The Long Way Home from Crete

History, Romance

By Isaac Kal

Publisher : Isaac Kal

ABOUT Isaac Kal

Isaac Kal
Isaac KalBorn in 1958 , he is married and has 4 daughters .Isaac is an international businessman who lives in Toronto Canada.Isaac used to worked over 20 years for the Israeli Prime Minister office



As the clouds of war and anti-Semitic feelings gather pace in 1930’s Europe, Abraham recognizes the danger that he and others are facing and decides to leave his comfortable life in Germany and travel with his family to Israel. 
There he intends to make a new life, far from the gathering storm, but life as an exile means a different set of hardships and as a means to support his family he eventually enlists in the British Royal Pioneer Corps, the only unit in the British military where an enemy alien was allowed to serve.
Within its ranks, fighting in desperate battles in Greece and Tobruk, Abraham must find deep reserves of strength and resilience if he is to survive the conflict and return to his wife, Genia, who is left struggling to raise their young son as a single parent in a new country. 
As the war drags on interminably, Abraham is left shattered by his wife’s unexpected infidelity. But even greater challenges must be faced by his son, Aaron, who is sent to live in an orphanage. There, his struggles mirror those of his father and he too must find a way to survive the most arduous conditions until they can be reunited. 
Based on a true story and linked to the personal account of an Israeli Royal Pioneer Corps soldier, The Long Way Home From Crete is a story of war, duty, love and honor, set against the backdrop of some of the most tumultuous events in history.

In the midst of the Covid-19 closure, I had plenty of time to go through the photos and documents of my family. I found my grandfather's soldier certificate and the date of his enlistment. While browsing online, I came across a group of relatives of the Israeli POW from WW2. I discovered the name of the unit in which my grandfather served (Port Operation Unit 1039). Interestingly enough, his captain kept a war diary until his capture. Through the stories and the date in the diary, I was able to trace the route that my grandfather took until his capture. All I had left to do, was to dive into the depths of the research and the stories of the prisoners in order to develop the plot of the book. For me it was definitely a real once in a lifetime experience.


5 Stars
April 28, 2021
This is the first book I read from this author and let me tell you that I loved it! Such a good book with great characters that keeps you obsessed with every page since the first one. The ending of this book.. come on! I just didn´t expect it! Can´t wait to read other books from this great writer! Amazing job! a must-read! A fantastic book that has it all! I happily endorse this history to any and all who are looking for a Jewish History enjoyable read and a completely different experience than anyone could imagine on their own. ¡Great book! Terrific Read!

5 Stars

I have chance to read numerous books and articles about Jewish history but by far this book by Isaac " The Long Way Home from Crete " appears to be the best book , it's captivating, emotional and very inspiring I will certainly recommend it for all readers


5 Stars


 Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop!
Reviewed in Canada on March 12, 2021
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This book beautifully demonstrates the will to survive in the most dire situations. I was so excited to read this, the story of a comfortable life being thrown into turmoil prior to WW2 really hit close to home, and echoed the experience of my family. The way the book also focuses on the wife, and son, is a refreshing point of view, and depicts the equally difficult battles families had to endure, while their patriarch was out fighting the literal ones. Can’t recommend this book enough.

5 stars

Reviewed in Canada on March 15, 2021

Incredible Book! I highly recommend, especially for those who are interested in a new genre! This book jumped to the top of Amazon's most popular Jewish history books for a good reason! The book contains a rich, informative historical background that sets the scene for Abraham and the challenges he faces!