• No Surrender

  • A Father, a Son, and an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live on Today
  • By: Christopher Edmonds, Douglas Century
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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No Surrender

By: Christopher Edmonds,Douglas Century
Narrated by: James Lurie
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Part contemporary detective story, part World War II historical narrative, No Surrender is the inspiring true story of Roddie Edmonds, a Knoxville-born enlistee who risked his life during the final days of World War II to save others from murderous Nazis, and the lasting effects his actions had on thousands of lives - then and now.

Captured in the Battle of the Bulge, Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds was the highest-ranking American soldier at Stalag IXA, a prisoner-of-war camp near Ziegenhain, Germany. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Roddie was a simple, soft-spoken man of deep inner strength and unwavering Christian faith. Though he was driven to the limits of endurance, Roddie refused to succumb to Nazi brutality toward the Jewish American GIs with whom he was serving. Through his inspiring leadership and bravery, Roddie saved the lives of hundreds of US infantrymen in those perilous final days of the Second World War. His fearless actions continue to reverberate today.

Growing up, Pastor Chris Edmonds knew little of his father’s actions in the war. To learn the truth, he followed a trail of clues, a journey that spanned seven decades and linked a sprawling cast of heroes, both known and unknown, from every corner of the country. In No Surrender, Pastor Chris, joined by New York Times best-selling coauthor Douglas Century, chronicles his odyssey to tell the unforgettable story of his father and his remarkable valor. He also provides startling details (and vantage points) of some of the major events of World War II and US Army initiatives that helped the Allies win the war, including the Battle of the Bulge, the massacre at Malmedy, and the now-little-known Army Specialized Training Program, which prepared brilliant young “soldier-scholars” - or “Quiz Kids” - from across the nation to battle the Nazis.

As compelling as the number one New York Times best sellers, Unbroken, Boys on the Boat, Band of Brothers, and Schindler’s List, No Surrender is an epic story of bravery, compassion, and faith and an inspiring testament to man’s goodness. It is also a clarion call for our narcissistic age - a shining example of the transformative and redemptive power of moral courage.

©2019 Christopher Edmonds and Douglas Century (P)2019 HarperAudio

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A Hero Story

Incredible story of an American Hero who deserves the Medal of Honor for his willingness to stand in the face of the enemy to save hundreds of lives. I highly recommend this book!!

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Personal and impactful

Well written and well performed. A personal story with global impact that demonstrates the impact a regular person can have by doing the right thing when faced with difficult options. A life well lived can make a difference.

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A son discovers his dad is a WW2 Hero

Chris, Thank you for sharing your father’s story. I know this wasn’t easy, but a fascinating journey to learn so much about your dad. Lauren, thank you for kickstarting this. I have really enjoyed this book. ~Andrea

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simple life lived with extraordinary purpose

seems like some of our young people are struggling with finding purpose ... a life simply lived to a code aligned with the maker of your soul is a beautiful thing

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ONE OF THE BEST!

This is absolutely one of the best books I have come across regarding WW II & the Holocaust. Magnificent!

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Untold History

This personal account of a father's experiences during WW II was told by his grown son, many years after his Dad's death. The brave soldier and true hero had never shared his account but his son was able to learn of many things never shared by his Dad. This is a "must listen" for anyone interested in history and is an inspiring story of one man's willingness to stand up for his beliefs.

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This book was a testimony to truth of the ability of mankind to continue to hold onto hope, compassion and a desire for life while in captivity. Even during extreme oppression, starvation and dehumanizing conditions Roddy and his men were able to put aside prejudice and help their fellow men. I highly recommend this book for all ages to see the effects war and being a prisoner of war had on our heroes of WWII

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A moving, incredible, inspiring story that will anchor you to the enormous blessings of today’s times and a call for personal introspection

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Excellent - Touching - insightful

Nothing like I expected - I am a big fan of WWII books -

This is a combination of memoir - history - and more.

Although I have listened to many WWII books, this brought light to facts that I didn't know existed. The award from Israel is one of them.

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

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God is great, God is good 👍

A retired Air Force GI with no accomplishments to be commended, humbly commend the memory of those WWII veterans. The dutiful men, the families, the Paramilitary persons, and a faithful citizen work force who pulled together to defend freedom, and defeated enemies of freedom. I add, foes of God.

This book humbles and encourages the reader to appreciate the task that Mr. Edmons achieved. His life story that honored the "greatest generation ," reflects the character so well of those remarkable brothers in arms who stood, or advanced, to faithfully fulfill the oath to defend against the enemy, SO HELP THEM GOD. God is Great, God is good. Thank you God, and please protect the USA, although we are so unworthy.

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