‘A meticulously researched and truly shocking account of an operation that should never have been authorised. In his account of this hair-raising, if not hare-brained enterprise, Ashdown sustains an incisive narrative of great suspense, laced with a moral outrage that is all the more powerful for being both understated and underpinned by telling detail.'(Jonathan Dimbleby Mail on Sunday)
‘Lord Ashdown gives an extensive and definitive account of the mission’(Saga Magazine)
'The story of Operation Frankton is an extreme example of a plan brilliantly conceived and badly botched. The ten commandos who made a secret canoe raid in 1942 on German merchant ships have become icons of British wartime derring-do.'(The Times)
'Lord Ashdown truly makes history live, with meticulous research presented in a very readable way. For a new view on history, or just for an exciting adventure story, A Brilliant Little Operation is well worth reading.'
'Ashdown’s narrative style is quite superb – particularly on the raid itself, and albeit not always documented, he builds what seems to be a most accurate picture of what that canoe trip must have been like. I think Ashdown’s work is simply brilliant!'(The Book Dad)
'No doubt many more books will be written about the war, but I hope this becomes a model for them since, though the heroism of our boys is stirring stuff, history only makes real sense if you can see it from all sides.'(Daily Telegraph)
‘Paddy Ashdown has sifted the facts from the myths to write a fascinating and very personal account.’(Independent)
'It moves at the pace of a thriller and it's real'(Nick Ferrari Sunday Express)
‘Ashdown’s insights and his extensive research in an impressive range of archives will ensure that yet another work on the subject will not be required in the foreseeable future.’(Times Literary Supplement)
‘Told from French, German and British perspectives, this is a well-balanced and gripping read.’(Good Book Guide)
Winner of the Royal Marines Historical Society Literary Award for 2013.