It was to become known as the most daring enemy mission of the entire war: Operation Eagle, SS Reichsfurher Heinrich Himmler's audacious plan to kidnap Winston Churchill on British soil in November 1943.
But, despite spectacular secrecy, there was to be no surrender without a fight....For in a remote corner of Norfolk, an elite unit is gathered together, ready to do battle for a nation against the most ruthless task force ever assembled.
©1996 Jack Higgins (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"100 percent proof adventure." (The New York Times)
This is Jack Higgins first book and in my opinion his best. I consider it a classic in that I will want to listen to it again and again. Written not too long after WW II it tells an interesting story that could have been. It will appeal to not only WWII fans but to anyone who likes a good story with suspense, a little humor, history and even common philosophy.
The narrator was great for this book and really adds to its listening pleasure.
Readers will want more of Jack Higgins books but beware none are as good as this one. They range from good all the way down to real pot boilers. Read all reviews carefully.
...as this project has perhaps too many men with too many names in rather a lot of rooms conversing in quite a few accents. Yeah, the planning stage for a heist has been known to drag other tales down too. Maybe I'll skip forward to the action and just imagine all the chin wagging I missed. And does Himmler have to look so gosh darn evil every time our writer conveys his physicality to us? Less would have been more. For planning more intense, but from real life, try Operation Mincemeat or Agent Zigzag - both by Ben Macintyre.
If I dive back into the story and finish I'll come back and add an addendum to this rather ungenerous blurt of mine here.
This was a very interesting story, and had been made into a wonderful movie in the 70's. the book goes deeper into the history and background.
I think my favorite was the leader of the German commandoes. But that may have been influenced by the fact that a young and dashing Michael Caine played him in the film.
I think it would be the ending of the book. Different from the film, I found it gave a credibility to the story that left me believing it really may have happened.
I wish I could have. I was on a road trip that made it a little easier. Being alone, I was able to continue listening when on food stops.
I really liked the reader. the pace was good. I could differentiate the different characters. It was a good listen. Great book. So glad I listened to this one.
Astounding performance -- one really might have believed that several excellent performers were playing the different parts.
Couldn't put it down.
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