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  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (15 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075510045X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755100453
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,592,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Leasor was one of the bestselling British authors of the second half of the 20th Century. He wrote over 50 books including a rich variety of thrillers, historical novels and biographies.

His works included the critically acclaimed The Red Fort, the story of the Indian Mutiny of 1957, The Marine from Mandalay, Boarding Party (made into the film The Sea Wolves starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Roger Moore), The Plague and the Fire, and The One that Got Away (made into a film starring Hardy Kruger). He also wrote Passport to Oblivion (which sold over 4 million copies around the World and was filmed as Where the Spies Are, starring David Niven), the first of nine novels featuring Dr Jason Love, a Somerset GP called to aid Her Majesty's Secret Service in foreign countries, and another bestselling series about the Far Eastern merchant Robert Gunn in the 19th century. There were also sagas set in Africa and Asia, written under the pseudonym Andrew MacAllan, and tales narrated by an unnamed vintage car dealer in Belgravia.

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James Leasor was educated at The City of London School and Oriel College, Oxford. In World War II he was commissioned into the Royal Berkshire Regiment and posted to the 1st Lincolns in Burma and India, where he served for three and a half years. His experiences there stimulated his interest in India both past and present and inspired him to write such books as Boarding Party (filmed as The Sea Wolves). He later became a feature writer and foreign correspondent at the Daily Express. There he wrote The One that Got Away, the story of the sole German POW to escape from Allied hands. As well as non-fiction, Leasor has written novels, including the Dr Jason Love series, which have been published in 19 countries. Passport to Oblivion was filmed as Where the Spies Are with David Niven. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Papa Fixit on 14 Jan. 2012
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Having just read Leasor's The Unknown Warrior. I should now like to share my thoughts of this book with others. The Unknown Warrior retells an incident from WW2 that was unknown. It is written very well in fact so well I read it in two sittings till 0400hrs in two days. It gives the reader an insight into a behind the scenes window affecting the very brave and thoughtless men and women who did clandestine work for their country during very hard and difficult times to them and their families great risk, endangering all their lives. This is the story of a man whose father was Jewish and his mother a Roman Catholic. He volunteers to help Britain when he is interred in a camp. He joins a corps in England but is frustrated that he is only allowed to build barracks working as a labourer. He eventually is selected for a secret unit as he is fluent in German . During training, falls in love with a local girl. He volunteers for a mission behind enemy lines as part of the allied landings on Europe. When on this mission, he not only meets Rommel but eventually gets to meet Adolf Hitler. Unknown to him his handlers back in U'K. give him odds of 100 :1 on getting back safely. He eventually escapes just prior to a meeting with the Gestapo . During this escape he needs all his survival instinks and training to survive. My heart was in my mouth a few times. Lessor has written this so well you are taken inside the agents head. He cannot be captured by the Germans nor indeed the French Resistance. A compelling read and a book I thoroughly enjoyed. Interesting from page one throughout the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry_Bee on 19 Sept. 2012
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I've always thought James Leasor has been greatly under-appreciated. Some of the Dr Love stories are just great adventures and his historical fiction is excellent. His research skills are very evident in this book which is packed with atmosphere and period detail. Future historians may revisit the story but they will not be able to relate atmosphere and detail as one who lived through those terrible times, or have the ring of authenticity of one knew personally some of the characters involved in this incredible story. A real page-turner and thoroughly engrossing. 100% recommended!
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Forgetting that the dialogue between characters would have to be in most part fiction this is an excellent book. The subject was an extremely brave individual as were his colleagues who also risked their lives in the fight against the Nazis on behalf of a country that had once incarcerated them believing that they were a threat to national security. An inspiring tale well worth the read.
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By Bernard Colgan on 1 Jan. 2015
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I must say i enjoyed reading this book by James Leaso, it had me on the edge of my bed as i read it and could sense the tension and fear that Nimrod must have felt, am i glad i was born in 1946.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hall on 22 Jan. 2013
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Quite a good book but not always balanced too much details about some bits and a quick run through others
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