Shadows of Eagles

Shadows of Eagles

by Stephen Lodge
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Shadows of Eagles by Stephen Lodge

Shadows of Eagles is an historical action-adventure based on fact, about the little known German POW Camps established by the United States during World War II. The dangerous breakout by a group of Nazi prisoners activates a perilous pursuit by a posse of Texas Rangers, drawing together a prisoner, and three brave Americans - two veteran flying aces, a determined lawman, and a desperate woman. Bi-planes, horses, machine-guns, and Winchester rifles culminate in edge-of-the-seat air-combat over the magnificent badlands of America's Lone Star State.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435718241
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 1,168,774
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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Shadows of Eagles 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are partial to fast action, bad guys, guns, horses, vintage planes, and good old-fashioned bravery, Shadows of Eagles is your wisest choice. Author Stephen Lodge takes the reader on an intimate journey through southwest Texas as men and women band together to track down a group of escaped Nazi prisoners. Rich characters make the story come to life and one is tempted to let the answering machine take messages to avoid putting the book down. A wonderul book, a terrific plot, a rich experience. Thank you, Steve, for writing this book. Lynn Price
Guest More than 1 year ago
The underlying theme of honor and respect permeates this fast paced story of a most unusual happening. Stephen Lodge has captured the essence of Texican pride and stubborn persistence as Cowboys chase Nazis across the hard desert mountains of southwest Texas. Using vintage WW1 planes, old trucks and cowboys on horseback, the action never slows. The author's intimate knowledge of the Big Bend country, along with his realistic dialogue takes the reader on a most intriguing journey. Based on a real story during WW2, the touching camaraderie between sworn enemies makes this an outstanding adventure. Shadows of Eagles is destined to become one of the great stories of our time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unbeknownst to many of us, Nazi POW¿s were detained right here in the US in the waning years of WW II. This is the story of a prison breakout and the Texas Ranger¿s posse to apprehend them. You get a feel of a good old western, but with biplanes and machine guns thrown in. There is a healthy dose of action enriched with colorful dialog, identifiable characters, and heart pounding descriptions. And amidst all of this, there is a serious message. This very well written book will educate, as well as entertain. Definitely recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SHADOWS OF EAGLES presents a fresh perspective to an ageless dilemma. How does a soldier justify the killing of another fellow human being when under different circumstances the foe could have been a friend? This theme is couched in an entertaining action-adventure set in 1944 Texas during the waning years of World War II. Forty-six year old, Josh McComb, flying veteran of the ¿Great War,¿ finds himself drawn into a posse tasked with apprehending Nazi prisoners after their escape from a Texas P.O.W. camp. Josh¿s opposite, German flying ace and war hero, Erich Raller, fights for freedom, yearning to be reunited with his family. The plot moves along at a satisfying pace toward the dramatic confrontation between these two men. Although I found the outcome to be predictable, it remained true to the theme of the story. Development of the McComb and Raller characters leaves the reader feeling equally sympathetic toward these men. I rooted for both of them. Author Stephen Lodge¿s use of subplots comfortably complements the main story line. Especially compelling is the relationship between Raller and his young protégé, Iggy Dreshler. Acting as a mentor, Raller seeks to spare Iggy from the guilt-demon plaguing his own life. The snappy dialogue and use of colloquial expressions (¿There¿s a lot more ta¿ pullin¿ than there is ta¿ pushin¿,¿ he huffed. ¿Any mule can tell ya¿ that.¿) provides a proper balance of comic relief in an otherwise serious work. Lodge¿s obvious knowledge about his subject matter, the history, and the geography of the area, along with his ability to weave that expertise into a believable tale easily captivates the reader. The deeper meaning behind the story flows naturally without being preachy. Stephen Lodge¿s SHADOWS OF EAGLES, an exciting tale of heroes and the struggle to maintain one¿s humanity during the inhumanity of war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Folks, it's time for me to tell you what I think of reviewing books. I'm dispensing with my usual language and telling it like it is. No flowery prose where I show off MY skill. Just my impressions of a book I read. Who is Stephen Lodge? I don't know. But one day there he was in my emailbox. He asked me to review his book. Oh no! I quit doing book reviews! Besides, what if it was a disappointment? Two things about his message caught my eye. One - an email without typos. Those are rare. Am I the only person to proofread my email before I click send? Apparently not. Two - Nazi POWs were held in the United States during World War II. I didn't know this. But, it's true. What a hook. In the hands of a hack, an awful book. But given the right author, it could be great. Was this Stephen Lodge? I didn't know. I looked at my editing schedule. And my teaching schedule. Read a book for pleasure? When? But there was that hook. That well-written query. A man of intelligence and ability, Stephen Lodge appeared to be. I told him to email me the galley. If it was terrrible, I'd simply never write to him again. I wrote to him again, because I thoroughly enjoyed SHADOWS OF EAGLES. Real people, incisive observations, gripping plot, wonderful writing style, a bit of well-placed humor, neither too little description nor too much. Josh McComb is a civilian pilot in Texas during World War II due to an injury he picked up flying combat missions during World War I. He also trained some young pilots before leaving the Army. Who is this author? How'd he make this guy so real? Erich Raller, German flying ace who dined with both Kaiser Wilhelm II and Hitler, is a POW in Texas. I don't believe the author is German. How the heck did he make this guy so real? Red Collinson, Texas Ranger who watched Texas change from frontier simplicity and directness to contemporary confusion. Was the author a Ranger? How'd he make this guy so real? The list goes on and on. No need to bore you with too much analysis, since you haven't read the book. Yet. Consider this. You've just learned that POWs from 9-11 or Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guard are being held right down the road from your home. Scary? The author makes it just as scary to the locals of Marfa, Texas in the 1940s. A cast of characters that doesn't blur into a dozen different incarnations of the author's voice. This book takes you to another time, another place, and you enjoy the visit. In short, I recommend this book and thank the author for sending it to me. After writing all the above babble, I did some research on the author. According to THE DESERT SUN (Palm Springs, CA), he's has been a writer for over 30 years, and his screenplays include THE HONKERS, KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS and RIO DIABLO, which starred Kenny Rogers. So now, instead of wondering who he is, I wonder how the heck he found me. I mean, he's been getting words of praise from people like actor Ralph Waite (THE WALTONS), author Timothy Hallinan (THE BONE POLISHER) and producer-screenwriter Rance Howard (GRAND THEFT AUTO). Why does he need my recommendation? Okay, a number. FOUR stars out of five.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very exciting reading...Shadows of Eagles has all the makings of a first rate, big screen adventure movie. The characters are so real you will think you grew up with them. A unique blend of genres ¿ War and Western...keeps you on your toes all the way through ¿ I highly recommend it. Michael F. Cusack Co-Author: The Lonely Sentinel Producer: Enter the Devil
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen Lodge has created a 'rocketing' adventure yarn that entertains from the first page to the last. An interesting step back into time, filled with suspense and big action. A VERY enjoyable read. David S. Cass, Sr. Director: Johnson County War; Straight From the Heart - Producer: Texas Rangers - Co-writer: Rio Diablo; Hard Ground
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen Lodge's Shadows of Eagles grabs you with the very first sentence, and like a time machine, spins you back to the last century. You won't want to put the book down and you won't want to ever lose it, because you'll definitely want to take this exciting time-trip...again and again. Rance Howard ¿ Producer-Screenwriter, Grand Theft Auto
Guest More than 1 year ago
SHADOWS OF EAGLES just never lets up. An amazing story, told at a machine-gun pace, with characters you'll remember long after you finally put it down. Timothy Hallinan, Author: The Bone Polisher; The Four Last Things; The Million-Dollar Minute; Bangkok Tango
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a damn good read...impressive. [Lodge] paints such a clear and precise picture that one can almost taste that part of Texas. Very human and touching...written in an earthy, romantic and heroic fashion. ...a major piece of work. Ralph Waite - Actor/Screenwriter/Director: The Waltons; On the Nickel