In November 1944, Sub Lt Bob Clark, a twenty-year old agent with Britain’s top-secret Special Operations Executive, parachuted into northern Italy. He left behind the girl he had fallen in love with, Marjorie, his radio operator.
Captured by the enemy, Bob’s fate hangs in the balance and Marjorie won’t know for six months whether he is alive or dead.
Monopoli Blues recounts the story of Tim Clark’s journey to uncover the story of his parents’ war – and the truth behind the betrayal of his father’s Clarion mission to the Nazis…
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This was a brilliantly written story about love and courage from a remarkable generation of people that we owe so much to.
This was one of the first books I have read that details the work of the SOE and other Byzantine organisations so I found all the details regarding this truly fascinating. It was quite eye opening to learn about all the amazing things people did and the horrific things they experienced during the war, some of which are unimaginable. The war generation weren’t always able to speak about their experiences which makes books like this even more important as these stories will soon be lost.
The authors have obviously done a lot of research into his parent’s war stories and there is a lot of history included about the war which made for very interesting reading. The thing that most stood out for me about this book was the personal stories that he included which helped me learn more about the characters and what war was like for them. The author does a great job of showing their personalities as well as the loneliest and fear they’d have felt which made me feel more involved in the story as I felt I knew them personally.
This book was surprising gripping and I soon found myself absorbed into the story. I so enjoyed reading about a part of the war I didn’t know much about before and looking up further information on the internet. The author has included some fabulous pictures which helps bring the story to life as the reader can envision the characters and places better. My only slight niggle about this book is that I wish the pictures had descriptions with them so the reader could determine who was in the pictures and where they were taken.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Unbound for my copy of this book. If you like fascinating, gripping war stories then you’ll love this book!
About The Author:
Tim Clark spent a large part of his career working as a lawyer at one of the world’s leading firms specialising in M+A and corporate work in the UK and internationally, ultimately becoming Senior Partner. Since retiring as a lawyer, Tim has taken on board positions on a number of corporate, arts and charitable organisations, and senior advisory roles at a number of international think tanks. Nick Cook is an author, journalist, broadcaster and entrepreneur. In 1986, he joined the world-renowned Jane’s Defence Weekly, initially as a reporter, rising quickly to become Aviation Editor, a position he held until 2005. His first novel, Angel, Archangel, was published in 1989 to critical acclaim. In 2001, Cook’s first non-fiction title, The Hunt For Zero Point, was published, reaching Number 1 in Amazon’s Non-Fiction charts. He has also written, hosted and produced two documentaries about the world of aerospace and defence – Billion Dollar Secret and an Alien History of Planet Earth. He lives and works with his wife and two children in London.