|Title:||Alias Uncle Hugo (Hambledon #14)|
|Publisher:||Doubleday & Company, Inc.|
|Tags:||espionage, fiction, spy stories|
With gusto and good humor Tommy Hambledon, that intrepid sleuth and foreign agent, is off again on another round of frantic adventure. His assignment from British Intelligence is to rescue one small boy, the future king of a mid-European country, from the Russian school in Poltava. Tommy punches a hole in the Iron Curtain, rushes boldly through a series of tricks and traps while acquiring and shedding a variety of disguises on the way, and eventually makes his contact, only to find himself cornered—surrounded and challenged as he never has been before.—Goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]
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”.
Author Bio for Coles, Cyril Henry
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