This novel is centered around a remarkable incident that lasted all of 20 minutes, but the story of what lead up to this tremendous act of chivalry and its aftermath are equally remarkable. The book mainly follows the life of ace Luftwaffe pilot Franz Stegler who would be worthy of a novel had the incident never occurred. The story goes into many technical aspects of both the allied and German planes to help explain the challenges of these opposing forces, and if you're not technically minded, this could be a minus. I'm not terribly technical myself, but found it all very engaging. The book is well balanced with many lighter moments as well, as when Franz adopts a bear whom he takes along as a drinking companion to the local pub. I've read many WWII novels, and this is one of the cream of the crop.
This book is very well-written and narrated. I was very impressed with it and came away weighing things about it for many days. Though this is a non-fiction book, I just read about some similar things in the semi-autobiographical fiction book "Legion of Doom," by Sven Hassel. That book had many instances of German soldiers risking their lives to go have a swim with Russian soldiers who were also risking their lives- just to be human for an hour and forget the war. I'm very intrigued by stories like this and "A Higher Call," is a huge story like this.
This is such a wonderful book! It's an interesting story, well researched, and the narration is great. The ending really choked me up, so much so that I googled the follow up interview on YouTube - don't miss that! HIghly recommend!
Excellent writing in every respect.
This is the first Robertson Dean book I've listened to, he is excellent.
Yes - a wonderful book
I have read and listened to many historical books and accounts from WWII from all sides of the war. Few have come close this incredible story. It is a must read!
An amazing story of good men and great pilots in the the war torn skys of WWII. I love this book. So incredible.
One of the very best WWII books ever. Franz & Charlie are destined to meet. It occurs for ten minutes on the northwestern corner of Europe. The conditions are truly unbelievable. What happens, why it happens and the story of how a B-17 crew and a Me-109 ace get there will thrill and amaze the reader. Absolutely FIVE STARS.
In our current era where it is too easy to hate and assume the worst of people with whom our country is at odds, this is a reminder of choices we can make.
Not much more to say other than that was one of the most touching, moving books I have ever listened to. This better be made into a movie soon. More people need to hear this story.