OPJB refers to "Operation James Bond", the subject of this 1996 story which I can't decide whether to call a novel or an historical account. I just don't know if this is a true story or not. The writer's first sentence in the preface to the book states 'I am well aware that many readers will find this story incredible." He was certainly right about that. Creighton writes in the first person and claims to have been an under-cover operator in the secret "M" section of British Military Intelligence during the waning days of World war II. Since the activities of M section and British Military Intelligence are so secret, there is no evidence available even today, to confirm or deny his story, or even to determine whether Creighton himself was indeed a secret agent. But then the number one objective of secret egents is to hide their own identity, so its left to you and I, the readers, to decide whether or not we buy this story. World War II and the activities described here, ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany in May of 1945. Creighton claims that he had been given permission by Winston Churchill to publish his story, and in fact a copy of the letter purported to be from Churchill to Creighton dated October 1954, which stated that permission, is reproduced in the book. However in that letter, Churchill admonishes him to wait until after he, Churchill, is dead. Indeed Creighton waited 40 years and until all of his superiors in the British Intelligence community of WWII, including Churchill, Mountbatten, Ian Fleming and Morton had all passed away. The story concerns the decision of the British government in 1944 to regain possession of the treasures including Art, sculpture, currency and gold, which had been stolen by the Nazi leaders during the war and hidden in secret places all over Europe. That the Nazis had stolen and transported works of art is well established. In fact at the Nuremburg trials, evidence was presented about the two trains loaded with artwork stolen mostly from the Rothschild collections, which Hermann Goering had arranged for transportation to Munich to be stored in the "Fuhrerhaus" of Adolf Hitler. So it was that in January 1945, Christopher Creighton, a young Naval Officer already working under Lord Louis Mountbatten in the Intelligence community, was selected to assemble and direct the operation which the Intelligence Officer Ian Fleming had named "Operation James Bond", an operation to locate and take control of Art and other treasurers which had been stolen by the Nazis. This book then is the telling of that operation. It is a story of daring actions undertaken by Creighton and his small band of men and women, several of whom lost their lives, in the very nerve center of the Nazi organization, at the very moment of its ultimate destruction, but if true, it is also a story of the complicity of the highest level of western military and political leaders in decisions which they knew would cost thousands of lives and in a decision which potentially jeopardized millions. True ? or false ? . . . you will probably end the book, as I did, with a point of view, but regardless of where you come down, it's an interesting read for a winter weekend.