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Fall 1944. Germany is losing, and the Americans are starting to hope they'll be home for Christmas. Lieutenant Colonel Otto Skorzeny, "Hitler's Commando," famed for his daring rescue of the imprisoned Mussolini, has just received orders for Operation Greif: He is to assemble a new ...
Fall 1944. Germany is losing, and the Americans are starting to hope they'll be home for Christmas. Lieutenant Colonel Otto Skorzeny, "Hitler's Commando," famed for his daring rescue of the imprisoned Mussolini, has just received orders for Operation Greif: He is to assemble a new brigade of 2,000 men, all of whom speak English, and send them behind Allied lines disguised as GIs, where they will wreak havoc in advance of a savage new offensive. And from those men, Skorzeny is to select a smaller group, made up of the twenty most highly skilled commandos fluent in American culture, to attempt an even more sinister mission--the second objective--which, if completed, not only would change the course of the war, but would change the course of history.
Filled with real characters and details only recently released by the United States military, The Second Objective is historical fiction at its most pulse-pounding, its most unpredictable, and its most compulsively readable.
Using WWII's Battle of the Bulge as background, Frost (The List of Seven) spins real-life and fictional characters into thriller gold. Hitler assigns his most feared commando, Lt. Col. Otto Skorzeny, to lead a 2,000-man brigade disguised as American troops in Operation Autumn Mist, a last-ditch effort to defeat the western Allies in late 1944 by breaking through the lightly defended Belgium-Luxembourg region. Within this German unit is a special group of 20 commandos who will face almost certain death trying to achieve a secret "second objective." Opposing this force is a U.S. army made up of tired veterans, green troops and one tough MP with the criminal investigation division, Earl Grannit, a New York cop in civilian life. Leading the special contingent of Nazis commandos is SS lieutenant Erich Von Leinsdorf, a supremely intelligent and contemptuously cruel Nazi who will stop at nothing to achieve his objective. Comparisons with Day of the Jackalare inevitable and not amiss. $250,000 marketing; author tour. (May)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Posted June 19, 2007
Bernie Oster was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. His parents were German immigrants and decided to return to the homeland when Bernie was a teenager. Bernie is an American through and through, but when he¿s inducted into the German army, he has no choice but to serve. When he is forced to teach German soldiers to speak and think like Americans so they can pretend to be Americans, so they can kill Americans, Bernie tries to find a way to BE an American, and hopefully to come out of the war alive. Earl Grannit is with the newly formed CID (Criminal Investigation Division) of the American army. He discovers GI¿s killed at a checkpoint, he soon finds that the blood letting has just begun. When a German dressed as an American reveals the Second Objective the chase is on. Ever wonder what made the Nazis tick? What would you do in Bernie¿s place? Find out. Mark Frost keeps the history factual, embellishing the historic possibilities to make the reader realize that even if the second objective isn¿t actual, it could have been. Scary thought, good book. Reviewed by Wanda C. Keesey
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