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rank 5918
word count 65977
date submitted 03.09.2008
date updated 10.02.2009
genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
classification: universal
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Never Never Never

Alan Pearce

The true story that might have been

 

In the dark days following Dunkirk, with a Nazi invasion imminent, Churchill ordered the formation of a secret underground army of civilian volunteers. From their hidden bunkers, the men of the Auxiliary Units were to operate behind enemy lines, disrupting communications and generally creating mayhem. They received the best of the available equipment, and were trained to the highest levels, and yet they were only given sufficient food supplies to last a fortnight. They were not expected to survive even that long This is the story of those men and of a sleepy English village in the “mad” summer of 1940, and a story of what might have been. Based on official records, personal diaries and memoirs, and the battle plans of both sides, this is the untold account of an elite fighting force hidden within the Home Guard that would operate outside of the conventional rules of war. But when reprisal followed reprisal, and the men of the resistance saw their own friends and families held hostage and murdered, they faced an agonising dilemma. There would have been only one way out.

 
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army, auxiliary units, auxunits, britain, british, england, hitler, nazi, operation sealion, organisation, resistance, second world war, secret, under...

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markwoodburn wrote 1074 days ago

Absolutely fascinating and shines a light on a lesser known fact of 1940. Jack Higgins could have written this! Starred, regards, Mark

Orlando Furioso wrote 1313 days ago

I like the pitch. i might be a natural reader for such a story. It reminds me of the surprise I felt on discovering the war of mine and counter mine in the WWI and how many thousands of men were involved. I had no idea about this secret resistance you describe. I felt the opening was a bit too detailed though. It seems to rush off into the dialogue. I think it might be wise to intducuce the subject with a bit of broad brush context somewhere up top. But for reading the pitch I wld have had no idea from the opening graphs what the story was about. I'm not saying 20 graphs of background, just a few dabs dripped in here and there. As it is I can't see the wood for the trees. Also i don't think you need Rule Brit and the Winston quote at the top. Tis a bit cluttered. I think solving the contexting issue at the opening ot the story more important, at least for this reader.

Alaric wrote 1910 days ago

The British Resistance has been a subject that has fascinated me for many years, and I feel that Never Never Never has the makings of a good thriller; something on the lines of SSGB. I would say that it starts too slowly; with too much dialogue, (albeit an interesting opening storyline). It has the feel of a book that is well written, but poorly planned, although I suspect that a stiff edit, with the removal of all that is not absolutely necessary, (and the addition of a bit more pace), would make it really swing. For that reason (and the fact that I would very much like to read the finished result) I’m happy to back it.

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