Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Most Secret Hardcover – June 20, 1976
|New from||Used from|
|Hardcover, June 20, 1976||
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Top Customer Reviews
But there is something else interesting going on here. This is also a curious portrait of civilized hatred. Every single English and Breton character hates each and every individual German with a deep and consuming fierceness. Even priests and doctors thrill with anticipation at the thought of German soldiers being burnt alive or spending weeks slowly dieing from untreatably infected burns. The characters all have reasons for their hatred, and I believe it is a historically accurate depiction of how those people at that time felt, but it is curious to encounter such vicious hatred in such sympathetic characters. These days we civilians are so insulated from the wars our country fights that we have little emotional involvement and this all looks strange to us, but I think there is a deep human truth in it that is a bit uncomfortable to run up against.
About as good a war tale as you can get -- the plot is fast-paced, always developing. No wasted words. This book proves that good war tales can be told without lasping into profanity and gore -- neither of which are used by Shute.
As with other Shute books, it is written from the viewpoint of a detached observer to the main tale -- a technique he has used rather well in other books.
Read _Most Secret_ once and I guarantee you will never look upon fishing boats or Worcester Sauce in quite the same way.
War plays a role, large or small, in many of Shute's novels. Most Secret was first published in 1945; the action begins in 1941. Bombs are raining down on London and England is fully engaged in the war. Three of the four main characters are in the Royal Navy. They devise and carry out an ingenious plan to attack a German ship off the coast of France. But while Most Secret can be accurately categorized as a war story, it's much more than that. Shute is one of the few writers who successfully blended character-oriented fiction with a plot-driven story. Ultimately, he wrote about people; not just their actions, but the impact those actions had on their lives. War has tragic consequences; death and sorrow are usually present in Shute's novels. It's difficult to read them with dry eyes. That's certainly true of Most Secret.
I don't need to like the characters in order to enjoy a novel, but that's never an issue with Nevil Shute. He nearly always wrote about decent, likable people who cope with catastrophe with their dignity intact. Most Secret introduces the reader to Oliver Boden, the carefree son of a wool-spinner, who marries his childhood sweetheart shortly before joining the Navy, the natural outgrowth of his love of sailing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nevil Shute is one of my favorite authors and this is yet another of his excellent books! You're quickly drawn into the story and sympathize with the multifaceted and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Avid Reader
For anyone interested in WWII human interest Nevil Shutes books are the greatest. They bring you down into the war and how regular people dealt with the tragedies and hard life... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ginger Green
Love all his work. But some of the racial depictions are dated.Published 13 months ago by M. U. Stallings
Having lived through WW2 I appreciated the authenticity of the wartime events and the people involved. This is a must read.Published 15 months ago by Naomi Webb
Another good read bringing a lot of people together from different lifestyles and background to complete a common enemy and achieve an important goal. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Retired in Thailand