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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Mm); Reprint edition (August 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671684264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671684266
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,293,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In his latest thriller, Higgins ( The Eagle Has Landed ) returns to familiar territory with nothing very new to offer. As D-day approaches in Europe, the Allied command learns of a German staff conference to be held in Brittany at the Chateau de Voincourt, where the Nazis will discuss their Atlantic Wall defense strategy. Foreknowledge of these plans could mean the difference between success and failure for the Allied invasion, and as luck would have it, the chateau happens to be the home of an undercover French Resistance agent, beautiful Anne-Marie Trevaunce, so there is every chance that the good guys will succeed in stealing them. When Anne-Marie is incapacitated, luck comes to the fore once again: she just happens to have an identical twin sister living in England who is persuaded to take her place. Fortuitous turns are the norm in this improbable story, as cardboard heroes pull off miraculous rescues, double agents lurk everywhere and villains in uniform serve on both sides of the conflict. The author's reputation for entertaining thrillers will not be enhanced by this effort.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Open a Jack Higgins novel and you'll encounter a master craftsman at the peak of his powers ... first-rate tales of intrigue, suspense and full-on action.' Sunday Express 'Higgins is a master of his craft.' Daily Telegraph 'A thriller writer in a class of his own.' Financial Times 'The master craftsman of good, clean adventure.' Daily Mail --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By L. Cary on Jan. 15 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Buy the book to save the cover. It display a German U-Boat. There's a partial photo of a submarine on the back page. And, each chapter is signaled with a small image of a submarine. So, it's about a submarine, right? Wrong. The only boat in the book is a German E-Boat. The cover designer didn't know the difference between a German U- and an E-boat! :-} One has to wonder how this got past the proof readers!! Meanwhile, the story is fair, but in places it leaves the reader saying, "Naw, that wouldn't happen."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not being an Editor, I can enjoy a great read... May 18 2003
By "birkebeiner" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
...and that is precisely what I did with this book. The characters were laid out, then they subtley changed and then yet another twist altered your perception again. I was constantly flipping the pages, ready and as nervous as the characters themselves, to find out what would happen next.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A few too many twists but a solid thriller Aug. 10 2004
By J. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Higgins has pretty much mastered this genre and has been known to "phone a few in, but COLD HARBOUR does a nice job within the confines of Higgins' rather straight forward style. Playing around with the typical conventions of cross channel warfare, identical twins(never a good idea), and a foray into LeCarre territory, a nice thriller emerges. The story does have its flaws with a rather obvious villain and a few too many twists to hold onto the realism that Higgins generally strives for but overall it works its way to its inevitable conclusion effectively. Other than the ridiculous cover on this paperback, as astutuely mentioned by another reviewer-a U-Boat which has nothing to do with this tales of an E-Boat and espionage, this one's a rather nice page turner and not bad for a quick thriller to fill in on the plane trip or at the beach.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Goofey in Places Jan. 15 2004
By L. Cary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Buy the book to save the cover. It display a German U-Boat. There's a partial photo of a submarine on the back page. And, each chapter is signaled with a small image of a submarine. So, it's about a submarine, right? Wrong. The only boat in the book is a German E-Boat. The cover designer didn't know the difference between a German U- and an E-boat! :-} One has to wonder how this got past the proof readers!! Meanwhile, the story is fair, but in places it leaves the reader saying, "Naw, that wouldn't happen."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good read April 19 2011
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once you get past the (now-infamous) cover** Cold Harbor is at least a decent read about a covert operation from Britain into occupied France during WWII. The main characters are well-developed, and the at least plausible background story fits into the history fairly well. Good Jack Higgins novel, perhaps not quite up to "The Eagle Has Landed" or "The Wrath of God".

**It would be nice if Berkley issued a new edition using artwork of a WWII German E-Boat (surface torpedo boat, similar in role to the British MTB and US PT boats) rather than a WWI minelaying submarine.... Wrong war, wrong type of vessel. Perhaps they should sack the art editor.

Cold Harbour (Dougal Munro & Jack Carter)
Pre D-Day adventure in England and France April 6 2013
By Jim Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jack Higgins has been writing since late 1959 but it was 1975's bestseller THE EAGLE HAS LANDED that launched his reputation. He was born Harry Patterson and has written 35 mysteries and thrillers using the names Harry Patterson, James Graham, Martin Fallon and Hugh Marlow(e) and 25 more under the name Jack Higgins. His most famous characters are Sean Dillon, former IRA terrorist turned British intelligence operative, and Liam Devlin, another Irish gunman, each of whom starred in several books. Higgins et al is a very good storyteller and his books usually have a surprise or two for the reader.

I have read several of Higgins' book prior to reading COLD HARBOUR (ISBN 978-0425193204, $8.99, mass market paperback). This is the second of three books featuring OSS/SOE operatives Brigadier Dougal Munro and Jack Carter in WWII. COLD HARBOUR is a small village in Cornwall (probably not a real place) that is inhabited by a group of US and UK citizens acting as Germans in order to operate behind the lines in France and elsewhere in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Craig Osbourne, an American working for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), has returned from a harrowing mission in France. He is recruited by Munro to work at Cold Harbour. His new mission is to recruit Genevieve Trevaunce to the OSS/SOE and insert her into the Chateau de Voincourt, ancestral home of her family in France. This estate is the site for a high level meeting of the German officers responsible for the coastal defense of France. The time is shortly before D-Day in 1944. Genevieve is to replace her identical twin sister who had been living at the Chateau with their aunt the Countess of Voincourt. Anne-Marie had been reportedly killed while trying to return to England. It all goes awry as everybody is not who or what they seem to be.

My advice: Go! Buy! Read!

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