Pursuit of Passy

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A thrilling novel of a man hunt with a nation's existence at stake. More
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About David Moore Crook

David Moore Crook DFC (24 November 1914 — 18 December 1944) was a British fighter pilot born in Huddersfield, England. He flew with 609 Squadron as a Spitfire Pilot during the Battle of Britain, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Flying Spitfire IX EN662 on 18 December 1944 on a high level photographic sortie, Crook was seen to dive into the sea near Aberdeen. He was officially listed as Missing in action.

He wrote an autobiographical work about his experiences during the battle entitled Spitfire Pilot, published by Faber and Faber in 1942. A portrait of Crook by official RAF artist Captain Cuthbert Orde was reproduced on the frontispiece. Crook also wrote Pursuit of Passy, a work of fiction about an RAF pilot who is sent on a mission to pursue a traitor across occupied France.

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Review by: Nora Lee on Jan. 12, 2015 :
This story was written and published in 1940 during WWII. It's an entertaining tale full of action, conflict and intrigue. The setting is England and France during the war. I enjoyed it.
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Review by: Matt Eliason on Dec. 19, 2014 :
Rip roaring tale in true British tradition. Would have made a fine film. Thanks David for making it available. I wish my book was as worthy
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Review by: Scott Skipper on Dec. 19, 2014 :
Peter Claydon, Flight Lieutenant in the RAF, nearly walked in on an SS beating and murder of a British radar technician. A French Nazi collaborator with access to top secret radar technology and two German thugs were attempting to beat classified information from the hapless Englishman. Claydon stumbles upon the scene seconds after the shooting—nearly getting himself shot—and receives a message from the dying man. The message excites a great deal of interest in the intelligence community. Then, a week later, Claydon spots the same French turncoat in the background of a photograph taken from the body of a Luftwaffe pilot. Being the only person able to recognize this dangerous traitor, Claydon is assigned the task of assassinating M. Passy. He is then sent back to France in the company of the daring M. Carnac to locate and eliminate this threat to the secret of that vital new defensive weapon, radar.

This extraordinary story has an equally extraordinary history. D.M. Crook was the grandfather of the modern day publisher of Pursuit of Passy. He has chosen to offer this magnificent book for free which deeply puzzles this reviewer. It is a noteworthy piece of fiction with intrinsic value and I would have been happy to pay for it. In league with Fredrick Forsythe and Ken Follet, Pursuit of Passy is a great book that deserves commensurate attention.
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