Beyond the Call

  • by Lee Trimble, Jeremy Dronfield
  • Narrated by Donald Corren
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Near the end of World War II, thousands of Allied ex-POWs were abandoned to wander the war-torn Eastern Front. With no food, shelter, or supplies, they were an army of dying men. The Red Army had pushed the Nazis out of Russia. As they advanced across Poland, the prison camps of the Third Reich were discovered and liberated. In defiance of humanity, the freed Allied prisoners were discarded without aid. The Soviets viewed POWs as cowards and regarded all refugees as potential spies or partisans.
The United States repeatedly offered to help recover their POWs but were refused. With relations between the Allies strained, a plan was conceived for an undercover rescue mission. In total secrecy the OSS chose an obscure American air force detachment stationed at a Ukrainian airfield; it would provide the base and the cover for the operation. The man they picked to undertake it was veteran 8th Air Force bomber pilot Captain Robert Trimble.
With little covert training, already scarred by the trials of combat, Trimble took the mission. He would survive by wit, courage, and a determination to do some good in a terrible war. Alone he faced up to the terrifying Soviet secret police, saving hundreds of lives. At the same time he battled to come to terms with the trauma of war and find his own way home to his wife and child.
One ordinary man. One extraordinary mission. A thousand lives at stake. This is the compelling, inspiring true story of an American hero who laid his life on the line to bring his fellow men home to safety and freedom.

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A story of a real hero!

Would you listen to Beyond the Call again? Why?

Absolutely! The narrator was excellent - very engaging. The Story was that of a true hero. The book tells of all the atrocities of war but one man's mission to save as many POWs and refugees that he can during his mission. It was a very emotional ending, but you got to reall yknow Captain Trimble and fell like you were on the journey with him.


What other book might you compare Beyond the Call to and why?

I read "The Envoy" which was about a Swedish man who saved Jews during the war. Had the same feeling but a little difference kind of story.


Have you listened to any of Donald Corren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Donald Corren before but after this performance will see what other books he has read. Very enjoyable narrator.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have listened to many WWII books, mainly about the holocaust so I was not surprised but the awful things that Captain Trimble witnessed. But I guess it never gets easier to hear of the cruelly humans have suffered. I cried at the end of this book. I don't want to give away too much but the part about the French medal is where it got emotional for me and then never ended...


Any additional comments?

A must read for anyone who enjoys stories of triumph and real war heroes. If you are an "Unbroken" fan, I think you'll like this one too.

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- E. Mathur

Past is Prologue; A Must for Understanding Vets

What did you love best about Beyond the Call?

This book could have been written about contemporary US involvement in Iraq. It is surprisingly good and a tremendous true story of a young American officer thrust into circumstances way beyond his training. The book illustrates why America can be proud of its individual soldiers while illustrating the emotional and moral price that soldiers pay in service to their nation.


What other book might you compare Beyond the Call to and why?

Hmmmmm, Shindler's List. This is a book about liberation and about moral duty. It is just exemplary and should be required reading in any US Military Officer Development Program.


What about Donald Corren’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to without the odd vocalizations that sometimes taint otherwise beautiful books. I enjoyed the narration and intonation. All appropriate.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are both humorous and sad moments in this book but everything that Trimble experienced in Ukraine and Poland I saw similar examples of in Iraq. Again this book with different geography could be the story of US experienced in Iraq and this it really hit me on a number of levels.


Any additional comments?

If you want to understand how PTSD develops and the moral conflicts that veterans face when they come home, you need to read this book. Trimble's son does the greatest honor to him in telling a story that would have otherwise been forgotten. It is a well written book and very engaging. There are no dull moments in this read. The author should be commended for his devotion.

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- Todd R Fredricks

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books