The Hornet’s Sting

  • by Mark Ryan
  • Narrated by Andy Caploe
  • 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with Sneum, Mark Ryan describes how Tommy made an incredible escape from Denmark in a battered old Hornet Moth aircraft - which he had to refuel in mid-air by climbing out on the wing. Later, he escaped from Denmark again - by walking across a treacherous frozen sea on which two of his companions died.
Tommy brought over precious intelligence about the Nazi radar installations in Denmark and their atom bomb - his reward was to be imprisoned in Brixton as a suspected double agent and threatened with execution. He cheated the hangman - but it is only with the publication of this enthralling book that Sneum can be celebrated as, in the words of Professor R.V. Jones, Churchill's chief of scientific intelligence, one of the true heroes of World War II.

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Sobering, fascinating, top draw

"Lest we forget" An absolutely brilliant listen for those who wish to appreciate the unbelievable breadth and depth of struggle in WWII.
Very credible story readily referenced within the audio book itself (I mean many explicit references that the reader can investigate. I did not investigate any myself. I did do a few google searches etc and found many hits, links etc corroborating the story. It would appear this is one of those stories where life is more fantastic than fiction).

Staggering.
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- Shaun

This does not stand up to today's standards

Want misogyny and total lack of respect for women? Want a man that borders on psychopathy? This is the book for you. If this man had been born 20 years later he would have wound up in prison, no doubt. He is brave, that's true, but so are psychopaths because they cannot imagine their plans not working. I stopped listening after getting utterly fed up with this man discussing his sexual prowess in detail. I would have loved to hear whether the women felt as astounded with him as he obviously did. I doubt it.
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- Sharon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-25-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios