Most Secret by Nevil Shute
(Vintage International)

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Aboard a fishing boat named “Genevieve,” a small group of British officers and French fishermen—armed only with a flame thrower and small arms—plan a secret commando mission against the might of the German army after the fall of France in World War II. Each man has experienced a terrible loss of one kind or another, and each is fully prepared to face the risks of their desperate gesture of defiance. Most Secret is classic Shute: a thrilling tale of sacrifice and courage and the heroism of ordinary men that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
 

About Nevil Shute

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Nevil Shute Norway was born in 1899 in Ealing, London. He studied Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford. Following his childhood passion, he entered the fledgling aircraft industry as an aeronautical engineer working to develop airships and, later, airplanes. In his spare time he began writing and he published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926, using the name Nevil Shute to protect his engineering career. In 1931 he married Frances Mary Heaton and they had two daughters. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve where he worked on developing secret weapons. After the war he continued to write and settled in Australia where he lived until his death in 1960. His most celebrated novels include Pied Piper (1942), A Town Like Alice (1950), and On the Beach (1957).
 
Published February 1, 2011 by Vintage. 354 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction, Horror, History, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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Thoroughly good reading, but not as widely appealing a book as Pastoral or Pied Piper, perhaps because, in cross sectioning a group of characters he does not cut quite as deeply into emotional levels as he was able to do in his greater concentration on individuals in these most popular of his books.

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