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Von Ryan's Express

by David Westheimer

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Set in an Italian POW camp at the height of World War II, Von Ryan's Express has a hero who acts like a villain for much of the story—a rather arrogant, by-the-book American colonel who manages to save the men in his charge after nearly assuring their doom. Westheimer captures the gritty oblivion of POW life, while the suspense builds as the prisoners try to plot their escape.

Shot down over Italy, Col. Joseph Ryan of the United States Army Air Force is captured and detained in a POW camp in southern Italy. What he finds is a demoralized, slovenly group of fellow prisoners, men he determines to whip into shape under his authority as the senior ranking officer. Ryan is so relentless and demanding (he seems at times like a Nazi officer obsessed with his orders) that the men grow to despise him. They call him Von Ryan, insisting that he is in the wrong army. His sense of order and respect for military conduct are so complete that he even keeps the prisoners together when their captors vanish after the Italian surrender, believing that a trick has been played on them by the Germans that delivers them right back into enemy hands. Realizing his mistake, Ryan concocts an unlikely escape on a train that becomes known as Von Ryan's Express.

Westheimer was in fact a POW in World War II, and he clearly drew on his experience to create a finely detailed environment and successful plot for Von Ryan's Express. Ryan is a fascinating character—not unlike the rather tragic figure of Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai—and his plan to save his men brings the novel to a breathtaking conclusion. Von Ryan's Express is a provocative story of heroism in the face of utterly hopeless odds; it is the perfect setting for a tense thriller.


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Publisher: RosettaBooks

Kindle Book

  • Release date: January 29, 2002

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  • ISBN: 9780795325281
  • Release date: May 5, 2012

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  • ISBN: 9780795325281
  • File size: 1926 KB
  • Release date: May 5, 2012

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  • ISBN: 9780795325298
  • File size: 1210 KB
  • Release date: January 29, 2002

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Set in an Italian POW camp at the height of World War II, Von Ryan's Express has a hero who acts like a villain for much of the story—a rather arrogant, by-the-book American colonel who manages to save the men in his charge after nearly assuring their doom. Westheimer captures the gritty oblivion of POW life, while the suspense builds as the prisoners try to plot their escape.

Shot down over Italy, Col. Joseph Ryan of the United States Army Air Force is captured and detained in a POW camp in southern Italy. What he finds is a demoralized, slovenly group of fellow prisoners, men he determines to whip into shape under his authority as the senior ranking officer. Ryan is so relentless and demanding (he seems at times like a Nazi officer obsessed with his orders) that the men grow to despise him. They call him Von Ryan, insisting that he is in the wrong army. His sense of order and respect for military conduct are so complete that he even keeps the prisoners together when their captors vanish after the Italian surrender, believing that a trick has been played on them by the Germans that delivers them right back into enemy hands. Realizing his mistake, Ryan concocts an unlikely escape on a train that becomes known as Von Ryan's Express.

Westheimer was in fact a POW in World War II, and he clearly drew on his experience to create a finely detailed environment and successful plot for Von Ryan's Express. Ryan is a fascinating character—not unlike the rather tragic figure of Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai—and his plan to save his men brings the novel to a breathtaking conclusion. Von Ryan's Express is a provocative story of heroism in the face of utterly hopeless odds; it is the perfect setting for a tense thriller.


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    Publisher:
    RosettaBooks

    Kindle Book
    Release date: January 29, 2002

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9780795325281
    Release date: May 5, 2012

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9780795325281
    File size: 1926 KB
    Release date: May 5, 2012

    PDF eBook
    ISBN: 9780795325298
    File size: 1210 KB
    Release date: January 29, 2002

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  • Formats
    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB eBook
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  • Languages
    English