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Assignment in Brittany by Helen MacInnes
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I enjoy the relatively slow pace of the Helen MacInnes novels; some may say they are old-fashioned, but for me, this is part of the pleasure, as it makes her characters more well-rounded.

The French war time settings were well realised and the basic subject matter (allied agent parachuted into northern France in the first year of WWII) is fertile ground for the development of an exciting story. But my main quibble, which prevented me from really enjoying it is that we are expected to believe that a complete British stranger could impersonate a well-respected local farmer, and get away with it. He even lives with the man's family, including his mother, and arouses no suspicion. This got in the way, and I couldn't ever believe in the story.

© Koplowitz 2011
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