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A little known story from WWII told very well and narrated with expertise. The story is thrilling and showcases how a resistance movement builds and executes the kidnapping of a German General. Well researched, very well written and excellent narration by Michael Maloney who handled tough pronunciations with relative ease.
This is a true story of Crete during the Nazi occupation, a real Boys’ Own adventure with larger-than-life characters and an impossibly daring kidnap plot. It had me on the edge of my seat more than once. The setting is stark – the harsh Nazi occupation which saw the Cretan population dealing with shortages of food and supplies, death of loved ones fighting or spying for the Resistance, and brutal disproportionate reprisals for each Resistance success. Credit for the plot and its execution goes to a handful of British officers, their team of determined guerrilla fighters (andartes) who formed the kidnap team, and the many Cretans who hid, fed, and helped them along the way and kept the operation secret for the many weeks that it took. Despite the numerous heroes in the story, whether the kidnap plot itself was ultimately heroic or simply foolhardy remains a matter for debate. Aside from the element of adventure and excitement, this story stands as a testament to the Cretan Resistance – a story which may make many question what they would do if their country were taken over by a cruel occupying army. Rick Stroud took a plot, a cast, and an occupation, and put them together in a gripping tale. Michael Maloney’s narration cannot be faulted, he captures the mood so well it’s almost like being there during the most action-packed and dangerous episodes – a wonderful performance. Have a look at a map of Crete before you start, or have one handy - it helps to see where everything happened and how far the kidnap group travelled.
excellent narration. already knew story but audio really brought it to life. reckless stunt or real blow to nazi morale? sadly given the brutal german reprisals i would say it wasnt worth it.