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Barbara Masin’s gripping account of five boys who dare to challenge a murderous totalitarian dictatorship shows that committed individuals can prevail, even. Barbara Masin is the author of Gauntlet ( avg rating, 17 ratings, 3 reviews, published ) and Odkaz ( avg rating, 6 ratings, 0 reviews, publis. Masin, Barbara “As she was growing up, Barbara Masin heard parts of this story. Odkaz: pravdivý příběh bratři Mašinů by Barbara Masin(Book).

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This fast-paced book tells the exciting story of their plight as thousands of East German and Soviet troops chased them across swampland, forests, and fields for thirty-one days. After surviving several pitched gun battles, gunshot wounds, starvation, and the bitter cold, three finally reached West Berlin. Prior to their escape, they had formed the nucleus of an anti-Communist resistance group, inspired by the testament of celebrated World War II resistance leader, Czech general Josef Masin, father to two of the young men and grandfather to the author of this book.

As she was growing up, Barbara Masin heard parts of this story. Eager to learn more, she bargara to investigate.

The result of her efforts is this thriller, which mssin use of eyewitness interviews and extensive archival research in four countries. It is a dramatic tale of courage and daring against overwhelming odds and a testament to American ideals of freedom.

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This is non-fiction that reads like fiction. The author rigorously researched her subject matter, unearthing secret files and forgotten sources in Czech, American and German archives and interviewing numerous eyewitnesses.

The result is this thrilling cliffhanger, which confirms on its every page that true life can trump the greatest fiction.

Barbara Masin’s Gauntlet is one of the best books I have ever read. For five young men from Czechoslovakia, who set off in the fall of to play their part and reach the West via Communist East Germany, it was real yet tragic. Barbara Masin, a resident of Santa Barbara, California, is the daughter of Joseph Masin, one of the five young men featured in this book.

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Their mission was to deliver an explosive okaz message from a Czechoslovak general to U. Baebara journey was to take three days. Their ultimate objective was to join the U. Army Special Forces, then return to liberate their country. What ensued was the largest manhunt of the Cold War.

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One person found this helpful. This book was impossible to put maain. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and was so inspired by varbara character and fortitude of the Masins. Well written, well documented, and highly recommended!

This is a remarkable and inspirational story, with excellent real-world lessons as to what preparation, determination, perseverance and a courageous orientation can achieve against totalitarian regimes. It’s also a good look into how totalitarian odlaz function, and fail to function, under duress or threat, perceived or real.

These young men are stellar role models for anyone taking on an oppressive government of any size, or anyone who wonders if he may be left with od,az choice but to do so in the future. The year is Czechoslovakia, only recently liberated from the Nazi regime in part due to the heroic actions of Joseph Masin, Sr. Two brothers, Joseph Pepa and Radek Masin are entrusted with secret information about resistance forces within the country that would be prepared to liberate Czechoslovakia if the United States led an invasion, thus potentially changing the course of the Cold War.


Armed with this information, barbraa clothing on their backs, and three days worth of food and ammunition, the brothers and three friends plan and undertake a “Mission Impossible” style escape through Communist East Germany – with the goal of reaching West Berlin – miles away. Forced to rely on a compass, the stars, and their unbelievable intuition, stamina, and courage, the five young men encounter unimaginable armed resistance from the Volkspolizie in the GDR East Germany during their nearly 30 day odyssey during October of It is estimated that as barbxra as 20, troops and numerous police dogs tracked and surrounded this tiny group following an armed popular uprising on July 17, which proved extremely embarrassing to the East German Communist regime.

Barbara Masin’s meticulously researched and documented chronical of the five young men who planned and staged this escape proves that history is often more exciting than fiction. In writing Gauntlet the author has drawn upon recollections from her father Joseph Masin and her uncle Radek Masin, as barnara as many other primary and secondary sources in four languages. Writing in a style akin to that of the best contemporary novelists she brings every moment to life in a book that is impossible to put down barbarra will compel rereading.

The day by day, hour by hour narration is vivid and riveting with a rhythm akin to that of marching feet, and the dialogue so brabara realistic as to propel this story into the present day.

This is a major work of nonfiction that should garner numerous accolades and could well be the foundation of a blockbuster film. I madin certainly foresee it making the New York Times best seller list for nonfiction.

I was surprised by the title, as I had previously read the older, differently named, version of the manuscript supplied to me by the author. Then it struck me – the finely crafted story told to us by Barbara Masin is in many facets barabra angles very similar, but very real and with an added epic weight.

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It was the culmination and grand finale of their anti-Communist resistance activities, going in the footsteps of their legendary father and their families – and that it where the “gauntlet” comes into play. East German StaSi and VoPo mobilized over twenty thousand soldiers and policemen to capture the five young men.

They eventually captured two out of the five and promptly gave them to Czech commies to be executed, with many other relatives – but the Masin brothers and Milan Paumer with a gunshot wound in the stomach finished their run of the gauntlet to West Berlin. The book is a gripping thriller that would make Robert Ludlum proud – with one big distinction: The realism of the story is chilling and makes it next to impossible to put the book down.

The Masin family was far from ordinary and the book follows the story of several generations in the family.

Josef Masin, the fatherwas a soldier, hero of both world wars, member of Czechoslovak Legions in WWI, which fought their way across Russia and Siberia to the Pacific Ocean and was a member of the underground resistance against the Nazis. His sons, Ctirad b. Their mother, Zdena Masinova, although she did not know about her sons activites and escape odkza, was sentenced to 25 years of prison and died in prison soon afterwards in horrific conditions.

Multiple friends and relatives were also executed or imprisoned – even if they knew nothing about the Masin brothers’ group’s anti-Communist activities. The Masin brothers still have not set foot back in their native land. Today the Czech Republic is still only marginally free and allegedly democratic, but the majority of its population, after more than fifty years of constant brainwashing, has quite a ridiculous attitude about their own history and the role they themselves played in it. The Masin brothers and Milan Paumer are repeatedly nominated for the highest of Czech awards, only to be rejected by the communist-dominated Czech government.

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Yet other Czech politicians are afraid to take a clear stance in this case. Poorly educated, brainwashed for multiple generations and generally fearful, the population of today’s Czech Republic seems to lack the guts needed to push the issue through. Nevertheless, the Masins and Paumer are held in high regard by the community of Czechs and former-Czechs living abroad, who in contrast to the inhabitants of the Czech and Slovak Republics, are familiar with the experience of fleeing to the West at the risk of one’s life, and seem to be Masin’s admirers: The Masin brothers and Masun Paumer were heroes.

In this context heroes are individuals, who by example of their own bravery are able to inspire the masses. And barbafa they did. Close to 1 million former Czechs and Slovaks now happily live abroad.

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Czechoslovakia is from the historic point of view quite an unfortunate country – it was a truly free country for only twenty years of their or so year history. By becoming Americans, the Masins and Paumer found – not that they planned it that way – the end of their rainbow.

Czechoslovakia probably was not destined to be free, then or now – so those of us – inspired by the Masins – those of us who had freedom embedded in our DNA just had to go and become Americans.

Which isn’t bad at all, considering where we came from and what most of us have been through. Barbafa Czech translation of the original manuscript was published in the Czech Republic about a year ago under the name “Odkaz”. Since then, an additional seven months of research was added to the book for its English edition. It is a fast read and sure to delight anybody from history buffs and thriller aficionados right down to elderly cancelled Czechs who want their English-speaking children and grandchildren to read about their ancestors old country which never came to be free.

It serves as a fine introduction for those unfamiliar with the history of that sad part of the world. A must for every library. This intense and amazing story is, without doubt, the greatest Cold war story ever told. Thank you, Joe, Ray and Milan. And thank you all, who died on the way here. You all were and are our heroes and inspiration. My new favorite book, a must read!

Gauntlet brings to life a moment in history that seems to be forgotten, or never known, among today’s youth. So few high school students know that Germany at one time was divided into East and West, that Ovkaz was a unified country, and that the Cold Mawin was an all too intrusive part of many people’s lives.

This book barbarx that. It is also a thriller impossible to put down. Despite her personal connection to the protagonists of the history, the author provides what seems to be a fairly unbiased accounting of events. Her closing notes regarding the impact in the politics and society of today’s Czech Republic I found especially interesting.

The book should be of interest to anyone looking at the particular events themselves or even more generally in the impact of the communist period on today’s Republic. See all 11 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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