The Second Objective

The Second Objective

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Bestselling author Mark Frost makes a triumphant return to fiction with this riveting World War II thriller, based on a shocking real-life German operation run by "the most dangerous man in Europe."

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.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2007.
ISBN: 9780786891221
Characteristics: 402 p. :,maps ;,18 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Jun 08, 2014

"It's late in 1944 and the Nazis have launched a last-ditch attempt to defeat the Allies: 2,000 English-speaking Nazi soldiers familiar with American culture are to be disguised as American soldiers in order to infiltrate the enemy's defenses. Of the 2,000 men led by Lieutenant Colonel Otto Skorzeny, 20 have a secret second agenda -- an assassination that will change the course of history. The only man to figure out what the Germans are up to is a former NYC policeman, who will need all his wits and training to defeat the nefarious Nazi plot. Publishers Weekly calls the meld of fact (it's based on a Nazi plot called "Operation Greif," which actually did involve German soldiers dressed as Allies) and fiction "thriller gold."" Thrillers and Suspense June 2014 newsletter

Jul 24, 2011

Mark Frost combines great storytelling and history, for this inside look at a top secret mission to assisinate General Eisenhower.

One thing about the plot which seemed unbelievable was
Bernie Oster's (one of the german commandos) ability to remain in such a crucial position to complete the 2nd objective even though his complete aborrence of the mission and Von Leinsdorf. His belief that he would be able to intervene at anytime seemed silly. Why could Von Liensdorf realize bernie's reluctance and see it was impeding his mission. Bleh?!?

Mar 06, 2010

Great book. One of the most exciting novels I've read with a WWII setting since Deaver's Garden of Beasts. Highly recommend.

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