The Secret Channel

The Secret Channel

by Mike Williams

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Overview

For the whole of the War a great secret was kept from the enemy—and nation. An elite force of men and women was gathered on the remove coastline of the Scilly Isles: their task was to keep open secret channels between England and France, at any cost.

Inspired by wartime secret operations, Mike Williams has written a thrilling novel set in the Scillies, the English Channel and Northern France and created in Richard Tremayne a naval hero in the mould of a Hornblower or an Aubrey for the navy of the 1940s. The author served in the Royal Marines: his boats are real boats and his sailors real sailors.

Lieutenant Richard Tremayne has lost his wife in the Blitz. He sinks his grief in forging a remarkable team capable of facing huge personal risks and builds an effective relationship with his enigmatic Commander, Enever. Against all odds, time and again the bravery and ingenuity of the “small boat men” defy belief.

Mike Williams is a master storyteller who brilliantly evokes the haunting islands of the Scillies—“This remote and beautiful place” as Tremayne puts it—and the menacing waters in which men and women fought and risked their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781854186126
Publisher: Thorogood
Publication date: 05/28/2011
Series: Tremayne Triology Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mike Williams served eight years both full time and as a reservist, first in the Royal Navy [intelligence] as a Russian-speaking intercept operator, then in the Royal Marines [SBS and Commando], ending as a Second-in Command of a combined SBS and Commando RMR unit. He is married to the children’s author Brenda Williams. They live in Wiltshire and regularly go hill-walking and canoeing in the Isles of Scilly.

Table of Contents

Principal characters 6

The Isles of Scilly 8

Tresco island 9

Chapter 1 This remote and beautiful place 11

Chapter 2 Return to L'Aber Wrac'h 61

Chapter 3 A bunch of Swiss Admirals 107

Chapter 4 The net closes in 137

Chapter 5 Operation Marie-Claire 179

Chapter 6 Some leave due 224

Chapter 7 Reconnaissance or raid? 256

Chapter 8 A postcard from Spain 302

Chapter 9 Hoist battle ensign 317

Chapter 10 Farewell to the past A new beginning 348

Epilogue 380

Glossary of naval and Royal Marine terms 385

Acknowledgements 389

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