The Eagle Has Landed



[EPUB] ✰ The Eagle Has Landed By Jack Higgins – E17streets4all.co.uk In November of , an elite team of Nazi paratroopers descends on British soil with a diabolical goal to abduct Winston Churchill and cripple the Allied war effort The mission, ordered by Hitler himself In November of , an elite team of Nazi paratroopers descends on British The Eagle ePUB Æ soil with a diabolical goal to abduct Winston Churchill and cripple the Allied war effort The mission, ordered by Hitler himself and planned by Heinrich Himmler, is led by ace agent Kurt Steiner and aided on the ground by IRA gunman Liam DevlinAs the deadly duo executes Hitler s harrowing plot, only the quiet town of Studley Constable stands in their way Its residents are the lone souls aware of the impending Nazi plan, and they must become the most unlikely of heroes as the fate of the war hangs in the balance.The Eagle Has Landed

There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this nameJack Higgins is The Eagle ePUB Æ the best known of the many pseudonyms of Henry Patterson See also Martin Fallon, Harry Patterson, Hugh Marlowe and James Graham He is the New York Times bestselling author ofthan seventy thrillers, including The Eagle Has Landed and The Wolf at the Door His books have soldthan million copies worldwideBorn in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Patterson grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland As a child, Patterson was a voracious reader and later credited his passion for reading with fueling his creative drive to be an author His upbringing in Belfast also exposed him to the political and religious violence that characterized the city at the time At seven years old, Patterson was caught in gunfire while riding a tram, and later was in a Belfast movie theater when it was bombed Though he escaped from both attacks unharmed, the turmoil in Northern Ireland would later become a significant influence in his books, many of which prominently feature the Irish Republican Army After attending grammar school and college in Leeds, England, Patterson joined the British Army and served two years in the Household Cavalry, from to , stationed along the East German border He was considered an expert sharpshooterFollowing his military service, Patterson earned a degree in sociology from the London School of Economics, which led to teaching jobs at two English colleges In , while teaching at James Graham College, Patterson began writing novels, including some under the alias James Graham As his popularity grew, Patterson left teaching to write full time With the publication of the international blockbuster The Eagle Has Landed, which was later made into a movie of the same name starring Michael Caine, Patterson became a regular fixture on bestseller lists His books draw heavily from history and include prominent figures such as John Dillinger and often center around significant events from such conflicts as World War II, the Korean War, and the Cuban Missile CrisisPatterson lives in Jersey, in the Channel IslandsAdditional pseu.

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    The Eagle Has Landed PDF ´ The Eagle ePUB Æ by ace agent Kurt Steiner and aided on the ground by IRA gunman Liam DevlinAs the deadly duo executes Hitler s harrowing plot, only the quiet town of Studley Constable stands in their way Its residents are the lone souls aware of the impending Nazi plan, and they must become the most unlikely of heroes as the fate of the war hangs in the balance."/>
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Eagle Has Landed
  • Jack Higgins
  • English
  • 09 January 2017
  • 0140273344

10 thoughts on “The Eagle Has Landed

  1. says:

    The slab slid to one side, tilting on the slope of the mound, and all was revealed I suppose it was one of the most astonishing moments of my life, for it was a simple stone with a German cross at the head what most people would describe as an Iron Cross The inscription beneath it was in German Here lies Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Steiner and 13 German paratroopers, killed in action on November 6th, 1943Colonel Otto Skorzeny with Benito Mussolini after the successful rescue attempt.Reall The slab slid to one side, tilting on the slope of the mound, and all was revealed I suppose it was one of the most astonishing moments of my life, for it was a simple stone with a German cross at the head what most people would describe as an Iron Cross The inscription beneath it was in German Here lies Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Steiner and 13 German paratroopers, killed in action on November 6th, 1943Colonel Otto Skorzeny with Benito Mussolini after the successful rescue attempt.Really this story begins with Operation Oak or the San Gasso raid, in which commando paratroopers led by Lieutenant Colonel Otto Skorzeny rescued Benito Mussolini after he was overthrown and imprisoned by the Italian Government in 1943 It was a daring, bold move that gave some hope to a war effort that was already beginning to crumble inward Hitler, invigorated by this success, demands an evenaudacious mission to capture Winston Churchill and bring him back to the Reich Admiral Wilhelm Canaris thinks this idea is absolutely insane, but then his loyalty to Hitler has transformed into adeeply felt loyalty to the future of Germany Heinrich Himmler, also present during this meeting, is suspicious and threatened by Canaris, and decides to support the planfor political reasons, in a bid to undermine Canaris, than out of any real interest in the plan Jack Higgins does a wonderful job showing the struggles within the party and the doubts about the viability of the war that were starting to afflict all but the most loyal of the inner circle Colonel Oberst Radl played by Robert Duvall in the movieUnfortunately, Canaris assigns the project to a very efficient staff member named Colonel Oberst Radl, who promptly discovers a way for such an intrepid plan to succeed It all comes together when a deep cover agent in a small community in Norfolk reports that Winston Churchill is scheduled to visit their little hamlet for some much needed RR to paint some of the idyllic countryside Joanna Grey is a fascinating character She lost her family during the Boer War in South Africa and, through a series of events, ends up living in the very country she despises the most She has become close, bedsheet close, to the local aristocracy, and in a bid to impress his mistress, he can t help but tell her the biggest news he s ever had bounce around in his noggin I have to say I m impressed that a 68 year old woman can still twitch her skirt and catch the eye of a man who normally would be chasing after women decades younger than himself She must have that something something that allows men to see beyond the iron gray hair and the wrinkles and see that inner flame that, with just a touch, sparks their pilot light She is too old in the minds of the men in Berlin to handle this mission, though frankly, I think they sold the old girl short Luckily, they have the man they need right there in Berlin, teaching English Literature at the University, a Trinity graduate and an IRA member named Liam Devlin Embracing the Nazis has been difficult, but the enemy of my enemy is my friend makes themallies Devlin thinks the plan is a bit daft, but he is bored and wants to get back into the action Any way that he can twist a thumb in the eye of the British helps the cause in Ireland He isof a lover of women, a drinker of Bushmill s Irish whiskey, and a reader of poetry than he is a soldier, but he can handle himself, and nobody gets into Trinity College with just a wink and a bit of wit Donald Sutherland is Liam Devlin in the movie That is Jenny Agutter looking lovely perched on the back of the bike.Radl finds his man to lead the mission, the disgraced Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Steiner, son of a German general and an American mother He is a man who readily admits that, if his parents had switched nationality, he could easily have found himself fighting with the Americans Steiner is in the Channel Islands sitting on manned torpedoes, attempting to blow up Allied shipping Remember Slim Pickens riding the bomb down to the surface of the Earth in Dr Strangelove Similar level of risk All the pieces are in place now it is just a matter of pulling the trigger 1976 Movie PosterThis was a huge best seller that spawned a very successful movie, released in 1976, starring Donald Sutherland, Michael Caine, and Robert Duvall I look forward to watching the movie to see how closely it follows the book If you are going to read one Jack Higgins book, this is the one The publisher states that 50% of the book is absolute fact, and it is up to the reader to determine what of the rest of it is true or merely speculations by the writer This book is a page turner The characters are well developed, even the female characters We really get a chance to understand motivations, even when Radl or Devlin or Steiner or Grey find themselves questioning the meaning of what they do There is a doomed romance, adding a bit of poignancy to the thrilling aspects of what seems to be an ill fated quest There is courage, treachery, humanity, and cruelty, each working to squeeze the resolve of those involved All of this leads up to one final epic attempt to accomplish the impossible If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visithttp www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at

  2. says:

    The Eagle Has Landed Liam Devlin 1 , Jack Higgins Liam Devlin is a protagonist and recurring character in the novels of Jack Higgins Liam Devlin is a pseudonym and his real name is never revealed The Eagle Has Landed is a book by British writer Jack Higgins, set during World War II and first published in 1975 The book makes use of the false document technique, and opens with Higgins describing his discovery of the concealed grave of thirteen German paratroopers in an English graveyard T The Eagle Has Landed Liam Devlin 1 , Jack Higgins Liam Devlin is a protagonist and recurring character in the novels of Jack Higgins Liam Devlin is a pseudonym and his real name is never revealed The Eagle Has Landed is a book by British writer Jack Higgins, set during World War II and first published in 1975 The book makes use of the false document technique, and opens with Higgins describing his discovery of the concealed grave of thirteen German paratroopers in an English graveyard The characters discuss the historic rescue of Hitler s ally Benito Mussolini in September 1943 After Mussolini was deposed and imprisoned by the Italian government, Otto Skorzeny led a German team and achieved his release and escape from Italy Hitler, with the strong support of Himmler, considered a similar plan to kidnap British Prime Minister Winston Churchill Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, head of the Abwehr German military intelligence , is ordered to make a feasibility study of capturing Churchill and taking him to the Reich Canaris realises that although Hitler will soon forget the matter, Himmler will not Fearing Himmler may try to discredit him, Canaris orders one of his officers, Oberst Radl, to undertake the study, despite feeling that it is all a waste of effort 2002 1379 384 9643340538 20 1380 547 9643630226 1389 544 9789643630225 1685

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    In all seriousness, this is without doubt, the BEST 2 STAR BOOK that I ve ever read I know, I know on its face that sounds confusing and maybe even oxymoronical and may lead to a bit of head scratching or possibly even a mild rash For that I m truly sorry, but please slap some calamine lotion on your itches and give me a chance to explain before you dismiss me as an oxy or any other form of moron PLOT SUMMARY Briefly, this story tells the fictional tale of a German commando unit that In all seriousness, this is without doubt, the BEST 2 STAR BOOK that I ve ever read I know, I know on its face that sounds confusing and maybe even oxymoronical and may lead to a bit of head scratching or possibly even a mild rash For that I m truly sorry, but please slap some calamine lotion on your itches and give me a chance to explain before you dismiss me as an oxy or any other form of moron PLOT SUMMARY Briefly, this story tells the fictional tale of a German commando unit that attempts to kidnap Winston Churchill during World War II The book employs the story within a story method and begins with Jack Higgins as himself seemingly discovering the facts behind the unknown mission after finding the hidden graves of 13 German paratroopers at an English graveyard Curious, he begins asking the local townsfolk and their reactions make him suspect that there is a great secret being hidden from the world After further investigation, the rest of the story is Higgins recounting what he has pieced together through a combination of documentary evidence and educated guesswork I thought this was a very HIGH QUALITY book I found it to be a very well written story and I have zero complaints about the strength of Higgins prose In addition, I think Higgins did an extremely good job of creating three dimensional, nuanced characters that came to life and appear completely human including the German soldiers, buton that in a minute Finally, Higgins did an fabulous job of constructing a well thought out, highly detailed and credible plot In other words, this has all the makings of an excellent novel, as the VAST number of excellent reviews of this book can easily attest SO WHY DIDN T STEVE LOVE THIS BOOK an answer in 4 parts So given all that slobbering, fanboyish praise, why, in the name of all that is good and holy, did I give this ONLY 2.0 STARS First, please stop yelling at me and I will tell you See, as good as I thought the novel was on a technical level, I found the story itself fairly dry at the best of times and actually quite boring at the worst of times Now boring or dry when dealing with non fiction or even classics may still earn 3 stars or higher if they impart deeper meaning or just load you up with knowledge However, fiction is different I read that to enjoy myself and so dry and boring become tough hurdles to overcome Here are my four main gripes 1 One of the reasons Higgins cites for the popularity of the book in his introduction is that it was the first time that regular German soldiers as distinguished from those within the NAZI hierarchy were portrayed in fiction as human beings and not bloodthirsty monsters While the portrayal of German soldiers as regular people is certainly laudable, I must disagree that Higgins was a trailblazer in this area Long before this book was evedwritten, the world had been introduced to the following two loveable scamps AND How do you NOT love Klink and Schultzie So sorry Mr Higgins, but as far as I am concerned, Hogan and his band of Heroes beat you to the punch as far the humanization of the German solider is concerned Thus, no points for ground breaking, cultural revelations 2 The fact that the final outcome of the story was known at the very beginning of the story took away much of the suspense mystery for me Now this is not always the case when reading about real life events in which the final outcome is well known, as I have read a lot of historical ficiton and real life crime fiction that kept me at the edge of my seat However, in this case, the slow, methodical planning of the kidnapping just never seemed to pull me in and so I found the story very slow moving 3 There were nonadazero OMG moments in the story which is a real let down for me as I would have expected some in a taut thriller of this kind For me, OMG moments are those moments that raise goose bumps on your skin e.g., Jack Nicholson on the stand in A Few Good Men or something that happens that makes you say NO WAY did that just happen e.g., for those that have seenThe Blair Witch Project , the final scene made me almost crap my pants Basically, they are memorable scenes that stick to my brain long after I have forgotten everything else about the book, movie, etc. This book did not have a single moment that will stay with me forthan 10 minutes after I finish this review Thus, no point there 4 Finally, while most of the characters were well drawn, there wasn t what I would call any real standout memorable character This is closely tied to 3 above Liam Devlin, the IRA commando, comes closest and is certainly a good character However, when I finished the book I wasn t anxious to pick up the sequel and find out what Liam would do next He just didn t stir the curious in me FINAL THOUGHTSSo I didn t love this book I thought it was okay Sometimes when I dislike a book that the majority of my fellow readers rate highly, I will either be thinking to myselfwhat the hell were those people hopped up to rate this dung pile so highly and how can I score me some of thator I ll be thinking,okay, I m the dung pile and must have missed something or banged my head to hard as a child because I seem to be clearly mistaken on this oneWell in this case, I don t think it s either though my status as a dung pile is certainly open to daily re interpretation I completely understand how someone can love this book and at the same time am very comfortable with my it was just okay assessment So for all of the above reasons, I just never found myself pulled into this one There were some parts I liked and it certainly had some moments, but there were not enough of the goodies for me to be able to say I liked it.2.0 stars

  4. says:

    Jack Higgin s bestseller The Eagle Has Landed was a book I had read many years ago Recently, a friend of mine had read it and asked me if it was, as the author claimed, a real operation Firstly let us look at the story for the book, then I ll address any historical truths.Hitler excited by Mussolini s rescue by Otto Skorzeny of the SS, backed by German paratroops Fallschirmj ger , from Italy Himmler, Reichsf hrer SS, comes up with a plan to infiltrate a unit of German paratroops to assassi Jack Higgin s bestseller The Eagle Has Landed was a book I had read many years ago Recently, a friend of mine had read it and asked me if it was, as the author claimed, a real operation Firstly let us look at the story for the book, then I ll address any historical truths.Hitler excited by Mussolini s rescue by Otto Skorzeny of the SS, backed by German paratroops Fallschirmj ger , from Italy Himmler, Reichsf hrer SS, comes up with a plan to infiltrate a unit of German paratroops to assassinate British PM Winston Churchill In this operation, they are to be assisted by IRA operative Liam Devlin.The story develops as Devlin sets up in England and is met by the Germans It all devolves into a fracas that brings in everyone from the British Home Guard, Special Branch, and even US Army Rangers into conflict More than that I shall not spoil.An entertaining read and exciting Steiner, the paratroop commander, is a great character and deviates from the oft caricatured Seig Heil uttering Nazis one often sees in fiction Perhaps my only issue is the love story between Liam Devlin and the local yokel Molly I felt that to be a bit too cheesy, but the rest of the story is quite entertaining Well worth your time if you are looking for a good WWII based thriller.Now the author implies that this was a real mission and post events it was hushed up and he leaves it to the reader to pass judgement on its veracity Well, allow me to tell you it is all fiction But there is a grain of historical basis, mostly unknown outside of people who have studied WWII.What I speak of is Operation Long Jump Unternehmen Weitsprung This operation was supposed to have occurred during the 1943 Tehran Conference, where the three Allied leaders FDR, Chruchill and Stalin were to meet Allegedly, the German Military Intelligence Abwehr had intercepted a US Navy coded message referring to the meeting This information was passed on to Ernst Kaltenbrunner of the Reich Security Main Office Reichssicherheitshauptamt or RSHA who chose Otto Skorzeny to start the planning of this operation The German agent Elyesa Bazna codenamed Cicero , in Ankara, Turkey, was also brought into the operation She is the basis for Higgin s character Joanna Grey, the Boer passing herself off as a British lady.Now, at this point, the Soviet agent Nikolai Kuznetsov got wind of this allegedly from an SS Sturmbannf hrer named von Ortel, who was deep into his cup of schnapps At this point, Soviet NKVD agent Gevork Vartanian, who had compiled a list of 400 Nazi agents, was able to arrest six German radio operators in the city of Qum, close to Tehran This information led them to German operatives already in place in Tehran who were the advance team, the second team was the actual operational team to be led by Skorzeny.Now, this led to the cancellation of the operation In 1984, Vartanian was recognized for his role in uncovering Operation Long Jump He was awarded the Gold Star medal of the Hero of the Soviet Union for his service in World War II and the Cold War and he even met Churchill s granddaughter in 2007 who praised him for his efforts In 2003, relying on declassified documents, Yuri Lvovich Kuznets published a book called Tehran 43 or Operation Long Jump , which detailed Vartanian s role at the Tehran Conference Now since Communists are notorious liars, this entire tale of events has been met with deep skepticism by Western scholars Several important issues stand out Firstly, by 1943, the German network in Tehran had been neutralized by arrests, well before the conference was to take place Secondly, it has been estimated that 3,000 NKVD agents were guarding Tehran for the conference and they did not note any incidents or threats Thirdly both Roosevelt and Churchill travelled on foot or open jeep throughout their four day stay in Tehran unlikely were there an assassination squad of Nazis wandering around.But perhaps the final nail in the coffin of this story are the words of Otto Skorzeny himself He stated, post war, that he recalled a meeting with Hitler and SS Brigadef hrer Walter Schellenberg, from the foreign intelligence branch of the Sicherheitsdienst, when they did discuss the feasibility of assassinating Churchill However, Skorzeny said he told the Fuhrer the idea was unworkable and that Hitler agreed with his assessment Skorzeny wrote, Long Jump has really only existed in the imagination of a bunch of less than truth loving hacks He also castigated Soviet sources for continually referring to Sturmbannf hrer Paul von Oertel, who Skorzeny said never existed Even eminent Nazi era scholar Heinz H hne,a brilliant scholar who wrote a complete biography of Wilhelm Canaris, chief of the Abwehr, as well as the superb Der Orden unter dem Totenkopf Die Geschichte der SS The Order of the Death s Head The Story of Hitler s SS which was required reading in grad school H hne wrote in an article for the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, that no such operation ever existed.So now you, and my friend, know A fun, action oriented story that will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates thrillers based in WWII

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    There was a time when I loved Alistair MacLean, Jack Higgins, Desmond Bagley the whole damn lot That was when I was brainwashed into thinking that Americans were good and Russians were bad that the Second World War was a just war, where the Good Allies won and the Evil Axis lost that the Israelis were a peaceful people, being continuously menaced by the bloodthirsty Arabs Most of my black and white take on world affairs were influenced by popular Hollywood movies and thrillers.That time i There was a time when I loved Alistair MacLean, Jack Higgins, Desmond Bagley the whole damn lot That was when I was brainwashed into thinking that Americans were good and Russians were bad that the Second World War was a just war, where the Good Allies won and the Evil Axis lost that the Israelis were a peaceful people, being continuously menaced by the bloodthirsty Arabs Most of my black and white take on world affairs were influenced by popular Hollywood movies and thrillers.That time is long past, but I would still rate this novel as one of the better ones, as it presents Germans in a favourable light the noble and tragic anti hero Kurt Steiner is a fantastic character

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    It s been a long time since I read my old paperback version, but I think I read it too early in my life This time around, it was incredibly impressive The characterization, plotting, well, just everything.There are plenty of good bad guys Unfortunately, the good guys were often after each other Some really bad people did some good things vice versa Sometimes they had a choice, often they didn t Why they felt they needed to do what they did Oh, it was a shame yet it was glori It s been a long time since I read my old paperback version, but I think I read it too early in my life This time around, it was incredibly impressive The characterization, plotting, well, just everything.There are plenty of good bad guys Unfortunately, the good guys were often after each other Some really bad people did some good things vice versa Sometimes they had a choice, often they didn t Why they felt they needed to do what they did Oh, it was a shame yet it was glorious, too They were the best of men, they were the worst of men Men being generic for humans There were a couple of ladies who played large pivotal roles.The action wasn t overpowering well described Very realistic which is nice I found the descriptions of parachute jumping very interesting I had no idea the German chutes were so poor I m a bit confused by the idea that a low jump was better for the reasons given Less time in the air is nice for concealment, but I always found it a hell of a lotscary Any issues with the chute can t be dealt with Their faith in being dropped at the proper spot was touching Unbelievable, but sweet.There s a lot of detail it s all worth it It was amazing how the plan came together what happened So many moving pieces communication trials I really want to watch the movie soon Caine as Steiner is perfect casting as is Donald Pleasance as Himmler The others are great too, but those two jumped out at me I m a real fan of Donald Sutherland, too He would be a perfect Liam Devlin I don t think I ve seen the movie since it came out, though Highly recommended

  7. says:

    Wow,did it really sell 50 million copies A German plan to kidnap Churchill I read it ages ago and wasn t too impressed.Then,I watched the movie.It bored me.It would have beenfun if they did actually kidnap Churchill.I m not a fan of his because of his views on the independence of the subcontinent from colonial rule.

  8. says:

    I was lent this book by a very kind volunteer at work as it was my kind of genre I hadn t watched the film before reading this book or knew what it was about before reading the blurb.The writing style of Jack Higgins is one that does keep hold of your attention and he does describe the characters and the events well so that you can picture it happening However the book for me just didn t leave lasting memories or anything that would make me want to go back and read the book again It wasn t on I was lent this book by a very kind volunteer at work as it was my kind of genre I hadn t watched the film before reading this book or knew what it was about before reading the blurb.The writing style of Jack Higgins is one that does keep hold of your attention and he does describe the characters and the events well so that you can picture it happening However the book for me just didn t leave lasting memories or anything that would make me want to go back and read the book again It wasn t one that played on my mind when I wasn t reading it.I am sure there are millions of people who love the book and I am sure that there is millionspeople who haven t read the book yet but will love it but for me it was a flat book and not one that I would read again, maybe I will try watching the film

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    I read this book because it was recommended by Reader s Digest as one of the best all time Needless to say that they weren t wrong I enjoy reading war related fiction have read many books but what Higgins presented here was beyond doubt extraordinary Here are a few elements that I was amazed to see 1 Fact or Fiction The writer did extensive research as explained well in the prologue epilogue In fact the research is as important to the plot as is the book The only issue being central I read this book because it was recommended by Reader s Digest as one of the best all time Needless to say that they weren t wrong I enjoy reading war related fiction have read many books but what Higgins presented here was beyond doubt extraordinary Here are a few elements that I was amazed to see 1 Fact or Fiction The writer did extensive research as explained well in the prologue epilogue In fact the research is as important to the plot as is the book The only issue being central character of the plot was a heavy weight I don t mean just someone I mean the big dog of WWII so it may be plausible that details of this operation never showed up cause the ramifications if they did, were dastardly for many forces around the world I would leave that to you to judge I for one feel that IT DID HAPPEN 2 A German War HERO Yes I am not going to talk about him because words won t do justice to the courage, character or clarity of thought Kurt Steiner possessed I am glad that finally we saw ONE yes only ONE war hero from Germany but what a Hero He made up for all the years I read found all Germans to be on the Board of Directors of Satan s Inc Again, I believe that Kurt Steiner did lead that outrageous mission.3 Character Portraits The writer did research thoroughly for almost all characters can be found by a simple Google search read about Worthy to remember that this material wouldn t show up because of what it meant so details are grainy but there What is also stupendous is that each character I mean each everyone of them was essential to the plot What I enjoyed most was the Brotherhood amongst these warriors Each everyone a just soldier unlike what we know Germans to be I felt sad every time as the narrative would reach the already foregone conclusion that all of them were to be KIA before the book reached its last pages.4 Confused IRA Professional My second favorite character God Blessed him with a great sense of humor In fact all Irish men seem to have ithe seemed to have the most of it In the whole book Devlin only once was genuinely sad otherwise it seemed to me that God gave him a littleof the happy hormones none of the sad ones He shows what the War did in terms of choices cause I have come to believe that one man s soldier is another man s terrorist is indeed true Again Devlin lived till much later met with the writer.5 Conclusion I don t think I will ever read another book from Higgins as I am afraid he will let me down I also think that they should remake the movie the earlier one was made in the 80s but this generation must be given a chance to see Germans in a different light I am not saying I have turned, for I hated reading about what all they did Himmler was Satan on Earth as he went about his wretched ways even in this book But there were indeed a few good men who were on the wrong side of the barbed wire

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    I think I ve read this book before, and seen the movie, but I read it when I was in high school or junior high long enough ago that I d forgotten the details If it were written today, it would probably have a tighter POV and fewer pages spent on the set up Still, it s an awesome book Not squeaky clean PG 13 , but cleaner than average for the market I think what impresses me most about this book is the way Higgins creates sympathy for so many characters even though most of the characters are I think I ve read this book before, and seen the movie, but I read it when I was in high school or junior high long enough ago that I d forgotten the details If it were written today, it would probably have a tighter POV and fewer pages spent on the set up Still, it s an awesome book Not squeaky clean PG 13 , but cleaner than average for the market I think what impresses me most about this book is the way Higgins creates sympathy for so many characters even though most of the characters are trying to kidnap or assassinate Churchill something I don t want to happen , Higgins introduces the characters in a way that makes me like them and want them to achieve their goals Well, everyone except Himmler and Colonel Shafto The characters are imperfect, but admirable or funny or brave, and though most of them are fighting on the wrong side of the war, I understood their motivations and cared about what happened to them I ve talked a lot about characters there s a whole lot of action in there too And interesting tidbits of WWII history The reader in me enjoyed the characters and the plot The writer in me loved his techniques

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