Iron Men

Iron Men

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by Leonard B. Scott
     
 

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At the end of World War II, Axel Mader and Jorn Furman — two young officers who wear Germany's highest class of Iron Cross — barely escape the retribution of the SS. Decades later, their fates are entangled with that of Jake Tallon, an American soldier stationed in Berlin who falls in love with Mader's daughter. Tallon, too, is a decorated war hero, though

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At the end of World War II, Axel Mader and Jorn Furman — two young officers who wear Germany's highest class of Iron Cross — barely escape the retribution of the SS. Decades later, their fates are entangled with that of Jake Tallon, an American soldier stationed in Berlin who falls in love with Mader's daughter. Tallon, too, is a decorated war hero, though from Vietnam, not WWII. Together, the three iron men join together in Berlin just before the fall of the Wall to confront the legacy of the past . . . and defeat it.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Scott, whose previous novels ( The Expendables ; Charlie Mike ) focused on the Vietnam War, has written a readable but highly contrived thriller that spans the past 40 years in Germany. During the waning days of WW II, a band of battle-weary Luftwaffe paratroopers is tactically retreating on the outskirts of Berlin. Sadistic SS captain Horst Wolker orders his men to execute them as ``traitors to the Fatherland.'' Paratrooper captain Alex Mader pleads with Volker, explaining that his unit is low on ammunition, and moreover, the soldiers are all ``Iron Men,'' recipients of Germany's highest military honor, the Knight's Cross. Unmoved, Volker orders the mass execution to proceed, but Mader and two others are spared when the hum of Soviet tanks prompts the SS to flee. Decades pass; Volker, fittingly, has become the director of Stasi, the East German secret police, and the three surviving Iron Men are still bent on revenge. In 1989, Jake Tallon, a U.S. Army colonel (and former Special Forces hotshot in Vietnam), is assigned to West Berlin; he befriends Mader and assists the Iron Men in their attempt to settle an old score. Though the narrative is slow going in the interval between the wars, the novel's gung-ho characters and exciting climax redeem it from Scott's tendency to rely on coincidence. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In 1945, Axel Mader and Jorn Furman are young officers and recipients of the Iron Cross. When SS Captain Horst Volker guns down their unit for retreating, they vow vengeance. Forty years later in West Berlin, American Lieutenant Colonel Jake Tallon gets mixed up with Mader's daughter and finds that as a soldier he has many of the same feelings as the ``Iron Men'' about manhood and honor. These new-found compatriots discover that Volker is running the East German secret police, but with the Wall coming down old Nazis need to make themselves useful to the West. Bloodshed and treachery result. Among these characters, only combat soldiers have true honor, and everyone else is either feminine or corrupt. Still, the action scenes are good. Recommended where there is demand for male-bonding thrillers. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/92.-- Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517164990
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/20/1995
Pages:
468

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"Superbly written...A very fine and fast paced story, a sweeping and generational tale of murder and retribution, set against the headline events of the last half centry."
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"A sweeping tale of honor and daring."

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The Iron Men 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has it all - an incredible plot that leaves you wanting more, characters that get inside you from the start, and an ending so volatile you need to strap yourself in for the ride! Don't plan on sleeping until you finish this book; it's that good!!
IHT More than 1 year ago
I have grown up without reading very many books, they just didn't keep me interested. One trip to Ft. Drum, NY, i was bored and decided to go to a little Class VI/bookstore across from where i was working. Grabbed his book, "The Expendables" and tore through that in a few days. Went back and bought another... I think i rifled through all his books pretty quickly, other than the FBI ones (Duty Bound, or whatever), and this one, "The Iron Men", was his best story. It's probably been a decade+ since I've read his books, including this one, but it made enough of a lasting impression that i always try to pimp his books whenever some of my ex-military co-workers and I get on the topic of books (which isn't often).
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Dickie_V More than 1 year ago
It isn't very often that an author can juggle all of the things that make up a great adventure novel and make the book great, but Scott has done it. Tough as nails heroes, romance (just enough), a villain you love to hate, and a showdown that thoroughly satisfies. Great book.