Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 12½ hrs. Random Audio. 2012. ISBN 9780307990433. $40; 10 CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST
OrangeReviewStarMacintyre recounts the fascinating story of the Allied spy team that saved thousands of lives by successfully deceiving the Germans into thinking the D-Day invasion would happen in Calais and Norway instead of Normandy. Macintyre smartly focuses his attention on the key personalities who risked their lives, including a variety of British MI5 spies, double agents inside Nazi intelligence, and the primary agents—a Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter pilot, a bisexual Peruvian party girl, an eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming, and a volatile Frenchwoman. Hollywood probably could not make up more odd, memorable characters. Unfortunately, playwright and actor John Lee's otherwise solid reading is sadly marred by the unnecessary effort to emulate the different accents of the multiethnic operatives as he conveys their comments in stilted, broken English, which only makes the characters sound like caricatures.
VERDICT The strength of the story still will make this offering alluring to history lovers, especially the numerous devotees of all things World War II. ["Macintyre's book will appeal to general readers and espionage buffs who love…true spy stories," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Crown hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 7/20/12.—Ed.]

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