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Title : The Fifth Man
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ISBN : 9780881842630
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Fifth Man Reviews

  • Bev
    2019-03-24 14:15

    The Fifth Man is my first taste of the work of Manning Coles--and I can assure you, it won't be my last. This is an absolutely delightful Nazi-filled, spy-thriller first published in 1946 by the neighborly writing duo of Adelaide Frances Oke Manning and Cyril Henry Coles. The duo wrote many of these spy-thrillers using the pseudonym composed of their last names. Twenty-six of these feature Tommy (Thomas Elphinstone) Hambledon, a British boarding school teacher who winds up working for the Foreign Office. In this outing, five British prisoners of war are given the chance to head home--provided they agree to be trained as spies and pledge their service to the Nazi cause. They all do, but have every intention of hitting British soil and forgetting about their pledge--despite dire warnings of what their fate will be if they double-cross Germany. One is killed after turning himself in to the British authorities, three more manage to turn themselves in more successfully, and one man remains at large. Then a man claiming to be Major Alwyn Brampton turns up in the offices of British Intelligence and offers his services as a double-agent. Brampton is really escaped prisoner Anthony Coleman, but after hearing his story about near-fatal escapes of every sort, multiple assumed identities, and his version of a diabolical Nazi spy ring at work in England, Hambledon is ready to put him to work. Coleman's extraordinary luck holds through various escapades within the Nazi group until the grand finale when it looks like the double-agent's number may be up. This book is great fun. Lots of British wit and understated humor. I haven't had such a good time with a spy thriller in a long time. I love the breezy style and following the adventures of Coleman as he dons his various personas. I'm sure there's way more happy coincidences than one could possibly expect in real life--but that's why this is fiction. And really good fiction at that. Four stars for a rollicking good read that I managed to read in one great gulp Sunday afternoon through night.This review was first posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting any portion. Thanks.

  • Bea Alden
    2019-04-15 17:15

    The Fifth Man, in a very entertaining way, follows the search for five British prisoners who have - or have not? - escaped from the Nazis.Manning Coles' books are always exciting, with great plots; yet, at the same time, very funny. His main character, who works for the British Secret Service, is Tommy Hambledon, who attacks various scary challenges with an absolute devotion to King and country and an irrepressible sense of humor.

  • Susan
    2019-03-21 17:24

    Colemore has escaped from prison to the Continent, only to be caught up in the chaos of World War II. He takes the clothing of a dead British officer and ends up in a German prison camp, eventually finding his way through Occupied Europe and back to England, with information for British intelligence. He finds a kindred spirit in Tommy Hambledon, who encourages him to use his position as a German agent for the benefit of the British.

  • Bayneeta
    2019-04-05 10:19

    Maybe 3.5 stars. Anthony Coleman escapes from a German POW camp and finds his way back to England where he is interrogated by our beloved Tommy Hambledon. Coleman becomes part of a group of German spies and most of the story focuses on his activities. Not quite as much humor as I found in earlier books, but still a satisfying read.

  • Tina
    2019-03-30 16:28

    Another satisfying entry in the Tommy Hambledon series. So far, every one has been a ripping yarn.

  • Kate
    2019-04-13 14:36

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  • Dr. Awkward
    2019-04-02 11:19

    A gripping read. Historical fiction, of a sort -- pure entertainment, especially for the lover of intriguing, involved crime-solving plotlines and WW2 history.

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-06 09:42

    Consistently entertaining and well written. A great series.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-11 09:43

    Charming smuggler works as a double agent for Tommy Hambledon. Humor is always a feature of these novels.

  • Helen
    2019-04-13 16:24

    double agent comes through