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The '44 Vintage [Paperback]

Anthony Price
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5 Nov 1992

A few weeks after D-day the German army in the West is retreating, with the British and the Americans in hot pursuit. But Major O'Conor, ex-liaison officer with the Yugoslav Partisans, is conducting his own private war. As he leads his hand-picked team of ruthless fighters deep behind the German lines, it becomes clear that he regards French Resistance units and British Intelligence agents as more dangerous to his mission than the Germans.

So it is unfortunate for him that two interpreters attached to his task force happen to be Second-Lieutenant Audley and Corporal Butler, already revealing the cunning and resourcefulness that, in earlier novels, has taken them to the very top of their field.

Major O'Conor's startling objective remains unknown to everyone except himself until the final pages - where a shattering surprise lies in store.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Edition edition (5 Nov 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586200754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586200759
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By the CWA Gold Dagger award-winning author of Other Paths to Glory --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Major O'Conor, ex-liaison officer with the Yugoslav Partisans, was conducting his own private war deep behind the German lines. But as the enemy fled across Europe following D-Day, something strange seemed to have happened to Major O'Conor's allegiances.

Attached to his task force were young Second Lieutenant Audley and Corporal Butler, untried soldiers who were already displaying some of the qualities that would later take them to the top of British Intelligence.

So what was the rogue Major up to? As he led Chandos Force, his band of ruthless fighters, towards the denouement of a mission shrouded in mystery, it became plain that O'Conor regarded the Maquis as a greater threat than the Nazis…

"'The '44 Vintage' is , quite simply, excellent"

"Devilishly ingenious and complicated"

"The best thriller writer in the business"

"Price writes thrillers for grown-ups"

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great WW2 story 4 Mar 2014
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I first read this book along with all the other books of the series about 20 years ago. This book with The Hour of the Donkey are IMHO the best. The Hour of the Donkey is set as the German panzers are pushing the French and English armies back at the start of the war. The '44 Vintage is set soon after D Day. Both give a good feeling for the chaos felt by troops on the ground and the "44 Vintage introduces the reader to Butler and Audley the central characters of the series.

As wartime adventure stories go it is hard to think of better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Espionage, Thrills and Excitement 26 Feb 2000
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Although this book was the 6th in this series, it actually predates the preceeding books in timeframe. The introduction of the key series characters of Dr. Audley & Col. (then Cpl) Butler during the final push of WWII is great for the reader who already has some familiarity with other titles, but the new reader may find it a less than compelling read. Try one of the other books, then come back to this one and you'll appreciate the depth of character and involved plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb adventure-cum-mystery novel 23 Jun 1997
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Introduces Audley and Butler, key figures who appear in most later Anthony Price cold war novels of intellectual espionage. From the nearly one-sided armor warfare in the bocage of Normandy through the south of France, a fast moving boo
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great atmosphere! 17 Jan 1998
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Unfortunately I wasn't really keen on this title. I found the time setting the most interesting factor. The only other title I have read by Mr. Price is The Alamut Ambush & this was average fare. The 44 Vintage unfortunately was not a good one. Below average for it's type.
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