Churchill's Secret Agent: A Novel Based on a True Story

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Based upon Max Hardonniere's own experience as a covert operative during World War II, this is the story of a young man whose acquaintance with Prime Minister Winston Churchill would lead to him being recruited and trained as a spy who would fight his own war from behind enemy lines.

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Overview

Based upon Max Hardonniere's own experience as a covert operative during World War II, this is the story of a young man whose acquaintance with Prime Minister Winston Churchill would lead to him being recruited and trained as a spy who would fight his own war from behind enemy lines.

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Based on Max Ciampoli's own experiences, this novel tells the astounding story of a 17-year-old Frenchman taken in by Winston Churchill in the first days of WWII. His godfather sent him off to Churchill's country estate, where he is treated like a prince of the realm, and then shipped to a special forces training camp to learn the spy game. The fictionalized Ciampoli resembles a superspy, alternating between dashing off to war zones and lounging around Churchill's home. He knows virtually everyone in France and Italy and moves about with impunity, coming to the rescue of partisans and Jewish children, blowing things up, and generally saving the world. Perhaps appropriately, as the author is a chef, the most memorable details here refer to meals. This somewhat disjointed "novel based on a true story" is a handy diversion. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425229750
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 937,558
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Highly recommended - could not put it down.

    People are often called to do extraordinary things during War. That certainly applied to Max during WW II. He was 17 years old and became a "fixer" or spy for Winston Churchill. Max spent numerous years with an ex-military tutor and priests of a school he attended. Consequently, he was very mature and self assured for his age. He handled numerous missions during the several years of the war. His youth was an advantage because the Germans did not suspect him of any such activities. He had spent time with Mr. Churchill and they were very fond of each other. Max met a lot of interesting people along the way. Josephine Baker and Gypsies, which had a history of passing on intelligence to the Allies. Max was eventually captured and tortured. He suffers the effects to this day. This book provides historical insight to life at that time, and the very dangerous existence of spies. I am anxiously waiting for the next book from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Highly Recommend - A Great Book

    Based on the authors memory of events that he lived this is a very well written book. He is one of the many heros of WW2 that enabled us to have the freedoms that we have today. Don't take your freedoms lightly as they can be ripped away from you in the blink of an eye.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    I like war books but this one, although well written, left me ha

    I like war books but this one, although well written, left me hanging a bit.

    RodK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Must Read!!! I highly recommended it.

    Kept me glued to the story. I could not put the book down at all. A well written book.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Churchill's Secrect Agent

    Reads like it was written by a 3 year old. I continued reading, hoping upon hope it would get better. Nothing doing. This work of fiction, based on a true story isn't even remotely believable. Don't waste your time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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