Thoughts on: Snow by Nigel West and Madoc Roberts

January 5, 2012

Snow: The Double Life of a World War II Spy by Nigel West and Madoc Roberts is a non-fiction about a double agent for England and Germany. This extraordinary book claims that England’s first double agent was a Nazi spy.

The author is giv­ing away one copy of this book— enter at the end of the post.

  • 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dialogue
  • ISBN: 1849540934

My rating for Snow – 5

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Snow: The Double Life of a World War II Spy by Nigel West and Madoc Roberts (Facebook)  is a dense book, filled with secrets, double crossing and the fog of espionage. The authors did a tremendous research job to shed light on this world of shadows.

What remains a mystery though is the protagonist of the story. Arthur Owens, a Welsh battery salesman who has no interest for his inventions decides to offer them to the Germans. When the British Intelligence (MI5) discovers this, Owens becomes a double agent. Owens is a character no one could make up, a man who changes his beliefs and his allegiance whenever convenient. Espionage fans, as well as history fans, will be delighted with Owens’ shenanigans even though I’m not sure I’d want to hang around with him.

This book, with its fascinating historical research, has a tremendous amount of information about England’s clandestine operations during World War II. The conflicted and complex characters whose true motives may never be known are part of the mystery of the book, the war and frankly the world.

In the grand scheme of things Arthur Owens was a nobody, a small cog in a great machine. But it’s those small cogs that help us win the war and tip the scales of history.

So tell me, do you like stories about the small cogs?

Arthur Owens, a battery salesman, has offered his services to the Germans (along with his patent) during the early days of World War II. However, when MI5 finds about it they make him become a double agent.

Known by his code name Snow, Owens becomes a remarkable spy and the first great double-cross agents who played a major role (somewhat unbeknownst to him) in the war’s victory.

Books in a sim­i­lar vein:
The Mossad: Great Oper­a­tions by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nis­sim Mishal 

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through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account

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  • Give­away ends: Jan­u­ary 12, 2012

  • This is an inter­na­tional contest

  • Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked

Congratulations: ladyofthegrey@

Zohar – Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I go this book for free.
Article first published as Book Review: Snow by Nigel West and Madoc Roberts on Blogcritics.

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  • Jenny January 5, 2012 at 10:30 am

    It’s crazy to me sometimes how people can end up in those kinds of situations. Sounds like an interesting read.

  • Anna January 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Reading about the small cogs is fine by me as long as their stories are interesting. Sounds like this one fits the bill. Will add your review to War Through the Generations.

  • Jonathan January 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Wow, sounds very cool. Thanks for posting, and thanks for the giveaway. I’m definitely signing up for this one.

  • Clenna January 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    This novel sounds really good. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    • Madoc Roberts January 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Thanks to everyone who entered. That was fun


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