“I have long been a fan of Nevil Shute. I was delighted to discover that a number of titles I have not read are now available for the Kindle and the Nook.
MOST SECRET was his usual job of craftsmanship. The characters were memorable and, as with many of his works, there was a subtle moral issue at the core of the book.
The following description comes from the book's product overview: Aboard a fishing boat named “Genevieve,” a small group of British officers and French fishermen—armed only with a flame thrower and small arms—plan a secret commando mission against the might of the German army after the fall of France in World War II. Each man has experienced a terrible loss of one kind or another, and each is fully prepared to face the risks of their desperate gesture of defiance. MOST SECRET is classic Shute: a thrilling tale of sacrifice and courage and the heroism of ordinary men that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
The moral dilemma for the characters is quite simple: Is it justifiable to use terrible weapon (a flame-thrower in this case) against the Nazis who have used the same and worse themselves? Typical of Shute, this is not a bang-over the head discussion in the narrative nor does he ever declare himself one way or the other. Instead, he leaves it to the reader to work it out via the characters and their views about it.
It is not a happy book (but then many of his are not). This is England and France in the early, desperate years of World War II with France already a defeated nation and England hanging on by an eyelash. Yet, through the despair of the times, there are moments of courage and hope (also typical of Shute).
I recommend this book highly.”