Welcome to Salonika in 1916, once one of the jewels in the Ottoman crown. It is now suddenly Greek. A city nominally neutral, but teeming with French, British and Serbian armies, to hold it against the Austro-German forces to the north, with their Bulgarian allies.
In this sparkling tale we find a world of perilous ascents from military kite balloons; of madcap journeys by mule, by Wolseley motor car and by foot over the grim northern mountains; of U-boats lurking off the city; of sinister and dangerous Gazmend Effendi, who may be Turkish - or is it Bulgarian? Or even Venezuelan?
The breathless ride is just beginning.
Annoying that audible had the authors surname as Aset instead of Aslet.
A very British stiff upper lip tale of a forgotten part of the Great War. Interesting more for the characters rather than the plot. Aslet brings alive the attitudes of the time, including the class ridden and racist nature of the British Empire ( Johnny Bulgar!).
An enjoyable listen which was enhanced by Jonathan Keeble's excellent narration.