Flight of Eagles (Dougal Munro and Jack Carter Series #3)

Flight of Eagles (Dougal Munro and Jack Carter Series #3)

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by Jack Higgins, Michael Page
     
 

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It is the early days of World War II, and two brothers find themselves on opposite sides. Max and Harry Kelso were born in the United States of a German mother and an American father. They were separated as boys when their mother took Max with her to Germany. Now he has grown up to become a feared pilot with the Luftwaffe and Harry is a Yank ace in the RAF. Each has… See more details below

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It is the early days of World War II, and two brothers find themselves on opposite sides. Max and Harry Kelso were born in the United States of a German mother and an American father. They were separated as boys when their mother took Max with her to Germany. Now he has grown up to become a feared pilot with the Luftwaffe and Harry is a Yank ace in the RAF. Each has kept track of the other's progress, but neither could possibly predict the extraordinary circumstances under which they are about to meet again. Forces much greater than they have set in motion an intrigue so devious, so filled with peril, that it will require them to question everything they know, everything they hold most dear - their lives, their families, their loyalties. Upon the results of their actions will hang, unalterably, the course of the war itself...\

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YA-An international thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The unusual beginning, the story of Tarquin, a stuffed bear that has acted as mascot in various aircraft since World War I, hooks readers and offers a smooth transition into the main plot. Identical twins Max and Harry were born in the U.S. to a German mother and an American father but were separated when the mother took Max, the future Baron von Halder, to Germany. As World War II explodes, he has become a feared pilot with the Luftwaffe, and Harry is a Yank ace in the RAF. Each is aware of the other and knows his position. Extraordinary circumstances propel both their lives and the lives of those they love on a perilous collision course. Intrigue and deceit abound in this easy-to-read, action-packed novel. Initially the plot seems obvious, but unexpected twists and turns will keep YAs' interest right up until the surprise ending.-Anita Short, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA\
Kirkus Reviews
Another crowd-pleasing, if somewhat wooden, tale of steely heroism and stiff-upper-lip bravado from the prolific Higgins. Returning to the WWII settings that he knows so well, Higgins (The President's Daughter, 1997, etc.) puts a pair of identical twin flyboys, one American, one German, on opposite sides of the war. The story begins in 1997 in Cold Harbour, a lonely Cornish villageþand once a secret spy baseþwhere the real Higgins and his real wife Denise find themselves after surviving a crash-landing in the English Channel. There, Zee Aeland, a crusty innkeeper, turns emotional when he glimpses Higgins's teddy bear Tarquin, which the author purchased in an antique shop. Aeland tells him that Tarquin's original owner was dashing Jack Kelso, a wealthy, thrill-seeking American vet who fought for the British before the US entered the war. Recovering from a crash- landing of his own in France, Kelso met and married his hospital nurse, the impoverished German baroness Elsa von Halder, who laterþafter her husband insisted on returning to the Statesþgave birth to twin sons Max and Harry. Because he was ten minutes older, Max also became the new Baron von Halder. Then, in 1930, Jack died, and took Max to his ancestral homeland, while Harry stayed in Boston with his rich grandfather, brooding, and finally taking Tarquin with him to fight for Finland against invading Russians. By page 60, Harry has joined the RAF (as a Finn!), and Max, a.k.a. "The Black Baron," is clicking his boots among the Nazis. Using the two boys to show that ineffable daring, chivalric nonchalance, and the ability to execute a flawless Immelmann turn can transcend political borders and ideologies(both Max and Elsa rapidly develop sour opinions about Hitler). Women, spies, tyrants and combat buddies come and go, but teddy bears, brotherly love, and a tearjerker conclusion win out. An old-fashioned, sentimental ode to chivalric virtue and family values: Not as suspenseful as Higgins's best, but well grounded in historical detail, lightened by amusing encounters with Hitler, Himmler, and other factual fiends. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441844200
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
10/28/2012
Series:
Dougal Munro and Jack Carter Series, #3
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
1,468,068
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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