The Escape Artists

A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War
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Product Number: Z14527
Released: Sep 18, 2018
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ISBN: #9781980006794
Narrator/s: L.J. Ganser
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Neal Bascomb, New York Times best-selling author, delivers the spellbinding story of the downed Allied airmen who masterminded the remarkably courageous-and ingenious-breakout from Germany's most devilish POW camp In the winter trenches and flak-filled skies of World War I, soldiers and pilots alike might avoid death, only to find themselves imprisoned in Germany's archipelago of POW camps, often in abominable conditions. The most infamous was Holzminden, a land-locked Alcatraz of sorts that housed the most troublesome, escape-prone prisoners. Its commandant was a boorish, hate-filled tyrant named Karl Niemeyer who swore that none should ever leave. Desperate to break out of "Hellminden" and return to the fight, a group of Allied prisoners led by ace pilot (and former Army sapper) David Gray hatch an elaborate escape plan. Their plot demands a risky feat of engineering as well as a bevy of disguises, forged documents, fake walls, and steely resolve. Once beyond the watch towers and round-the-clock patrols, Gray and almost a dozen of his half-starved fellow prisoners must then make a heroic 150 mile dash through enemy-occupied territory towards free Holland. Drawing on never-before-seen memoirs and letters, Neal Bascomb brings this narrative to cinematic life, amid the twilight of the British Empire and the darkest, most savage hours of the fight against Germany. At turns tragic, funny, inspirational, and nail-biting suspenseful, this is the little-known story of the biggest POW breakout of the Great War.

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Author(s): Neal Bascomb
Genre: History

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Author(s): Neal Bascomb
Narrator(s): L.J. Ganser
Genre: History
Product Number C05330
Released: Sep 13, 2018
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ISBN: #9781980006787
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Author(s): Neal Bascomb
Narrator(s): L.J. Ganser
Genre: History
Product Number MP2608
Released: Sep 20, 2018
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ISBN: #9781980016069
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Author(s): Neal Bascomb
Product Number EB00716681
Released: Sep 18, 2018
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ISBN: #9780544936904

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"This audiobook demonstrates that history is often more interesting than fiction. Narrator L.J. Ganser tells the true story of a group of Allied prisoners who escaped from a WWI POW camp. Ganser recounts the previously untold details of how this group of men overcame long odds to break out of Holzminden, a German prison camp under the control of an brutal commander. Ganser's performance is, as usual, spot-on. Whether he is highlighting the leadership of pilot David Gray or the frustrations, fears, and hopes of Gray's colleagues, Ganser delivers the story in a style as intense as the men who are being celebrated. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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