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Basil's War
03 Feb 2022 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781801104753

A daredevil British agent goes behind enemy lines to search for a religious text that might hold the key to ending the Second World War.

Fiction / FHD (Thrillers)
Extent: 288 pages
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Also by Stephen Hunter
Basil's Warby Stephen Hunter

A daredevil British agent goes behind enemy lines to search for a religious text that might hold the key to ending the Second World War.

Basil St. Florian is an accomplished agent in the British Army, tasked with dozens of dangerous missions for crown and country across the globe. But his current mission, going undercover in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, might be his toughest assignment yet. He will be searching for an ecclesiastic manuscript that doesn't officially exist, one that genius professor Alan Turing believes may hold the key to a code that could prevent the death of millions and possibly even end the war.

St. Florian isn't the classic British special agent with a stiff upper lip – he is a swashbuckling, whisky-drinking cynic and thrill-seeker who resents having to leave Vivien Leigh's bed to set out on his crucial mission. Despite these proclivities, though, Basil's Army superiors know he's the best man for the job, carrying out his espionage with enough charm and quick wit to make any of his subjects lower their guards.

Action-packed and bursting with WWII-era intrigue (much of which has basis in fact), Basil's War is a classic espionage thriller from Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, essayist, and bestselling novelist Stephen Hunter.

Stephen Hunter is the author of 20 novels and the retired chief film critic for the Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. His novels include The Third Bullet; Sniper's Honor; I, Sniper; I, Ripper; and Point of Impact, which was adapted for film and TV as Shooter. Hunter lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Stephen Hunter was the film critic for the Washington Post for more than 20 years, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his work there.

Hunter's novel Point of Impact was adapted as Shooter for film (starring Mark Wahlberg) and TV (starring Ryan Phillippe and Omar Epps).

Central espionage plot revolves around the codebreakers at Bletchley Park, including Alan Turing – the genius mathematician and codebreaker whose work was essential in turning the tide of WW2.

MARKET: Robert Harris; Wilbur Smith; Philip Kerr; Graham Hurley.

'An outstanding WWII spy thriller. Basil St. Florian was the James Bond of his time' Nelson DeMille

'One of the best thriller novelists around' Washington Post

'Stephen Hunter is worth every extravagant rave' NY Daily News

'The front rank of the thriller novelists' People

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