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Von Ryan's Express [PDF / EPUB] Von Ryan's Express 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 earns him a derisive von When Italy sur 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 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 to Switzerlandand freedom A taut, exciting and well keyed war novelRyan is a difficult hero to like, but he is a hero nonetheless An Von Ryan's PDF/EPUB ² exciting, authentic book Book Week.


10 thoughts on “Von Ryan's Express

  1. says:

    Enjoyed this book It had memorable characters and a quick paced plot It begins with Colonel Ryan an American being brought into an Italian run POW camp He chews out the Italian sentry for failing to salute, having a dirty weapon, and needing a shave Then he turns his scrutiny on the British and American prisoners, quickly expressing his distaste for their sloppy appearance and clear decline in discipline As the new senior officer, he quickly restores discipline, winning few friends in the Enjoyed this book It had memorable characters and a quick paced plot It begins with Colonel Ryan an American being brought into an Italian run POW camp He chews out the Italian sentry for failing to salute, having a dirty weapon, and needing a shave Then he turns his scrutiny on the British and American prisoners, quickly expressing his distaste for their sloppy appearance and clear decline in discipline As the new senior officer, he quickly restores discipline, winning few friends in the process I laughed out loud at Ryan s efforts to get new uniforms for his men, and was surprised by a plot twist involving an OSS agent I would have enjoyed the bookif view spoiler Ryan had used some of his fellow prisoners at the end instead of a band of Italian Partisans that happened to show up at just the right time hide spoiler I liked the way the book ended, but view spoiler after reading in Masters of the Air America s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany about how horribly Americans were sometimes treated in Switzerland, I felt their journey to freedom wasn t quite complete hide spoiler Overall it s a book I plan to read again A few other notes It was written in the sixties, so it s told in omniscient viewpoint Also, there is some swearing It sPG 13 than R rated, but it s there


  2. says:

    A couple of preliminary notes 1 I first read Von Ryan s Express when I was about 12 years old It inspired me to write my first novel, 2 years later as a Christmas present for my sister, which was, sadly, historically rather inaccurate.2 I have gone on record in an interview in 2008 citing Von Ryan s Express as my favourite book.I am a littlemature now when it comes to reading, so when asked about my favourite book, I always say that I don t have one favourite But this one still remai A couple of preliminary notes 1 I first read Von Ryan s Express when I was about 12 years old It inspired me to write my first novel, 2 years later as a Christmas present for my sister, which was, sadly, historically rather inaccurate.2 I have gone on record in an interview in 2008 citing Von Ryan s Express as my favourite book.I am a littlemature now when it comes to reading, so when asked about my favourite book, I always say that I don t have one favourite But this one still remains one of my top five books.A quick summary of the plot Von Ryan s Express is a good, old fashioned war adventure story, set in Italy It begins in a POW camp which houses about a thousand British and American officers At the start of the book, a new prisoner has just arrived Colonel Joseph Ryan, an American airforce officer and a very hard taskmaster Within minutes of arriving, Ryan asserts his seniority he displaces the British Colonel Fincham as the senior officer at the camp and sets about licking the entire bunch the undisciplined, dirty, sloppy prisoners as well as their slipshod Italian guards into shape Within minutes, too, Ryan has made himself extremely unpopular just a handful of men the chaplain Costanzo, the doctor Stein, a young lieutenant named Billy Petersen are able to get along with him For the others, Ryan is poison and he doesn t care But things take an unexpected turn when Italy capitulates, and suddenly freedom is in sight for the Allied POWs at the camp Events, however, play out in such a way that the Germans arrive and take over, quickly transferring all the prisoners into a train headed for Germany A thousand Allied officers is a huge prize, even in wartime Europe, where trains can hardly be spared And Ryan dubbed Von Ryan by his men, because they think he sfascist than the Germans themselves realizes that it all depends on him he has to come up with a plan to get his men all his men out There are many reasons for my love for this book Firstly, there s the plot very exciting, very well written, with a superb pace and good twists of plot Secondly, there s the humour, of which there is plenty, especially in the dialogues Thirdly, there are the characterisations everyone, from Ryan and his colleagues to the Italians at the POW camp, to the Germans, comes alive very vividly I like, too, the fact that while this is an adventure story, there are also glimpses of the realities of war how it affects both soldiers and civilians, how greed and humanity and every other human emotion still exist side by side, how war can ravage a land If you at all like adventure stories, do not give this a miss It is addictive


  3. says:

    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 c 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


  4. says:

    Really good edge of your seat story A cliff hanger of one kind or another every few pages even before they got on the train or so it seemed, lol When Col Joseph Ryan arrives at the prison camp in southern Italy, he turns everything upside down with his autocratic and unyielding manner He is the SOB of commanding officers And that s before they are all loaded on a train heading north to a new camp in Germany On the terrifying ride north everything depends on the Colonel s cunning and audac Really good edge of your seat story A cliff hanger of one kind or another every few pages even before they got on the train or so it seemed, lol When Col Joseph Ryan arrives at the prison camp in southern Italy, he turns everything upside down with his autocratic and unyielding manner He is the SOB of commanding officers And that s before they are all loaded on a train heading north to a new camp in Germany On the terrifying ride north everything depends on the Colonel s cunning and audacity and, most importantly on his ability to maintain order and discipline over almost a thousand desperate and frightened men who hate his guts A nail biter to the very end


  5. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This isa 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 hi This isa 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 foremost.I 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 quiet 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 quickly overcome either because of luck, the enemy s stupidity or Ryan s ruthlessness ingenuity This routine becomes so repetitive that you realise before the end nothing is going to really hinder their progress and instead of gettingexciting 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


  6. says:

    A thousand British and American POWs learn to hate the American colonel Ryan who singlehandedly shapes them up in an Italian POW camp His strict discipline brings order to the camp it also 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 to Switzerlandand freedom It s tough to like Ryan as a hero but he was a hero none the less as he manages to take 1000 POW S through t A thousand British and American POWs learn to hate the American colonel Ryan who singlehandedly shapes them up in an Italian POW camp His strict discipline brings order to the camp it also 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 to Switzerlandand freedom It s tough to like Ryan as a hero but he was a hero none the less as he manages to take 1000 POW S through the heart of occupied Italy, stuffed like sardines in boxcars, to freedom in Switzerland A taut, exciting and well keyed war novel Ryan is a difficult hero to like, but he is a hero nonetheless An exciting, authentic book


  7. says:

    This book reads like a classic 1960 s WWII movie It was made into a movie starring Frank Sinatra Allied prisoners in an Italian prison camp are undisciplined until Col Ryan is captured and brought to the camp He brings along with him a new sense of honor and discipline The camp is taken over by the Germans who decide to evacuate the camp and move the prisoners to Germany by train It is suspenseful, but yet predictable I found it entertaining.


  8. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 quite a feat.


  9. says:

    This was a fun, fast paced and very intense edge of your seat story Set in WWII about a prison camp of officers who make a daring escape attempt You may have seen the movie, but the book is muchtense


  10. says:

    Very exciting


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