The Second Midnight
A secret mission…
1939. As Europe teeters on the brink of war, Alfred Kendall is tasked with carrying out a minor mission for the British Intelligence Service. Travelling to Prague, he takes his troubled young son, Hugh, as cover.
A terrible choice…
When Hitler ...more
In ‘The Second Midnight’, it tells the story of a young boy, Hugh Kendall who is in a fractured relationship with his father, Captain Kendall, who works with the British Intelligence. The book is set in the midst of the ...more
Hugh is the failing son of an envoy. When the envoy is given an important mission after Hitler invades Czechoslovakia, he has to take Hugh with him. Hugh catches the eye of a Nazi Colonel and the Colonel's daughter.
Not too bad, but My attention wandered.
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Maybe I would have enjoyed The Second ...more
I found this a very interesting tale both in terms of content and also in terms of ...more
This tale of Andrew Taylor's hasn't yet been reissued like other of his earlier works. I tracked down a secondhand copy to give it a try. I can see why it hasn't made a reissue as it's not as mystery based as his other work. I enjoyed it all the same.
Hugh is a young teenager in London, somewhere before the start of the second world war and he's just been expelled from school. His bullying father is recruited to do some kind of Secret Service mission to Prague and ends up taking Hugh with him.
It is a multi-layered story with the characters' lives intertwining and colliding. It is a spy story, a war story, an interesting history lesson and a story of families, fathers and sons.
As with all Andrew Taylor's books it is immensely well written. Characters are well drawn, some ...more
It is 1939 and twelve year old Hugh Kendall is ...more
An incompetent businessman is recruited by British Intelligence to make a delivery in Prague immediately before the German invasion in 1938. Because he cannot get a babysitter, he takes his twelve year old son with him. Upon the German takeover, the father is spirited out of the country, but the son is left behind. How is he to survive? Cue an adventure tale, full of twists and turns, culminating in the 1950s in a shoot out in cold war London.
The novel has a Dickensian, episodic ...more