Cold Harbour Paperback – Aug 1993
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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.
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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.See all Product Description
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**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)
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.
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