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  • Von Ryan's Express
  • David Westheimer
  • English
  • 15 September 2018
  • 9780451065865

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David Westheimer Þ 5 Read Von Ryan's Express Free download Ô 105 Earns him a derisive von When Italy surrenders German guards herd the men into boxcars for shipment to the Reich Ryan has other ideas He reckons to take the train. This is a novel for teenagers but would many of them be interested in the plot nowadays Westheimer writes compactly and details the story well It has a great premise as a WW2 escape adventure The characters are mostly one note however Ryan himself is of the old school when it comes to how he treats his men We learn of a tragic incident involving his flying instructor before the War that affects him greatly and again the shooting of one of his men later in the novel gives an edge to his personality but this is not developed and we don t see how the present events change him Pity because that could have rounded off the novel nicely But this is not written with characters in mind It s action that is foremostI read this as a teenager in the 60s so wanted to see how it fares now that I m older Not really thrilling I m afraid Ryan has his setbacks during his escape but they fizzle into minor interruptions Twenty four Nazi guards got to be silently dispatched as the train rolls across Italy No worries just strangle them one at a time Got to keep a thousand odd men locked up for days in rail freight carriages No problems just ignore them for most of the story Got to take a German officer hostage to use as a front to get through the checkpoints Thank God he s an alcoholic and a couple of glasses of wine will keep him uiet and ensure he does as he s told One of your Americans wants to leave the train and fend for himself Fine just take a couple of hours to go into the village and find an Italian willing to disclose where your man went And don t even mention the language barriers I don t think this once presented a problem for our hero especially with a trusty Italian speaking padre for interpreter who whenever his conscience pricks him that he s actually assisting in people s dying a few sensible words from Ryan will salve his conscience And so it goes on Obstacles are thrown up to threaten the escape but they are uickly overcome either because of luck the enemy s stupidity or Ryan s ruthlessnessingenuity This routine becomes so repetitive that you realise before the end nothing is going to really hinder their progress and instead of getting exciting the novel became duller I know the author was actually a prisoner of war but were the conditions in the prison camp as comfortable and his Italian overseers as accommodating as he depicts here I kept thinking of how they would have been treated under the Japanese or even the Germans I have better memories of the movie which I think altered the story and developed on what was a great plot idea Thanks go to Wertheimer for that Mulai Saat Ini Segalanya akan Berubah your Americans wants to leave the train and fend for himself Fine just take a couple of hours to go into the village and find an Italian willing to disclose where Three Years in Tristan Da Cunha you realise before the end nothing is going to really hinder their progress and instead of getting exciting the novel became duller I know the author was actually a prisoner of war but were the conditions in the prison camp as comfortable and his Italian overseers as accommodating as he depicts here I kept thinking of how they would have been treated under the Japanese or even the Germans I have better memories of the movie which I think altered the story and developed on what was a great plot idea Thanks go to Wertheimer for that

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David Westheimer Þ 5 Read Von Ryan's Express Free download Ô 105 A thousand British and American POWs learn to hate the American colonel who singlehandedly shapes them up His strict discipline brings order to the camp; it also. I read VRE for the first time in my early teens after picking it up at a library book sale It was the first book that kept me up into the early hours of the morning just to see how it all turned out I wasn t much of a reader then but VRE had the right mix of suspense and daring do and that served as the perfect escape for teenaged me Through middle and high school I would re read VRE every few months Fast forward 20 years and I felt like giving it another go Call it nostalgia Call it curiosity Call It I don t know what But in any case reading VRE was a sort of time capsule or better yet a partial time machine While reading VRE a good part if me was that kid again As for how I feel about the book nowwho cares what I feel about it What matters was for a few hours I was transported The Language Barrier years and I felt like giving it another go Call it nostalgia Call it curiosity Call It I don t know what But in any case reading VRE was a sort of time capsule or better To Turn the Hearts yet a partial time machine While reading VRE a good part if me was that kid again As for how I feel about the book nowwho cares what I feel about it What matters was for a few hours I was transported

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David Westheimer Þ 5 Read Von Ryan's Express Free download Ô 105 To Switzerlandand freedomA taut exciting and well keyed war novelRyan is a difficult hero to like but he is a hero nonetheless An exciting authentic book Book We. Much better than the movie Interesting learning that the author had been a POW Good taut and relatively believable drama Escaping on a train with a 1000 men through war torn Italy would have been uite a feat