Lucas Brunn has been waiting for a chance to defend his homeland ever since the Nazis aryanized the Vienna Medical School and expelled everyone without a German birth certificate. When the Resistance finally assigns him a mission, however, it isn't what he expects: Lucas is to disguise himself as a priest, steal into a Nazi-controlled salt mine where wooden crates are stored, and identify the contents.
His fear turns to shock when he opens a small crate and finds himself face-to-face with the Mona Lisa. Lucas hides the masterpiece, stabbing a Wehrmacht guard in the process, but his mission is far from over. There are thousands of paintings to recover and a more personal battle to fight. The Nazis, after discovering Lucas's identity, kill his father and arrest Erika, his fiancée.
Depot Dora tells the true story of Operation Ebensburg, a WW II mission, the events of which have been depicted in The Monuments Men and Where Eagles Dare. At turns enthralling and romantic, the novel will inspire you to think about how far you'd go to protect your country and the people you love.
About the author: Cy Vaughn, MD, is a retired heart surgeon. His first novel, The Phoenix Heart, draws on his experiences as the first surgeon in the world to implant an artificial heart after transplant rejection. Cy lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Kaye and is working on his next book.