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Honour the Shrine

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'Go in by way of the river,' Intelligence had told us. 'The Japs are up top. The bridge is unguarded if you approach from the river.'

The fools! The blasted, incompetent fools! For the guardhouse was down there on the river bank, and a sentry was patrolling there. He'd spot us and give the alarm, and what in heaven's name could six of us do then? The well-rehearsed plan had crumbled; the approach march, the jump, the weeks of training were all suddenly nothing but a monstrous farce.

Unless ...

There was just one chance ...

A powerful and deeply moving story 'Honour The Shrine' follows Captain John Strachan as he fights to reclaim hope in Burma, occupied by the Japanese.

Part of a small party including a corporal and six Karens, parachuted in to blow up a vital bridge, Strachan finds himself stranded in a small village.

There he meets local mission priest, Father Bassett, who agrees to assist with an operation that is now entirely dependent on absolute secrecy.

Strachan, who is desperate to escape, is increasingly disturbed by the priest's calm exterior and the two men clash over their views of the war.

When a strange and beautiful nun arrives, Strachan begins to understand their perspective of sacrifice and faith.

Yet fear still overshadows his life and he is unable to accept defeat. But the painful news that emerges in the aftermath of his journey is set to haunt him forever...

Praise for the Francis Clifford:

"Not since Graham Greene was creating his adventures has there been a writer with such haunting quality, the sweet sound of sad beauty, which Clifford engenders." - New York Herald Tribune

"Mr. Clifford constructs an anatomy of fear, drawing in with fine, sharp lines the exposed and shrinking nerves." - The Times

Francis Clifford is a pseudonym of Arthur Leonard Bell Thompson. He served in the Second World War and was a British writer of crime and military novels.

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Paperback Editions

December 1972 : UK Paperback

Title: Honour the Shrine (Coronet Books)
Author(s): Francis Clifford
ISBN: 0-340-02898-X / 978-0-340-02898-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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