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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Frost Narrator: Erik Steele Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781482976977
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It is fall 1944, Germany is losing, and the Americans are starting to hope they’ll be home for Christmas. Lieutenant Colonel Otto Skorzeny, “Hitler’s Commando,” famed for his daring rescue of the imprisoned Mussolini, has just received orders for Operation Greif: he is to assemble a new brigade of two thousand men, all of whom speak English, and send them behind Allied lines disguised as GIs, where they will wreak havoc in advance of a savage new offensive. And from those men, Skorzeny is to select a smaller group, made up of the twenty most highly skilled commandos fluent in American culture, to attempt an even more sinister mission—the second objective—which, if completed, not only would change the course of the war, but would change the course of history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Finally revealed, Hitler’s last throw of the dice in an attempt to win the Second World War. Has bestseller written all over it.”

    Jack Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

  • “What makes The Second Objective stand out, besides the historical detail, is its absolutely relentless pacing and cliffhanger turns.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • The Second Objective recalls The Day of the Jackal and is just as likely to become a movie. The suspenseful mystery in a wartime setting with more turns in the plot than a mountain road is likely to satisfy both mystery fans and World War II buffs.”

    Des Moines Register

  • “Thriller gold…Comparisons with Day of the Jackal are inevitable and not amiss.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It doesn’t spoil the suspense of this historical fiction to know which side wins.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jule | 2/18/2014

    " One of the best thrillers set in WWII I have every read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 james | 2/17/2014

    " I'm a sucker for World War 2 era books. This one was quite accurate historically but I thought it went on a little too long and the chief Nazi operative was a little too clever. Still it's a fine book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nanci | 2/1/2014

    " part of The Reading List 2008 CODES (RUSA) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy Webb | 1/29/2014

    " Interesting historical fiction with good character development "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 1/29/2014

    " Very disappointing for a Frost book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/29/2013

    " A thriller set during WWII, based on recently declassified documents. Even though you know the basics of the story (like who wins the war), the twists and turns are fun. I really enjoyed this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 12/20/2013

    " Really liked the combination of history and catch me if you can thriller! Frost took a historical event and gave it new life to readers 70 years later! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 12/7/2013

    " A great story about things winding down for the Germans towards the end of WW2. A personal look at their final attempt at winning the war was fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 11/26/2013

    " Listened to the audio version of this World War II thriller. Germans train English speakers to go behind American lines and cause havoc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 11/15/2013

    " Interesting historical context from the time leading up to the Battle of the Bulge in WW II. The ending was aa bit of a stretch but for the most part I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wordsmith | 11/10/2013

    " Intriguing premise that kept me reading and held my interest until the end. An author can't ask for more than that, really. A good job from Mark Frost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharpie T. Silverwater | 11/4/2013

    " Well written and exciting as the plot unfolds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/3/2013

    " Great read! Touching, Action packed with a little humor and some crying (on my part) along the way. Based on events that happened during WWII. If you like war tales (and I use the term loosely), you should enjoy this novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey Lawson | 10/27/2013

    " This book was okay, but too predictable. I did not hate it, but I won't be chasing more by Mark Frost. It was sort of a Jack Higgins imitation. Higgins is better which is not saying a whole lot for Higgins. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 6/10/2013

    " Horribly written. Only read a little. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 3/17/2013

    " An engaging spy/war story, based on fact, about German soldiers who posed as Americans in the runup to the Battle of the Bulge. Fast-paced and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curtis Dills | 1/29/2013

    " First time reading Frost. Great writer. Great story. Easy read. I will read his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalia | 11/29/2012

    " I'm only about half ways through. AT first I was not sure if I liked the book, but it is picking up. It's a pretty good action book with some suspense and mystery set during World War II. I think I have to get farther through it to give it an accurate review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 10/18/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book, finished it in 5 days which is good for me!! Could not put it down...shame I only get a short lunch break!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 9/10/2012

    " Great read - a little slow at times, but it's my favorite genre: Hitorical fiction, WWII, espionage... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 8/18/2012

    " Good but not captivating. The main psychopathic Nazi villian creates some muscle tension but otherwise the book reads like half history/half novel and neither style is that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcel | 8/21/2011

    " Got this title from ALA's The Reading List: Best Adult Genre Fiction: 2008. Sounds like a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 7/11/2011

    " Interesting historical background and a pretty good story. I'd read more of this author's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/2/2011

    " I have no idea about the historical accuracy of this book and I don't really care. It was a great thriller and I devoured it in three days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 6/23/2011

    " not a bad book...it is about war time and the Germans and a plot to kill Esienhower. Pretty good writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 6/1/2011

    " Well written, good read about WWII and Nazi spies invading the American lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 4/24/2011

    " Horribly written. Only read a little. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Good story mixed in with real history. Excellent narrator. I looked forward to listening to more every day. Good characters too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/18/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book, finished it in 5 days which is good for me!! Could not put it down...shame I only get a short lunch break!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasula | 12/4/2010

    " Nazi plot, flavor reminiscent of Saving Private Benjamin. Great thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 8/9/2010

    " I like that there are 2 stories going on and I am looking forward to the clash.
    Finished reading the book and I would give this a 3.5 and say it was a good read as to WWII and spies. Author did a great deal of research which made the book real true to the times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 7/22/2010

    " not a bad book...it is about war time and the Germans and a plot to kill Esienhower. Pretty good writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/29/2010

    " This book was okay, but too predictable. I did not hate it, but I won't be chasing more by Mark Frost. It was sort of a Jack Higgins imitation. Higgins is better which is not saying a whole lot for Higgins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 12/4/2009

    " Interesting historical context from the time leading up to the Battle of the Bulge in WW II. The ending was aa bit of a stretch but for the most part I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William | 10/20/2009

    " Interesting idea, and I liked the link to the history, but fairly predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 4/5/2009

    " Great read - a little slow at times, but it's my favorite genre: Hitorical fiction, WWII, espionage... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 3/30/2009

    " Listened to the audio version of this World War II thriller. Germans train English speakers to go behind American lines and cause havoc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharpie T. | 3/13/2009

    " Well written and exciting as the plot unfolds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/20/2009

    " Good but not captivating. The main psychopathic Nazi villian creates some muscle tension but otherwise the book reads like half history/half novel and neither style is that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/8/2009

    " Block out some time to read this---you won't want to put it down. "

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About the Author
Mark Frost is an American novelist, screenwriter, director and film producer, best known as a writer for the television series Hill Street Blues and as the co-creator of the television series Twin Peaks.
About the Narrator

Erik Steele is a professional actor living in New York City, where he has worked both on and off Broadway and in film. He has toured with the prestigious Acting Company, performing Shakespeare and Sheridan in theaters from Atlanta to Anchorage. He holds an MFA in acting from New York University and a BA from Vassar College.