Publisher Smokescreen Creative.
Another Unknown Soldier by A.M. Smith
When a covert asset deep within the Third Reich makes unscheduled contact, his message is short but clear. He has information and needs extraction.
But is everything as it seems? With no mention of the intel’s significance, one word races to mind: bait. Could it be a trap?
In spite of the dangers, there is only one way to find out….they are going in.
Some secrets are worth the risk….(from Amazon)
This book takes place in 1943 and when a group of men are parachuted into enemy territory to do a very important and vital job. The characters are varied and interesting in their styles, different nationalities, and personalities. The writer has been able to capture the atmosphere of risk and danger facing the men and the difficulties they encounter while they blend as a team.
I was very grateful for the glossary as a lot of the terms and abbreviations were unfamiliar to me. The book goes back and forward in time to lend background to the story but at times does not always add to the story. There is a lot of violence, but this was obviously war time and violence was all around. The main characters are very loyal and supportive of each other and this gave the story a concrete British feel to it of wartime solidarity.
Some of the descriptions are pretty scary, like the parachute drop at night and the gun fight when trying to gatherAquilato safety. The action is fast and the general pace of the book is good except when there are long descriptions of minutiae of types of guns and ammunition, although they are obviously well researched, and some of the graphic injuries are difficult to deal with. One particularly dagger killing;
‘Penetrating the substernal notch, the area at the base of the sternum, the cold metal drove its way into his body, piercing…..(and on) etc, very anatomical and well described, but just a bit too much.
The book seemed overly long for the plot and slightly less introspection by the leader of the team would have solved this.
This book will have a particular appeal to combat enthusiasts and spy novel readers, but I would have liked a few more lighter moments punctuating the story.
However, I did finish the book and in the last chapter there is a lovely poetic description of the sight of the sea and the ferry which could take them to safety, and without giving anything away, there is a heroic and satisfying ending.