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In the rugged mountains of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito and his Partisans are on the run from the lethal Handschar Division of the SS-Muslim warriors fighting alongside the Nazis. Soon, the entire region will be in German hands. The Allies send a commando team to destroy a high-altitude bridge, a key link in the Handschar supply chain. But getting there may be impossible.

After parachuting into Yugoslavia and hooking up with Tito's forces, the ...
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In the rugged mountains of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito and his Partisans are on the run from the lethal Handschar Division of the SS-Muslim warriors fighting alongside the Nazis. Soon, the entire region will be in German hands. The Allies send a commando team to destroy a high-altitude bridge, a key link in the Handschar supply chain. But getting there may be impossible.

After parachuting into Yugoslavia and hooking up with Tito's forces, the team must fight a running battle over some of the most treacherous terrain in the world, while engaged in a life-or-death struggle against a foe that would rather die than give up the fight.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780451217905
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Series: Signet Military Novels Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    Very Enjoyable. Great Read.

    Really liked this one. Complex plot, interesting and well-drawn characters - this is a John Mannock trademark. Also liked his 'Iron Coffin' and 'The Sen-Toku Raid'. These are the best World War Two books being written today, by far. Mannock's novels are an automatic buy for me, like any Leon Uris novel or Miles Davis album. The quality is that consistent and that high.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2006

    Top Flight Novel

    The War Mountains is simply superb World War Two storytelling - and history. Author Mannock's two great talents are locating and delivering virtually forgotten historical details with a master yarnspinner's touch, and creating memorable and often quirky characters. I'm surprised this author isn't better known, because his historical war novels, of the three I've now read so far, are really excellent, as good as any ever written since World War Two. Affeciondos of the genre will enjoy The War Mountains and Mannock's other books, guaranteed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2006

    What's Not To Like?

    I'm wriiting this review cause this is a great book. It has everything you need in a World War Two thriller and a lot of fasinating history about the Nazis and the Arabs, and the Yuguslavians with the British and American commandoes helping them. NOthing not to like here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2006

    Excellent Third WW2 Historical Thriller from John Mannock.

    I'm fast becoming a John Mannock addict. I devoured his outstanding Iron Coffin a couple of years ago, and did the same with his big, brawny followup, The Sen-Toku Raid. The War Mountains is a worthy third entry. It had me by the brain stem from the beginning. This is probably Mannock's most historically complex book, with a lot of 'what's next'-style military/espionage plotting in a cloak-and-daggerish approach. There are several story lines that run on convergent courses, which is typical of Mannock, until they all collide at the climax and make interrelated sense. There is very adept plotting in this novel, as well as a gallery of highly engrossing characters, both good and evil. In a nutshell, its the story of a commando mission to blow up a mountain bridge in Yugoslavia, but there are layers of secrets and concealed purposes in the mission...secrets that not everyone involved knows. Mannock's old-school storytelling skills come to the fore here: he teases the reader along with just enough information to keep you riveted to the page and guessing where things are going next. The existence of an entire SS combat division made up of Muslims was a bit of history I was unaware of. The whole sub-story around that and the fact that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem helped the Nazis organize it makes for really fascinating factual reading, and the author has provided footnotes and references to substantiate the historical parts of the novel. Excellent reading, excellent storytelling from a modern master. A fine job, Mr. Mannock, on your third outing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    War Mountains

    I enjoyed John Mannock's 'Iron Coffin' and 'The Sen-Toku Raid' - both excellent maritime-based World War Two novels - as well as the three deepsea diving thrillers he wrote under his real name, John McKinna ('Crash Dive', 'Tiger Reef', and 'Shark Lake'.) I sent my copies of the diving books to the author, and he was kind enough to inscribe and sign them and send them back. A nice guy. I'm going to do the same with his 'John Mannock' war novels, including this latest one, 'The War Mountains.' Mannock/McKinna has delivered an unusual novel this time, and his first to take place a long way from the sea. Quite a long way, as a matter of fact. It takes place in the winter alpine mountains of central Yugoslavia, and tells the story of a joint US/British commando team (OSS and SOE) that parachutes into the rugged terrain to help Tito and his Partisans take out a key bridge. The destruction of the bridge will starve the advance of the Nazi SS Division 'Handschar', which is pressing the Partisans hard. And herein lies the most interesting history in 'The War Mountains': there actually was a large SS combat unit made up entirely of volunteer Muslims. Also, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who is a key character in this novel, was a real person who was an anti-Semite and a collaborator of Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich. He was sought as a war criminal after WWII. The book rediscovers the strong links between Nazi Germany and the Arab world, and their shared attitudes, primarily about the Jews, that continue to this day. There's some strong stuff here, all of it legitimate history that the author backs up with footnotes and references. This gives the book more clout and power than if it was simply all fiction. And that's not to say the fictional adventure story Mannock has superimposed over the real history is not intriguing. It's a great thriller, with enough action and twists and turns to satisfy any reader of LeCarre or Higgins or even Clancy (his better stuff, that is). Like all Mannock/McKinna's novels, you learn a lot while having a good time. What more could you ask for? Two thumbs up for 'The War Mountains'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2006

    War Mountains

    The War Mountains is the third in a spectacular triumvirate of WWII historical novels by John Mannock. I've read them all and this author delivers crackerjack storytelling and eye-opening, little-known historical facts every time. I had no idea that there was a Nazi SS Division made up entirely of Muslims that fought in Yugoslavia during the Second World War. Mannock weaves an expert thriller out of the almost forgotten fact that the Muslim/Arab world was largely aligned with Nazi Germany between 1939 and 1945....and even after. The personal history of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muslim cleric and key collaborator with Adolph Hitler, plus his inclusion as a character in the fictional story, makes for really interesting reading. Add in the heroics of a team of commandos who parachute in to the winter mountains of Yugoslavia to provide key support to Tito and his Partisans, and you have a really fabulous third WWII read from John Mannock. A great, entertaining way to learn some unusual WWII history--history that the author also ties neatly into present-day conflicts.

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