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5.0 out of 5 stars A well researched book - and a great read
There are a number of books on British SOE operations in Crete during the Second World War told from a military point of view. There are also books written by agents who served such as W Stanley Moss, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Xan Fielding and Sandy Rendel. Wes Davis tells the story from a different perspective, studying these very creative men, their lives and characters,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Adventure Story
"The Ariadne Objective" tells the story of the little known 1944 kidnapping (capture) of the German Commander on Crete, General Heinrich Kreipe. The incident itself had little effect on the war other than to locally demoralize the Germans induce them to consider Crete as a possible invasion target before the Normandy landings.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well researched book - and a great read, 31 May 2014
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This review is from: The Ariadne Objective: Patrick Leigh Fermor and the Underground War to Rescue Crete from the Nazis (Hardcover)
There are a number of books on British SOE operations in Crete during the Second World War told from a military point of view. There are also books written by agents who served such as W Stanley Moss, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Xan Fielding and Sandy Rendel. Wes Davis tells the story from a different perspective, studying these very creative men, their lives and characters, and how it was that they came to find themselves in Crete, in the mountains with the Cretan Resistance.

Davis creates an effortless read, with a light touch across a wealth of historical events, culminating in the kidnap of the German General Kreipe, an operation led by Leigh Fermor and Moss.

An excellent introduction to a compelling period.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Adventure Story, 17 Jan. 2014
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James Gallen (St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.) - See all my reviews
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"The Ariadne Objective" tells the story of the little known 1944 kidnapping (capture) of the German Commander on Crete, General Heinrich Kreipe. The incident itself had little effect on the war other than to locally demoralize the Germans induce them to consider Crete as a possible invasion target before the Normandy landings.

The attractiveness of the story is found the people and the actions. It introduces the reader to a most unlikely crew of kidnappers drawn together mostly by their familiarity with Greek. Patrick Leigh Fermor was educated in Latin and Greek and walked across Europe before entering the British Army. Xan Fielding was newspaper writer who was commissioned a major in the British Army. Captain Billy Moss was a soldier who set up Tara, a villa in Cairo for him, his friends and his eventual wife, Sophie Tarnowska, before heading back to Crete. The flow of this band through Egyptian High Society and their literary exercises in the Cretan hill country give an almost unreal air to the story.

The action is described in words that open the mind's eye to see the parachute drops, the planning and execution of the kidnapping, the escape, protection of the prisoner, avoidance of German patrols and ultimate evacuation back to Cairo. The narrative has a bit of a mystery to it as you wonder how it will turn out.

After the War this band of spies picked up where they left off, becoming literary figures in their own rights with books about the capture, travel and other topics.

A reader should not delve into "The Ariadne Objective" with the intention of gaining an insight into the great issues of the War. Let these pages lead you into the workings of a sabotage espionage ring, social life away from the front and just a good adventure story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarn, 20 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: The Ariadne Objective: Patrick Leigh Fermor and the Underground War to Rescue Crete from the Nazis (Hardcover)
A very well- put together account of the people, background and kidnap of Gen Kriepe, especially the lives of the protagonists in Cairo.
The tale has been told many times by various sources but it is elegantly held together.
Enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the kindle version makes the maps more difficult to quickly ..., 7 Nov. 2014
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the kindle version makes the maps more difficult to quickly refer to and not as legible I think in print version probably a 5 star
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Oct. 2014
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick service, 28 Aug. 2014
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received very quickly
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 11 July 2014
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