WITHOUT ORDERS by Martha Albrand


Email this review


The author of No Surrender tailors another sleek tale of rebellion against the Axis, this time set in Rome, where Charles Brackett, American soldier, finds himself an Italian prisoner, held in an insane asylum, and tagged with a false identity as Da Ponte. At first he fights it, but eventually assumes the identity he had been given, and makes his way to Rome, there to locate an American married to an Italian, and finds she has been killed. He falls in love with her daughter -- realizes that she may form his link to other friends of the Allies -- and, when a mixup with the police has put him out of the picture, Sybilla carries on. He is railroaded back to the asylus -- and again escapes, with scant time to say goodbye to Sybilla and promise return.... A nice job, of the tenuous gestures of Italian friendship towards the Allies, of unfulfilled romance.

Pub Date: Aug. 22nd, 1943
Publisher: Little, Brown