Based upon Max Hardonniere's own experience as a covert operative during World War II, this is the story of a young man whose acquaintance with Prime Minister Winston Churchill would lead to him being recruited and trained as a spy who would fight his own war from behind enemy lines.
Based on Max Ciampoli's own experiences, this novel tells the astounding story of a 17-year-old Frenchman taken in by Winston Churchill in the first days of WWII. His godfather sent him off to Churchill's country estate, where he is treated like a prince of the realm, and then shipped to a special forces training camp to learn the spy game. The fictionalized Ciampoli resembles a superspy, alternating between dashing off to war zones and lounging around Churchill's home. He knows virtually everyone in France and Italy and moves about with impunity, coming to the rescue of partisans and Jewish children, blowing things up, and generally saving the world. Perhaps appropriately, as the author is a chef, the most memorable details here refer to meals. This somewhat disjointed "novel based on a true story" is a handy diversion.
If you love World War 2 books your going to love this one the writing is excellent give you insight in the life of an exceptional man and what he did to contribute in the war
When I started this book I immediately liked it, however as I Read further I had the feeling that it was all made up. Why in the world Churchill depend on an 18 year old kid for so many important missions? In addition, the details of the facts are just too unbelievable.
Maybe a little peyote helped.