Young Lieutenant Billy Boyle, formerly a Boston policeman, is to land in Algiers, a French colony garrisoned by the
Vichy French. Along with U S Army Major Samuel Harding, he is to contact the Free French to arrange the surrender
of the Vichy French force to the US troops. His intelligence mission reveals the struggle between Vichy French
traitors, the Free French forces, and the German occupiers.
The two are taken into custody by the Vichy French. He finds his ex-girl friend, Diana, a British spy on the
same mission disguised as a rebellious student, also in custody. A British commando group frees them.
Back in friendly territory Billy finds a sergeant's throat cut and vital morphine and penicillin supplies stolen.
While investigating this, he discovers a drug smuggling network involving black marketers in league with the enemy,
which diverts the medical supplies to the Casbah. There are more murders of enlisted men and Billy finds it difficult
to determine the suspects.
First Wave gives an action-packed adventure in a rarely explored area of World War II. The atmosphere of
intrigue, deceit and betrayal by the forces in theater (the Free French, the Vichy government. the German occupiers
and the US Army) are thoroughly portrayed. The characters are true to life with Billy a likeable, intrepid "Yank"
in foreign territory.
The dialogue is crisp and conversational and the descriptions of
the country are vivid and real.
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