Bestselling author Patrick K. O Donnell is a special operations historian who has written nine previous books: "First SEALs; Beyond Valor, ""Into the Rising Sun";"Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs";"The Brenner Assignment";"They Dared Return";"We Were One"(selected for the Marine Commandant s Professional Reading List);"Give Me Tomorrow;"and"Dog Company". The author is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious William E. Colby Award and the OSS Society s John Waller Award. He has provided historical consultation for DreamWorks s award-winning miniseries"Band of Brothers"and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Fox News. He served as a combat historian in a Marine rifle platoon during the Battle of Fallujah and is in demand as an expert speaker on WWII espionage, special operations, and counterinsurgency on the modern battlefield. Over the past twenty years, O Donnell has interviewed more than 4,000 veterans who fought in America s wars from WWI to Afghanistan and specializes in unearthing untold true stories that read like novels. Visit him online at PatrickKODonnell.com.
Dennis Boutsikaris received an Obie Award for his performance in Sight Unseen and was Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. His films include *batteries not included, The Dream Team, and Boys On The Side. His TV work includes And Then There Was One, The Last Don and Chasing The Dragon; he was most recently the D.A. of NY in Sidney Lumet's 100 Centre Street.
Like a scene from "Where Eagles Dare," a small team of American special operatives parachutes into Italy, landing under the noses of thousands of German troops. Their orders: link up with local partisans in the mountains and sabotage the well-guarded Brenner Pass, the crucial route through the Alps for the Nazi war machine. Without the supplies that travel this route, the German war effort in Italy will grind to a halt.
Using thousands of recently declassified files, personal interviews, and private documents, including a behind-the-lines diary buried in a bottle, military historian Patrick K. O Donnell has written a cinematic World War II adventure story. The unforgettable cast of characters includes the dashing and daring team leader; the romantic idealist who plans the operation; the seductive Italian countess who is also a double-agent; and the maniacal SS officer who will stop at nothing to kill the team and their partisan collaborators. "The Brenner Assignment" is also a World War II story that resonates today, revealing lessons for the war on terror and illustrating the complex nature of insurgency.
Packed with action, suspense, intrigue, and even romance, this exciting true tale of survival and sabotage behind enemy lines is one of the greatest untold adventure stories of World War II.
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