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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure
I've read `Ill met by moonlight' many times before - indeed, I possess a first edition - but this Folio edition was purchased as a present for me and very good it is, too.

There is a forward by MRD Foot, plus an afterword by Paddy Leigh Fermor, neither of which appeared in the previous editions, but the prologue and epilogue by Iain Moncreiffe, which were...
Published on 18 Aug. 2008 by Mr. R. D. M. Kirby

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1.0 out of 5 stars Unexciting
A disappointingly unexciting tale
Published 3 months ago by Dr JULIAN L SANGER


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure, 18 Aug. 2008
I've read `Ill met by moonlight' many times before - indeed, I possess a first edition - but this Folio edition was purchased as a present for me and very good it is, too.

There is a forward by MRD Foot, plus an afterword by Paddy Leigh Fermor, neither of which appeared in the previous editions, but the prologue and epilogue by Iain Moncreiffe, which were always present, are a delight. The extract from Fermor's letter to him, beautifully written from wartime Crete - "My island home, where the minotaurs roam" is the last word in self-deprecation.

And the story? Well, everybody who's got the slightest drop of red blood in his veins, knows the story - two wartime adventurers, Bill Stanley-Moss and Paddy Leigh Fermor who, as part of SOE's Force 133 were infiltrated into the German occupied island of Crete with but one objective - to kidnap General Kreipe, the commander of the Sevastopol Division and take him to the allies in Cairo. How they achieved this with a handful of Cretan andartes (resistance fighters) is thrilling stuff indeed, which resulted in Fermor being awarded an immediate DSO and Moss, an MC.

Not read it? Read it. Read it before? Read it again - you'll be reminded of the days when Britain was quite rightly referred to as `Great'.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most exciting books about war behind enemy lines., 19 Dec. 2001
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This book, written by one of the protagonists, concerns the utterly audacious plot by the British to kidnap the German General commanding German forces occupying Crete.
Here is the inside story of one of the greatest adventure stories of the Second World War. Secret landings, contacting the Cretan "andarte", creating a team and researching the movements of their target...It's all here.
Days of "monotony and sweat and thirst and sickening fear...." It's all here. Told with great pace and skill this tells the story of
an exploit that even the Germans admitted to
admiring.
Read it and be reminded of the great buccaneers
of history. But read it because it is not only a great tale it is also told with an edge of humour.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that is much better than the film, 17 Jun. 2007
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The well known film of the same name is watchable, infact a good WW2 film. With just a touch of James Bond. But this book is much much better. Well written, a super adventure story. which just happens to be true. I enjoyed every page.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great stuff!, 7 Jan. 2000
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This is the tale of the abduction of General Kriep from Crete in 1944. W Stanley Moss was intrumental in this kidnap. Luckily, he kept a diary of events. What an interesting read this makes! The narrative is broken up from time to time with brief explanatory notes. These are needed to help make sense of the events as they unfold. Altogether I liked this book for its lively style, and for the way the author describes the characters involved, most of whom seem a bit larger than life. I also found the symbiotic wartime relationship between the British and the Cretans to be facinating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great if you like WW2 or are going to Crete, 12 Jan. 2010
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The story of the invasion of Crete and the subsequent resistance action carried out by stranded troops and locals is pretty amazing. This book focuses on a particularly daring attempt by British Special Forces to help shorten the war. To be honest, these guys must have had plums the size of watermelons to carry out this action. Style is a bit dated but that is overlooked by the pure thrill of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great new 2014 edition of the classic story, 24 May 2014
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I really enjoy this book. A very interesting new introduction and incorporating an Afterword by Patrick Leigh Fermor. This book precedes his other excellent SOE book, A War of Shadows.
If you have read previous editions, you must read these too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ill Met By Moon light, 9 Mar. 2014
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A good true story later made into a film.
The book I received was exactly as described, delivered on time and in excellent condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, 5 Sept. 2013
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I am very interested in Crete during this period and have read Cretan Runner, Fall of Crete by Beevor. etc
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good war story., 7 April 2013
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Having read 'The Cretan Runner' this event gelled very well. A story that I read many years ago and still found it jsut as exciting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ill Met by Moonlight, 22 Nov. 2012
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This is a fascinating book about the exploits of Paddy Leigh Fermor in wartime crete. Most enjoyable and well worth reading.
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