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Judas Battalion (A Star book) Paperback – 18 Oct 1984

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Star; New Ed edition (18 Oct. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0352315431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0352315434
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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World War 2 vg++ paperback In stock shipped from our UK warehouse

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When he wasn't bashing out an avalanche of horror novels under the name Peter Tremayne, Peter Beresford Ellis found time to knock out eight or so thrillers under the name Peter MacAlan. Of the three or four I've read, this is the best, a "school of" Jack Higgins tall story about a plot to infiltrate a British agent into the Legion of Saint George, the "Judas Battalion" of the title. The story ricochets from wartime London to neutral Ireland and all over occupied Europe; it doesn't hold still for a second and never flags. Ellis/Tremayne/MacAlan's is an old-fashioned style, redolent of the boys' story papers of the thirties and forties. Frequently (in books like "The Confession") this leaves him completely adrift when attempting to set a story in the sexed-up, jet-setting seventies. His other besetting sin as a writer is that often (as in "Kitchener's Gold") he very obviously loses interest well before the end of a book and rattles off an almost insultingly perfunctory conclusion.

Here, though, everything hangs together. Plot, character and incident bounce along mightily together and the overall effect is pleasingly akin to that of a (slightly) grown-up "Commando" or "War Picture Library" yarn. There's a typically excellent Richard Clifton-Day cover on the Star Books paperback edition too.
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