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Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite
Portersville, a historical novel by Daryl Haskew, tells the story of Cy Papatonis and his wife Selena, a traditional Greek couple deeply in love but hunted down by the Greek Mafia. In America, they believe they will find peace, a purpose, and a quiet place to raise their three sons. Cy is a direct descendant of the Spartan warriors of old and teaches his sons the values, life lessons, and physical conditioning they will need to be successful in life. As the family builds shrimping and fishing boats with their friends, Cy is watchful for the thunder that rumbles from the sea, as are the old-timers. As Portersville grows and turns into a fishing, gambling, and vacation location, the small town loses its peacefulness. Storms at sea are ever-present, but when will the big one come? Will the old folks be able to predict the devastation? With the constant threats to their lives, will Cy and Selena be allowed to live in peace without the ever-present threat from their homeland? What will the Papatonis boys find in the future if they stay in Portersville with their parents?
Daryl Haskew’s novel Portersville is a fantastic read highlighting the love, struggles, and challenges the family faced not only in Greece, but when their friends are murdered and the Mafia is constantly on their heels, how could they build a life in America, fishing, diving, and boatbuilding? Haskew’s characters truly come to life in Portersville. The reader will develop an intimate relationship with the powerfully built Cy, his beautiful wife Selena, and their three sons Leonidas, Nikos, and Alexi. The town of Portersville could easily be any fishing village along the shores of Southern Alabama at the turn of the century. As each character faces new challenges, situations, or heartbreak, the reader will feel and visualize every nuance. The plot is formulated in such a way as to create intrigue and keep the reader hooked and unable to put the book down until finished. Congratulations on a fantastic book.