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Publisher's Summary

Between Silk and Cyanide presents the memoir of the man who transformed code-making and code-breaking for the Special Operations Executive in World War Two. Leo Marks later went on to become an award-winning scriptwriter.
©1998 Leo Marks (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"A well-paced war diary, Marks's memoir traces the strategically vital creation of secure codes for Allied agents operating in Nazi-occupied territories." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Terry G on 02-17-18

Wonderful, Great, don’t miss

Would you listen to Between Silk and Cyanide again? Why?

I went back and read the reviews from the 1990’s, this book made a splash when it first came out, but there is not much on the audible version. I cannot say enough nice things about the book. The author, was an accomplished movie script writer and a little bit of a poet. And his genius shows, in the writing style.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Between Silk and Cyanide?

Leo Marks, will hook you from page one of the story, He was a cryptologist that worked for SOE, in London during World War II. Marks worked with many agents, some who died and same came back. He documents his and his colleagues, efforts to help in the war. He has a way of telling a story, that will excite you. I had to look up in Wikipedia a few times, to see how the stories would end before I got to the conclusion. Stories about his friend and famous spy Yeo Thomas, will leave you wanting more. His encounter with Jack Benny in Cairo, left Jack Benny and Mary Livingston laughing and so will you. The stories of the Dutch agents being compromised are an addition to what historians will be interested in.

Which character – as performed by Eric Martin – was your favorite?

The narrator, was perfect. He had the right level of snark and captured Leo Marks humorous arrogance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, I laughed and I cried, and wanted more at the end. Don’t miss this book. The narrated version would be even better than the printed version.

Any additional comments?

I read many audible books, especially World War II books. This is my first written review, because I wanted to make sure others got to share in my he joy of reading Leo Marks. When you find out want the Silk and Cyanide title means you will laugh and cry at the same time

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