a long relaxing weekend off. Can’t wait to read more from this author.
About the Author
Gene Thomas has had several major careers. His first career was in air traffic control. Another was a Defense Contractor during the Reagan era.
After a career in Education and extensive travels to different countries, Gene now devotes the majority of his time to pursuing his first love, writing.
You will find that Gene’s writing style has always been characterized an easy read. His books in print (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) “Tales from the Tree House”, 2010, “Tree House to Palm Trees”, 2011, “Sitting on the Branch of an Olive Tree”, 2013, mark the start of a prolific writing career that includes a collection of short stories, poems and novels already posted on sites.
“Rock Hands” – a Depression Era saga reminiscent of John Steinbeck will be coming out later this year. The rights to that book are currently under contract with Quattro Media Publications.
Gene has finished six 26 mile marathons and thousands of shorter races and still maintains an active exercise routine that includes walking no less than four miles a day.
Gene currently lives in Belize, Central America, but was born in Brooklyn New York.