WWII Warfare:

Europeans and Australians Fighting in World War II


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WWII Aircraft, British Spitfire The rise of fascism in Germany and Italy, and a simultaneous surge of militaristic nationalism in Japan erupted into World War II at the end of the 1930s. Japan invaded China in the summer of 1937, and German troops marched into Poland in September 1939.

Aircraft and submarines played major roles in the fighting, and many authors have written about the wartime experiences of pilots, sailors and naval officers. Organized resistance to the Germans became especially well developed in France, but resistance efforts took place in other occupied countries as well. Spycraft played a significant role in World War II as technology allowed new ways of communicating and spies learned to exploit these. Novels about nurses and other medical personnel serving in the war zone are included on this page, as well as a few novels about the experiences of prisoners of war.

Except for a few classics, contemporary World War II novels written during or after the war by authors who lived through it are not listed. Historical novels written about World War II in recent years are well worth reading. They often display complex moral shadings that many authors and readers were unwilling to consider in the immediate aftermath of the war.


Allied Political Leaders

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Michael Dobbs, Winston's War (2002), about Winston Churchill's relationship with a Soviet spy during the years leading up to the Second World War and Churchill's rise to become Prime Minister; #1 in the Winston Churchill series.

Michael Dobbs, Never Surrender (2003), about Winston Churchill's struggle against Adolf Hitler during the years leading up to Britain's humiliating defeat at Dunkirk; #2 in the Winston Churchill series.

Michael Dobbs, Churchill's Hour (2004), about Winston Churchill's struggles as a statesman and a man as the war goes badly for Britain in 1941 and his son's wife has an affair with the American Ambassador; #3 in the Winston Churchill series.

Michael Dobbs, Churchill's Triumph (2005), about the power struggle between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin as they negotiate the future of Europe after the war; #4 in the Winston Churchill series.


David L. Robbins, The End of War: A Novel of the Race for Berlin (2000), about Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, and the power struggles among them as they jockey for power as the Allies move into the final stretch of World War II.

Lisa Kramer Taruschio, Verdi's Dream (2010), a thriller about the secret surrender negotiations conducted by OSS Station Chief Allen Dulles and Nazi commander Karl Wolff in Milan in 1945; available in ebook form only.


The Air War

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Jussi Adler-Olsen, The Alphabet House (2015), about two British pilots shot down in Germany whose efforts to escape capture land them in a frightening mental institution.


Frank Barnard, Blue Man Falling (2006), about two RAF pilots, one English and one American, during the 1939-40 Battle of France; #1 in the World War Two Fighter Pilot series.

Frank Barnard, Band of Eagles (2007), about two RAF pilots, one English and one American, during the Siege of Malta in the summer of 1941; #2 in the World War Two Fighter Pilot series.

Frank Barnard, To Play the Fox (2008), about two RAF pilots, one English and one American, during the crucial Battle of El Alamein in October 1942; #3 in the World War Two Fighter Pilot series.


Jessica Blair, Just One More Day (2015), historical romance about a girl who joins the Women's Auxiliary Air Force as soon as she turns eighteen and the RAF pilot who encourages her to do intelligence work.


David Fiddimore, Tuesday's War (2005), about a woman Air Transport Auxiliary pilot who secretly takes the place of an absent RAF pilot during a bombing raid; #1 in the Charlie Bassett series.

David Fiddimore, Charlie's War (2006), about a recuperating RAF pilot assigned to find the woman Air Transport Auxiliary pilot who has secretly taken the place of an absent RAF pilot and does not wish to be found; #2 in the Charlie Bassett series.

David Fiddimore, The Forgotten War (2008), about an RAF pilot who returns home to Britain after the war and is maneuvered into becoming a spy for a Communist-hunting government agency; #3 in the Charlie Bassett series.

David Fiddimore, The Hidden War (2009), about an RAF pilot who gets a job with a commercial airline in 1948 after the war ends, and then becomes involved in flying food and medical supplies into Berlin during the blockade; #4 in the Charlie Bassett series.

David Fiddimore, The Silent War (2010), about a former RAF pilot called back to active duty and sent to Egypt; #5 in the Charlie Bassett series.

David Fiddimore, A Blind Man’s War (2011), about a former RAF pilot fighting terrorists in Cyprus; #6 in the Charlie Bassett series.


Mary Gibson, Gunner Girls and Fighter Boys (2016), about a young woman from South London who, after her home is destroyed in the Blitz, joins the Air Transport Service and becomes a gunner.

Andrew Greig, That Summer (2000; also titled The Clouds Above), about a young RAF pilot and the WAAF radar operator he falls in love with during the Battle of Britain.

James Holland, The Burning Blue (2003), about a young RAF fighter pilot during the early part of World War II.

Beryl Matthews, A Flight of Golden Wings (2007), about a woman serving as an Air Transport Auxiliary pilot who falls in love with an American pilot whose Spitfire then disappears while he is flying it to France.

Beryl Matthews, The Uncertain Years (2016), about a girl who joins the Air Transport Service when her brother and his friends enlist in 1939.

Milena McGraw, After Dunkirk, a literary novel about a British pilot who, while recovering from his traumatic World War II experiences, decides to examine his life by writing about it.

Tony Park, African Sky (2014), a thriller about an Australian bomber pilot stationed in Rhodesia during World War II who investigates the rape and murder of a woman pilot.

Tim Pears, In the Light of Morning (2014), about three British parachutists sent to German-occupied Slovenia to work with the local partisans near the end of World War II.


Alan Savage, Blue Yonder (2005), about a British fighter pilot shot down over enemy lines in 1918 who falls in love with and marries his German nurse, who adopts his motherless son; after her death this son and his brother fight on opposite sides in World War II; #1 in the RAF series.

Alan Savage, Death in the Sky (2006), about two brothers who fight on opposite sides in World War II as fighter pilots; #2 in the RAF series.

Alan Savage, Spiralling Down (2007), about two brothers fighting on opposite sides in World War II as both reach crisis points in their service; #3 in the RAF series.

Alan Savage, The Whirlwind (2007), about two brothers fighting on opposite sides in World War II as the Nazis make a desperate attempt to gain the specifications of the aircraft flown by the brother fighting for the British; #4 in the RAF series.


Helena P. Schrader, The Lady in the Spitfire (2006), about a woman RAF pilot during World War II; self-published.

Helena P. Schrader, Chasing the Wind (2007), about fighter pilots on both the British and German sides who participated in the Battle of Britain; self-published.


War at Sea

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Alexander Fullerton, Storm Force to Narvik, about the commander of a British destroyer off the coast of Norway; #4 in the Nicholas Everard series.

Alexander Fullerton, Last Lift from Crete, about the commander of a destroyer who must rescue British troops and an Australian field hospital from under the Germans' noses; #5 in the Nicholas Everard series.

Alexander Fullerton, All the Drowning Seas, about the commander of a wounded battle cruiser in the seas near Java; #6 in the Nicholas Everard series.

Alexander Fullerton, A Share of Honour, about a father and his two sons, all serving in the British navy during World War II; #7 in the Nicholas Everard series.

Alexander Fullerton, The Torch Bearers, about a father and his two sons, all serving in the British navy during World War II; #8 in the Nicholas Everard series.

Alexander Fullerton, The Gatecrashers, about a father and his two sons, all serving in the British navy during World War II; #9 in the Nicholas Everard series.


Charles McCain, An Honorable German (2009), about a German U-boat commander who, as it begins to appear that Germany could lose the war, is forced to choose between his ethical principles and his duty to the Reich.

Nicholas Monsarrat, The Cruel Sea (1951), a realistic novel about the officers of a British convoy ship during World War II; technically not historical fiction as it was based on the author's own wartime experiences.

Robert Radcliffe, Upon Dark Waters (2003), about an English naval officer raised in Uruguay and his encounter with a German submarine.

Robert Radcliffe, Dambuster (2011), about a British fighter pilot who volunteers for the dangerous mission of bombing Germany's dams.

Douglas Reeman, Dust on the Sea, about a young man serving in the British Royal Marines during World War II; #4 in the Royal Marines Saga (#1-3 were set in 1850, 1900 and World War I).

Douglas Reeman, Knife Edge, about a young man serving in the Royal Marines in Hong Kong and Malaysia with his cousin, an explosives expert; #5 in the Royal Marines Saga.


Alan Savage, Storm Warning (2007), about the British commander of a new Motor Torpedo Boat as World War II begins; #1 in the Hon. Duncan Morant trilogy.

Alan Savage, The Calm and the Storm (2007), about British officers in a Motor Torpedo Boat fleet sent on a suicide mission in Malta in 1941; #2 in the Hon. Duncan Morant trilogy.

Alan Savage, The Vortex (forthcoming in 2009), about British officers in a Motor Torpedo Boat fleet called to heroism during the closing period of World War II; #3 in the Hon. Duncan Morant trilogy.

Alan Savage, The Flowing Tide (2008), a stand-alone novel about a British naval officer in 1941, who rescues the survivors of a sinking merchant ship, among whom is a mysterious American woman on a secret mission.


F.R. Tallis, The Passenger (2015), a horror novel about the disenchanted commander of a German U-boat sent to Iceland to pick up two prisoners.

Steven Wilson, Voyage of the Grey Wolves (2004), about a German submarine captain ordered to take a new submarine prototype on a mission to the British coast as the tide of war turns against Germany.

Steven Wilson, Between the Hunters and the Hunted (2005), about a submarine battle in 1941 during the early part of World War II.


War on Land

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Michael Asher, The Last Commando (2009), about a British officer leading a small squad of soldiers behind enemy lines to rescue a woman courier as Rommel's Afrika Corps sweeps over North Africa; #1 in the Death or Glory series.

Michael Asher, The Flaming Sword (2010), about a British officer fighting in North Africa and a woman Special Ops agent; #2 in the Death or Glory series.

Michael Asher, High Road to Hell (2012), about a British officer in Tunisia in 1943 who is distracted from his assigned mission by the discovery of a black box the Nazis seem to want badly; #3 in the Death or Glory series.


Joe Cowles and James Daniel Ross, Snow and Steel (2009), about a determined Russian private during the Siege of Stalingrad.

Nigel Farndale, The Road Between Us (2013), about an RAF soldier caught with a German art student in a hotel room in 1939 and dishonorably discharged, and about his son in the present day, who returns from captivity in Afghanistan to find that his wife has died. Review at the Telegraph

Sebastian Faulks, Where My Heart Used To Beat (2015), about a London psychiatrist in 1980 who visits an elderly man who leads him to remember forgotten events in his life during WWII.

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2014), about an Australian surgeon in a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Railway who is haunted by his long-ago love affair with his uncle’s young wife.

Giles Foden, Turbulence (2010), about a young meteorologist who, sent to Scotland to persuade a brilliant meteorologist who is a conscientious objector to help Allied forces plan D-day, finds his plans complicated by the Scottish man's beautiful wife.

Adam Foulds, In the Wolf's Mouth (2014), about an Italian-American infantryman and a British officer involved in the botched Allied attempt to chase the Germans out of North Africa and Sicily at the end of World War II.

Iain Gale, Alamein (2009), about the Battle of Alamein between the British and the Germans in North Africa in October 1942.

Iain Gale, The Black Jackals (2011), about the commander of a small group of soldiers on a mission in France during the early months of World War II; #1 in the Jackals series.

Iain Gale, Jackal's Revenge (2012), about the commander of a British unit fighting in Crete who accepts help from partisans he does not fully trust; #2 in the Jackals series.

Jason Hewitt, Devastation Road (2015), about a British soldier with amnesia who, while struggling to return home, teams up with a teenaged Czech boy and a Polish woman with a child.

Alan Murray, Luigi’s Freedom Ride (2015), about an Italian man who loves bicycling and enlists in the Bersaglieri, the Italian Army Cycling Corps when World War II begins.

Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient (1992), a literary novel about the people sheltering in a bombed Italian villa near the end of World War II, including a nurse who fears falling in love and her patient, a nameless burn victim with a tragic love in his past.

Philip Paris, The Italian Chapel (2014), about Italian prisoners of war who build a chapel during their incarceration on a small island in the Orkneys.


Ben Pastor, Lumen (1999), about a German military officer in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1939 who finds an abbess shot to death in the garden of her convent; #1 in the Martin Bora mystery series.

Ben Pastor, Liar Moon (2001), about a German military officer sent to Verona, Italy, in 1943 to investigate the murder of an important member of the Fascist party; #2 in the Martin Bora mystery series.

Ben Pastor, A Dark Song of Blood (2002), about a German military officer posted in Rome in 1944 who teams up with an Italian policeman to investigate the suspicious death of a German embassy secretary; #3 in the Martin Bora mystery series.

Ben Pastor, Tin Sky (2012), about a German military officer posted in the Ukraine in 1943 who must investigate the deaths of two Russian generals in German custody; #4 in the Martin Bora mystery series. Review


Steven Pressfield, Killing Rommel (2008), about the Long Range Desert Group, a British military unit behind the German lines in North Africa with the mission of killing Rommel. Review


Alan Savage, The Sword and the Scalpel (1996), about a British family's military service during World War II; #1 in the Sword series.

Alan Savage, The Sword and the Jungle (1996), about a husband and wife separated in the retreat from the Japanese invasion of Burma, the wife sent to a Japanese prison camp, while the husband fights with the Burma Corps; #2 in the Sword series.

Alan Savage, The Sword and the Prison (1997), about a British officer nursed back to health in the home of a German family who are accused of treason after he escapes; #3 in the Sword series.

Alan Savage, Stop Rommel! (1998), about a British officer who acts as a translator, then as a spy, in 1939 Egypt; #4 in the Sword series.

Alan Savage, The Afrika Korps (1998), about the British effort to eliminate Rommel, the German commander in North Africa; #5 in the Sword series.

Alan Savage, The Traitor Within (1999), about a British officer's struggle to unite the partisans of northern Italy as the Allies plan their invasion of Sicily; #6 in the Sword series.

Alan Savage, Commando (1999), #1 in the Commando series.

Alan Savage, The Cause (2000), about an English soldier who escapes the slaughter resulting from a top secret mission gone awry; #2 in the Commando series.

Alan Savage, The Tiger (2000), about an English soldier who survives a dangerous assignment at war's end through the help of an Austrian woman who subsequently disappears; #3 in the Commando series.

Alan Savage, Partisan (2001), about a British military attaché who escapes to the mountains in Yugoslavia after becoming separated from his unit, where he encounters Serbian terrorists and later Tito's Partisans; #1 in the Tony Davis series.

Alan Savage, Murder's Art (2002), about an English officer and his mistress who become targets of a vendetta by a German general sent to Yugoslavia to assume command of the occupying forces there; #2 in the Tony Davis series.

Alan Savage, Battleground (2002), about an English officer and his mistress who remain behind when Tito evacuates his partisans from a German-occupied Yugoslavian town, their mission to disrupt enemy communications; #3 in the Tony Davis series.

Alan Savage, The Killing Ground (2002), about an English officer trying to reach Belgrade in time to protect his pregnant mistress from the Nazis; #4 in the Tony Davis series.


Jeff Shaara, The Rising Tide, a panoramic story of the beginning years of World War II; #1 in the Second World War trilogy.

Jeff Shaara, The Steel Wave, about the American effort to defeat Hitler's Germany; #2 in the Second World War trilogy.

Jeff Shaara, No Less than Victory (2009), about the Battle of the Bulge and the final years of World War II; #3 in the Second World War trilogy.

Paul Watkins, Night Over Day Over Night (1988), about a German teenager who joins the Waffen SS in 1944 and participates in the Battle of the Bulge.

Charles Gidley Wheeler, The Fighting Spirit (1989), about a British man who returns to military service in 1939 when he discovers his wife is having an affair with his best friend.


France and the French Resistance

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Sebastian Faulks, Charlotte Gray, about a woman from Scotland who becomes involved with the French Resistance during World War II; #3 in a loosely connected trilogy with The Girl at the Lion D'Or and Birdsong.

Ken Follett, Jackdaws (2001), about a woman in the French Resistance who recruits and trains a band of other women in a last-ditch effort to complete a dangerous mission to disrupt German communications.

Joanne Harris, Five Quarters of the Orange (2002), a dark story about three French children secretly used by a German soldier during the Occupation; based on stories told by Harris's paternal grandfather about his childhood during the war. Review

Reginald Hill, The Collaborators (1987), about a French Jew who joins the Resistance in German-occupied France and the German officer who befriends his wife in order to get information from her, then finds himself falling in love with her.


Allan Massie, A Question of Loyalties (1989), about a young man who returns to post-war France and struggles to understand his late father's role during the German occupation; #1 in the Question of Loyalties trilogy.

Allan Massie, Sins of the Father (1991), a novel based on the capture, prosecution and execution of the Nazi death camp administrator Adolf Eichmann; #2 in the Question of Loyalties trilogy.

Allan Massie, Shadows of Empire (1997), a journalist born into a wealthy Scottish family on the decline recalls his early experiences in 1930s Berlin, Spain during the Civil War, and the Nuremberg Trials; #3 in the Question of Loyalties trilogy


Kate Mosse, Citadel (2012), about French Resistance fighters in southern France who must find an ancient codex before the Nazis do, and the fourth-century monk who saved it from being burnt as heretical; #3 in the Languedoc series. (See the Crusades page for #1, Labyrinth, and the Nineteenth-Century Europe page for #2, Sepulchre)

Melanie Rose, Violet Shadows (2012), about an English woman who joins the French Resistance; self-published.


Alan Savage, Resistance (2003), about an English officer who works with French agents after the Germans occupy France; #1 in the French Resistance series.

Alan Savage, The Game of Treachery (2004), about an English security officer and his lover who work with the French Resistance; #2 in the French Resistance series.

Alan Savage, Legacy of Hate (2004), about members of the French Resistance and how they cope with a crisis set off by the assassination of a German officer and the German discovery of secret British war plans; #3 in the French Resistance series.

Alan Savage, The Brightest Day (2005), about members of the French Resistance as the British prepare for D-Day; #4 in the French Resistance series.


Paul Watkins, The Forger (2000), about an artist pressured by the French Resistance to paint forged copies of great artworks so the real works can be protected from the Nazis.


The Resistance Elsewhere in Occupied Europe

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Libby Cone, War on the Margins (2009), about a half-Jewish woman from the Channel Island of Jersey who becomes involved in the Resistance during the World War II German occupation of the Channel Islands; originally self-published, available July 2009 in a new, revised edition. Brief Critique of self-published edition and Author Interview

Rosalind Laker, This Shining Land (1985), romantic suspense about a beautiful young Norwegian woman and the man she loves who work in the Resistance after Germans invade Norway.

Alyson Richman, The Garden of Letters (2014), about a young Italian woman who uses her skill as a cellist to help the Resistance movement and is rescued by a young doctor just as she is about to be caught carrying forged papers.

Mary Doria Russell, A Thread of Grace, about an Italian village's effort to protect Jewish refugees from the occupying Nazis during World War II. Review

Paul Salsini, The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany (2006), about a group of Italian villagers who flee to a Tuscan farmhouse during World War II and take in an escaped prisoner; self-published.

Paul Salsini, Sparrow's Revenge: A Novel of Post-War Tuscany (2008), about an Italian resistance fighter who continues to pursue a participant in a wartime atrocity; self-published; sequel to The Cielo.

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008), a fictional 1946 correspondence between a London journalist and people from Guernsey about the island's experiences during World War II when it was occupied by the Germans. Review

Anita Shreve, Resistance (1995), about farm wife in German-occupied Belgium who shelters a downed American pilot in her attic and falls in love with him.


Spies and Spycraft

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John Altman, A Game of Spies (2002), a spy thriller about a German sleeper agent spying for the British, who obtains vital information, takes it, and runs – with the Nazis hot on her heels.

Laurent Binet, HHhH (2012), about two men, a Slovak and a Czech, recruited by the British Secret Service to assassinate "Himmler's Brain," Reinhard Heydrich, during World War II.

Otto de Kat, News from Berlin (2014), about a Dutch diplomat sent to Switzerland in 1941, where he learns of Hitler's plans to invade Russia and must decide whether to warn Russia, at the risk of his daughter's life.


David Downing, Zoo Station, a thriller about an Englishman in Berlin as the Nazis move toward war, who agrees to become a spy for the British and Soviets; #1 in the John Russell series.

David Downing, Silesian Station, a thriller about a double agent in 1939 Berlin; #2 in the John Russell series.

David Downing, Stettin Station (2010), a thriller about an Anglo-American journalist working as a double agent in Berlin in 1941 and trying to find a way to get his lover and his fourteen-year-old son out of Germany; #3 in the John Russell series.

David Downing, Potsdam Station (2011), a thriller about a journalist trying to find his lover, a woman who smuggles Jews out of Germany, and his 18-year-old son as the Russian army nears Berlin in 1945; #4 in the John Russell series.


Maria Duenas, The Time In Between (2011), about a woman who follows her lover to Morocco where she must reinvent herself as a couturier and undercover agent to survive after he abandons her.

Ken Follett, The Key to Rebecca (1985), about a British officer and a young Jewish woman who team up in World War II Cairo to stop a Nazi spy code-named "The Sphinx".

Ken Follett, Hornet Flight (2002), a thriller about a bright Danish teenager who stumbles across a secret German installation on a small island in the North Sea.

Michael Frayne, Spies (2002), about a man in his seventies who revisits London, where a scent brings back memories of a childhood game of spies that ended in catastrophe.


Alan Furst, Night Soldiers (1988), about a Bulgarian recruited as a Soviet spy who escapes to Paris after being warned he is about to be the victim of one of Stalin's purges.

Alan Furst, Dark Star (1991), about a Soviet spymaster in Paris who recruits an agent in Berlin on the eve of World War II.

Alan Furst, The Polish Officer (1995), about an officer in the Polish underground whose mission is to move the country's gold reserve to safety in Bucharest after Warsaw falls to the Nazis.

Alan Furst, The World at Night (1996), about a film producer in German-occupied Paris who accepts an unexpectedly risky mission for the British secret service.

Alan Furst, Red Gold (1999), about a former film producer working for the French Resistance; sequel to The World at Night.

Alan Furst, Kingdom of Shadows (2000), about an aristocratic Hungarian in 1938 whose uncle recruits him for a complicated operation to help defend Hungary from the Nazis.

Alan Furst, Blood of Victory (2002), about a Russian emigré journalist in Istanbul who accepts a mission intended to block German access to Romanian oil supplies in 1940.

Alan Furst, Dark Voyage (2004), about a disguised Dutch freighter on a secret mission to the Swedish coast on behalf of the British Royal Navy.

Alan Furst, The Spies of Warsaw (2008), a thriller about military attaché in the French embassy in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who operates a network of spies.

Alan Furst, The Spies of the Balkans (2010), about a Greek police official who, in 1940 as tensions mount toward war, begins helping Jewish refugees escape from Germany.

Alan Furst, Mission to Paris (2012), about an Austrian-born spy, now a Hollywood actor, who travels to Paris to make a film in 1938 shortly before the Nazis invade France.


Tricia Goyer, The Swiss Courier (2009), about a German physicist working on an atomic bomb who discovers he was born a Jew and flees to Switzerland, where a Swiss-American woman working for the OSS is given the responsibility of smuggling him to safety in the U.S.

Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey, Chasing Mona Lisa (2012), about two Swiss agents for the OSS assigned to prevent the Mona Lisa from falling into the hands of Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring.

Hilary Green, We'll Meet Again (2005), about a Liverpool woman recruited into FANY by the man she loves to work as a decoder and finds more adventure than she bargained for.

Hilary Green, Never Say Goodbye (2006), about a woman sent to France as an agent by the FANY program.

Julia Gregson, Jasmine Nights (2012), about a young Welsh woman who travels the world as a singer and accepts a spying mission for the British government which could threaten her future with the man she loves.

J. Gunnar Grey, Deal With The Devil (2011), about a German with English sympathies who is caught in a bombing run over England and interrogated by a British intelligence officer; ebook is sold in two parts.

Tracy Groot, Flame of Resistance (2012), about an American pilot who joins the French Resistance after he is shot down, and a French prostitute who has access to information from German officers.

Robert Harris, Enigma, about a British code-breaker during World War II.


James Holland, The Odin Mission (2008), about a British officer and the mission he leads in 1940 to smuggle royal treasure from Norway to safety; #1 in the Jack Tanner series.

James Holland, Darkest Hour (2009), about a British officer and his platoon trapped behind enemy lines in Belgium after rescuing a downed pilot; #2 in the Jack Tanner series.

James Holland, Blood of Honour (2010), about a British officer in Crete in May 1941; #3 in the Jack Tanner series.

James Holland, Hellfire (2012), about a British officer fighting in the desert war in North Africa in August of 1942; #4 in the Jack Tanner series.

James Holland, The Devil’s Pact (2013), about a British military officer during the 1943 invasion of Sicily; #5 in the Jack Tanner series.


Gary Kriss, The Zodiac Deception (2014), about a con man who, rather than go to prison, accepts a mission to pose as a German astrologer and persuade Himmler to assassinate Hitler.

John Lawton, Then We Take Berlin (2013), about a Cockney cat burglar who joins the Royal Air Force in 1946 and is trained as a spy.

Janna Levin, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines (2006), a literary novel that contrasts the lives of two mathematical geniuses, Alan Turing, who broke the Enigma Code during World War II and later killed himself by eating a poisoned apple, and Kurt Gödel, who developed the incompleteness theory and starved himself to death because he feared being poisoned.

James MacManus, Midnight in Berlin (2016), about a British diplomat in Germany whose plan for assassinating Hitler is complicated when he falls in love with a Jewish woman who was forced into a Nazi brothel.

Simon Mawer, The Girl Who Fell From The Sky (2012), a literary novel about a young British woman parachuted into occupied France to serve as a spy. Review at The Telegraph

Luke McCallin, The Man From Berlin (2014), about a German military intelligence officer in Sarajevo who must investigate the murders of a Croatian journalist and a fellow intelligence officer; #1 in the Gregor Reinhardt mystery series.

Luke McCallin, The Pale House (2014), about a German military intelligence officer, secretly part of a movement opposing Hitler, who investigates the murders of five men in German uniform, despite pressure to drop his investigation; #2 in the Gregor Reinhardt mystery series.


Aly Monroe, The Maze of Cadiz (2008), about a British spy who, on his first assignment, arrives in Madrid in 1944 and learns the rogue agent he's been sent to arrest is dead; #1 in the Peter Cotton series.

Aly Monroe, Washington Shadow (2009), about a British spy sent to Washington D.C., where he discovers an Anglo-American conspiracy that will change the nature of postwar intelligence; #2 in the Peter Cotton series.

Aly Monroe, Icelight (2009), about a British agent who must investigate the apparent suicide of a convicted homosexual in 1947; #3 in the Peter Cotton series.

Aly Monroe, Black Bear (2013), about a British spy sent to Manhattan, where he wakes up in a mental clinic and struggles to find out what is happening to him and why; #4 in the Peter Cotton series.


Dudley Pope, Convoy (1979), about an officer in the Royal Navy's Anti-Submarine Intelligence Unit whose job is to find out whether there is a spy aboard a neutral convoy ship giving information to the Germans.

Dudley Pope, Decoy (1983), about an officer in the Royal Navy whose mission is to obtain a new Enigma machine and its Hydra cipher from the Germans; sequel to Convoy.

Michael Ridpath, Shadows of War (2015), about a British spy sent to Germany in 1939 to make contact with a group of German officers believed to be plotting a coup.

Robert Ryan, Early One Morning (2002), about an Englishman and a Frenchman, rivals before the war, who work together on dangerous covert missions behind the German lines until they are captured and tortured; based on a true story; #1 in the Morning, Noon and Night series.

Robert Ryan, The Blue Noon (2003), about a conman who puts his skills to use saving allied airmen in German-occupied France; #2 in the Morning, Noon and Night series.

C.J. Sansom, Winter in Madrid (2006), about a reluctant British spy scarred by his experience at Dunkirk, on a mission in Madrid in 1940 during the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. Review

Jeffrey Vanke, The Berlin Deception (2011), a thriller about a British spy preparing a report designed to end the policy of appeasement when he is cornered by the Gestapo.

Paul Willetts, Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms (2015), a thriller about a British spyhunter and two spies in London, a White Russian dress designer and an American diplomat; based on a true story.


Alternative History

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Robert Conroy, 1942: A Novel (2009), alternative history in which the Japanese occupy Hawaii during World War II.

Martin Langfield, The Secret Fire (2009), about a powerful Nazi weapon linked to an alchemical formula of Isaac Newton's, and the efforts in German-occupied France and present-day London to find and neutralize it; a sequel to the author's contemporary thriller The Malice Box.

Douglas Niles, Fox on the Rhine (2000), alternative history in which Himmler seizes control of Germany after the death of Hitler and makes several decisions with the potential to change the course of the war.

Guy Saville, The Afrika Reich (2011), alternative history about a British former assassin sent in 1953 to Africa, ruled by the Nazis, on a mission to end the Nazi threat to Britain.

Owen Sheers, Resistance, alternative history that imagines life in a Nazi-occupied Welsh village whose men have disappeared.


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