I asked my grandparents (grandfather served in WWII) if they remember anything about these events. They do not. The story is thrilling and exciting, the information very palatable, and the impact on your knowledge of WWII history undeniable.
An engaging true story of the rescue of downed air crews in Romania and Yugoslavia during WW II. Shines light on the political background of post-war Yugoslavia.
The first half of the book is basically the historical backstory, including the political angles, setting up the stage for the story of the actual rescue, which, despite being the theme of the book, is presented as almost an afterthought - in the last hour of the story.
It's not as riveting as some military history books I've read, but still, it's a good listen, and learning about the intelligence issues and the hospitality of the Yugoslavian people was worth waiting for the ending.
This is the kind of story that should be a movie, but never is. The courage and generosity of the Serbian people is unbelievable. The story is well told and gripping as a thriller novel -- but much, much better.
I loved this book because of the audacious rescue mission, the revelations of the impact of the infamous Cambridge Spy Ring on British/American political decisions, and the sacrificial support of some rescued American pilots for the unfairly condemned Nazi-resistance leader.
This book will make you mad at how a group of spy traitors, through their stupid Communist ideology, could have misled Britain and America into actively supporting a Communist tyrant in Yugoslavia at the expense of the more noble guerrilla fighter. At the end though, you will be more hopeful when you see how the rescued American pilots fought (though unsuccessfully) to save this great resistance fightter from Stalin and the local communists.
By the way, the story is a real page turner as well.
The story itself is great. It is interesting and well rounded history that is, at the same time pretty emotionally involving.
The narraration however is horrible. Lawlor's flimsy tenor voice and embarrasing impersonations really subtract from the enjoyment in my opinion. check the library... :(
I enjoyed this book. There are many untold stories from World War II that we may never hear about, I'm just glad this one got written. The Narrator Patrick Lawlor can make a thriller out of "The Principles of Accounting". Overall this was a good story about strong men, caring villagers and dedicated OSS men. Worth the money.
Being a military history fan, I was looking forward to this book. I suppose I was anticipating more about the soldiers who were captured and their struggle to escape capture. A part of this book is about the downed airman who flew over Yugoslavia and the great people of that country who harbored them and assisted in their escape. The majority of the book is about clearing the name of Mihailovich who, even though assisted the US airman, was wrongfully sold down the creek. There's a lot of politics in this book. That's neither good or bad, it just something I wasn't expecting and so I felt my mind wander while listening to some of the book. The narrator is very good and kept my interest through the end. If espionage is something you enjoy, this is a good book.
Age 30, love history. Mostly war stuff.
Great story and needs to be heard by all. The rescue is worth the wait. Very intense at times and really good storytelling.
I consider myself pretty educated on the topic of WWII. This story, however, was never known to me. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will definitely recommend it to fellow studies of WWII history. The rescue is only a part of the story. The politics surrounding allied relations with Yugoslavia is interesting as well.