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

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

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.
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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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    Jaime North Miami, FL, United States 10-25-13
    Jaime North Miami, FL, United States 10-25-13
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    "Remarkable story from WW2"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. You learn a lot about German and American Air Force during the war.


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    Amazon Customer Anderson, SC 09-29-13
    Amazon Customer Anderson, SC 09-29-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Wonderful story and very well written"
    Would you listen to A Higher Call again? Why?

    No I do not normally listen to books twice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It was just a great story and it shows how one decision affects generations.

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    George 09-20-13
    George 09-20-13
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    "A truly great book."
    Where does A Higher Call rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


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

    No Simple Victory. They both give an unconventional view of World War II. Most books in English focus, understandably, on the USA and Britain. However, these two books provide a different view.


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

    An enhanced emotional appeal.


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

    I found it very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I have purchased. I very highly recommend it to everyone.

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    Richard J. Hrezo Northern CA 09-19-13
    Richard J. Hrezo Northern CA 09-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "No one could make up a story like this..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    The backgrounds of the principal characters are fascinating and the in-depth history lesson that goes along with their gut-wrenching war years brings the men alive.


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

    It made me a little sad; the impact of being thrust into such horrendous situations so early in life had to be profound. Yet it had a wonderful ending.


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    Rachel United States 09-19-13
    Rachel United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great work of history"
    What made the experience of listening to A Higher Call the most enjoyable?

    Seeing the war from a different perspective


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    As is always the case with an audiobook, the narrator makes the book come alive. Robertson Dean was magnificent.


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    Douglas 09-15-13
    Douglas 09-15-13
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    "Incredible story made even better for being true"
    What made the experience of listening to A Higher Call the most enjoyable?

    Well written and expertly read


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed learning about the day to day lives of the characters as well as their combat experiences. It was the manner in which the story unfolded, bit by bit that kept me on the edge of my seat, always wanting to hear what is next.

    The absolute best though was the reunion, how it came about, how they each felt that was the high point in the story for me.

    One final thought, my thoughts are also on Franz Steigler's parents, they are the reason he became the man he did!


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

    I don't know that listening to Robertson Dean was better than reading it myself. I can say he did a masterful job and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him!


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

    I must admit to choking up listening to their reunion


    Any additional comments?

    WONDERFUL read, particularly for WWII buffs, but also for anyone who enjoys a good human interest story!

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    Amazon Customer ARDMORE TN 09-01-13
    Amazon Customer ARDMORE TN 09-01-13
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    "Great Read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! As a child of WWII, with my father in Burma/India in the Corp of Engineers building the Ledo Road, and not seeing me until I was 18 months old and a beloved uncle who is very much alive and kicking, who won a Purple Heart as the tail gunner of a bomber, I have been immersed in the history of WWII.....My father, a great history buff of this era as well as the Civil War era, ingrained the love of history in me.
    My uncle was 17 years old when he set foot in England like so many of our brave soldiers at the time they entered combat....
    Now, to read of the humanity of men during this time is a wonderful experience. Also, to know that that all Germans were Not Nazis, and fought for their county, not the Nazi regime, is an eye opening experience.


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

    "The Things They Carried"


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    The entire list...book was so well read...I could not pick a favorite!


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

    Like part of the books title..." A Story of Humanity and Chivalry For All Times"


    Any additional comments?

    The best book I have listened to....bar none!

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    David Anderson, SC, United States 08-15-13
    David Anderson, SC, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    A most enjoyable true account. Two men who did their duty and much more...and who made choices based on true values rather than those imposed by war.

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    Stephen Moore Oklahoma City 08-15-13
    Stephen Moore Oklahoma City 08-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"
    What other book might you compare A Higher Call to and why?

    If you like Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, you'll find this similar. It's a World War II aviation story. Much of the story is told from the point of view of a German pilot who did not belong to the Nazi party but was serving his country.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I learned about the German side of WWII that I had not thought too much about before.

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    RFRMAC Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States 08-15-13
    RFRMAC Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2012

    I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.

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    What made the experience of listening to A Higher Call the most enjoyable?

    What an interesting book about an untold event in WW II. I gained further insight into what went on in the skies over Britain and Germany and the unwritten code of Honor that many pilots followed during that war. A very good read that was a pleasure to listen to.


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

    German respect for other fliers.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job of telling the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No not really. It is a book about a real event and one that you want to plause and think about.


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