Easily one of the best books by Alistair Maclean and by far, one of the best World War II novels.
I will try to summarize the plot without giving out much. During world war II, the axis powers have control over the small Island Navarone. This Island hosts the most powerful guns, guns to which many ships of the Royal navy have fallen prey. On the Island Crete, there are about 2000 British soldiers who need to be evacuated and to accomplish this task the allied forces have to pass through Navarone.
All possible means of entering Navarone to destroy the guns have been tried and failed miserably. However, there is one route to enter Navarone which neither the allied forces nor the axis powers would term as possible means to enter the Island.
It is to accomplish this task, to enter the Navarone and destroy the guns Captain Keith Mallory, a famed mountain climber before world war II is chosen along with a team of the best in business. What happens next is an on-the-edge-of-the-seat thriller story.
The book describes some intense situations and some heart touching ones. Andrea, the silent and deadly Greek giant is one of the best war hero characters you will come across. He doesn’t talk much but conveys things to the point and is more dedicated than anyone else on the team.
I strongly recommend you read this book. It is not every day that you come across Alistair Maclean at his best.
Teasers: My Favourite Quote(s) from the book :
“There are no brave men and cowardly men in the world, my son. There are only brave men.To be born, to live to die – that takes a lot of courage in itself“
– Andrea to Stevens