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A Higher Call Audiobook

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

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Publisher's Summary

Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger. What happened next would defy imagination and later be called the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.

This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day - the American - Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17 - and the German - Second Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.

A Higher Call follows both Charlie and Franz’s harrowing missions. Charlie would face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies’ planes, flak bursts so close they would light his cockpit, and packs of enemy fighters that would circle his plane like sharks. Franz would face sandstorms in the desert, a crash alone at sea, and the spectacle of one thousand bombers, each with eleven guns, waiting for his attack.

Ultimately, Charlie and Franz would stare across the frozen skies at one another. What happened between them, the American Eighth Air Force would later classify as top secret. It was an act that Franz could never mention without facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for 40 years until, as old men, they would search for one another, a last mission that could change their lives forever.

©2012 Adam Makos (P)2013 Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

What the Critics Say

“This book grips you like a movie. It’s part Top Gun, part Valkyrie, and more!”(Marcus Brotherton, New York Times best-selling author

“It is often said that ‘war is hell’ - and it is - however, this story reveals how the human spirit can shine in the darkest hours. A Higher Call is an eye-opener.” (Col. Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman, WWII)

“‘Can good men be found on both sides of a bad war?’ The author asks the question and delivers the answer. A powerful, haunting read.” (Chuck Tatum, author of Red Blood, Black Sand)

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    SGT Med 05-22-15
    SGT Med 05-22-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A Fantastic Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is unique because it tells the story from two perspectives. An American bomber pilot and a German fighter pilot. It reveals much about the U.S. Air Force and German Luftwaffe, it's pilots and the triumphs and hardships they experienced during the war. And of course, the incredible story of these two men's first meeting...


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is tough to answer. Obviously the story about the "encounter" is gripping and extraordinary. I appreciate the author sharing both men's stories. Especially detailing the experiences of Franz Stigler during the war. I suspect Mr. Brown was less open about his experiences and his encounter with a sympathetic German pilot was one the few memories he did not want to forget... Whereas Mr. Stigler seemed more open to share his experiences. Most Americans (myself included) know little or nothing about the German Luftwaffe and it's pilots. Very intriguing.


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Robertson Dean's other book performances. However, his performance was so good, any decision to purchase an audiobook would be made much easier knowing he is narrating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Of course, the encounter of Franz Stigler and Charlie Brown in the skies above Germany.


    Any additional comments?

    I so enjoyed this book, I've listened to it three times. The book was extremely very well written and narrated. What an experience it must have been for Adam Makos to have had the privilege of interviewing both of these fine men!

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    Roger Griffin 05-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    A well written account of bravery, and chivalry during a horrible time in human history.

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    monte craig 05-18-15
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    "Something special here !"

    I've listened to this book 3 times, because it's so special and chalked full of interesting details. for me it's a tear jerker and a remarkable story. I'll keep this book forever and share it with others looking for a great story!

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    Dave 05-17-15
    Dave 05-17-15
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    "AMAZING STORY"
    Would you listen to A Higher Call again? Why?

    Im not sure if I could go through the emotional roller coaster again......


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Higher Call?

    The two pilots meeting each other in person for the first time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Every emotion took place and Im not a guy who cries.


    Any additional comments?

    Everything about this book was amazing!

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    Estela 05-16-15
    Estela 05-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The best of humanity in the middle of hell"

    What an amazing story! This is the way kids should learn about history. All parts of the story seem to be covered which gives an emotional attachments to the lessons we need to learn from our history and the people who lived it.

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    Daniel T Prascher 04-26-15
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    "The Greatest Generation - The Rest of Story"

    An excellent story about one time enemies of WW II and their heroic acts over the skies of Europe. The rest of the story tells of the chivalry and honor among the elite few of Germany's fighter pilots. Honor that characterizes the The Greatest Generation regardless of country or origin.

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    John 04-21-15
    John 04-21-15
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    "A great story about the other side of WWII"

    The author opens your eyes as you realize not everyone fighting for Germany during world war II was a Nazi. Honorable men flew in the sky's. The narrator does an excellent job, keeping you intrigued and wanting to listen to more.

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    Robert 04-19-15
    Robert 04-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful !"

    For any World War II historian this is A magnificent story of two soldiers, One German one American two wonderful men

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    Sarah B. Rickman Colorado Springs CO 04-17-15
    Sarah B. Rickman Colorado Springs CO 04-17-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Phenomenal Story!"

    The ending brought tears -- good ones.
    Battle sequence and last flight of Ye Old Pub riveting.
    Franz's story truly heroic.
    Narrator gets 5 stars as well.
    Truly loved this book.

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    Ryan Hubbell 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome book!!"

    That is the true heart of a veteran! Wish I had a chance meet them, I salut all of you!

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