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ISBN 10: 0553093711 / ISBN 13: 9780553093711
Published by Bantam Books, New York, 1993
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Small 4to. Red cloth spine with gilt lettering and black paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 495pp. Very good/very good. Jacket spine lightly sunned. A tight and handsome first edition of this WW2 thriller, handsomely inscribed and signed by the author in black fineline on the title page: "3.22.99 / For Sandra / with thanks for showing / me all your orchids -- . Thomas Gifford." Historical fiction involving Winston Churchill's attempt to get Field Marshal Erwin Rommel assassinated. Bookseller Inventory # 36560

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Title: Praetorian

Publisher: Bantam Books, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Assigned to wartime London, American correspondent Rodger Godwin learns, during an interview with Churchill, of a plot to assassinate Field Marshal Rommel. By the author of The Assassini. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

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Grandly melodramatic--if overlong--WW II intrigue from Gifford (Hollywood Gothic, 1979; The Glendower Legacy, 1978, etc.) centering on a top-secret raid to assassinate legendary Nazi General Erwin Rommel. ``It is a good thing to remember,'' writes Gifford, ``that once...there was a great moral conflict...that had to be won.'' This epic thriller is a tribute to the valor of those who fought in that conflict. At its heart stand three resonant characters--top Yank reporter Rodger Godwin and two Brits: Cilla Hood, the film star whom Rodger loves, and Max Hood, a war hero who rode with Lawrence in Arabia--and who's Rodger's friend but also Cilla's husband. Gifford opens with a powerhouse scene: a Blitz-bombing of a London club that sees the three principals aiding the wounded-- Max in the lead, as always, with Rodger and Cilla following and stealing glances even as they work; a dying mother's concern solely for her child sets the theme of stalwart courage. A year later, Rodger and Cilla are tormented lovers, and Rodger's guilt grows when he's visited by Churchill (one of many sharp historical cameos scattered throughout), who asks him to cover the desert foray to kill Rommel--a raid to be led by Max. During the exciting unfolding of the expedition, all the raiders, including Max, die in an ambush--except Rodger. Cut to 1927 and an extended Paris-set flashback that details the cementing, through violence, of Rodger and Max's bond and of their love for the then-pubescent Cilla. Cut back to the war: It's clear that someone betrayed the expedition- -and Rodger, sleeping with Max's wife, is the chief suspect. Rodger, though, tracks down the real culprit and kills him--or does he? A violent, storm-swept climax reveals the twisty, if not terribly surprising, truth. Positively stirring, despite the overplotting, and brimming with bold action and characters: Chalk up another likely big hit for Gifford. (First printing of 50,000) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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