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A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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It is a testament to Helm's detective skills that she has marshalled evidence to refute the various suppositions about Atkins, presenting a truth more surprising and more compelling than the numerous fictions constructed about this dedicated, if flawed, intelligence officer (WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY)
What makes the book as fascinating as the best of thrillers is that at every stage we know as much as she does, tracking Vera down clue by clue, contact by contact . . . It makes compulsive reading (Peter Lewis, DAILY MAIL)
She has now written a truly stunning book - quite the best by a non-veteran of secret warfare . . . If any young reader wonders 'why the bunting and the occasional tear (this VE Day, I recommend this book')
John Crossland, SUNDAY TIMES ('Carefully researched and engaging biography')
The definitive account of an absorbing double mystery: the fates of the missing female SOE agents and the truth about the woman who searched for themSee all Product description
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Truly brilliantly told by an author nearly as obsessive (in her quest for truth) as her subject was about concealing parts of this truth both in her life and after it. It reads like a true thriller but is much better as it is all true!
You also have to admire the courage of someone not entirely military trained, who jumped out of an aircraft into the dark over rural France, many into the hands of the Gestapo and never seen again, some to become very successful as agents. The bravery of some of the French agents is quite increible.
Interesting, enjoyable, and a good read! Recommended..
The book is predominantly about the tracing of the woman captured Agents their capture, imprisonment, and demise! It tells of the unrelenting struggle by Vera 'and only Vera' to discover what happened to these forgotten and lost agents. Their Story should be taught in schools `Lest we forget!' for that reason alone READ THE BOOK!
The other recommendations - pick any and they say it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am richer for knowing their story and I wont Forget!
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