New book charts former spy’s wartime experiences

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Former spy Helias Doundoulakis celebrates his friendship with Patrick Leigh Fermor

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FREEPORT, N.Y. – Former spy Helias Doundoulakis returns to the literary scene with another exciting book that describes his exploits and experiences in the war. Co-authored by Gabriella Gafni, “My Unique Lifetime Association With Patrick Leigh Fermor” (published by Xlibris) is a tribute to soldier Patrick Leigh Fermor and Doundoulakis’ friendship with him.

Doundoulakis met Leigh Fermor during World War II when the latter was a Special Operations Executive agent on Crete. The German presence was still everywhere on the island of Crete in July, 1942 when the author, a 19-year-old member of his brother George’s famed resistance movement, went to the bus station in Chania Porte to greet Patrick Leigh Fermor, then known to the Greeks by his code name, “Mihalis.”

Doundoulakis credits Leigh Fermor as the catalyst that helped him become a spy for the American spy organization, the Office of Strategic Services. In this memoir, he writes about Leigh Fermor’s influence on his life while offering a cross section of history and life in the Second World War.

“My Unique Lifetime Association With Patrick Leigh Fermor” will appeal to readers of history, World War II and fans of the literary works of Leigh Fermor. Above all, it will be of interest to anyone looking for an inspiring true story of courage under fire.

“My Unique Lifetime Association With Patrick Leigh Fermor”
By Helias Doundoulakis ; Gabriella Gafni
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 92 pages | ISBN 9781503587434
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 92 pages | ISBN 9781503587427
E-Book | 92 pages | ISBN 9781503587441
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Helias Doundoulakis is the author of “I Was Trained To Be A Spy,” a chronicle of his journey from small town boy to spy, and “Trained To Be An OSS Spy.”

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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