The Secret Rescue

  • by Cate Lineberry
  • Narrated by Erin Bennett
  • 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The compelling untold story of a group of stranded U.S. Army nurses and medics fighting to escape Nazi-occupied Europe.
When 26 Army nurses and medics - part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron - boarded a cargo plane for transport in November 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival. A drama that captured the attention of the American public, the group and its flight crew dodged bullets and battled blinding winter storms as they climbed mountains and fought to survive, aided by courageous villagers who risked death at Nazi hands to help them.
A mesmerizing tale of the courage and heroism of ordinary people, The Secret Rescue tells not only a new story of struggle and endurance, but also one of the daring rescue attempts by clandestine American and British organizations amid the tumultuous landscape of the war.

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What the Critics Say

"Cate Lineberry has unearthed a little-known episode of World War II that has all the elements of a classic escape adventure. Carefully researched and compellingly told, The Secret Rescue is a suspenseful story of courage, audacity, and endurance behind enemy lines. I couldn't stop reading it." (Gary Krist)
"The Secret Rescue is narrative history at its best. Cate Lineberry uncovers a fascinating, long-forgotten drama that captured the world's attention during the darkest days of World War II and transforms it into a gripping story of courage under fire." (Daniel Stashower)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Amazing story untold for so long

If you could sum up The Secret Rescue in three words, what would they be?

Amazing Military Medical


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Rescue?

The coming together of all the characters.


Which scene was your favorite?

The US being told they were alive.


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

EXTREME PRIDE for our early Med Corp personnel.


Any additional comments?

WOW I had no idea about this story. I'd like to see more of this genre. I kept going back to hear parts of the story I just listened to so I could continue to see that picture in my head. I actually have recommended it to other women.

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- Christi Milton

Well-told story of a WWII rescue

This book was obviously very well researched. I listened with my driving companion while traveling on a long car trip and we both enjoyed it very much. I was expecting more suspense, although suspense did build somewhat toward the end. I expected it to be more like "Unbroken," than it turned out to be, but it was still a story that begged to be told. It is hard to imagine how ordinary people can endure so much---It makes me think that Tom Brokaw was right about the greatest generation. WWII history buffs should not miss this book.
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- bkgrn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-28-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio