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Publisher's Summary

Hell Above Earth tells an unforgettable story of two World War II American bomber pilots who forged an unexpected but enduring bond in the flak-filled skies over Nazi Germany. But there's a twist: one of them was related to the head of the Luftwaffe, Reich Marshal Herman Goering, and the other had secret orders from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to kill him if anything went wrong during their missions. A heart-wrenching Greatest Generation buddy story, an adrenaline-filled account of aerial combat, and a work of popular history, Hell Above Earth centers around the author's discovery of a half-century old secret that has far-reaching and deeply personal repercussions for the pilots, and profound consequences for the FBI and the "Mighty" Eighth Air Force.

©2012 Stephen Frater (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"After the twists and turns in Goering's many missions, Frater finishes with a stunning revelation. . . the author delivers an exciting read full of little-known facts about the war. A WWII thrill ride." ( Kirkus)

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  • David
  • San Jose, CA United States
  • 10-15-12

A very unusual story

Two very interesting men are descibed in this book. This is one of those stories which lack much historical significance yet is interesting none less. There were parts of the story where I got lost as the author was trying to provide context. Not always sure that the context or asides were necessary. Not sure the author was following a linear time line or not. Still quite an unusual story. I don't want to give away the story as you're quickly told why this pilot can not fall in to German hands.

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  • Rob S
  • Kingsport, tn USA
  • 07-22-17

Dry as dust

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who would enjoy reading, say, the US tax code.

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Terrible book. The time devoted to the story line would have added up to maybe 31 minutes. The other 9 hours was a collection of disjointed stories, thumbnail biographies and statistics.Pete Larkins narration was dry as could be, although in retrospect, it's a wonder he didn't fall asleep during it....

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  • Jim
  • Jacksonville, Florida, United States
  • 06-30-12

Yawwwwwnnnnnn.......

This is probably the most boring book I have ever listened to. If I wanted a pre-war history lesson about Hermann Goering, J. Edgar Hoover and even Charles Lindburgh, I would not have looked for it in a book touted to be an "Incredible True Story of an American WWII Bomber Commander". It's about Werner Goering, the nephew of the Nazi Reichsmarschall and Commander of the German Luftwaffe who immigrated ti the US prior to the war and became a B-17 Bomber pilot. Consequently, his family relationships (and name) caused great concern to the FBI.

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  • Toby
  • 07-07-15

lost the story midway

Was a good book, but midway lost its story and got carried away with random stories elsewhere in the war unrelated to the book. found this went on until the end of the book where it came back to its original story. in a nutshell, started off great, got a bit random then finished with both guys lufe after the war.