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Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite
The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines, written by Cate Lineberry, is a deeply researched account of a true experience. Imagine being in WWII as a nurse in a new and every-changing segment of the military. Airplanes are so new that the higher ups don't even have a protocol on their use as medical evacuation yet. This is a story about how these young nurses and surgical doctors first became involved in the specialized unit. That foundation being made, the reader is catapulted with the group into the situation of being forced to land in unknown whereabouts and without anybody else knowing where they are. Albanian partisans risk their lives to help the group of Americans in a perilous journey across enemy territory.
I am a big fan of history, especially that of our military and the belief that Freedom Is NOT Free. Cate Lineberry has gone above and beyond in her research and the surely difficult task of piecing it together. The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines is the result of her traveling to Albania, meeting with the few veterans that were still alive and documenting their stories. I love this story. It is not just thrilling and filled with peril, it is our nation's history of the people who have sacrificed in the name of our freedom. This book should be part of WWII curriculum in every school, every college. The work that has been put into this historical military story is in itself remarkable.