High on a rocky crag on the west coast of Scotland stood Whitecrest House, home of the Mackay family of Strathfiddich. Over the centuries its grim, stone walls had looked down on many tales of bravery, mystery and intrigue.
Now, in the Second World War, it was being put to a peaceful purpose - a boarding school for boys. But what the boys didn't know was that under their feet, in hidden cellars and dungeons, was another kind of school, where the students had names like Kurt…and Hans…and Ernst…
The Ed and I have often wondered why espionage stories are slightly more difficult to do in Commando's format, compared to traditional military action -difficult, but not impossible as this book certainly is a success. The main bugbear is that spy tales tend to involve a variety of people standing in shadows, talking to themselves (usually explaining the plot) in lots of "thought balloons"; and then we might have several pages of more explanations, sometimes done in flashback. All of this is fine, of course, but can grate a little over 63 pages.
However, this yarn is thoroughly entertaining, with lots of incident and interesting characters - ensuring that School For Spies is a class act. Top marks all round!
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Note: Originally published as Commando No 2380 (June 1990), re-issued as No 1058 (August 1976).