Most Secret

Most Secret Aboard a fishing boat named Genevieve a small group of British officers and French fishermen armed only with a flame thrower and small arms plan a secret commando mission against the might of the Ger

  • Title: Most Secret
  • Author: Nevil Shute
  • ISBN: 9781842322697
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
  • Aboard a fishing boat named Genevieve, a small group of British officers and French fishermen armed only with a flame thrower and small arms plan a secret commando mission against the might of the German army after the fall of France in World War II Each man has experienced a terrible loss of one kind or another, and each is fully prepared to face the risks of their desAboard a fishing boat named Genevieve, a small group of British officers and French fishermen armed only with a flame thrower and small arms plan a secret commando mission against the might of the German army after the fall of France in World War II Each man has experienced a terrible loss of one kind or another, and each is fully prepared to face the risks of their desperate gesture of defiance Most Secret is classic Shute a thrilling tale of sacrifice and courage and the heroism of ordinary men that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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    1. Nevil Shute led a full, varied and active life in peace and war, which informed his work as a novelist. Shute was an aeronautical engineer with a successful business career in aviation, specifically airships. He flew his own plane to Australia after World War Two (to research On the Beach), and ultimately settled near Melbourne. Serving in the Royal Navy during the war, Shute worked on ‘secret projects’ which I’m willing to bet are not a million miles away from the events of this tale Most [...]

    2. 5 May 2016The reliably endearing quality of Shute's novels is still there, but is severely compromised in this one, I found, because of the exteme contrast between the charming genteel manners and personal interests of the characters, and their cold blooded desire to kill all Germans in the most gruesome manner possible, incinerating people with a flamethrower. There is no differentiation made in the novel between Nazis and Germans. It was obviously written for a market sentiment in Britain stra [...]

    3. Nevil Shute continues to be one of my favourite authors. I've now read 4 or 5 of his books and each one has been so excellent. I can't sing the praises of books like On the Beach, Pied Piper and The Far Country enough. Today I finished Most Secret, published originally in 1945, during his war period.On the surface, it's a simple war story, 4 men of diverse backgrounds coming together to devise a plan for the English to harass and destroy German assets and at the same time to give new courage to [...]

    4. I have long been a fan of Nevil Shute. I was delighted to discover that a number of titles I have not read are now available for the Kindle and the NookST SECRET was his usual job of craftsmanship. The characters were memorable and, as with many of his works, there was a subtle moral issue at the core of the book. The following description comes from the book's product overview: Aboard a fishing boat named “Genevieve,” a small group of British officers and French fishermen—armed only with [...]

    5. This is a book I read years ago and I enjoyed it immensely. I’ve read all of Nevil Shute’s books. The best by far is “A Town Like Alice.”

    6. When I started reading this novel I assumed it had been written in the post war years, but there was an odd reference early on to the Royal Navy defeating an attempted German invasion of Britain in September 1940, something we know didn't really happen, which led me to check the date of authorship. It appears the book was actually written in 1942, and was published in 1945. There are both pros and cons to reading a period piece like this. On the one hand the social mores of the day are perfectly [...]

    7. More convoluted narrative devices that slowed the book down. (I want to visit his grave and yell, "Just tell me the g.d. story!" But I guess that'd be weird. And ineffective.) But, that said, a thrilling war tale with great characters. You really root for the rabbit guy and his Wren. The attack on the Germans is a horrendous thing, really, but he takes time to make you believe they'd all been logically brought to this morally ambiguous place.It also struck me that there is no bloody way a book l [...]

    8. In truth this is a bit of "Boys' Own" fiction. It was written mid-way through WW2, although I believe that actual publication was delayed almost until war's end. I'm an admirer of Shute's work, but acknowledge that it can be variable. I enjoyed the book, but I feel it's important to bear in mind the context of 1942 - just after the worst of Hitler's Blitz on Britain - before rushing to judgement on some of the sentiment and morality. Certainly do not start on Shute with this novel!

    9. Truly vintage Shute! If you had to read one book about war, especially the demands it makes, the heroism it evokes and the cost it levies on the participants, especially those on the front lines, then you cannot do worse than to pick this one up. Not only does Mr Shute depict with immaculate detail the planning and the very 'nuts and bolts' of operations, the stories of the characters and the very structure of the narrative are engrossingly engaging.

    10. Great war story. Offers a better understanding of what French villages went through under German occupation. Nobody is a saint during war!

    11. Early in WWII, when France was occupied by the Germans, a small group of Allied fighters devised a novel means of striking back and lifting the spirits of an occupied village (Douranenez) in Brittany. One of the sardine fishing boats of this village somehow found its way into British hands. Some enterprising young men came up with the idea of using fire against the Germans—apparently the thought was triggered by something a Catholic priest said to a British spy in Breton. (Brittany). Germans w [...]

    12. I enjoy reading Nevil Shute's books, some more than others. I'm not one who enjoys reading about war, but knows it goes on and in some circumstances has to go on. But having said that the story was seemed more about the characters than actually what they were having to do together. I liked the way the story panned out, but not one that I would re-read.

    13. I really like the way this novel opens. A Brigadier visits a naval officer in London to ask for his help with a secret mission that the army wish to undertake against the occupying forces in Brittany. Shute reveals just enough information to lure the reader gently (but firmly) into his story. In fact, the opening is very reminiscent of that of the same author's The Chequer Board, as are the chapters that follow immediately after.Shute then delves into the back stories of the four principal chara [...]

    14. This is another of Nevil Shute's novels set in England during World War II. It's a period of time that fascinates me. Times were terrible, but somehow the British muddled through and eventually entered a new era in which they could once again thrive. The plot is a bit more convoluted than most other Shute books I've read, and also rather more blood thirsty. Not my favorite of his works. But still rather engaging. Basically we have four protagonists, or perhaps five. Charles Simon is an Englishma [...]

    15. A great read for people interested in WWII stories of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. In the middle of WWII, a group of unlikely young men come up with a plan to sail a Breton fishing boat that somehow ended up in England back to France. They plan to slip in with the fishing boats of Douarnenez under cover of night and destroy one or two of the German Raumboote that accompany the fishing fleet. Their secret weapon? A powerful flamethrower with a new and lethal fuel called "Worces [...]

    16. A wartime drama that lacked a certain amount of depth but made up for it by being a cracking yarn. I couldn’t resist of thinking often about women knowing their place, because they really do like fluffy bunnies as the Wren did in this story. The bloke did too, when he wasn’t bathing dastardly Nazis in sheathes of flame with his new and improved flame thrower. Another time another place, but that was part of the charm of the book, if charm’s the right word because there was also a hard-head [...]

    17. The story is told by Commander Martin about events during the two years that he was assigned to the Admiralty Office during the early years of WWII. He oversaw operations taken by the British against the German occupation in France. The actions involved a fishing boat (for benefit of disguise) infiltrating the waters off the coast and using flamethrowers to destroy the German ships and crew. My least enjoyed of all the ones I've read to the point. Nearly the first third of the book is taken up b [...]

    18. Who knows where I got this book or why. And while I was reading it I thought it was a memoir while, in fact, it's a novel. But I'm glad I had it and even gladder I read it!Most Secret is a novel written and set in England during the dark years of World War II when victory was at best a hope, not a certainty. It concerns the valiant efforts of a motley crew of agents who bravely try to disrupt the peace of German-occupied France. The book has aged well although it's black and white depiction of g [...]

    19. Love how the narrator is known to us as a minor character who interjects his thoughts and opinions from time to time. He seems like a delightful, stiff upper lip with a sentimental streak kind of fellow. Shute tells a story like he personally had it told to him and now he's passing it along.The story itself is not one of his best but it's likely that that old easy chair you always find yourself in is not the best piece of furniture you own. It's just so familiar and comfortable that it's where y [...]

    20. Another great book by Nevil Shute. In this one a motley group take over a French fishing vessel, do damage to the Germans in Brittany, and bring hope to the fishermen of Douarnenez. Simon, born of an English father and French mother is working in France when the Germans come in. He does some spying and then gets to England and leads the group. One man is American; one signs up after his wife is killed in an early blitz on London; and the last is a chemist. The personalities are well described, a [...]

    21. I'm a HUGE Nevil Shute fan. I adore his characters, his writing style, his characters, and his plots. Having said that, this is probably my least favourite book of his, simply because of the theme. Four British guys who all hate the Germans form a small commando unit with the express purpose of burning Germans to death with a newfangled flamethrower. Certainly this book was written in a different time and place, but I just couldn't get past the horror. I still love Shute, though.

    22. I first read this in 1956 and have re-read it now because my son and daughter and I are all reading (or re-reading) Shute as the case may be. I didn't remember this one at all, and aside from the grim subject matter of killing Germans by flame throwers during World War II, I enjoyed the book. Shute takes the time to give the background stories of his main characters so that the reader really gets to know and identify with them as the story goes on.

    23. Another fine WWII novel from Shute, with the usual mix of technical detail (in this case spy missions, flamethrowers, boats) and ordinary people that rise to the occasion and act nobly under pressure. This one had a little less strong of a plot and framing than some of his others, but if you're a Shute fan, you'll enjoy it anyway.

    24. Good, but not a great Nevil Shute because too many details on characters' lives and fictional sea skirmishes with the Nazis. Written during WWII and illustrates the British and French Resistance determination to kill German soldiers, as many as possible, and in any way possible - e.g. using a floating flamethrower.

    25. Not my favorite of Shute's books, but certainly a good tale of WWII. There was a bit too much of jumping between the internal narrator and the characters themselves telling their own stories. Even with that, it was still a very enjoyable read and I'm happy to recommend itW, the page count for this edition is 281 pages.

    26. Classic Shute. A group of free French fishermen and British officers crew Genvieve to lead raids on German boats. Shute brings to the reader the stories of Genvieve's flawed, earnest and heroic crew.

    27. I think N. Shute is a brilliant writer. I read most of his novels and found them interesting. There is always a streak of romance in them. But the people are real people, simple and described with lots of details. I like his description of war-torn Britain and what it does to people.

    28. A great read with complex and layered characters who the author manages to portray surviving war times in a seemingly simple way. Having recently re-read Shute's first novel also I can really see how his writing had progressed by this novel. This novel is written eloquently and concisely.

    29. This is a great story written during World War Two about some brave people and the lives they lead. It shows you how war effect people and the lives they lead. This is a great story written when the war was raging across Europe.

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