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Author: Gordon Thomas, Greg Lewis Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781504683715
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They were told that the only crime they must never commit was to be caught. Women of enormous cunning and strength of will, the Shadow Warriors’ stories have remained largely untold—until now. In a dramatic tale of espionage and conspiracy in World War II, Shadow Warriors of World War II unveils the history of the courageous women who volunteered to work behind enemy lines.

Sent into Nazi-occupied Europe by the United States’ Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE), these women helped establish a web of resistance groups across the continent. Their extraordinary heroism, initiative, and resourcefulness contributed to the Allied breakout of the Normandy beachheads and even infiltrated Nazi Germany at the height of the war, into the very heart of Hitler’s citadel—Berlin. Young and daring, the female agents accepted that they could be captured, tortured, or killed, but others were always readied to take their place. So effective did the female agents become in their efforts, the Germans placed a price of a million francs on the heads of operatives who were successfully disrupting their troops.

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  • “Impressively informed and informative. Exceptionally well written, organized, and presented, Shadow Warriors of World War II is strongly and unreservedly recommended.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “An invaluable historical account, shedding light on the heroism and bravery of the women spies who helped usher the Allied forces toward a victory.”

    ForeWord magazine

  • “Award-winning journalists Thomas and Lewis bring their talent for telling detail and brisk pacing to an engrossing history…[drawn] from official records, memoirs, diaries, and letters…Spies were taught how to pick locks, reassemble documents from scraps in trash baskets, live off the land, manage a safe landing in a parachute, make a cast of a key in a bar of soap, and canvass surroundings using a shop window’s reflection…The authors make a strong case for the importance of these women to the course of war, offering a fresh perspective on military history. A welcome addition to WWII literature.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Kate Reading tells their stories with a touch of the famous British stiff upper lip. It creates a sense of their duty and bravery.”


  • “What gives this book weight is the interweaving of the SOE and OSS narratives, all too much divorced in histories of the secret war.”

    Clare Mulley, author of The Spy Who Loved

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 3/10/2017

    " Love this book and the Women in it. There are points that made me mad. I mean many people died because they did not follow protocol. One told his team, if he wasn't back by noon to leave but they didn't leave and were capture or killed. Maurice Buckmaster didnt believe some of his agents had been caught even though said agents didnt use security codes like they told them not to if caught but he still kept sending people to their death. That made me so mad! Just crazy! All in all a great book. "

About the Author

Gordon Thomas is a political and investigative journalist and the bestselling author of over fifty books published worldwide, including Gideon’s Spies, Secrets and Lies, and The Pope’s Jews. He lives in Ireland and England.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.