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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: BERKLEY - US (24 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425229750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425229750
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.7 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,638,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.I.S. on 18 Mar 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Despite a passionate interest in WW2 and particularly that of secret operations, this book bored me rigid. Whether any of it is true, I have no idea, but I suspect a lot of the "special relationship" with Churchill is embellished. Even the author's own son says that his father had many stories about the war but he never heard him mention Churchill at any time. The book is marketed as "a novel based on a true story", so to be fair, there is a lot of scope for invention.

Apart from the veracity of the story, my main problem was with the style of writing. The author seems to be incapable of writing a sentence of more than about ten words, which gives the whole thing a very stilted feel. There were times when the writing was so basic it felt like a child's reading book. As far as the story goes, eveything seems to come very easily and our author styles himself as something of a super-hero capable of doing just about anything at the drop of a hat. I have no wish to denigrate Mr Ciampoli's war record as I'm sure he was extremely brave and had many talents, but writing novels is definitely not one of them.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Churchill's Secret Agent 15 Jan 2011
By Avid reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I read this book with great interest, since I have met the couple who wrote it, and therefore have been somewhat aware of the tremendous effort it took to get it together. My usual book preference is nothing like this, but I found it facinating. What impressed me that it was believable, since the author made no effort to portray himself as a hero, or glorify his role in the war effort. I was very impressed with his recall of names, places and dates of things that took place so many years ago. I have since become more interested in the period, and have seen several actions mentioned in other historical productions of the war that make mention of things that were mentioned in the book. I have given copies to my two teenage grandsons that are very interested in this part of history, as well as to several friends as gifts. Knowing that someone lived through these actions and horrors makes it so much more real to me. I am really glad that I read it....pure fact, no Hollywood hype and gory details!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Churchill's Secret Agent 2 Jan 2011
By Nitengail - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Max was very mature for his age and overcame personal adversity to achieve the mind boggling feats. His father sent him away to school and did not allow Max to have any contact with his mother. His father was a controlling hateful man, who was a Nazi sympathizer. Max was taught by his tutor and the priests to be a self sufficient young man. These skills were responsible for his ability as a spy. Max was captured and tortured, which took some time to heal. Partisans from several groups got him out of prison and back to England. Apparently, he was Mr. Churchill's "fixer". He was very skilled in making a determination on how to achieve a specific task. Mr. Churchill sent him on numerous missions, which he carried out successfully. The times he was with Mr. Churchill, were apparently some of his happiest times, as Churchill acted as a father figure. I loved this book and feel Max is an inspiration for all of us. This book is a valuable piece of history and accomplishment.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Riveting True Story of a Genuine Hero Who Fought Againt Tyrannical Evil 20 Dec 2010
By Shawn Kovacich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well I guess I should start this review of by saying that I had the honor and privilege of meeting Max and his lovely wife Linda at a special book signing event here in Reno, Nevada. What a great opportunity this was and one I will always cherish. To actually be able to meet not only a genuine hero of World War II, but also an extraordinary man and human being, was quite an honor and privilege. Max and Linda were genuinely friendly and such a delight to talk to that I had to remind myself that there were other people in line behind me. So although I didn't get to talk with them as long as I would have liked, several hours would have been too short, I did get a couple of minutes with them and was especially honored to shake both of their hands.

Max's story is one of extraordinary pain and heroism in a time where the world was truly at a tipping point between the powers of good and evil. For the vast majority of us, we truly have no real conception of what those times were like and especially for those who were in the smack dab in the middle of the war in Europe and Asia. This book will give you an idea of what it was like during those times and especially the various events that the author was intimately involved in. Although this story is told as a novel in order to make the reading more fluid and entertaining, one must remember that all of the key elements and events are true.

Here are just a few of the events that Max was directly involved in ...

a. Delivers a baby while eluding German patrols.

b. Kills a traitor.

c. Rescues a bunch of Jewish children from being killed.

d. Sabotages numerous bridges, Nazi war projects, etc.

And that is just a few of the heroic things that this man/boy accomplished as he fought for the lives of those being persecuted by Hitler and the Nazi regime.

I am not going to go into intricate detail about the contents of this book not because of spoiling it for anyone, but more for the fact that you really need to read this story for yourself in order to fully appreciate the sacrifice and greatness of Max and the others like him who fought at a time when the world was at its worst and also at its best. I have often heard the World War II generation being called the "great generation," and after meeting Max and a few others over the years, I would wholeheartedly agree!

I will always cherish my personally autographed copy of this book and the moment in my life when I got to meet such a great human being.

Shawn Kovacich
Creator of numerous books and DVD's.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Churchill to the Max 18 Jan 2011
By Carolyn Quinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This was a novel steeped in history and a candid portrait of a young man's journey from tyranical privilege to being Winston Churchill's secret spy. Max is the young kid who grew up as a summer home neighbor of Churchill. His friendship grew as the boy became a man looking for a direction in life. Max tells his tales of running dangerous errands for Churchill while gathering a young man's experiences in the world. As astute as the memories of the war were the memories of the food that seemed to compensate another part of the brain. It was a refreshing insight to Max's coping skills. Some people who come from emotional abusive homes use that to excuse their own mistakes in life. Max chose to follow a higher path and his journey is amazing. He went from being Winston Churchill's Secret Agent to coming to America and meeting Sylvester Stallone. But that I am sure, is another book.
(I am privileged to have met MaX and Linda and heard first hand bits and pieces of the life of this fascinating man who lived in the finges of history)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not the best written but a page turner for sure... 17 Mar 2011
By DirtyGinMartini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Each chapter is pretty well a unique mission and not necessarily built upon from the previous mission but the authors memory and detail grab a hold of you and compel you to find out what transpires on these missions. The writing style is not overly complex and it is an easy read and as others have stated.

We get a glimpse of Churchill that's not your everyday summarization in the history books.

If you are intrigued by this period in history and the European theatre, then you may very well enjoy this book. I certainly did.
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