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The best kind of thriller — started at one in the afternoon and finished by bedtime — thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Using WWII's Battle of the Bulge as background, Frost (The List of Seven) spins real-life and fictional characters into thriller gold. Hitler assigns his most feared commando, Lt. Col. Otto Skorzeny, to lead a 2,000-man brigade disguised as American troops in Operation Autumn Mist, a last-ditch effort to defeat the western Allies in late 1944 by breaking through the lightly defended Belgium-Luxembourg region. Within this German unit is a special group of 20 commandos who will face almost certain death trying to achieve a secret 'second objective.' Opposing this force is a U.S. army made up of tired veterans, green troops and one tough MP with the criminal investigation division, Earl Grannit, a New York cop in civilian life. Leading the special contingent of Nazis commandos is SS lieutenant Erich Von Leinsdorf, a supremely intelligent and contemptuously cruel Nazi who will stop at nothing to achieve his objective. Comparisons with Day of the Jackal are inevitable and not amiss. $250,000 marketing; author tour. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of The List of Seven and The Six Messiahs comes this riveting World War II thriller, based on a shocking real-life German operation run by the most dangerous man in Europe.

About the Author

Mark Frost's other books include the bestselling novels The List of Seven and The Six Messiahs, and the nonfiction bestsellers The Grand Slam and The Greatest Game Ever Played. He lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401302221
Author:
Frost, Mark
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Ardennes, battle of the, 1944-1945
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Attempted assassination
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
May 15, 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 20.32 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Hyperion - English 9781401302221 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The best kind of thriller — started at one in the afternoon and finished by bedtime — thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Using WWII's Battle of the Bulge as background, Frost (The List of Seven) spins real-life and fictional characters into thriller gold. Hitler assigns his most feared commando, Lt. Col. Otto Skorzeny, to lead a 2,000-man brigade disguised as American troops in Operation Autumn Mist, a last-ditch effort to defeat the western Allies in late 1944 by breaking through the lightly defended Belgium-Luxembourg region. Within this German unit is a special group of 20 commandos who will face almost certain death trying to achieve a secret 'second objective.' Opposing this force is a U.S. army made up of tired veterans, green troops and one tough MP with the criminal investigation division, Earl Grannit, a New York cop in civilian life. Leading the special contingent of Nazis commandos is SS lieutenant Erich Von Leinsdorf, a supremely intelligent and contemptuously cruel Nazi who will stop at nothing to achieve his objective. Comparisons with Day of the Jackal are inevitable and not amiss. $250,000 marketing; author tour. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Finally revealed, Hitler's last throw of the dice in an attempt to win the Second World War. Has bestseller written all over it."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of The List of Seven and The Six Messiahs comes this riveting World War II thriller, based on a shocking real-life German operation run by the most dangerous man in Europe.
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