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Summary

From the number one best-selling author comes a tale of one boy’s fight for survival in Nazi Europe.

A secret mission....

1939. As Europe teeters on the brink of war, Alfred Kendall is tasked with carrying out a minor mission for the British Intelligence Service. Travelling to Prague, he takes his troubled young son, Hugh, as cover.

A terrible choice....

When Hitler invades Czechoslovakia, Alfred is given an ultimatum by the Czech Resistance. They will arrange for him to return to England, but only if he leaves his son Hugh behind as collateral.

A young boy stranded in Nazi terrain....

Hugh is soon taken under the wing of a Nazi colonel - Helmuth Scholl. But even though Scholl treats Hugh well, his son, Heinz, is suspicious of this foreigner. And as the war across the continent intensifies, they are set on a path that will ultimately lead towards destruction....

©2019 Andrew Taylor (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"An epic, punchy thriller from a fantastic storyteller." (The Times)

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Excellent WWII spy thriller

This is my 821st Audible book and I'd rate as one of the 5 most enjoyable. Convincing spy thriller, unusual for the genre in that there are plenty of characters that I really liked and was rooting for. Excellent evocations of wartime London and Prague.

This is the first in a series of three loosely-related novels. The others (Blacklist and Toyshop) are also excellent - but not yet available as audiobooks. I hope very much that they're also recorded and released soon, preferably with the same narrator - he did a very good job here.

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Missing sections of text

I'm a big fan of this Ashes of London series by the same author, but this is a class below. A disappointing and disjointed story (I thought the story was abridged at one point, but checking the text proved otherwise). I would no recommend overall.
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excellent listen

had listened to other works by author. very different setting but original and absorbing. I would recommend.