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Autumn 1943. Realising that his feelings fro his sweetheart are not reciprocated, Major John Overton accepts a posting behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Albania. As he struggles to complete his mission amidst a chaotic backdrop, Overton is left to ruminate on loyalty, comradeship and the futility of war.
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"As well as being one of our greatest actors, Anthony Quayle was an intrepid war hero and his autobiographical novel is one of the greatest adventure stories of the Second World War. Beautifully written and full of pathos and authenticity, it brings alive the terrible moral decisions that have to be taken by soldiers under unimaginable pressures in wartime."--Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny "I loved this book, and felt I was really there."--Louis de Bernieres, author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin "Much more than a novel. . . . [It] is a faithful evocation of his searing experiences in Nazi-occupied Albania after he was sent there to assist the Resistance. One of the earliest accounts to be published by an ex-SEO officer, it remains a powerful study not only of the desperate dilemmas faced by occupied populations but also of the challenges faced by outsiders inclined to help."--Roderick Bailey, author of Forgotten Voices of the Secret War: An Inside History of Special Operations in the Second World War