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on 31 May 2014
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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on 25 June 2015
For anyone who has read Ill Met By Moonlight or is fascinated by the life of Patrick Leigh Fermor this is essential reading. I have visited Crete a couple of times and always struggled to work out where a lot of the action took place .The book fills in all of the gaps as well as describing the life in Tara Villa ,Cairo (which was hinted at by Moss in Ill Met By Moonlight) . Having walked around the mountain town of Krista and visited the usual tourist shops it is fascinating to learn that SOE operatives had a radio hidden nearby . The short post war biography of General Kreipe is very interesting .There is a youtube clip showing the Greek version of This Is Your Life (in which Leigh Fermor,Kreipe and Cretan andartes meet as older men) available if anyone is interested . I certainly wont be archiving this book on my Kindle-I will keep it on the home screen ,Well done to Wes Davis and thank you.
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on 6 August 2014
Great book... a true and truly rollicking account of derring-do in Crete during the Second World War. The book is full of vivid and exciting descriptions of the danger and hardships suffered by the under-ground resistance, the close relationship between the British soldiers and the Cretan partisans. Despite the self deprecating humour and bravado, the harsh reality of that long fight, the courage and bravery of the men is clear and inspiring.
A hugely enjoyable read... absorbing and moving.
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on 21 June 2015
fell asleep half way
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on 22 July 2016
Having just returned from Western Crete and discovered the reality of the WW2 activity in this area I discovered this wonderful book which quite honestly in some places reads like a cross between Iain Fleming and Fredrick Forsythe but is an accurate description of the SOE and andante activity following the German occupation. This is no dry tome the pace is fast I could not put it down and now researching other similar books
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on 17 January 2014
"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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on 10 June 2015
A very exciting read which fills in a lot more of the background and lead up to the abduction of General Kreipe by Moss and Leigh Fermor.
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on 3 November 2015
An essential companion to the books on the same subject by Paddy Fermor & Billy Moss. .Written with the painstaking attention to detail which one would expect from an archaeologist - turned - writer.
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on 20 August 2014
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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on 28 August 2014
received very quickly
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