The Complete Navarone

By Alistair MacLean

The weapons of Navarone and its 3 sequels, within which a similar characters are despatched on different wartime missions, jointly in a single quantity for the 1st time to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the unique film.

Mallory, Miller and Andrea are united right into a lethally potent crew. Their challenge: to silence the impregnable weapons set within the tall cliffs of Navarone. On their good fortune or failure rests some of the most serious offensives of the second one international War.

Almost earlier than the final echoes of the recognized weapons have died away, the 3 Navarone heroes are parachuted into war-torn Yugoslavia to rescue a department of partisans and fulfil a mystery undertaking, so lethal that it needs to be hidden even from their very own allies.

The surviving commandos are despatched on a deadly trip during the Pyrenees to disable the best chance to the approaching D-Day landings: the 'Werwolf' U-boats. yet their Basque publications claim it project most unlikely - D-Day is below six days away.

Summoned again to Naval HQ, Mallory, Miller and Andrea are given a last project: to reconnoitre the Greek island of Kynthos and break the German amenities constructing the deadly V3 weapon. A rocket professional is to accompany them - yet can he be relied on to not flip the operation right into a suicide mission?

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Twenty-three mins to 9. ’ ‘Good luck,’ Mallory murmured. He grinned at Miller. ‘Come on, Dusty. starting time. ’ 5 mins later, Mallory and Miller have been seated in a taverna simply off the south aspect of the city sq.. regardless of the garish blue paint with which the tavernaris had coated every little thing in sight – partitions, tables, chairs, cabinets all within the related execrably vibrant color (blue and crimson for the wine retailers, eco-friendly for the sweetmeat outlets was once the virtually invariable rule through the islands) – it was once a depressing, ill-lit position, as gloomy virtually because the stern, righteous, magnificently-moustached heroes of the Wars of Independence whose darkish, burning eyes glared down at them from a dozen light prints scattered at eye-level alongside the partitions. among each one pair of images used to be a brightly-coloured wall commercial for Fix’s beer: the impact of the décor, taken as an entire, used to be indescribable, and Mallory shuddered to imagine what it should were like had the tavernaris had at his disposal any illumination extra strong than the 2 smoking oil-lamps put on the counter earlier than him. because it used to be, the gloom applicable him good. Their darkish outfits, braided jackets, tsantas and jack-boots regarded real sufficient, Mallory knew, and the black-fringed turbans Louki had mysteriously received for them appeared as they must glance in a tavern the place each islander there – approximately 8 of them – wore not anything else on their heads. Their outfits were more than enough to cross muster with the tavernaris – yet then even the keeper of a wine store might rarely be anticipated to understand each guy in a city of 5 thousand, and a patriotic Greek, as Louki had declared this guy to be, wasn’t going to raise even a faintly suspicious eyebrow so long as there have been German infantrymen current. And there have been Germans current – 4 of them, sitting around a desk close to the counter. Which used to be why Mallory were comfortable of the semi-darkness. now not, he was once definite, that he and Dusty Miller had any cause to be bodily terrified of those males. Louki had brushed aside them contemptuously as a host of outdated ladies – headquarters clerks, Mallory guessed – who got here to this tavern each evening of the week. yet there has been no element in protruding their necks unnecessarily. Miller lit one of many stinky, evil-smelling neighborhood cigarettes, wrinkling his nostril in distaste. ‘Damn humorous odor during this joint, boss. ’ ‘Put your cigarette out,’ Mallory advised.

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