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  • SAS Shadow Raiders

  • The Ultra-Secret Mission That Changed the Course of WWII
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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Summary

The incredible story of the radar wars: Britain's most secret battle.  

In the winter of 1941 an alien-seeming object was captured in a death-defying dash by an RAF reconnaissance pilot flying a lone unarmed Spitfire across the French coast. Balanced upon the cliffs near Le Havre was what appeared to be a giant convex dish, directed across the Channel at the war-torn British coastline.  

With Britain's cities being pounded by fearsome bombing raids, teams of experts studied the photograph worriedly. Might the dish constitute a highly secret form of radar - one that had the capacity to tip the balance of the war decisively in the enemy's favour? If so, Nazi Germany would have leapfrogged British technology many-fold.  

A top-secret mission was devised to steal what had become known as the 'Wurzburg Dish' after Enigma intercepted coded German messages. Appropriately christened Operation Biting, this was to be the first-ever Allied raid using airborne forces. Commanded by legendary Major John 'Johnny' Frost, he demanded blind loyalty from his band of piratical raiders. 'A wild crew...they looked horrible,' he admitted. Each and every rehearsal had proved disastrous; it was a suicide mission in all but name.  

On the French coast agents of the Special Operations Executive - Churchill's shadowy ministry for ungentlemanly warfare - risked all to map the target's defences. At the 11th hour, two unwelcome additions joined Frosts' crew. One was a shadowy German cloaked in mystery, the other a British radar specialist who could not be allowed to fall into enemy hands.   

Relying on files declassified for the purposes of writing this book, eyewitness testimony and working with the families of key figures involved, Lewis reveals an untold epic of daring, ruthless rule-breaking and ferocity, coupled with bravery and ingenuity beyond measure. The results of Operation Biting would resonate throughout the war and beyond, changing the course of 20th-century history. 

©2019 Damien Lewis (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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Stick with it

Takes a while to get going but once it dose it’s worth it! Another great book from this Author!

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Can not put this down

Another brilliant book by Damien Lewis, I love reading these SAS stories, the history of the Regiment is brilliant, proper rough tough, intelligent and humorous men who faced fear and in many cases laughed in the face of danger, this is the fourth book from Damien that I have read, hard books to put down once started.

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Awesome Book

Absolutely loved it from start to finish, packed with facts and stats, really makes you appreciate what those young lads went through, if you are into WW2 Trivia this book is a must read or listen, the book does carry quite a few photos.

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chapter 5 8:00 minutes in

at the point listed above the paragraph repeats itself, as there was a no report function, the best I can do is review.
haven't finished the story as of yet, but it is gripping! as always!

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Excellent book - the best I have listened to from this author

I could really picture and imagine the events. It was a fascinating insight. Highly recommended.

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A one hour Story dragged out for twelve hours.

I normally enjoy the authors books but I found this one very hard to get into. The characters were not that interesting and the meat of the story could have been told in an hour and it would have been just as good. I could have read from chapter 12ish onwards and missed little of interest. Narrator on this one didn't help, I kept switching off.

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Never forget

A very good book about the heroism of a group of men in the Second World War. Very well written and narrated.

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Awesome

What an absolutely brave bunch of bastards, let their memories live on as the hero’s they undoubtedly were.

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Gripping story

Well written and compelling reading, this recounting of a raid by SAS in WW2 is edge of the seat stuff. Highly recommend

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An excellent pen-picture

An excellent pen-picture of the background, terrain, machines, action but most of all the men who with courage & fortitude took part in Operation Biting & related episodes of WWII. Damien Lewis' trademark is exhaustive research & relentless attention to detail & this is no less evidenced in SAS Shadow Raiders. A thoroughly enjoyable read, often moving & exhilarating. A great tribute to ordinary men who in time of war did extraordinary things & so wrote their names in history. Thank you Damien for bringing these brave men back to life & capturing in the memory of future generations the events which along with others brought about the deserved defeat of the Nazi evil.

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  • 16-04-20

A terrific war time thriller

Terrific story, research and narration. It was a real shame when I came to the end... I could have listened and marvelled at the story for easily another 6 hrs.