The Brenner Assignment: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of World War II

The Brenner Assignment: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of World War II

by Patrick K. O'Donnell


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Like a scene from Where Eagles Dare, a small team of American spies parachutes into Italy behind enemy lines. Their orders: link up with local partisans and sabotage the well-guarded Brenner Pass—the Nazis' crucial supply route through the Alps—thereby bringing the German war effort in Italy to a grinding halt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306818417
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 587,367
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Patrick K. O'Donnell is the award-winning author of five books, including the highly acclaimed account of the Battle of Fallujah, We Were One. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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The Brenner Assignment 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Goumierswerehardcore More than 1 year ago
I have been on a WWII reading kick lately, I have read both of Rick Atkinsons WWII books, Band of Brother's, Shadows in the Jungle, and The Brenner Assignment. This has been the most riveting of the books I have read latley. When I got to page 160ish I couldn't put it down, the story of behind the line espionage and and missions carried out to shut down the Brenner Pass is what movies are made out of. The story is amazing, the writing stlye is very good (simplistic, compared to Atkinson's mastery of the English language) I have read this book a few month's ago and I am now coming back to write a review of it, should say something about it. Don't hesitate to read it, it's a must read book.
BillA More than 1 year ago
One of the best I've ever read of this genre; and I've read a lot of them. Well-written, keeps you interested at every turn. A remarkable story of bravery and intrigue in WWII. Don't miss it. You won't be able to put it down.
BillCA More than 1 year ago
A very exciting and well written story from World War II. The book was extremely well researched bring forth the details of this exciting story from those who lived it. A story of real American heroes. Truly a difficult to put down book, or in my case, to put down my NOOK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an incredible read. Filled with a cast of amazing characters. You feel like you are there. I've had an interest in WWII history for many years and this is one of the great stories of the war. This book should be a movie.
P-B-Raju More than 1 year ago
We have all read and seen many "war mission" books and films in the last few decades, especially by Alistair Maclean, Cornelius Ryan and Frederick Forsythe. Most of them were fictional creations by these authors based on some real incidents. Here is a book that is well researched and written with great command of the subject, "The Brenner Assignment" by Patrick K. O'Donnell; a true WWII mission in the Dolomites between Austria and Italy by the Brenner Pass, is full of the igredients that reads like a great work of fiction. Begining with heroic characters, base preparations, deployment, intrigue, frustrations, tragedies, ambushes, brutality, politics, manhunts, recue and bravery bordering on insanity and dedication depicting patriotism is a fantastic series of events that leads to victory with irony. I sincerely hope this thrilling and poignant read gets optioned out, by hopefully Director Ridley Scott, as he is the one to pull off this kind of a mission with its atmospheric quality. This book is military history at its best in terse prose capturing all the danger, actions and the personal ironies involved. I can't help but think that it will be the best "war mission" film if made well without cutting corners. I recommend this book very sincerely. Raju Peddada
Trisha-Ann More than 1 year ago
Interesting and informative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does a wonderful job of intertwining the main characters. Fantastically written account of little known behind the lines activities in the Italian Alps during WWII. I couldn't put it down.
KilroyWasHere-org More than 1 year ago
The Brenner Pass through the Alps between Italy and Austria has been a route of conquest and commerce since before the Romans. The last combat took place there in the 1940s when Germany, the Allies (US OSS), and the Italian partisans (the communist Garibaldi Brigades, Giustizia e Libertà Brigades, and socialist Matteotti Brigades) fought the last year of WWII. They fought to stop supply to the Nazis, to cut off the retreat from the Nazis and to start the civil war in Italy.

This is the untold story of brutality, intrigue, combat, and even a little romance. You'll like it. I did!
TS_ISABEL More than 1 year ago
Is amazing how the author writes this book, his passion, trips and interest for write the untold war history, the history is intriguing about the missions, combats and escapes in the mountains in Italy in the world war II.

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CaspianSub More than 1 year ago
This book has everything you want in a war story: special ops, mountain escapes, bands of partisans, an exotic countess, close combat, etc.

And since the action is in Italy, it may have a fresh feeling to readers who are more familiar with the Western or Eastern fronts.

The action is excellent and the characters are memorable.

Strongly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This untold story of a secret mission behind enemy lines captivates from the start. Not only are the characters intriguing but the inter-twining plots are captivating. The action makes you want to picture the scenes unfold as you read them. A movie version is definitely in order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the information of the book is quite interesting- the plot to cut the supply lines off late in the war, I thought the writing was very lacking. Using far too may repeating descriptions, and far to cut up. There were two basic missions, and going back and forth between the two until one was fatefully ended made it quite hard to read- especially since the two were related only since one was going to meet up with the other to achieve the main goal. The built up tense prose was also not needed- by implying that being a POW for a few weeks was anything like being one for many years was weak. I'm not quite finished with the book, yet, but will finish to learn something- not because it's a good book or the writing is all that great. It's too bad, as this had a lot of potential.