Partisans Author:Alistair MacLean ...Alistair MacLean returns to the time, WWII, and the setting, the Balkan Peninsula, of his greatest successes. — The Partisans are Yugoslavian Royalists. Their motto, "Better death than slavery," explains their fanatic devotion to King and Country and how their outmanned, outgunned forces have withstood the methodical attacks of the Nazi war ma... more »chine. It is to their besieged stronghold high in the frigid Balkans that Major Peter Petersen leads a commando force. His mission: to deliver a mysterious message of vital importance to the Partisans, from the Italian Fascists. For, like rats deserting a sinking ship, certain factions within Italian high command have foreseen the war's outcome and are skittering along a perilous tightrope between the demands of their suspicious partners in Berlin... and London.
Petersen knew it wouldn't be a smooth operation. That sixth sense a veteran acquires warned him of a setup. His orders reek of doublecross and deception. But he has his own reason for playing along with the Fascists and delivering them their due.
All the surprises and twists, the violence and unexpected resolutions of plotting that have come to be hallmarks of a MacLean story, exist here in an atmosphere of intrique, danger and unparalled suspense.« less