A WAR OF SHADOWS by W. Stanley Moss

A WAR OF SHADOWS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

That old school tie -- which did so well in Ill Met By Moonlight (1951) does it again, from his diaries, on subsequent assignments. This tells of his return from Cairo to Crete, there to train escaped Russian prisoners as guerrillas and (again) to kidnap a German General (General Krelpe's successor). A doomed operation, with foul- ups and plan changes -- and then to Macedonia in September, 1944, with a tricky bit of work and country and one of the reddest communist territories in Europe. There Gen. Melas, The Gun, and ""Fockin America"" kept the plans for blowing up the bridge to Salonika in constant turmoil and there, too, the liberation brought strange scenes. Next to Slam, in 1945, where caves, and mountain tops and time mines had their part in operations against the Japanese. The romance and adventure of resistance operations, with splendid companions, the spates of violence and maddening hitches to plans presumably perfected, the nuances of bravery, courage, heroism -- and fear, -- again this is one of the most personally descriptive reportings of one phase of the past war, perhaps a bit swashbuckling than its predecessor. But still engaging, in its super-games approach.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1952
Publisher: Macmillan