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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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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 09-07-13
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    "Highest recommendation."

    This book and the story it tells are just amazing. While it is a book about WW2 and it doesn't doesn't pull punches about the horrors, it is not so much a good guys vs. bad guys story as it is a story about two men whose lives intersected in the sky over Germany, how they survived the war, and how they found each other much later. It is a book for anyone interested in the war or in flying, but even more, it is a powerful study of human spirit.

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    Monica 06-04-13
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    "HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"

    Loved the true stories and adventures in this book and learned a lot about the US and German WWII Airforces; it reminded me a bit of "Unbroken: A WWII Story...". The narrator was PERFECT too! Recommended it to all my friends :-).

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    Guy Tallahassee, FL, United States 04-12-13
    Guy Tallahassee, FL, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolute Classic - Must Read"

    What an amazing book. The book will bring tears to your eyes in the first section of simply setting up the story. It gives us as bit of kindness from a nasty war in which both sides sacrificed so much. This is a story of good men asked to defend their Country and they choose to do it with honor and dignity. This story happens early in the war and after you hear what both parties lived through and experienced, it is a miracle in itself that both parties lived to tell their stories. War is Hell and this amazing story came from its deepest destruction. Hats off to Adam Makos for giving us their story. For all our veterans and our active military and families, I can only tell you Thank You for your service to this Nation. I am forever grateful.

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    Bruce Boehm 08-02-16
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    "Brave patriots at war"
    Would you listen to A Higher Call again? Why?

    Yes an amazing story by Adam Makos told with passion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the hero's


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dean brings color and love of story.


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

    My wife and both cried in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    My second book read by Mister Dean going for another.

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    Michael Radke 07-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    What a way to look at this story. Two sides, 2 views. Great book. I could hardly put the book down. You just wanted to know what the next chapter was going to bring. I would recommend this book to any history buff.

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    Go Steelers 07-16-16
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    "Inspirational in every meaning of the word"

    This is not only a riveting account of World War II air combat from both sides in Europe, it is an examination of what it means and what it takes to be a person of conscience in a culture that places no value on conscience. Highly recommended.

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    Nehusker33 Cheyenne, Wy 07-09-16
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    "Inspirational story"

    This true story gives an insight into WW2 that most readers have never considered. It will bring tears!

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    Gaylan 06-29-16
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    "A great feel good novel, humanity in war"
    If you could sum up A Higher Call in three words, what would they be?

    Look for good even in your enemies


    What other book might you compare A Higher Call to and why?

    Unbroken


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    He's good


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    sure, I think it would make a great movie


    Any additional comments?

    It's an unbelievable story where you can see God's hand involved with many lives

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    Joan 06-24-16
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    "Amazing true story!"

    This is a true story of chivalry, honor and bravery in a time of war. What a great story!

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    "Beautiful"

    What an amazing story this was. And beautifully written. Well worth the read and time.

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