A daring scheme, using fragile, light-weight torpedo boats to skim into the Gulf of Finland, past the imposing Kronstadt fortress, was dreamed up to rescue agent ST-25 aka Paul Dukes (the only M16 officer to be knighted for work in the field).
It was a race against time to get to Dukes before the Cheka (Bolshevik secret police) found him.
The suicidal rescue mission was led by young naval officer Gus Agar, with a hand-picked team of 'expendables', and very quickly the reader realises that this espionage lark doesn't run as smoothly as James Bond or Sidney Reilly would have you believe.
Reilly has always been a popular character here at HeroPress Towers, based entirely on his own accounts of his exploits as serialised on TV in the early '80s. He even turning up in one of our Hollow Earth Expedition adventures, but author Harry Ferguson dismisses him as a fantasist.
It is shocking to think that it has taken almost 90 years for this incredible story of heroics and bravery against the odds to be told, but Operation Kronstadt is packed to bursting with detailed research by former spy and undercover customs officer turned author Harry Ferguson, broken up with the requisite maps and period photographs.
If you are a fan of Peter Hopkirk's "back of beyond" true-life tales of turn-of-the-century daring do, then this is the book for you.
Where most people would say "this should be made into a film", I have a suspicion it won't because there is no American angle and would be too expensive for a British company to do well on its own, however I would say "there should be a game made of this".
This has 'wargame/role-playing game adventure' written all over it. Perhaps if Harry doesn't get anywhere with film companies, he might take this story to a few games companies and see if they are interested in helping keep the story of Agar and Dukes alive.