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Reviewed by Raanan Geberer for Readers' Favorite
As Dig Two Graves: Revenge or Honor by Nick Vellis begins, we focus on AJ “Ajax” Pantheras, a high-powered lawyer of somewhat questionable ethics who is preoccupied with money and status. Suddenly, his father, in whose law firm he works, is murdered. An elderly Greek-American, Ceres Savas, gets in touch with AJ. He tells him he knew AJ’s grandfather, an American officer who helped Greek rebels fight against the Nazis during World War II, and that AJ’s father’s murder might have had something to do with his grandfather – and a treasure that his grandfather helped steal from the Nazis. At first, AJ merely tolerates Ceres, hoping he’ll lead him to the lost treasure. But as the two travel to Greece and then Italy to look for clues, AJ becomes genuinely interested. Still, they have to act fast and keep to themselves – everywhere they turn, assassins masterminded by a shadowy billionaire are trying to kill them.
Dig Two Graves: Revenge or Honor, an interesting historical mystery, brings to light an episode of World War II that isn’t generally known to the American public – the fact that American units made up of Greek-Americans were parachuted into Greece to help the rebels. Indeed, after the war they were forbidden to tell others about their service until the episode was declassified in the 1980s. The book goes back and forth between present-day happenings and the adventures of Lt. John Pantheras during the war, and the technique works because the two stories are so connected. Vellis is a very good writer with a knack for action and character development, and even if you’re not of Hellenic origin, Dig Two Graves definitely won’t be “Greek to you.”