Game of Spies: The Secret Agent, the Traitor and the Nazi, Bordeaux 1942-1944
This is an untold, beautifully-written spy story set in wartime occupied France with a brilliant but ruthless British secret agent at its heart. A spy story like no other.
Game of Spies uncovers a lethal spy triangle at work during the Second World War. The story centres on three men – on British, one French and one German – and the duels they fought out in an atmosphere of collaboration, betrayal and assassination, in which comrades sold fellow comrades, Allied agents and downed pilots to the Germans, as casually as they would a bottle of wine.
In this thrilling history of how ordinary, untrained people in occupied Europe faced the great questions of life, death and survival, Paddy Ashdown tells a fast-paced tale of SOE, betrayal and bloodshed in the city labelled ‘la plus belle collaboratrice’ in the whole of France.
”'Fascinating and fast moving” - Literary Review
Praise for ‘The Cruel Victory’: -
”'A powerful account of an extraordinary story.” - The Times
”'A fine account.” - 5*, Daily Telegraph
‘Paddy Ashdown has produced not only the most thorough history to date of the Resistance in the Vercors, but also the startling new contention that, ‘The Germans did not win on the Vercors. They lost.’ Written with pace, the detail is fine… and Ashdown is well-placed to write this book, which requires an understanding of military strategy, diplomacy and political shenanigans, as well as old fashioned story telling skill.’ Spectator -
Praise for A Brilliant Little Operation: -
”'The story of Operation Frankton is an extreme example of a plan brilliantly conceived and badly botched. The ten commandos who made a secret canoe raid in 1942 on German merchant ships have become icons of British wartime derring-do.” - The Times
”'No doubt many more books will be written about the war, but I hope this becomes a model for them since, though the heroism of our boys is stirring stuff, history only makes real sense if you can see it from all sides.” - Daily Telegraph
”'Paddy Ashdown has sifted the facts from the myths to write a fascinating and very personal account.” - Independent
”'It moves at the pace of a thriller and it’s real” - Nick Ferrari, Sunday Express
”'Ashdown’s insights and his extensive research in an impressive range of archives will ensure that yet another work on the subject will not be required in the foreseeable future.” - Times Literary Supplement