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Without Lawful Authority (Hambledon #4)

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Title:Without Lawful Authority (Hambledon #4)
Author:
Coles, Cyril Henry  Writing under the pseudonym: Coles, Manning   
(6 of 6 for author by title)
Not for Export (Hambledon #17)
Author:
Manning, Adelaide Frances Oke  Writing under the pseudonym: Coles, Manning   
(6 of 6 for author by title)
Not for Export (Hambledon #17)
Published:   1943
Publisher:Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.
Tags:adventure, espionage, fiction, mystery
Description:

A long extended farce, featuring the sort-of dynamic duo Warnford and Marden. Warnford has been cashiered from the British Army for important documents going missing on his watch, and Marden robs safes for a living. Marden fails to rob Warnford’s safe and a beautiful friendship is instantly born, which segues immediately into the both of them going up against Hitler’s finest in the UK in the year before the war. Disgraced officer and cat burglar they may be, they aren’t unpatriotic.

Faint but pursuing, M.I.5 operative Tommy Hambledon is trying to figure out just who these two entrepreneurial amateur spies are who keep leaving him billet-doux all over southern England in the form of German spies, tied up neatly and left in places convenient for Hambledon to retrieve.

Warnford and Marden are not pros but they do mostly by accident and/or good fortune always get their man, or men.—Dana Stabenow, Goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Coles, Cyril Henry

Manning Coles was the pseudonym of two British writers, Adelaide Frances Oke Manning (1891–1959) and Cyril Henry Coles (1899–1965), who wrote many spy thrillers from the early 1940s through the early 1960s.

Manning and Coles were neighbors in East Meon, Hampshire. Coles worked for British Intelligence in both the World Wars. Manning worked for the War Office during World War I. Their first books were fairly realistic and with a touch of grimness; their postwar books perhaps suffered from an excess of lightheartedness and whimsy. Many of the original exploits were based on the real-life experiences of Coles, who lied about his age and enlisted under an assumed name in a Hampshire regiment during World War I while still a teenager. He eventually became the youngest officer in British intelligence, often working behind German lines, due to his extraordinary ability to master languages.

Manning Coles is best known for the creation of the Tommy Hambledon series which began in 1940. The fictional protagonist in the 26 Hambledon series books was Thomas Elphinstone Hambledon, who works for a department of the Foreign Office, usually referred to in the novels as “MI5”.

—bookseriesinorder.com/manning-coles; Wikipedia

Author Bio for Manning, Adelaide Frances Oke

Manning Coles was the pseudonym of two British writers, Adelaide Frances Oke Manning (1891–1959) and Cyril Henry Coles (1899–1965), who wrote many spy thrillers from the early 1940s through the early 1960s.

Manning and Coles were neighbors in East Meon, Hampshire. Coles worked for British Intelligence in both the World Wars. Manning worked for the War Office during World War I. Their first books were fairly realistic and with a touch of grimness; their postwar books perhaps suffered from an excess of lightheartedness and whimsy. Many of the original exploits were based on the real-life experiences of Coles, who lied about his age and enlisted under an assumed name in a Hampshire regiment during World War I while still a teenager. He eventually became the youngest officer in British intelligence, often working behind German lines, due to his extraordinary ability to master languages.

Manning Coles is best known for the creation of the Tommy Hambledon series which began in 1940. The fictional protagonist in the 26 Hambledon series books was Thomas Elphinstone Hambledon, who works for a department of the Foreign Office, usually referred to in the novels as “MI5”.

—bookseriesinorder.com/manning-coles; Wikipedia

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