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Dutch Treat

A powerful novel of action, intrigue, horror and suspense, set against the somber background of Dunkirk and the Blitzkrieg. The time is June 1940. Nazi panzer divisions are churning across northern Europe, leaving ruin and demoralization in their wake. A British commando team sneaks into Amsterdam, and right under the nose of the advance units of the Wehrmacht steals the Dutch crown treasure from the Royal Palace and prepares to whisk it back to the safety of England... Tristan Jones has written more than just another war novel. The story is highlighted by a galaxy of unforgettable characters. Humor is there, too, macabre and chilling at times, but totally believable under the circumstances. And finally???like a thread of gossamer winding through this glowing fabric???there is a note of tenderness and compassion in the form of the BEATRICE MAUD, a sailing vessel whose actual participation in the Dunkirk evacuation touched upon the lives of many people.
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British author Jones, who died in 1995, is perhaps best remembered for 14 autobiographical books recounting the seafaring adventures of a one-legged blue-water sailor (Seagulls in My Soup: Further Adventures of a Wayward Sailor). His third work of fiction, originally published in England in 1979, is a wartime thriller telling of a bizarre special mission by British operatives during the early days of WWII. In 1940, the French and British are evacuating the chaotic beaches at Dunkirk, hammered by German panzers and the Luftwaffe. As the Nazis sweep across Western Europe, the British government launches a top-secret commando operation to steal the Dutch crown jewels from the queen's royal palace in Amsterdam before the Nazis can occupy the Netherlands. A motley group is selected to pull the heist: Colonel Canning and Lieutenant Dennis, two stuffy British Army officers; able seaman Goffin, a wisecracking sailor; and two scheming convicts chosen for their skills in safecracking and explosives. "Feather Fingers" Mitchell and "Banger" Lynch have different ideas about what to do with the loot, but they won't be the mission's only problems. Double agents, traitors, doublecrossings and bad luck plague the operation as the Nazis discover the plan and move quickly to intercept the commandos. Readers will be breathless by the time Jones wraps up this gripping tale, its chronicling of the disaster at Dunkirk, the razor-edged pursuit and the cold-blooded manipulations of the spymasters in London reminiscent of Alistair McLean's stories of WWII. Publishers Weekly It's World War II, the Germans are pushing the British into the sea at Dunkirk, and the Good Guys are trying to save the Dutch crown jewels; a novel. Wooden Boat

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