The Hornet's Sting by Mark Ryan

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Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with Sneum, Mark Ryan describes how Tommy made an incredible escape from Denmark in a battered old Hornet Moth aircraft - which he had to refuel in mid-air by climbing out on the wing. Later, he escaped from Denmark again - by walking across a treacherous frozen sea on which two of his companions died. Tommy brought over precious intelligence about the Nazi radar installations in Denmark and their atom bomb - his reward was to be imprisoned in Brixton as a suspected double agent and threatened with execution.

He cheated the hangman - but it is only with the publication of this enthralling book that Sneum can be celebrated as, in the words of Professor R.V. Jones, Churchill’s chief of scientific intelligence, ‘one of the true heroes of World War II’.

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Mark Ryan interviewed Tommy Sneum at length before the former spy died last year aged 89. Mark Ryan is a writer and lives in England.
Published February 1, 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing. 408 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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A ripping real-life yarn of espionage and daring that also inspired Ken Follett's novel Hornet Flight (2002).

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