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.
“The Second Objective recalls The Day of the Jackal, and is just as likely to become a movie. The suspenseful mystery in a war-time setting, with more turns in the plot than a mountain road, is likely to satisfy both mystery fans and World War II buffs.” —The Des Moines Register
“It doesn’t spoil the suspense of this historical fiction to know which side wins.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Finally revealed, Hitler’s last throw of the dice in an attempt to win the Second World War. Has bestseller written all over it.” –Jack Higgins
“A ripping good tale. It effervesces like champagne.” —Washington Post Book World on The List of Seven
“Masterful Storytelling . . . a must read.” —Boston Globe on The Greatest Game Ever Played
“Frost does a great job of bringing back Jones’ historic assault on The Grand Slam back to Life.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution on The Grand Slam
Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, Germany
November 3, 1944
Bernie Oster arrived in Nuremberg after traveling through the night alone on a passenger train. He carried classified, stamped orders handed to him the previ
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