Beyond the Call – the bestselling story of a WW2 covert rescue mission

Praise for the book:
“Cinematic” … “Vivid and engaging”
“brilliantly told, fast-paced true story” … "profoundly moving” … “a truly inspiring book

Now a documentary too! Watch the trailer below, or go here to watch the whole film.


One ordinary man. One extraordinary mission. A thousand lives at stake.

Near the end of World War II, thousands of Allied ex-POWs were abandoned to wander the war-torn, snow-swept Eastern Front. With no food, shelter, or supplies, they were an army of dying men.

In total secrecy, the OSS chose an obscure American air force detachment stationed at a Ukrainian airfield; it would provide the base and the cover for the rescue operation. The man they picked to undertake it was veteran 8th Air Force bomber pilot Captain Robert M. Trimble.

Beyond the Call tells the story of that mission and the man who
went beyond the call of duty to fulfil it.


Snappy and cinematic, Beyond the Call is a gift, an untold story from those last days of WWII in Europe when the unthinkable became real – when our ally had turned against us, when our POWs were left to die, and when a veteran pilot would receive a harrowing final mission – to fly against the might of the Soviet Union.
Adam Makos, New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call

Beyond the Call is the brilliantly told, fast-paced true story of a remarkable young man. Deceived by his superior officers, he found himself in a place where danger abounded and life was cheap …Nerve-wracking, informative, yet profoundly moving, Beyond the Call is a truly inspiring book.
Susan Ottaway, author of Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice

Vivid and engaging, Beyond the Call is partly a story of one officer’s guile and bravery in the face of forces much larger and more powerful than himself. But is also a moving and appalling tale of the full horror of World War II’s last year on the eastern front.
Randall Hansen, author of Fire and Fury and Disobeying Hitler

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Available in the US as an audiobook from Recorded Books, narrated by Donald Corren
9 CD set or download


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Beyond the Call is published in the USA by Berkley Books (a division of Penguin Group)
and in the UK and Commonwealth by Icon Books


Content © Jeremy Dronfield and Lee Trimble 2017