Synopses & Reviews
Having barely escaped Germany, several Jewish friends are determined to strike back at the Third Reich while their families languish in concentration camps. After months of training with the U.S. Army, a small group of spies is formed, including several former German soldiers now willing to betray their Fuhrer for the greater good of Germany. The mission's commander is a Jewish sergeant who only months earlier was plucked from the streets of Brooklyn. The men are sent on a covert operation deep into the heavily fortified area of Austria's Alpine Redoubt, where Hitler planned to make his last stand. Capture meant almost certain death; success, a swift end to the war.
Using recently declassified files, private documents, and personal interviews, military historian Patrick K. O'Donnell has written another cinematic World War II drama, filled with an unforgettable cast of characters and packed with action, suspense, and intrigue.
January Magazine, 11/2/10
“There are so many remarkable things about They Dared Return one barely knows where to begin...[It] compares easily to the most engaging thrillers you might care to read, but the fact that none of this is fiction makes the story all the more compelling. A compelling and thought-provoking book.”
Magill Book Reviews
“Memorializes the legacy of a group of America’s little-known heroes…This book should be required reading by every American today, no exceptions!”
Martyrdom and Resistance, May/June 2012
“Much has been written about Jews as victims during the war. Not nearly enough has been written about Jews as fighters. Patrick K. O’Donnell’s volume They Dared Return: The Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany is thus very welcome and important, and tells a unique and little known story.”
At the height of World War II, with the Third Reichs final solution in full operation, a small group of Jews who had barely escaped the Nazis did the unthinkable: They went back. Spies now, these men took on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. They Dared Return is their storya tale of adventure, espionage, love, and revenge.
About the Author
Patrick K. ODonnell is the award-winning author of six books, including the highly acclaimed account of the Battle of Fallujah, We Were One. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.