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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (7 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496196058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496196057
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,357,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Damian Stevenson was born in Los Angeles and grew up in London. After graduating from Oxford University he returned to L.A. where he worked at DreamWorks as an executive and then at Warner Bros. as a screenwriter ('Fleming'). He is currently working on the next installment of 'The Ian Fleming Files.'

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tassy on 2 April 2014
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The Ian Fleming Files: Operation Parsifal by Damian Stevenson has done the impossible - it has actually improved upon the first book which I thought could not be bettered. I was wrong! Book 2 in the life of Ian Fleming is quite simply one of the best war thrillers I have ever read, and I've read so many of the greats - MacLean, Hassell, Hemingway to name a few.

We return with Ian Fleming master spy sent to Egypt where he learns of Parsifal - an organisation with just one task - to bring down Hitler and replace him with a new Chancellor. The Allies want Fleming to sort out this impending mess before it gets out of hand. The thought of saving Hitler as the devil you know is incredible but so plausible.

And as in Bond there are super villains everywhere, but these are true life characters who would make any Bond villain quake in his jackboots. The story reminded me of the British involvement in the assassination of Heydrich, an SS Gruppenfuhrer who wanted peace in 1942. So the Brits had him assassinated. Go figure!

The locations are so authentic and wonderfully written in a free-flowing style that hooks he reader right from the get go. The action is perfect, leaving enough breathing space to get one's barings.

Above all else this novel is a masterpiece of action that excels on every page, so much so, this reader can't wait to read it again.

This FIVE STAR WWII thriller deserves all the high praise it will undoubtedly will receive. Highly recommended to all lovers of action thrillers and spies.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James D. on 17 Sept. 2013
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Damian Stevenson's "The Ian Fleming Files: Operation Parsifal" follows up his first "Fleming" novel, "Operation Armada" with a twist. As the Allies are grinding towards victory in World War II, the British government learns of a plot by a cabal of German officers and industrialists to overthrow Hitler and replace him with a saner, more competent leader - and potentially prolong the war indefinitely. So, Ian Fleming, agent 17F, is dispatched on the strangest mission he could imagine: to save the life of the Fuhrer.

The book takes Fleming all across Europe, and eventually to a showdown in the heart of Africa as he attempts to infiltrate "Parsifal," the group that seeks to create a new and even deadlier fourth reich. Stevenson describes everything in loving detail, capturing the feel of the James Bond novels while at the same time laying the groundwork for his fictional Fleming to become their creator once the war is over.

Everything you'd expect in a Bond novel is here: girls, gadgets, Bondian quips, exotic locations and a memorable adversary. It's a lot of fun, and highly recommended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Bennett on 17 Sept. 2013
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This was my first exposure to Bond creator, Commander Ian Fleming of the Naval Intelligence Department. It becomes obvious that much of 007's adventures were based on Fleming's exploits. Stevenson's tireless research on the subject is evident in the books tiniest of details.

Set in WWII Britain, Agent 17F is sent on an assignment that would save Hitler from an assassination! Save Hitler? Why in the hell would the Brits want to save Hitler? Because those plotting to take his place plan to make peace with Russia and a new and even more powerful Forth Reich would emerge. The complete and utter invasion of Europe should these two mega-forces unite would be inevitable. At least with Hitler in charge the Brits have a chance to win the war.

Stevenson has a very definitive and concise writing style. He does not add fluff where it does not belong. This is WWII Europe after all. While reading the book you almost get the sense that he was there. His ability to transport you back to 1945 with his descriptive imagery is second to none. I admit to not being a big follower of Bond or WWII movies but I could not put this one down. It's an edgy, fast-paced, action-packed thriller that is a must read for any Bond fan. This would make an awesome movie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Warrior Princess on 12 Sept. 2013
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I loved Damian Stevenson's first Ian Fleming novel and was delighted to discover that the second book, "The Ian Fleming Files: Operation Parsifal," is out. Based on my previous experience with Mr. Stevenson's work, I expected a tight plot, realistic descriptions, and language reminiscent of World War II era, yet engaging for today's readers. This book delivers all that, and more.

This installment of the story starts in London near the end of World War II, in January 1945. One of the first powerful images that Mr. Stevenson creates is that of St. Paul's Cathedral, seen as a "symbol of hope for a nation near the end of its rope." This one phrase alone conveys so much: defiance, long-time suffering, and the expectation of a much-needed victory.

Before Mr. Stevenson thrusts us into the action, he takes some time to create a well-drawn portrait of Ian Fleming as a private person at home, in an intimate setting with Ann. Fleming is going about his daily routine but lamenting "the half-forgotten paradise that was London before the war." That opening, a sort of calm before the storm that is about to erupt on the pages of this book, made me immediately engaged and involved with the main character.

But the calmness did not last long. Soon, Fleming finds himself with the task of infiltrating Parsifal, a secret German society who are planning Hitler's assassination. A dangerous and risky enterprise indeed. And that's when the adventure really begins.

A renown expert on Ian Fleming, Damian Stevenson creates a realistic portrait of the man who would become the creator of James Bond later in life. The book is meticulously researched and beautifully written, appealing both to the readers' thirst for a tight, fast-moving and exciting plot and their aesthetic desire for a literary writing style. Mr. Stevenson masterfully combines both in this latest thriller. An excellent book. Highly recommended.
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