From the Number One bestselling author of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, comes a new true story of Second World War deception
Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He is the author of eight previous books including Agent Zigzag, shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year 2008, and the no. 1 bestseller Operation Mincemeat. He lives in North London with his wife and three children.
Utterly gripping * Anthony Beevor, Daily Telegraph *
I have seldom enjoyed a spy story more than this one, and fiction will make dreary reading hereafter * Max Hastings, Sunday Times *
Macintyre is a first-class narrative historian ... as pacy as a thriller and better written than most * Sunday Telegraph *
Addictive and deeply moving * Independent *
Enthralling ... A book so gripping that I even found myself reading it in lifts, frequently emitting snorts of incredulity. A reminder that heroism can be found in the most unlikely places * Evening Standard *
This fascinating book finds a vivid and very human path through one of the greatest moments in our history * Daily Mail *
Macintyre recounts the fascinating story of the Allied spy team that saved thousands of lives by successfully deceiving the Germans into thinking the D-Day invasion would happen in Calais and Norway instead of Normandy. Macintyre smartly focuses his attention on the key personalities who risked their lives, including a variety of British MI5 spies, double agents inside Nazi intelligence, and the primary agents-a Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter pilot, a bisexual Peruvian party girl, an eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming, and a volatile Frenchwoman. Hollywood probably could not make up more odd, memorable characters. Unfortunately, playwright and actor John Lee's otherwise solid reading is sadly marred by the unnecessary effort to emulate the different accents of the multiethnic operatives as he conveys their comments in stilted, broken English, which only makes the characters sound like caricatures. VERDICT The strength of the story still will make this offering alluring to history lovers, especially the numerous devotees of all things World War II. ["Macintyre's book will appeal to general readers and espionage buffs who love.true spy stories," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Crown hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 7/20/12.-Ed.]-Dale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.