Some Go To War

War Comes To Some

Some Get Medals For Killing

Some Get Medals For Dying

Some Get To Go Home

Journey to Marseilles, a novel by Dennis Billuni, is the story of two young Americans and is inspired by the WWII experiences of the author’s parents.

Sam DiFranco, a US Army Third Division infantryman, and Rebecca Smit, a Dutch Resistance partisan, embark upon separate but equally perilous journeys through the treacherous crucible that is war. Sam battles the Vichy French in North Africa, and the Nazis on the battlefields of Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio, while Rebecca, in occupied Amsterdam, delivers forged documents and smuggles Jews and downed fliers out of the city, all the while evading capture by the Nazis, a role that becomes increasingly risky.

Is it possible for both of them to overcome physical deprivation, enemy oppression, and the loss of those close to them to return to the homes they once knew?


Raised in Detroit, Michigan and Southern California, Dennis Billuni began work on JOURNEY TO MARSEILLES after a thirty-year career with the U.S. Postal Service and a second career as a freelance literary editor. While raising his three children, he coached Little League Baseball for ten years in Spring Valley, California. A Vietnam War-era Veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1971 as a Communications Technician. He studied Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Creative Writing at San Diego State University and Grossmont College.

Nowadays, when he isn’t tending to or driving his classic Ford Mustang, he is playing with his grandchildren, enjoying Fantasy Baseball, and smelling the roses. He and his wife Terrie have been married since 1969 and now live in Northern California. JOURNEY TO MARSEILLES is his first novel.

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