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As American involvement in WW II grew imminent, President Roosevelt authorized the establishment of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor of both the CIA and military Special Operations Forces. Using military cover OSS began building a clandestine capability to combat the Axis powers, in which saboteurs, guerillas, commandos, spies and counterintelligence agents worked behind enemy lines.Captain James Cantrell, a former Chicago homicide detective, is the leader of a secret intelligence team for OSS. He is charged with protecting Operation Overlord, the secret Allied plans for invading France, and with ferreting out Nazi spies who are desperately attempting to uncover these secrets. With time running out before D-Day, Cantrell must stop a cunning--and seductive--female Gestapo agent operating in London from delivering stolen Overlord information in time for Hitler to reinforce defenses at Normandy. The chase leads him through bomb ravaged London streets and across the English Channel only hours behind his prey. Parachuting into France behind enemy lines only days before the scheduled D-Day landings, his orders are to assassinate her before she reports to her contact on the French mainland. The fate of WW II hangs in the balance.

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									OSS Commando
Author: Charles Sasser
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As American involvement in WW II grew imminent, President Roosevelt authorized the establishment of
the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor of both the CIA and military Special Operations
Forces. Using military cover OSS began building a clandestine capability to combat the Axis powers, in
which saboteurs, guerillas, commandos, spies and counterintelligence agents worked behind enemy
lines.Captain James Cantrell, a former Chicago homicide detective, is the leader of a secret intelligence
team for OSS. He is charged with protecting Operation Overlord, the secret Allied plans for invading
France, and with ferreting out Nazi spies who are desperately attempting to uncover these secrets. With
time running out before D-Day, Cantrell must stop a cunning--and seductive--female Gestapo agent
operating in London from delivering stolen Overlord information in time for Hitler to reinforce defenses at
Normandy. The chase leads him through bomb ravaged London streets and across the English Channel
only hours behind his prey. Parachuting into France behind enemy lines only days before the scheduled
D-Day landings, his orders are to assassinate her before she reports to her contact on the French
mainland. The fate of WW II hangs in the balance.
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Shortly after midnight on 2 June 1944, a fleet of landing craft attached to Operation Hog's Breath, a mini-
rehearsal involving the U.S. 29th Infantry Division, approached Slapton Sands, on England's southern
coast. The unspoiled beach fronting a shallow lagoon backed by bluffs resembled Omaha Beach, one of
America's designated landing sites when Allies invaded France. A flotilla of four LSTs (landing ships,
tank) plowed along in wake of the main force. This convoy transported engineers along with chemical and
quartermaster troops scheduled to offload after the "landing" in an orderly fashion with their trucks,
amphibious tracks, jeeps and heavy engineering equipment.The protected waters inside Lyme Bay lay as
flat and smooth as cream rising to the surface of a pail of milk. The night was so dark, however, that U.S.
Army Captain James Cantrell, riding the forward deck above the massive steel landing ramp of LST-505,
could see neither the boat ahead nor the one aft. In full battle gear, including helmet, pack and rifle, he
listened to the muted, deep-throated growl of maritime engines giving distinctive voice to the night.The
OSS agent had been implanted more than a month ago with S&S (Service and Support) Company, 2d
Battalion, 29th Division, following his last work in Rome. OSS Station Chief "Henry" in London had briefed
him prior to the assignment."We're listening to Rommel's communications traffic," he said. Breaking the
Enigma Code had been a coup. "Rommel and Rundstedt are questioning whether Pas de Calais in the
south may be a diversion while the real landing takes place elsewhere. They're expressing a lot of interest
in the Twenty-ninth Division and what it's doing. It's almost as though they're using that division as a
barometer to gauge the progress and intent of the invasion. We have to wonder if somebody in the
Twenty-ninth might be leaking information to somebody he shouldn't be talking to.""Ending a sentence
with a preposition is something up with which I will not put," James said."What?""Winston Churchill. Too
bad he's not an American."Being a wise guy was part of his nature. Gramps, short in stature, shorter
than James, had said small men—no matter how capable—overcompensated, often with their mouths.
Grams warned both of them that one day their bulldog mouths were going to overload their hummingbird
asses.Gramps sometimes said a bulldog mouth was about the only thing a man had left. Times had been
desperate on the farm in Oklahoma during the years of the Great Depression. Many of the Okies packed
their sorry belongings into old Ford trucks, abandoned their dust-bowl acres to either the bankers or
nature, and headed west to California, in the land of milk and honey. James was about 10 years old when
his family contemplated giving up and joining the migration. Before they set out, however, Grams's and
Gramps's only daughter—James's mother—and James's father died after a team of mules bolted and
crashed their farm wagon into a stand of blackjack oak. After that, Grams and Gramps decided they were
too old for another move by themselves. They stayed on at the farm, eking out a hardscrabble living for
themselves and their orphaned grandson."Four men in the Twenty-ninth Division are connected directly to
Overlord planning," Henry resumed in that minister-preaching-at-a-funeral voice of his. "If one of the four is
leaking, we've got to know which one."Wild Bill seems to have a pocketful of faith in you, boy, after Sicily,
Salerno and Rome—so you either come through with answers or Colonel Branson will have your scrawny
little Okie butt on the first...
Author Bio
Charles Sasser
Charles Sasser is a retired veteran who spent twenty-nine years in the U.S. Army, thirteen of them as a
Green Beret. The prolific author of more than thirty books, his previous works have been Main Selections
of the Military Book Club, recommended reading at West Point, Army War College, and required reading
in the Navy.

								
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