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Hitler's Spy

Hitler's Spy [Kindle Edition]

James Hayward
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Originally published as Double Agent Snow, Hitler's Spy is the paperback edition, which tells of how on the eve of the outbreak of the Second World War the double-agent Arthur Owens, codenamed SNOW, is summoned to Berlin and appointed Hitler's chief spy in Britain. Days later he finds himself in Wandsworth prison, betrayed by the wife he traded for a younger model, and forced to transmit false wireless messages for MI5 to earn his freedom - and avoid the hangman's noose. A vain and devious anti-hero with no moral compass, Owen's motives were status, money and women. He mixed fact with fiction constantly, and at times insisted that he was a true patriot, undertaking hazardous secret missions for his mother country; at other times, Owens saw himself as a daring rogue agent, outwitting British Intelligence and loyal only to the Fatherland.
Yet in 1944, as Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, Hitler was caught unawares, tricked into expecting the invasion across the Pas de Calais in a strategic deception played out by Owens and the double-cross agents of MI5. For all his flaws, Agent Snow became the traitor who saved his country. Based on recently de-classified MI5 files and previously unpublished sources, Hitler's Spy is the story of a secret Battle of Britain, fought by Snow and his opposing spymasters, Thomas 'Tar' Robertson of MI5 and Nikolaus Ritter of the Abwehr, as well as the tragic love triangle between Owens, his wife Irene, and his mistress Lily Funnell. The evocative, fast-paced narrative moves from seedy south London pubs to North Sea trawlers, from chic Baltic spa resorts to Dartmoor gaol, populated by a colourful rogue's gallery of double-cross agents.

About the Author

James Hayward's previous books include The Bodies on the Beach, Shadowplayers and Myths and Legends of the Second World War. As a solicitor he worked on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, and as a historian has collaborated with organisations including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Imperial War Museum and National Army Museum. He lives in Norfolk and is the proud owner (and very occasional rider) of a vintage 1938 autocycle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5219 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (30 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EBA5PR8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but no. 26 Feb 2014
By helen
Format:Kindle Edition
I would like to like this book, and I would have liked to give it a good review. It's definitely an interesting subject matter and in the hands of a more competent and knowledgable historian could actually be a fascinating story. Alas, it was not to be. It's a confused and confusing yarn which may have made sense to the writer but definitely not to the reader. Personae are introduced without reference and referred to like old acquaintances. Irrelevant characters are treated as if of major importance.The story lacks an angle and is all over the place. A real problem is the writing style which at best can be called grating. The author is excessively fond of the expression "A humdinger, in fact", and uses it as an "ironic" authorial comment on almost every page. A confused stance over whether the book is a novel (speech between characters given verbatim, but of course made up) or based on actual research does not help. I really wonder what the publishers (Simon&Schuster!) were thinking when they released this totally confused book. Sorry, no - not good enough. Not by a long stretch.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject but poorly presented 20 Jun 2014
There are better, more important tales of wartime double-cross than that of Arthur Owens alias Snow, or Johnny. It's the telling that lets this account down.
Generally it isn't too hard to follow the narrative but the author seems to assume that the reader has a greater background knowledge of the principal characters, enough at least to be able to identify them from the several pseudonyms applied to them without constantly checking back to see who is who.
In the world of espionage code names are to be expected but there seems to be no excuse for using aliases or even nicknames plus the person's real name within one paragraph. All that achieves is confusion, made worse by the fact that sometimes more than one person is treated similarly in the same passage. It really makes the story more difficult to follow than it really is or in fact needs to be.
Shame really. Owens' is interesting and the way that the various agencies on both sides handled him is an interesting insight into the early espionage/counter espionage developments in WWII. It deserves better than this account.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cover to cover filled with espionage stories 27 May 2014
By Ginge
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Want to know who spied on who in world war 2? Read this book for a good insight into how of it happened.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 18 May 2014
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I have read a lot o World War II books but I was disappointed with this one. It wasn't written very well and I found it to be boring but I persevered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 28 Mar 2014
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Another book difficult to put down. Not as well written with the over use of several words, but a good read all the same.
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