A sensitive, detached novel of a small group of partisans, in Austria, during the recent war, which recalls Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls in its considered approach, the sharp, sure treatment of setting and situations, and the ability to create memorable, well-realized characters. Young Englishman Bullivant is parachuted into enemy territory to contact the ten local partisans and direct the blowing of the reservoir to be timed with Allied attack, but there he only meets a philosophical, listless acceptance of the status quo and in time loses his own sense of duty. A journalist parachutes in and forces the attack, forces the sure slaughter of the partisan group, and in the end regrets his own selfishness. The author here pits an ardent, young idealist and an unscrupulously ambitious young man against a group of self-sufficient realists. Mature, well written, displaying considerable talent. For a select market.