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White Eagles Over Serbia: A Novel

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A British secret agent on a dangerous mission to solve a fellow spy’s murder
After some especially taxing missions, seasoned secret agent Methuen wants nothing more than to take a long, relaxing fishing trip. But after a fellow British spy is killed in the remote mountains of Serbia, Methuen is called back into action. What follows is a suspenseful tale of espionage told wi
ebook, 200 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1954)
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Nicholas Whyte[return][return]A more serious effort by Durrell here than his collection of humorous diplomatic stories which also drew on his time in Belgrade. The cover describes it as being in the genre of John Buchan but in fact I think it's pretty obvious that Durrell was trying to cash in on the James Bond phenomenon (Casino Royale was published two years earlier, in 1953, and Live and Let Die in 1954) by bringing his British secret agent hero to untangle murky doing ...more
David Smith
Not Durrell at his best, but the combination of Durrell and the Balkans is always interesting. Sort of a poor fictionalised version of Eastern Approaches - but not really.
Sep 14, 2015 Sjonni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shortly after returning home from a mission in Malaysia, "our man" Mathuen is sent to titoist Yugoslavia to investigate the death of a colleague murdered while operating undercover in the mountains of the Sandjak.

An early work by Durrell showing a leaner, more realistic prose that, nevertheless, succeeds at evoking the striking magnificence of the Serbian/Bosnian landscape and that recreates the lingering melancholy of the cold war.

Samuel Mardirosian
an unskeptical british cold war spy novel, so there's tons of classism and imperial nostalgia, but still quite fun.
Garth Johnson
Jul 02, 2014 Garth Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. The plot is a bit weak but this is more than made up for by Durrell's wonderful style. I felt i would recognise any of the main characters if I saw them in the street.
A "quieter" thriller than those of today: lovely writing, suspenseful, dated of course but that's why I am reading it. I hauled out a road map of Bosnia and followed him along on his excursions.
Oct 16, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked it up in a second hand bookshop a I liked the cover, turned out to be quite a good read.
A good old fashioned spy romp over the mountains, well written.
Jul 28, 2014 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good adventure, British spy story set in Serbia during WWII. Read during Jess marriage.
Sep 05, 2012 Jestyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Straightforward cold wall spy story. short satisfying read.
Jim Willse
Sep 15, 2014 Jim Willse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Dated but fun.
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Lawrence George Durrell was a critically hailed and beloved novelist, poet, humorist, and travel writer best known for The Alexandria Quartet novels, which were ranked by the Modern Library as among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century. A passionate and dedicated writer from an early age, Durrell’s prolific career also included the groundbreaking Avignon Quintet, whose ...more
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