"This amazing story is marvelously well told, in an exuberant, racing style that makes it impossible to lay the book aside once the first page is read." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Ill Met By Moonlight" is the gripping account of the audacious World War II abduction of a German general from the island of Crete. British special forces officers W. Stanley Moss and Patrick Leigh Fermor, together with a small band of Cretan partisans, kidnapped the general, then evaded numerous German checkpoints and patrols for nearly three weeks as they maneuvered across the mountainous island to a rendezvous with the boat that finally whisked them away to Allied headquarters in Cairo.
"It was a mad adventure, and it came off. Moss recorded the whole escapade in a diary, which survives as a thrilling account of one of the most reckless and dramatic actions of the war." --Patrick Leigh Fermor
"A twin masterpiece of action and narrative." --"Spectator"
" An] exciting account of a feat which demanded an extreme of daring and determination." --"London Times"
The 2011 Paul Dry Books edition includes an Afterword by Patrick Leigh Fermor.
W. Stanley Moss was a World War II hero and later a best-selling author. He traveled extensively after the war, notably to Antarctica with a British Antarctic Expedition. Eventually he settled in Kingston, Jamaica.