Balls of Leather and Steel

The trilogy begins !

Since the day he was born, Malcolm McClain led a charmed life. By his mid-twenties he was a household name throughout Europe, recognized as one of the finest professional soccer players in the world. Then he’s shot down over Yugoslavia and captured by the Nazis.

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Balls of Leather and Steel

by Guy Butler

This story has balls….. the leather and steel kind!
Since the day he was born, Malcolm McClain led a charmed life. By his mid-twenties he was a household name throughout Europe, recognized as one of the finest professional soccer players in the world. At the start of World War II, Malky joins the Royal Air Force to great fanfare–a national treasure doing his part. Then he’s shot down over Yugoslavia and captured by the Nazis. Adolf Hitler now plans a scurrilous propaganda campaign to demoralize the British by claiming McClain has betrayed them by becoming a Nazi.

Chez Orlowski is an unwanted orphan in Poland after first his mother, then his step-father die. As a teenager, he’s protecting his sister from their abusive stepmother when he finds himself arrested and thrown into a Nazi hard labor camp. After dodging death every day, he finally escapes with only one goal in mind: to cause mayhem as a Polish freedom fighter. Chez is clever, relentless and utterly fearless in his crusade to wreak havoc and terrorize the Nazis occupying his country. He becomes a hero to the Polish people, who know him as The Spider.

When the Yugoslavian Partizani get wind of Hitler’s plans for Malcolm McClain, they vow to wreck them. Their best option is to persuade The Spider to use his special talents to extract McClain from Stalag 306 and whisk him back to safety. But the story does not end there…..


ISBN-10: 0984872604
ISBN-13: 978-0984872602

★★★★★ for Balls of Leather and Steel
Kept me glued, page after page
I am a fool for war novels. This is one of the best I have read in a long time. The characters are vividly portrayed, the action is compelling and the story line is very different. I think it could make a great movie. Brad P. & George C. would make a great one, two punch.

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