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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing (6 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782192271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782192275
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Horace Greasley (1918 2010) was an English POW who escaped from his campmore than200 times."


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This VERY disappointing book could usefully be employed in a course for budding writers as a classic example of how to RUIN what could have been great story with a narrative laced with quasi-titillating, voyeuristic sexual scenes, ludicrous and unbelievable heroics attributed to the central all-singing, all-dancing, all-shagging character - even down to size of his erection - and stereo-typically stupid Nazis brutalising him and his doughty companions as 'English pig-dogs'
Absolutely awful.
Potentially an inspiring memoir of Horace Greasley's bravery in the face of overpowering odds sadly reduced to unbelievable fantasy .. pity.

If you want James Bond read Ian Fleming .. a writer who knew how to leave a little to the reader's imagination.
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I've read a lot of military history books and can forgive poor writing for a good read. But this is very much along the lines that someone would tell their grandchildren rather than expect reasonable adults to read it. The ghost writer takes far too much liberty with dialogue and actions outside of his characters' own experience. I also didn't expect this to be a tale of largely the protagonist's sexual exploits.

I found this so disappointing as to justify my rating the book beyond my normal approach of just giving it stars.
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It's got an introduction which promises a great war story but I was hugely disappointed in this book. The story largely concentrates on the physical relationships with women that Horace Greasley had rather than his war experiences at a POW camp and the graphic descriptions are extremely clumsy, puerile and at times, sadly laughable. I'm not a particularly delicate flower but I tired of the regular use of the c-word and I felt I could have understood and appreciated Greasley's wartime story without the seemingly endless and very detailed descriptions of his sex life which seemed unnecessary, a bit tedious and at times made me snort with appalled laughter (and I'm not sure they were supposed to be funny).

I genuinely wouldn't recommend this book to anyone and particularly not younger adult readers. There are much, much better war memoirs out there and I think this book's tone is quite damaging to the memory of those who served. I don't often bin books rather than take them to the charity shop but I did in this case because I didn't like the idea of someone picking this up and thinking it was a historical book and then discovering it was actually pretty sordid. A good sub could have pulled this into a great story but instead it was more kiss and tell than historical record. Such a shame.
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i have no idea if Horace Greasley is real but the writer of the book should have done his research a lot better and left out the old undertaker joke that was obviously lifted from the colditz film, also he has some Irish POW singing what can only be 'the fields of athenry' not composed til the 1970's and has them at liberation all carried away on landrovers, not produced till 1948, these are just 2 little points that made me wonder just how much else he got wrong, the book as a whole is poor soft porn,
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Horace Greasley relives his experiences as a WWII POW and the horrors he suffered at the hands of the Germans. It's a testament to his friends, the ones who made it and the ones who were not so fortunate.

Horace is sent to France and shortly after is captured after one of his seniors surrenders to the Germans. After this point Horace becomes a POW and endures many moments that are to test his will. He makes great friends and ones who are willing to protect him and did so on more than one occasion. He's a very stubborn young man and this shows after his numerous beatings.

After one of his fellow POWs lets slip the conditions of the camp, they're moved on. This is where Horace meets and, eventually, falls in love with a German girl, Rosa, who insists she is a Silesian. Her father owns the second camp that Horace is staying at. They are both devastated when Horace is once again moved on but they continue their illicit affair. He continues to sneak out of the camp and back in with food and eventually parts to build a radio. They know they are putting their lives and others' lives in danger but continue to see each other.

I'm not quite sure what to make of his accounts. I'm in no means saying they didn't happen but I'm sure there must have been a slight exaggeration on some accounts. I found it hard to believe after 65 years a man remembers the conversations he had and the letter he wrote to his lover or the first letter she wrote him - during a raid their belongings got destroyed. I, also, found it hard to like the man. He was so full of himself. I won't deny he did some pretty heroic things but I couldn't really get past how he had to constantly big himself up.

The man talks incessantly about his penis and how endowed he is.
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The introduction of this book completely misleads the reader to plough on through a shallow childlike 'history'. It's pretty poor.
I can't believe the 'author' in his eighties described the constant sexual encounters in such graphic soft porn terms. Nor can one believe the ghost writer's claim that he 'was only the fingers on the typewriter'
A very poor book that has little to do with the subject matter - unless you like adult comics.
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