On Wings of Eagles [NOOK Book]

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When two of his American employees were held hostage in Iran, H. Ross Perot and a select group of his employees took matters into their own hands. They faced incalculable odds on a mission only true heroes would have dared....


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Overview

When two of his American employees were held hostage in Iran, H. Ross Perot and a select group of his employees took matters into their own hands. They faced incalculable odds on a mission only true heroes would have dared....


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  • ISBN-13: 9781101175385
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/1984
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 30,982
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author





Ken Follett is one of the world's best–loved novelists. He has sold more than one hundred million copies. His last book, World Without End, went straight to the No. 1 position on bestseller lists in the United States, Spain, Italy, Germany, and France.



He first hit the charts in 1978 with Eye of the Needle, a taut and original thriller with a memorable woman character in the central role. The book won the Edgar Award and became an outstanding film starring Kate Nelligan and Donald Sutherland.



He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple, The Key to Rebecca, The Man from St. Petersburg, and Lie Down with Lions. Cliff Robertson and David Soul starred in the miniseries of The Key to Rebecca. In 1994 Timothy Dalton, Omar Sharif, and Marg Helgenberger starred in the miniseries of Lie Down with Lions.



He also wrote On Wings of Eagles, the true story of how two employees of Ross Perot were rescued from Iran during the revolution of 1979. This book was made into a miniseries with Richard Crenna as Ross Perot and Burt Lancaster as Colonel "Bull" Simons.



Ken Follett then surprised readers by radically changing course with The Pillars of the Earth, a novel about building a cathedral in the Middle Ages. Published in September 1989 to rave reviews, it was on the New York Times bestseller list for eighteen weeks. It also reached the No. 1 position on lists in Canada, Great Britain, and Italy, and was on the German bestseller list for six years. It was voted the third greatest book ever written by 250,000 viewers of the German television station ZDF in 2004, beaten only by The Lord of the Rings and the Bible. When The Times (London) asked its readers to vote for the sixty greatest novels of the last sixty years, The Pillars of the Earth was placed at No. 2, after To Kill a Mockingbird. (The sequel, World Without End, was No. 23 on the same list.) In November 2007, Pillars became the most popular choice of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, returning to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The miniseries, produced by Ridley Scott and starring Ian McShane and Matthew Macfadyen, is due for broadcast in 2010.



After Pillars, Ken Follett abandoned the straightforward spy genre for awhile, but his stories still had powerful narrative drive, strong women characters, and elements of suspense and intrigue. Night over Water, A Dangerous Fortune, and A Place Called Freedom followed.



Then he returned to the thriller. The Third Twin was a scorching suspense novel about a young woman scientist who stumbles across a secret experiment in genetic engineering. Miniseries rights were sold to CBS for $1,400,000, a record price for four hours of television. The series, starring Kelly McGillis and Larry Hagman, was broadcast in the United States in November 1997. (Ken Follett appeared briefly as the butler.) In Publishing Trends' annual survey of international fiction bestsellers for 1997, The Third Twin was ranked No. 2 in the world, beaten only by John Grisham's The Partner.



The Hammer of Eden, another nail–biting contemporary suspense story, came in 1998. Code to Zero (2000), about brainwashing and rocket science in the fifties, went to No. 1 on bestseller lists in the United States, Germany, and Italy, and film rights were snapped up by Doug Wick, producer of Gladiator, in a seven-figure deal. Jackdaws (2001), a World War II spy story in the tradition of Eye of the Needle, won the Corine Prize for 2003. Film rights were sold to Dino De Laurentiis. Hornet Flight, about two young people who escape from German–occupied Denmark in a Hornet Moth biplane, is loosely based on a true story. It was published in December 2002. Whiteout, a contemporary thriller about the theft of a dangerous virus from a laboratory, was published in 2004 and made into a miniseries in 2009.



World Without End, the long–awaited sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, was published in October 2007. It is set in Kingsbridge, the fictional location of the cathedral in Pillars, and features the descendants of the original characters at the time of the Black Death. It was a No.1 bestseller in Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Spain, where it was the fastest–selling book ever published in the Spanish language, outstripping the last Harry Potter book.



A board game based on The Pillars of the Earth was released worldwide in 2007 – 2008 and won the following prizes: Deutscher Spielepreis 2007, Game of the Year 2007 in the United States (GAMES 100), Jeu d'annee 2007 (Canada), Juego del ano 2007 (Spain), Japan Boardgame Prize 2007, Arets Spill 2007 (Norway), and Spiele Hit 2007 (Austria). It was a nominee in Finland, France, and the Netherlands, and got a recommendation in Germany by the Jury "Spiel des Jahres."



In 2008 Ken was awarded the Olaguibel Prize by the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos Vasco–Navarro for contributing to the promotion and awareness of architecture. A statue of him by the distinguished Spanish sculptor Casto Solano was unveiled in January 2008 outside the Cathedral of Santa Maria in the Basque capital of Vitoria–Gasteiz in northern Spain.



His next project is his most ambitious yet. The Century Trilogy will tell the entire history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of five linked families: one American, one English, one German, one Russian, and one Welsh. The first book, Fall of Giants, focusing on the First World War and the Russian Revolution, will be published worldwide simultaneously on September 28, 2010. He is already at work on the second book, provisionally titled The Winter of the World, about the Spanish civil war, the Second World War, and the development of nuclear weapons.



Ken Follett is married to Barbara Follett, a political activist who was the member of Parliament for Stevenage in Hertfordshire for thirteen years and minister for culture in the government of Gordon Brown. They live in a rambling rectory in Stevenage and also have an eighteenth-century town house in London and a beach house in Antigua. Ken Follett is a lover of Shakespeare and is often seen at London productions of the Bard's plays. An enthusiastic amateur musician, he plays bass guitar in a band called Damn Right I Got the Blues and appears occasionally with the folk group Clog Iron playing a bass balalaika.



He was chair of the National Year of Reading 1998 – 99, a British government initiative to raise literacy levels. He was president of the charity Dyslexia Action for ten years. He is a member of The Welsh Academy, a board director of the National Academy of Writing, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Literature (D.Litt.) by the University of Glamorgan as well as similar degrees by Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan—where his papers are kept in the Ken Follett Archive—and by the University of Exeter in 2008. He is active in numerous Stevenage charities and was a governor of Roebuck Primary School for ten years, serving as chair of governors for four of those years.



He was born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector. He was educated at state schools and

Biography

As a young boy growing up in Cardiff, Wales, Ken Follett's love for all things literary began early on. The son of devoutly religious parents who didn't allow their children to watch television or even listen to the radio, Follett found himself drawn to the library. It soon became his favorite place -- its shelves full of stories providing his escape, and ultimately, his inspiration.

Follett's more formal education took place years later at London's University College, where he studied philosophy -- a choice that, as he explains on his official Web site, he believes guided his career as an author. "There is a real connection between philosophy and fiction," Follet explains. "In philosophy you deal with questions like: ‘We're sitting at this table, but is the table real?' A daft question, but in studying philosophy, you need to take that sort of thing seriously and have an off-the-wall imagination. Writing fiction is the same."

After graduating in 1970, a journalism class touched off Follett's career as a writer. He started out covering beats for the South Wales Echo, and later wrote a column for London's Evening News. Becoming more and more interested in writing fiction on evenings and weekends, however, Follett soon realized that books were his true business, and in 1974 he went to work for Everest Books, a humble London publishing house.

After releasing a few of his own novels to less than thunderous acclaim --including The Shakeout (1975) and Paper Money (1977) -- Follett finally hit it big with 1978's Eye of the Needle. The taut, edgy thriller with more than a dash of sex appeal flew off the shelves, winning the Edgar award and allowing Follett to quit his job and get to work on his next book, Triple. Showing no signs of a sophomore slump, Triple went on to spark a string of bestselling spy thrillers, including The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St. Petersburg (1982), and Lie Down with Lions (1986). 1983's On Wings of Eagles was an interesting departure -- a nonfiction account of how two of Ross Perot's employees were rescued from Iran in 1979.

Follett changed direction even more sharply in 1989, surprising fans with The Pillars of the Earth -- a novel set in the Middle Ages many critics considered his crowning achievement. "A novel of majesty and power," said The Chicago Sun-Times of Follett's epic story. "It will hold you, fascinate you, surround you."

Follett's next three books were a trio considered to be more suspenseful than thrill-filled -- Night Over Water (1991), A Dangerous Fortune (1993) and A Place Called Freedom (1995), but The Third Twin (1996) and The Hammer of Eden (1998) marked a return to Follett's trademark capers. The wartime novels Code to Zero (2000) and Jackdaws (2001) showcased Follett's "unique ability to tell stories of international conflict and tell them well," according to Larry King in USA Today.

Follett "hits the mark again" (Publishers Weekly) with his latest story of international intrigue, Hornet Flight (2002) -- the WWII story of a young couple trying to escape occupied Denmark in a rebuilt Hornet Moth biplane who become unwitting carriers of top-secret information.

In a way, Follett's smash-hit success has allowed him to give back to the library of Cardiff, Wales -- by filling its shelves with his own transporting tales.

Good To Know

Eye of the Needle was made into a major motion picture, and four of Follett's books have been made into television mini-series: The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, On Wings of Eagles and The Third Twin -- the rights for which were sold to CBS for the record sum of $1,400,000.

A very civic-minded soul, Follett is quite involved in his Hertfordshire community, serving as President of the Dyslexia Institute, Council Member of the National Literacy Trust, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair of Governors of the Roebuck Primary School & Nursery, Patron of Stevenage Home-Start, director of the Stevenage Leisure Ltd. and Vice-President of the Stevenage Borough Football club.

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    1. Hometown:
      Hertfordshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cardiff, Wales
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Philosophy, University College, London, 1970

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    Who knew?

    You sometimes make judgements about people based on what someone has told you, or what you read about them in newspapers.<p> Reading this story proves that most people who redicule others really are a sad lot, because not only do they do the people injustice, but they show their own ignorance.<p> This story is a prime example of true character. <p>Someone once said that character is what you are when no one else is looking.<p> When Ross Perot ran for political office, there were those who insulted his speaking mannerisms, his appearance and many other aspects of his outward appearance.<p> This story is remarkable in that a man who is head of a company, values his employees to the point that he is willing to risk his own life to save them when they are taken captive and held hostage.<P> It also shows how little value of life our federal government has, unless they have some vested interest.<P> Perot was a true hero...a role model that any young man or woman should be proud to emulate.<p> It should be required reading for all high school students.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2011

    An Inspiring Story of Loyalty and Courage - Recommended!

    Ken Follett has constructed a marvelous book about two American business men being held hostage in a high-security prison in Tehran, Iran for a crime they did not commit. While based in Dallas, Texas, EDS (Electronic Data Systems) was the US company contracted to build a computer network for Iran¿s social security and healthcare systems. Following charges of corruption, loyal employees of Ross Perot ¿ Paul Chiapparone and Bill Gaylord ¿ were wrongfully imprisoned by Iranian officials. The United States Embassy, due to a broken bureaucracy, proved little help in assisting EDS in liberating their employees. Ross Perot felt personally responsible for his men, and stopped at nothing ensure their safety. Lead by retired Green Beret Arthur ¿Bull¿ Simmons, a team of volunteer operatives from Perot¿s corporation was tasked with infiltrating Tehran and bringing his men home. Repeated efforts, frustrations, and setbacks defined the very struggles that came to make these men stronger and illustrate the devotion and loyalty they shared. Throughout this surreal battle, themes of perseverance, loyalty, and undying dedication were so eloquently told by Ken Follett. Discovering the true individuals upon whom all can rely on uncovered the meaning and real-life connections behind this book. While Ross Perot may have been painted as a false figure of a man with a complex of inferiority by the media, this book gives the true account of how far he was willing to go in risking his life and assets for the people he cared about. This lesson encourages all to look beneath a façade of false pretenses to see the true covenant of Ross Perot, something invaluable in our lives even today. From a personal perspective, this was one of the most riveting non-fiction books ever read. Not simply for the fact that the story was intricate and thrilling, but that this is a historical account ¿ not a figment of imagination ¿ that fosters excitement in a page turning book that cannot be ignored. Much like the allegorical analyses of Animal Farm or Huckleberry Finn, it is a timeless lesson of profound thematic substance that can and should be read today not only for the thrill but for the amazing message and example of loyalty and perseverance. In a negative/constructive respect, the only element of the book that did not appeal was the nature of the description of the leadership in Tehran. While absolutely essential to the story, it proved repetitive at times. Overall, this is book is highly recommended and a full five stars, out of five. For further reading, Ken Follett provides meticulous thrills and appeal to an ingenious genre in The Man from St. Petersburg and A Place Called Freedom.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2001

    A Giant Of A Man

    I am from Dallas and always thought Ross Perot had a little man's complex. After reading 'Wings Of Eagles' I realized Mr.Perot is one hell of a man and has gained my total respect. Mr. Perot is the kind of man we Texans respect for keeping his word.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    A must read for every American History class.

    I read this book many years ago. Bull Simmons founder of the Delta Force trained Ross Perot's American based executives to fight like he trained the soldiers of the Delta Force and took them to Iran on a dangerous mission to get Ross Perot's Iranian employees who were being held hostages out of that country. It was a civilian mission and Bull's last mission as he was dying of cancer at the time. This is truly an amazing story of what the American spirit can and did accomplish in this case. Americans need this book of courage and inspiration and good old fashion getting the job done. Innovation is an American trait.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    On Wings of Eagles - another fantastic story by Follett

    From the very first page to the very last - it's a typical suspense drama.
    Follett's writing talent and attention to details is in every book. Wow!
    And having known the Perot Family - the portral of Ross is right on spot.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    what a story!!!!

    Ken Follet did a great job of writing this sensational story of a man that 'cuts thru the red tape and gets the job done !'. I read this in the 80's and developed such great respect for Ross Perot. a good presidential candidate? NO, but a great man ! This story is amazing !!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Recommemnded

    This book is a true story about a rescue. Those who like suspense and adventure will probably find this book interesting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    I never knew this even happened , check it out .

    Never knew that this event ever took place . Ross Perot quite a stand up guy and Ken Follet does a great job in telling this story . I highly recomend this read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Aphrodite

    Walked in and sat down on the window sill hugging her knees looking out the window towards the track around the football field

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Lil

    Hey aph...:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Skylar

    Skylar walks into the library, a smile spreading across her face. She loved being around books. She went down the fiction iasle picking out a book. She checked it out and walked out, going bak to the courtyard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Love the book

    But every time the word corner is used, they spell it " comer ".
    Very good book tho Love Ross Perot

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Meows

    Riverrace watches from the pool. "What a bunch of fools." Stonerose snorts. "Yeah. They cant fight us." She waves her paw and water floats out of the pool, controlled by her paw. Iceberry takes a rabbit from their fresh kill pile and tucks into it. "Our base is too well hidden." Sunpool and Featherstripe watch the conversation by the entrance, while Hailmist sleeps by the dens. Have you found us yet Aero? ~Cats

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Eagleheart

    Brings the queens and any older kits half an eagle. He brings the other half to the elders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Kitefeather

    Herds Fallenkit Swiftkit Darkkit ad Grassykit into a nest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Gingerstar

    Help im locked out of the firsit result.

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