By Jack Higgins

On the verge of the D-Day invasion, a covert British operative needs to race opposed to the clock to rescue a stranded soldier and safe Allied victory

In may possibly of 1944, shipwrecked American Colonel Hugh Kelso washes up at the shore of Nazi-occupied Jersey with a helpful mystery. As one of many few males with wisdom of the approaching invasion of Normandy, Kelso has to be secure in any respect bills. input Henry Martineau, a British operative charged with the harmful challenge of impersonating a Nazi officer to infiltrate Jersey and retrieve—or silence—Colonel Kelso. The stakes couldn’t be larger because the destiny of the warfare hangs within the balance.

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Now not tonight,” Hofer advised him. “We’ll have breakfast at 9 sharp within the morning. Eggs, ham, something you could lay your palms on. you could go back in your billet now. ” The corporal clicked his heels and withdrew. Baum stated, “What an evening. ” “My expensive Berger, what a day,” Hofer informed him. “The so much extraordinary of my existence. ” “And the second one act nonetheless to return. ” Baum yawned. “Speaking of the next day, i'll do with a few sleep,” and he went again inside of. Hofer stated, “You, in fact, in deference on your improved rank, will take the massive bed room above this, which has its personal rest room. I’ll take the small room on the finish of the hall. It overlooks front of the home so I’ll be extra conscious of what’s occurring there. ” They went upstairs, Baum nonetheless sporting his glass of wine. “What time? ” he acknowledged. “If you’re now not already up I’ll wake you at seven-thirty,” Hofer informed him. “Rommel will be up at 5, yet possible take playacting too a ways. ” Baum smiled. He closed the outer door to the bed room suite, walked in the course of the dressing quarter into the bed room itself. It was once evidently offered with wardrobes, a dressing desk and a double mattress, most likely left by way of the vendors from whom the home have been requisitioned. The corporal had drawn the curtains on the home windows. They have been huge and heavy, made up of crimson velvet and touched the ground. whilst he parted them, he came across a metal and glass door, which he opened and stepped out onto the higher terrace. The view used to be even greater at this top, and he may perhaps see down into St. Aubin’s Harbor within the distance on his correct. It was once very nonetheless, the single sound a puppy barking a few fields away. The blackout in St. Helier was once whatever yet whole, lighting dotted the following and there. the ocean was once calm, a white line of surf down there at the seashore, the sky luminous with stars within the moonlight. an evening to thank God for. He raised his glass. “L’chayim,” he stated softly and he grew to become, parted the curtains and went again within, leaving the door open. It took Martineau twenty mins to make his approach up throughout the timber. The undergrowth was once thick in areas and the going used to be tough, yet he’d anticipated that and there has been no barbed cord at the ultimate method of the backyard, he’d spotted that prior. He nonetheless had no proposal what he meant and pulled himself up over the concrete block wall carefully, conscious of voices. He stood within the shadow of a palm tree, and regarded as much as see Hofer and Rommel at the terrace within the moonlight. “What a night,” the sector marshal stated. “My expensive Berger, what a day,” Hofer informed him. “And the second one act nonetheless to come back. ” Martineau stayed within the shadow of the palm tree, astonished at this striking alternate. It didn’t make experience. once they had long gone within, he complicated carefully around the garden and paused via the lined approach, A second later, the sector marshal seemed at the higher terrace and stood on the rail looking over the bay. He raised his glass. “L’chayim,” he acknowledged softly, became and went again inside of. L’chayim, which intended “to life,” the main historical of Hebrew toasts.

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