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No Surrender: A Father, a Son, and an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live on Today

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Spanning seven decades and linking a sprawling cast of heroes from every corner of the country, No Surrender is an unforgettable story of a father’s extraordinary acts of valor in the treacherous final days of World War II and a son’s journey to discover them.

Like most members of the Greatest Generation, Roddie Edmonds, a humble American soldier from East Tennessee, rarely spoke a
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by HarperOne
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Lisa Dunckley
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Decades after his father passed away, during a random Google search, Chris Edmonds discovers that his father is a hero.
Roddie Edmonds was a Staff Sargent assigned to the 422nd Infantry Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division, who were shipped to Europe. They were stationed outside Saint. Vith near the Allied front, a position that was supposed to be light action, ideal for seasoning soldiers who hadn’t experienced combat before. Instead, they ended up where the Germans concentrated their f
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Schuyler Wallace
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing


This war story is among the best I’ve read for its sincerity, graphic descriptions, and lessons as remembered by its aged survivors. Chris Edmonds, a Tennessee pastor, prompted by a daughter who wanted to write a school paper about her paternal grandfather, realized he knew very little about his own World War II veteran father. It started a frenzied search through his father’s journals, hunting down living buddies of his father’s from the war, traveling many miles to interview them, and putting
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Julianne Bailey
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chris Edmonds discovers, in serendipitous fashion, that his father was a war hero during his time in a Nazi POW camp. He sets out to discover the role his father played in saving the lives of Jewish POWs and it’s last impact years later. Roddie’s story was fascinating, and there were quite a few historical facts mentioned in this book about other areas of the war that were new to me.

The first tow or three chapters were fairly clumsily written and I felt like they were disjointed. But then the s
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David
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I started this book I was not sure that I wanted to finish it. The book begins with the writer's discovery of his father's service in WWII. The writer went into detail about how he found out about his father's war experiences. Like most WWII veterans, his father never spoke of his time in the war. However, once the book moved into a detailed account of his father, Roddie's, time in service, I was not able to put it down.
The book is a good example of a collection of personal narratives
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Shirley
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A testament of faith

I loved the passages from the word of God that Chris used throughout his book.

The story of his father Roddie Edmonds and his father's fellow soldiers was an inspirational story. It was a story of survival and a story of faith. A story of a soldier that put his own life on the line to save the lives of others.

It was a story of life as a soldier at the front and life in POW camps. It told the story of the savagery of the Nazi Army and the faith and dete
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Debra Pawlak
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance reading copy of this book from NetGalley in return for a fair review. When I started reading this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but it turned out to be one of the finest books that I have read so far this year. As soon as I realized that Chris Edmonds was writing an extraordinary tribute to his father, I was all in. Roddie Edmonds was the kind of man you would be privileged to have known--a good father, a good provider and a man of faith. It was that faith tha ...more
Candy
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

No Surrender tells the story of Roddie Edmonds, a soldier from Tennessee who is plunked down into hell on earth, Stalag IXA, a Nazi prisoner of war camp. Roddie’s son, Chris, begins a look into his father’s past to help his daughter with a school assignment. What he discovers is a man who lived his life according to one of his favorite scripture passages: Greater love hath no man
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Jean
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Surrender by Christopher Edmonds is a wonderful tribute, written by a son, for his Dad, Roddie.
Chris knew his Father was a loving God-fearing man but did not know much about his years during
the war. He researched and found this story by the men that knew his Father well. What an
amazing man he was! This story was written very well. One of the reasons I chose this book, the
writer and his Dad lived here in my area. It was interesting to read about history back in the
day by a
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Marilyn
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley. I wasn't prepared to like this book so much. But it was great. If you want to know more about what life for the infantry soldier was like, read this book. If you want to discover how ordinary men can do extraordinary things when needed, read this book. If you want to read about an offspring's discovery that a parent was much, much more than what they experienced in their day-to-day life, read this book. You will not be disappointed and ama ...more
Maggie Gust
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No Surrender – by Chris Edmonds and Douglas Century – HarperCollins Publisher 2019

Most of us never really know our parents’ true characters because they are the center of our world from the moment we enter it, dazzling us with their love. They introduce us to life itself, fulfill our needs and teach us how to navigate in the world. Recognizing them as individual human beings is rare because we simply do not get the opportunity to observe them in the moments that shaped them. No Surrender is the
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Helga Cohen
Edmond’s book is an inspirational account of his father Roddie Edmonds and his courageous acts during World War II.I was introduced this book as part of our Jewish Film Festival occurring for the last 2 weeks and this book with the film “Footsteps of My Father” were its conclusion. Pastor Edmonds introduced the film and spoke about the book on Veterans Day, 11/11/19.
Pastor Edmonds knew very little about his father’s actions during the war growing up in Knoxville, TN. It has been very typical of
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Jena Henry
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many World War II memoirs listed on Amazon and Goodreads- and a Google search will have you scrambling through 112 million results. There probably aren’t millions of memoirs, but I am thankful that there are many, because each person who served on the Allied side has an amazing story to tell. And these stories must be told soon, while we still have the veterans or their families to tell them. Christopher Edmond’s search for the details of his father’s World War II service is a uniquely ...more
Mary F
Nov 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
I may give it a whirl, but do see what Mish means about "turgid" from the sample as well as the presentation Christopher gave in 2017 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWne5...). I'm not quite sure his father would approve of all the attention-seeking and characterizing the main event as one where his father single-handedly saved the Jewish comrades when he couldn't have done it if any of the others were pushed to a place where they decided to act in opposition to Edmo ...more
David Hill
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: history-wwii
Many WW II vets were reticent to discuss their experiences in the war. Chris Edmonds' father was one of those: he didn't tell his family what he did, saw, and felt during the war. He died decades before his son started researching those events. What Roddie Edmonds did was heroic and had far-reaching effects. Roddie Edmonds' story is a powerful one. His deeds made the world a better place.

The author is a pastor and clearly driven by a faith in God. This shows in the early and late cha
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Jennifer
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "No Surrender," Christopher Edmonds and Douglas Century tell the story of Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, an ordinary soldier who exhibited extraordinary courage during WW2. Most people haven't heard of this man, but his actions saved over 100 Jewish soldiers in Stalag IXB, and 2,000 people are alive today because of Roddie's bravery and wisdom. Roddie's story has also helped people stand up courageously for others and confront blind prejudice and evil ideologies.
As I read this book, I appre
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Marcia Meakim
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
No Surrender tells the story of Roddie Edmonds, a World War II soldier who bravely saved the lives of many soldiers in a Nazi POW camp after being captured in the Battle of the Bulge. Roddie was so humble that he chose to not share his bravery with others, even his own family, which is almost unheard of in today’s society. He raised his family and after his death his son read the journals he kept while in the service and was shocked to learn what his father had done. He proceeded to interview hi ...more
Hana Correa
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always love WW11 era stories, both fiction and true life, which is why I asked for an early copy of No Surrender. Inside it’s pages we are introduced to the remarkable accomplishments of Roddie Edmunds, a Methodist country boy from a small Tennessee town. Roddie was a special individual who was born with a moral compass that was unwavering in its ability to point at what is good and right in the world. Christopher Edmunds, Roddie’s son, has compiled a rich history of Roddie’s remarkable achiev ...more
Boone Family
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
No Surrender poignantly and accurately recounts not just one man’s experience in World War 2, but a number of players from which the author was able to interview and gain valuable information. I’ve read many holocaust survivor stories and am fascinated with the human will to survive such horrendous conditions. No Surrender takes the reader into the Battle of the Bulge with clarity that even my right-brained mind could follow the strategies of the enemy and the chilling losses of the Allies. It w ...more
Allison
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story of one man uncovering his late father’s wartime experiences through his diaries and interviews with fellow soldiers would be interesting to anyone fascinated by World War II or family history. It is also a story of deep faith, faith that sustained through the worst of times and uplifted and endured long after overcoming adversity. If you were moved by the story of Oskar Schindler, you will find this memoir equally powerful. How one very young, inexperienced sargeant displayed incredibl ...more
Becky
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a non-fiction memoir of a son for his father. Chris Edmonds knew his father was a hero, but until a school project prompted him to look closer, he never understood the full extent of what his dad experienced. These new revelations prompt Chris to look closer and take a journey to find out not just about his father, but about the experiences and events of soldiers in WWII. This book is hard to read in parts, because it is hard to accept how horribly mankind can act, however, the idea of r ...more
Corgi
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked and enjoyed No Surrender by Christopher Edmonds and Douglas Century.

I enjoy reading about WWII and this non-fiction book is excellent. It is the story about Roddie Edmonds and his experiences during WWII. C Edmonds was not aware of the heroism of his father during WWII. After his father passed away and finding his father's WWII journal, C Edmonds decided to research his father's time spent in the war. C Edmonds met many men that were stationed with his father and was a
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Tiffany
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No Surrender is a touching story of a son's posthumous discovery of his father's bravery and captivity by the Natzis during WWII. Chris Edmonds is compelled to know more of his father's war experiences, stories that he shared little of during life, after reading his father's diaries. Traveling throughout the US and across the sea to retrace his father's steps, Chris tries to imagine the trials and trauma that his father, Roddie Edmonds, experienced as he fought alongside his friends during the B ...more
BonLivre
Thank you to the publisher and #GalleyMatch for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The novel shared a unique act of heroism during WWII. I particularly found the color around the build-up and training of US forces before the war, as well as the state of the American South during that same time, very interesting. As with any war story this is not for the faint of heart, but the harshness of the facts was counterbalanced nicely with the author’s honesty about the impor ...more
Elaine
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you net galley for the advance reader copy of this novel. This was a factual WWII novel about Americans in a German POW camp. This book was filled with heart and Mae me want to find out more..... particularly the British and French POWs that did march out and not stay behind. The author did a superb job of telling the story without bogging down with too many facts or with too much emotion. Well done and I'm so glad to have read this!!!
Rachel
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A powerful story how one decision instantly saved 200 American Jewish GI's that then led to thousands of people given the chance to live.

I'm privileged to know Chris and to have been along for the journey to publishing a book about his father in a small way. Even if I didn't know Chris, this would be a story I'd want to read. If you're a fan of the Greatest Generation, you'll want to check out this book.

Nissa
Truly one of the many, many WWII heroes. This was an excellent book and a well-written historical gem. It has a great balance between historical fact, and storytelling. Anyone interested in historical autobiographical accounts of WWII needs to read this book. My heart broke for all the men who gave their lives for us! These war heroes were truly, THE GREATEST GENERATION!
Mich
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, history
After two attempts to get into this book, I gave up. While it might be a terrific story about a man’s exploits during WWII and his selflessness in helping and protecting other POWs, the son’s style of writing was self-centered and turgid. I probably should have just skipped the first 80 pages and skimmed to the end, but this didn’t seem worth it. Sorry, Net Galley- thanks for the book.
Cindy
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A very interesting story, really enjoyed it.
Steve
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story of a U.S. Army master sergeant who was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and risked his life saving American soldiers of Jewish origin in the German POW camps.
Doris Raines
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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