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The Allies
Maurice Sellar
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The Allies

liked it 3.0  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Across the Nazi-ravaged countryside of wartime Belgium a British deserter, Wally Shaw, is on the run. The military police hot on his trail, he plunges into hiding -- to find himself in the company of three German deserters. The ill-matched team form an uneasy alliance, relying on black marketeering for their livelihood. But they soon hatch an incredible plot to steal ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 371 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by Thorndike Press (first published September 1999)
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Bonnye Reed
Sep 04, 2016 Bonnye Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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GNAB I received a free, electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Maurice Sellar, and Endeavour Press on August 8th, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your work with me.

The Allies was originally published in 1979. I am quite pleased that it has been released again - I managed to miss it, first time by. And I have to admit that if simply told the premise of this novel, I would most likely not have read it even back then. The whole idea of a WWII novel set in
Aug 16, 2016 Dave rated it liked it
Shelves: world-war-2, fiction
Review originally published at Book of Bogan

The Allies is the story of a small band of deserters who escape from opposing sides of the second world war. Deep behind the lines, one British and three German soldiers must work together to evade capture by their respective sides, who are either desperate to capture (in the case of the British/Americans) or mildly indifferent towards them.

Their attempts at escape take them on a wild and strange journey into the heart of Berlin, into and out of concen
Michael Bully
Aug 30, 2016 Michael Bully rated it really liked it
It has taken until 21st century to tackle the question of deserters in World War 2 : There has been the occasional exception such at the poet Vernon Scannell whose candid autobiography 'Argument of Kings' was published in 1987, and was prepared to discuss his time as a World War 2 'serial absconder' .But now studies concerning how numerous deserters were, and their links to the criminal underworld have now come to light, particularly with Charles Glass' 'Deserter' from 2013.
And the adventures of
Aug 22, 2016 Cecilia rated it did not like it
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In this WWII heist novel, deserters scheme to pull off a heist worth of a book; but this book wasn't it. The plot was OK, but the elements couldn't hold it together. The characters weren't developed or believable, the friendship among them implausible, and the events came together unrealistic ways. The novel was probably well researched, but the writing had way too many adjectives coupled with every noun, and some of the non-conversational prose ended in "!," that stood out like sore thumbs. I ...more
sharon scoular
sharon scoular rated it it was ok
Nov 21, 2016
Gary Lowe
Gary Lowe marked it as to-read
May 08, 2016
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