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Rogue Male: Sabotage and seduction behind German lines with Geoffrey Gordon-Creed, DSO, MC Hardcover – 14 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; First Edition edition (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444706330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444706338
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.4 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A thrilling tale of slit throats, torture and loud bangs; it is also a story of seduction and illicit sex: quite unlike anything else to emerge from the last war. Definitely a fascinating read.' (Ranulph Fiennes)

'Major Geoff is my type of soldier - the kind of guy you want in your teeam when you tear up the rule book.' (Chris Ryan)

'Fast-paced... a good dose of humour. It is refreshing to read a book relating to that period that could have been written by a modern soldier with a typical work hard, play hard ethos.' (Sgt Wallace Stephenson, Intelligence Corps, Soldier Magazine)

'Thrilling (and even classic)... parachuted as a saboteur into Greece, where he stayed for over a year, doing heroic mischief against the Nazis, and not exactly improving the morals of the local Greek women. There's no doubting that this is the record of a hero - albeit one in the Flashman mode.' (A.N. Wilson, Reader's Digest)

'Major Geoff is a brave, blithe adventurer in ruthless, resourceful action, as opportunistic and vigorous in the theatre of war as in the bedroom.' (The Times)

'This book is simply cracking. Dirty, dangerous and a lot of fun.' (The Field)

'Former army officer Roger Field pieces together Major Geoff's unpublished journals and letters in this uncut version of World War II. Most riveting of all is the Major's account of the destruction of the Asopos Viaduct in occupied Greece - this is Boy's Own stuff at its best.' (Daily Mail)

'War heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but I've rarely come across any as charismatic as Geoffrey Gordon-Creed... A maverick and prodigious womaniser, it's no surprise to learn he was a friend of Ian Fleming and was reputedly one of the models for James Bond.' (Mail on Sunday)

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Exposing the daring sexual adventuring and ruthless tactics of a World War II hero

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You can hear the clichés stacking up; Fleming's inspiration for Bond, a cross between Flashman and Niven, Lothario of the desert and so on. The fact is there are so many parts to Geoffrey Gordon-Creed that most men can probably identify with some of him and if honest would probably like to identify with a whole lot more, but dare not admit it. The Second World War required gifted amateurs to rub alongside the seasoned professionals yet demanded that they grow up fantastically quickly. Quite often they did and with a breadth of vision which allowed them to flourish unshackled by military convention. Gordon-Creed was such a man and his was an extraordinary war.

I will not summarise the story save to say that his war experience, actions and manner will divide opinion which in itself is sufficient argument for his story to be told. Unconventional men have a habit of getting up the noses of conventional men so to win both an MC and DSO is an extraordinary achievement. Approve or not of the man the fact remains that this is a fascinating, must read, account of a theatre of war which has been largely eclipsed by SOE operations in France. Yet it was the war in Greece conducted by Gordon-Creed, and a very few other brave people, that kept the Germans so stretched across the whole European theatre that they were never able to concentrate sufficient force to deal with the Normandy landings. He's right up there with Spike Milligan in the downfall of Hitler and there are moments in this book when you will laugh just as much. His interview technique is mind boggling.

Gordon-Creed's is a personal view of war; exciting, frightening, funny, brutal, unapologetic.
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By bomble TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Mar. 2011
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This is just the kind of book I needed. For reasons I am not sure I have yet identified, I have chosen a lot of `heavy' books lately - from true life accounts of human trafficking ( Radhika's Story: Surviving Human Trafficking ) to rantings on the state of the global hegemony ( Whose Crisis, Whose Future?) and the science of climate change ( The Warming Papers: The Scientific Foundation For Climate Change Forecast) . So something about the promise of this book just clicked for me. My wife looked surprised when it arrived... `that's not the sort of book you read is it?'. And now I can gladly exclaim... yes it is (sometimes!).

I found the story of Gordon-Creed's exploits to be gripping, at times laugh-out-loud funny and at times shocking when the realities of his `game' were laid bare. Ignore the titillating subtitle; this is the story of a soldier - a man with both formal and informal training to be lethal. The fact that he exposed a taste for adulterous womanising and an ability to sink a drink or two is utterly unsurprising given the multiple grim futures that could have awaited him at any moment. It's hard to tease cause from effect here - does the army attract such individuals or does the army create them? Whatever the mix, I've met people akin to Gordon-Creed in my few dealings with members of the armed forces and what makes his story exceptional is its candour given the era in which he lived rather than the behaviour itself which is as old as warring history.
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By Mr. Pj Williams VINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2011
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I picked this up after reading some of the other reviews concerning it and they seemed to give the impression of some sort of "bond esque" man swaggering around world war two being a cad and killing germans like its nothing.

happily this is not what I found. as someone who reads many memoirs concerning soldiers, generals, etc some by themselves and others by biographers. this book is a slight blend. the author begins on how he came to find the story of gordon creed, and you tell he is very enthusiastic about the man and his story. Creed it seemed had written a sort of memoir.
well field had the job of filling it out with the technical detail as well as keeping the narrative straight and the story leaning this side of fact. to be honest he has done an excellent job and has produced ( with no small help from creeds memoir ) one of the most interesting personal stories I have read in a very long time. creed has a real personality for once, he drinks, swears, has sex with women- not his wife- he recounts his exploits well, not trying to apologise for the nastier aspects of his work, and not afraid to point out the flaws in it. in all it was a refreshing read which kept me interested ( to the point of reading it in two days). a well balanced account by the author with his snippets of background kept everything in context, even with the occasional bit of humour inserted himself. honestly I cant find fault in this memoir, it wont appeal to everyone as you might gather from the other reviews but if you want one written by a "real person" flaws and all then you will really enjoy this
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