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On Wings of Eagles
     

On Wings of Eagles

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by Ken Follett
 

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#1 bestselling author Ken Follett tells the inspiring true story of the Middle East hostage crisis that began in 1978, and of the unconventional means one American used to save his countrymen. . . . 

When two of his employees were held hostage in a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran, one man took matters into his own hands: businessman H. Ross

Overview

#1 bestselling author Ken Follett tells the inspiring true story of the Middle East hostage crisis that began in 1978, and of the unconventional means one American used to save his countrymen. . . . 

When two of his employees were held hostage in a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran, one man took matters into his own hands: businessman H. Ross Perot. His team consisted of a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of his corporation, handpicked and trained by a retired Green Beret officer. To free the imprisoned Americans, they would face incalculable odds on a mission that only true heroes would have dared. . . .


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Editorial Reviews

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"A superb edge-of-the-seat true story." —USA Today

"Ken Follett has combined the best of his journalistic skills and his flair for crackling fiction into a nonfiction work that's sure to be read. . . . This is one time when the mad dogs of the world were soundly defeated by the indomitable Yankee spirit and derring-do. . . . On Wings of Eagles soars." —The Kansas City Star 

"Superb. . . . Ken Follett's fans may be reluctant to see him return to fiction." —The New York Times Book Review

"A remarkable adventure." —Los Angeles Times

"Follett at his most spellbinding." —Boston Herald

"A gripping thriller." —Newsday

"An extraordinary story . . . gripping." —Business Week

"Impressive suspense and excitement." —Publishers Weekly

"A first-rate bestseller . . . stirring, provocative, as meticulously detailed and as thrilling as Follett's fictional creations." —The Houston Post

"Excellent. . . . Fifteen American executives led by a feisty ex-Army colonel on a hair-raising mission. . . . No Hollywood scriptwriter could match this adventure." —The Cincinnati Enquirer

"Rich in atmosphere, character, and dialogue. . . . Follett is a pro's pro. . . . If this is not a major motion picture, somebody should kick Hollywood back to life." —New York Daily News 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101175385
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/03/1984
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
55,394
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ken Follett burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, a national and international bestseller. Follett’s new, magnificent historical epic, the Century Trilogy, includes the bestselling Fall of GiantsWinter of the World, and Edge of Eternity. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara.




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Brief Biography

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

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On Wings of Eagles 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You sometimes make judgements about people based on what someone has told you, or what you read about them in newspapers.

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.

This story is a prime example of true character.

Someone once said that character is what you are when no one else is looking.

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.

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.

It also shows how little value of life our federal government has, unless they have some vested interest.

Perot was a true hero...a role model that any young man or woman should be proud to emulate.

It should be required reading for all high school students.

JoeyRC More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
winterpatriot More than 1 year ago
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.
mimzi More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a true story about a rescue. Those who like suspense and adventure will probably find this book interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 !!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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But every time the word corner is used, they spell it " comer ". Very good book tho Love Ross Perot
Mutzi More than 1 year ago
Very well written.
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