"Your book has been a very interesting read. You have had a lot of recent insight in to the people and places that played the important parts in the "Anthropoid" events. There are a lot of things in the latter part of your book that maybe other authors don't include"
"Your book arrived this morning and I immediately dipped in to it. What a pleasure to read such a well researched account of Heydrich's death and the consequences. As a researcher myself I appreciated the energy you put in. I especially loved the warmth with which you wrote about the people you made friends with.
Thank you so much for your contribution to this part of WW2 history and for making the people involved so human"
"I read your book today, fascinating, absolutely fascinating! I was only going to read the first chapter and go out but I couldn't put it down. Brilliant. You must work bloody hard, that's all I can say!"
Roy "Chubby" Brown - comedian
"...what sets your book apart is the sheer amount of effort you have put in to track down and interview many of those who were around at the time. This really brings the story alive for the reader. As a writer and publisher myself, your book is a testament to what someone with a dedication to a subject can achieve. Altogether John, your book is a remarkable piece of work and, I can only guess at the time and effort that must have gone in. Quite apart from the content, I have to say that your book is a beautifully printed and presented piece of history. From front to back cover the whole volume is well thought out and beautifully crafted. All in all John, I take my hat off to you for such a superb piece of work of which you should justifiably be very proud"
Alan Griffin-(Author; Leamington's Czech Patriots)
"A very interesting book and a whole lot of information that is new to me"
Dr John Hockey (Dr Hockey is the son of RAF pilot Ron Hockey who flew the Anthropoid group to their mission in December 1941)
"What can I say about your book except it was "Brilliant" and I am not ashamed to say it had me in tears. You certainly did your research and it was also very nice to read of the men as gentleman and soldiers. Your book is different to others on the subject in that it has all the research but also the human touch."
"Your book is well researched, extremely well written and a damn good read. You are to be complimented John, I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
"John, your account of Operation Anthropoid was greatly enjoyed. Best fifteen quid I've spent in a long time! I would be very interested in joining your tour in 2010"
John G. Cameron
"...your book is a seriously good history book. It tells the story from the beginning and brings it right up to date"
John Grimwood Royal Marine Barracks, Deal.
"A truly moving story with heroism at its heart. Having visited Prague, the style of writing captures the atmosphere of the city and creates a vivid image in the readers eye. The human dimension of the authors unique interviews with Heydrich's son are revelatory, as are his efforts to bring about the visit of the friend of the heroes to the Czech Republic 60 years after the story unfolded. It is a far from stuffy style that is easy to read for people not usually interested in Military History. If you are familiar with the story it is a worthy addition to what has gone before, if you are not familiar with this key event of WWII this is the ideal way to become so."
"I have been captivated by the story of Operation Anthropoid ever since, by pure chance, I saw John Martin's illustrated talk on the subject (if you ever get the chance, go and listen to him!). The wait for John's book to be published has been well worth it. It is an excellent account of a moving story about some very brave men, extremely well researched and written in an easy to read style"
"I finished the book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. What a fantastic read! You have given the Operation Anthropoid story a much more personal perspective. I wish I had have had the book when I visited Prague last year. Congratulations on a wonderful book."
"I thought I ought to look at your book for my carer's sake. Being disabled I found it physically easier to turn the pages (using Blue Tack stuck on the end of a pencil) The more I read, the more I became interested for myself and I read it as often as I could. I found it so interesting and informative and the style of writing appealed to me as it did to George. What poignant memories it must have brought back for Lorna when you took her to Prague. This is just an example of what made the book so readable to me. However, reading about it (and in particular about Lidice) I am not ashamed to say the odd tear trickled down my face. I found the photographs were worth studying in detail and I referred back to some of them more than once. This is what I mean about your style of writing. Normally if a book upsets me I would just close it. But I had to keep reading your book-including the part relating to your giving tourists directions. Despite the fact that I will never be able to visit the sites, I still had to read about the places as your descriptions made me feel as if I was actually there."
"A most enjoyable and informative read on these tragic events. It is hard to imagine the level of heroism shown by the parachutists and all those, both young and old, who gave them shelter and every assistance at their disposal. Though a short book, I congratulate its author for leaving no stone unturned in his research. By doing this he has achieved something seldom found in books of an historical nature. That is, giving the reader a real feeling of familiarity with the people involved and a sense of gratitude for doing that. I thank you."
"Hi John, this is a sensational book, and one which will assist me tremendously with my Uni paper (on State Assassinations). One of the best books on Anthropoid I have sourced!"
"The book The Mirror Caught The Sun if you are interested in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the detail in names , places, etc will turn your interest into fascination because of time and passion spent on this book. I am going on the tour John does visiting all the places of events, cant wait!"
"I came across this fine book very much by accident having come to a thread on "Axis History Forum", when I found it on Amazon a copy was bought the same night and received signed from the author within three days. John (the author) is an extremely helpful and decent sort, my thanks to him for posting a second copy to a friend in Australia. The book itself is excellent value foe money, standard of production / printing is excellent.
The account is very much the authors own voyage of discovery and his hunger for the facts, his respect for men who were parachuted into the "Protectorate" is quite rightly evident in all aspects of the writing. The author has spoken to a great many people regarding the operation , many of them speaking for the first time amongst them Heydrich's surviving son who must I feel be respected for his contribution in what for him must have been a difficult yet perhaps necessary reflection on his father as he knew him. Heydrich was a complex individual driven by his sense of loyality and duty to the party and its war aims yet behind this role he was also a father, a husband and a man of some courage yet in balance to this he was vain arrogant , a bully when need be , a man who could sense how to impose himself on and control those around him to get what he wanted done.
JM has also drawn from, the family of the men who died the "Anthropoid" agents and those who knew and remembered them from their training in England - this has produced an extremely human approach in telling his story I think it fair to say John has done justice to all. The writing style is at times passionate and it is evident that telling this story is important to the author and speaking from a readers point of view this makes it all the more enjoyable and informative, you certainly get the feeling that the author wants you to known and understand what took place and the very human cost. The book is extremely well illustrated both with period photographs and photos taken in Prague showing the vital locations as they are today, this again is a major strength in the book. A good read and a fine tribute to a group of outstanding individuals."