Abridged, 2 tapes, approx. 3 hrs.
Having read/listened to a number of Higgins' books, I have come to appreciate his writing style very much. For those of you familiar with is books, I'm afraid that you'll find this one not quite up to the level of "The Eagle Has Landed" (in itself a fantasric tale!), but how many consecutive homeruns do you hit? Even falling a little short of "Eagle", this book is worth the listening effort, and stands on its own merit. If I'm in a World War II mood, I usually swing to Patrick Robinson's books, but Higgins is noteworthy as well. You can't go wrong with either of them. Higgins does give you a different perspective since he actually lives in the "Channel Islands", and is adept at capturing the melancholy of that stretch of water. The storyline has an abundance of twists and turns, so you are never really sure of what will happen next (if you were, why pick up the book in the first place?) Good characters, some you love, some you learn to hate! Lots of suspence, and it gets you out of your favorite chair and drops you back in the middle of a WWII French Resistance/British Navy wartime adventure. Good escape vehicle from the humdrum of everyday realities.
A somewhat entertaining book, but also proof that eventually even the best writers run out of ideas. When they get to that point, then it is time to throw in enough sex and violence to cover up the fact that the plot is essentially the same as he or she used in previous books.
Just another reason why "Best Selling New York Times" authors continue to disappoint me.
Don't get me wrong, there are several of Higgins' books that I thoroughly enjoyed and are still on my shelves. This just won't be one of them.
Wonderful Jack Higgins, lots of meat. Enjoy him very much.
American agent in France during the Nazi occupation
A fast paced thriller about a team of Ally spies on a critical mission to Nazi France just prior to D-Day.
Great story taking place in WWII>
On England's Cornish coast, the fishing village of Cold Harbour has been staffed with a small army-trained to engage in covert action in France, disguised as Nazi officers. In the crucial weeks before D-day, Cold Harbour is launching the most extraordinary deceit of the war.
From Publishers Weekly: "Higgins returns to familiar territory with nothing very new to offer. As D-day approaches in Europe, the Allied command learns of a German staff conference to be held in Brittany at the Chateau de Voincourt, where the Nazis will discuss their Atlantic Wall defense strategy. Foreknowledge of these plans could mean the difference between success and failure for the Allied invasion, and as luck would have it, the chateau happens to be the home of an undercover French Resistance agent, beautiful Anne-Marie Trevaunce, so there is every chance that the good guys will succeed in stealing them. When Anne-Marie is incapacitated, luck comes to the fore once again: she just happens to have an identical twin sister living in England who is persuaded to take her place. Fortuitous turns are the norm in this improbable story, as cardboard heroes pull off miraculous rescues, double agents lurk everywhere and villains in uniform serve on both sides of the conflict." Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Book Description: "In this Higgins adventure classic, an Allied spy operation is suddenly jeopardized just as it's about to discover Rommel's plans for defeating the D-Day invasion. "
" A gripping, tingling tale of deception" " A dashing tale of WWII that leaves you breathless."
Great story and suspenseful.
Another good one by the best..
World WarII senario. As usual Higgins has written a cliff hanger.
The book is even more enjoyable if you have some knowledge of the second World War.
May 1944. The eve of the Allied Invasion of Europe. When American OSS agent Craig Osbourne is taken aboard a german E-boat off the coast of Brittany, he thinks that his war - and possibly is life - are over. But the Lili Marlene is actually operated by the Royal Navy out of an ultrasecret base on the English coast. And it will soon be returning Osbourne - a highly trained assassin- to occupied France. There, he will help the beautiful twin sister of a dead British agent infiltrate a German High Command briefing on the defense of the Atlantic Wall. Nothing will prevent the coming Allied assult - but its success may well depend on the outcome of this mission... Seattle Post Intelliencer
Interesting historical novel.
In this Higgins adventure classic, an Allied spy operation is suddenly jeopardized just as it's about to discover Rommel's plans for defeating the D-Day invasion
My husband enjoied this book very much.
Novel of covert OSS SOE combined force secret operation in occupied France. Lots of action, intrigue.