"Library Journal," 10/15/08
"This exciting narrative of war at the personal level will be a good supplement to subject collections."
"Rocky Mountain News," 11/6/08
"O'Donnell draws from primary documents and interviews with the story's main characters, lending the story historical truth...A valuable read for WWII buffs."
"The best spy thriller of the year is a true account of one Howard Chappell, a captain who was one of the first OSS operatives...This is material that could not be made up. The story is told through not only detailed notes of missions, but of Chappell's personal diaries, where you just feel for what he must have been going through. It is jaw-dropping that everything in "The Brenner Assignment" is 100 percent real, making the writings of certain spy masters look like fairy tales...This is no Hollywood tale where things are tied up nicely, making this book even more of a must-read, since there are moments where you can't believe what is going on and how these people pulled off these missions..."Brenner" could easily be referred to as the real-life Where Eagles Dare, but that would be a disservice to the men behind this history...O'Donnell has created a work of non-fiction that surpasses the greatest works of spy fiction."
The Electric Review, 11/08
"A fast-paced Word War Two epic that grips the reader with a sharp intensity seldom seen in today's middle-of-the-road literature. Melding the blow-by-blow reportage of Mailer's "The Executioner's Song" with the high drama of Hemingway's best short fiction, military historian Patrick O'Donnell manages to tell the story of a small platoon of Americanswho were assigned a dangerous and almost impossible task...While most World War Two stories written today mistakenly attempt to be bigger than life, what's best about "The Brenner Assignment" is that it captures the human elements of war in true-to-life wordscapes (showing that valor and bravery are often only the by-products of ordinary men persevering against hard-edged odds). Featuring immaculate prose and exhaustive research, O'Donnell has created a movie in book form that will captivate its reader from start-to-finish. If there's a veteran in the house, this book makes for a natural gift that will entertain as it educates and enlightens."
Curled Up with a Good Book, 11/08
"A wonderful telling of this daring spy mission...Patrick O'Donnell keeps the reader enthralled with his smoothly flowing historical narrative... O'Donnell makes those people who had died alive again...Highly recommended to those interested in World War II in Italy, spy stories, the OSS, or a good ol' hero story."
"The Advocate," 10/11/08
"As strange and glorious as the most wildly conceived espionage fiction...Prose that could come right out of a spy thriller...O'Donnell is not only a first-rate historian, he's a world-class storyteller...He fleshes out history with a combination of hard evidence and intimate biography of the major players. If this were fiction, it would be remarkable; as an overlooked piece of world war history, it's priceless."
"Deseret News," 11/23/08
"If moviemakers ever run out of material for James Bond movies, they could always Anglicize the true stories of heroic American war saboteurs Stephen Hall and Albert Chappell...O'Donnell's story iscompelling because the author has done so much legwork... World War II book lovers should enjoy "The Brenner Assignment" for the larger-than-life risks and successes of a few daring American paratroopers...O'Donnell's valuable history certainly proved one thing: More than 63 years after it ended, World War II still has incredible stories to tell."
"The book's story is told with novelistic, even cinematic impact, and is sure to thrill fans of the derring-do of that war...O'Donnell writes nonfiction as if he is creating a thriller...He effectively presents not only the American operatives but also their enemies...And he traces the Brenner Pass assignment carefully, including what went right and what went wrong--bringing to life the small triumphs and failures that, collectively, can win or lose a war...O'Donnell's use of primary sources is impressive, as is his ability to knit the various parts of this story together. It is a well-told, true tale."
"[A] made-for-the-movies saga."
"Washington Post Express," 11/19/08
"In stark yet evocative prose, O'Donnell deftly shows how a young, idealistic Army lieutenant attempted to cut off access to the Brenner Pass."
"Providence Journal," 12/7/08
"Tell[s] for the first time the real-life story of how Office of Strategic Services warriors worked behind enemy lines to shut off the supply channels of Nazi Germany into Italy...The classic spy story O'Donnell succeeds in creating is complex, suspenseful, romantic, and reads like fiction."
"Augusta Metro Spirit," 11/26/08
"For the first time, the most daring operation of WorldWar II is brought into the light in a wonderfully crafted narrative...Most readers will have to remind themselves they are reading a non-fiction account...Interested in military history or thrilling stories, here's a powerful combination of the two."
"A story not widely known of unbelievable bravery, heroism, and commitment...A gripping old-fashioned tale of good (American agents and Italian Partisans) vs. evil (Nazi SS and Gestapo) with evil finally defeated and made to atone...Written with cinematic pacing and simplicity and with a cast of characters that are reminiscent of the black and white war films made during the war or shortly after."
"[It] has captured my attention so thoroughly it was hard to put down...The story that is emerging (even from the first few pages) is thrilling. I can already recommend this."
"Washington Post Express," 11/19/08
"The story of an improbable and important WWII mission--one that's never been told before."
"America in WWII," 02/09
"O'Donnell, who wrote brilliantly of the current Iraq War in "We Were One," has revealed a little-known story of World War II...in fast-moving and engaging prose...Read[s] like a good suspense or spy novel. O'Donnell entertains thoroughly while bringing to light a locale and struggle few students of the war know about."
"Italian America," Winter 2009
"For the first time, the facts behind the most daring covert operation of WW II are revealed in this true adventure story...Tapping thousands of recently declassified files, documents and interviews, author O'Donnell tells how American Special Ops military worked with Italian partisans behind enemy lines."
"A gripping account of historical detection...[A] story of heroism during the final, critical days of the war that will appeal to all military history buffs."
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Curled Up with a Good Book, 2/6/09
"This mission has everything: derring-do, romance, battles against tough odds, and lots of intrigue. O'Donnell tells it in an interesting fashion, and it would look good on any World War II history fan's bookshelf...A wonderful read, an intriguing story of clandestine operations in World War II, of heroism, sacrifice, tenacity, and romance...A thrilling story that will keep the reader captivated from beginning to end."
An impossible mission / Behind enemy lines / The never-before-told true story of a small team of American saboteurs with orders to sever the Third Reichs main supply artery-the Brenner Pass. Like a scene from Where Eagles Dare, a small team of American special operatives parachutes into Italy 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. ODonnell 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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Descripción Da Capo Press, Philadelphia PA USA, 2008. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First Edition. 286 pages, index, notes, black & white photographs, maps. The never-before-told story of a team of American spies operating behind enemy lines, on an impossible mission to sever the Third Reich’s supply artery: the Brenner Pass. Nº de ref. de la librería 334353