Broadman & Holman
Robert Wise leads readers through The Narrow Door at Colditz and into the lives of Allied prisoners of war incarcerated there. Used as a maximum security prison for escapees from other POW camps, the castle of Colditz became the breeding ground for dozens of ingenious escape plots.
Into this fortress steps Tony Irving, a twenty-two year old Texan with only one goal – escape. But it won’t be as easy as he thinks. The Colditz prisoners plan their escapes by committee, and approved tactics get full support and supplies from the rest of the camp. Tony determines to come up with the perfect plot, but his ideas and personal attempts get him nowhere.
The monotony of camp life begins to wear at him as the new commandant Colonel Glaesche determines to make Colditz escape-proof. Tony’s fellow POWs, including the two men who entered Colditz with him, try to keep his spirits up as they develop their own plots to strike back at the Nazis. But when their plans include a tunnel, will Tony’s claustrophobia ruin it for them all?
The action-filled plot jumps from character to character, and the reader is hard-put to relate to them. Stunning historical accuracy, a compelling storyline, and eccentric characters do their best, but without the creation of a reader bond, the book becomes just an adventure story. Recommended for men and anyone interested in World War II. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews.com
Near Germany's Czechoslovakian border sits the grim fortress of Colditz. During the darkest days of World War II, this cold and brooding medieval castle became concentration camp Oflag 4C. Based on true accounts, this is the story of American sergeant Tony Irving, five Allied POWs, a life-sustaining faith, and their daring plan of escape.