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On Wings of Eagles [Mass Market Paperback]

Ken Follett
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June 3 2003
When two of his American employees were held hostage in Iran, H. Ross Perot and a select group of his employees took matters into their own hands. They faced incalculable odds on a mission only true heroes would have dared....

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Ken Follett is the author of numerous international bestsellers, including Jackdaws, Hornet Flight, Code to Zero, Triple, Eye of the Needle, Pillars of the Earth, and A Dangerous Fortune. He lives in England. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ken Follet - On Wings of Eagles Nov. 3 2009
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Ken Follet normally writes fiction and this is a non-fiction book. Follet started out as a news journalist and he is no stranger to research. In this case, the story follows Ross Perot of EDS and his team of volunteer employees who set out to rescue two of their associates that have been wrongfully imprisoned by the Iranian government in 1979 (the year of Iran's revolution).

This book should be mandatory reading for any business student taking a course on international business, because it depicts what can happen when a company conducts business in countries with high political risk. Ross Perot not only ended up risking his company but he also risked going to jail for breaking numerous laws in order to rescue two of his employees. Things could have gone very wrong and on many occasions very nearly did. Ross Perot and the ordinary EDS employees who set out to Iran to perform the heroics were extremely fortunate to execute the rescue successfully along with the help of key Iranian citizens. This is their story and it is an incredible one.

This story is one of the best Ken Follet books and is highly recommended reading. If you like great story-telling combined with a in-depth research and a strong dose of tension then this book is definitely for you!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes truth is not as exciting as fiction July 31 2003
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This is an absolutely true story of how some people working for Ross Perot at EDS were imprisoned in Iran and how the escaped. But, you know, sometimes true stories are not as interesting or suspenseful as fiction.
The introduction of the characters and the build up of the story are very well done. It is just that the escape was anticlimatic and not very exciting.
Other reveiwers make it sound like Ross Perot was a super hero, doing the impossible to rescue his workers. On Perot's side, he was very concerned for his people and took actions to try to help them. But, he wasn't involved in the actual rescue. He hired mercanaries to do the actual work.
It turns out that there was really no rescue. The captives escaped the prison on their own. The only thing the mercenaries supplied was transporation to the border. It made it easier for the people to get out of Iran, but they probably could have done it on their own.
This book would have been more interesting if it concentrated even more on the captives and gave less attention to Perot and the mercenaries. In that way, there would have been a lot more suspense and the ending would have had a better pay off.
This is not a bad book. The development of the characters is very good. And there is some tension when the captives are sent to prison. It's just there is no big action filled pay off in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True story - as good as any politico/action novel Oct. 11 2001
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Most people know Ross Perot as the little guy with big ears who wanted to be President. A Texan of short stature with alot of money. He's all that - and a hell of alot more. Any person who takes the time to read this book will learn what a great and honorable person he is. His loyalty to his EDS employees goes far beyond what any person could have possibly expected. When members of his corporate entity (EDS) are arrested in Iran at the beginning of the Iranian revolution, his first reaction is to ensure that their families in the States are taken care of. His second step is to bring all the pressure he can muster to the State Department to free his men. When he meets roadblocks there -- he hires the best Special Ops guy around and puts together a small group of his employees. Together, along with a wad of cash for bribes, they go into Iran where they break their men out of jail and eventually are able to sneak out of the country. Here is a man who put himself and his money on the line in order to protect his employees. The mechanics of the how are left to the reader. After reading this book, I am quite sure you will have found new respect for the little man from Texas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars non-fiction Dec 16 2000
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Just finished reading "On Wings of Eagles" by Ken Follet. It's a non-fiction about how Ross Perot (using his top execs. and Green Beret Col. Bull Simon (ret.)) breaks his (innocent) people out of a Tehran, Iran prison and Iran, overland during the February 9th, 1979 revolution, when Ayatollah Khomeini had led the overthrow of the pro-West shah. Very exciting. They were, as Col. Bull Simons states, witnessing history in the making. They were right in the center of a very violent revolution. I mean right there in the streets while it was going on. WHEW!
This also Shows you what a lotta money can and can't do
My only rant is why there wasn't a picture of Rashid! Rashid is the real hero. He picked up a gun and incited the revolutionaries to storm the prison and break everyone out. Then he took the Americans overland thru hostile bandit and Kurdish tribal territory at the foot of the freezing Elburz Mts. to the Turkey border town of Sero. Securing their safe escape. If it wasn't for Rashid, Bill and Paul would still be in prison and the rest still waiting at the Hyatt Hotel
I mean there are pictures of Ross Perots mother and son for christ sake, who weren't even involved in this, yet there are no pictures (except one of his backside) of the man who saved them all. Rashid. That's inexcusable.
Ross Perot makes a statement in the book I feel everyone should learn and teach their kids.
"But if you go through life worrying about all the bad things that can happen, you soon convince yourself that it's best to do nothing at all"
I believe that should be chiseled on plaques and mounted in every school yard and class room across the nation.
Again, this shows you what a lotta money can and can't do. Great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real thriller.but extremely well written
this author is so very remarkable. I am always amazed at all his turn s and twists, but this story is true. Read more
Published 15 months ago by desneiges
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, singular, non-fiction Follett
Follett strays beyond his habitual range in this non-fiction account of an increadible rescue mission in Revolutionary Iran. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2008 by Pete Kitay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
It is as interesting as any of Tom Clancy's books with out boring you with 60 different plots that you know will eventually come to geather. Read more
Published on June 26 2002 by John Hubbard
3.0 out of 5 stars It is a true story, but something is missing.
The first part of the book is very interesting, how two people get arrested in Iran an the company owner (Ross Perot) make the dream team to take them out of jail, but when they... Read more
Published on April 9 2002 by Jorge Frid
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Author, Great Story
When telling a story, hire a great writer and that is exactly what Ross did here. Sure the story in its self is a great, but I am glad he had Ken Follett tell it. Read more
Published on April 6 2002 by John G. Hilliard
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Story
This book is about a true events that actually took place and it shows the committment that some companies have for their employees. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2002 by Brian Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars a not so big reader, reads it in two days
As you can guess from my title I'm not the biggest reader.Like I said though, I read this book in two days. Now about the book. It was fast paced and never got boring. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2001 by Michaelariya
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading, but not exciting
This was an interesting look at something that really happened. Unfortunately, it did not read like a normal historical adventure novel. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2001 by Sonterro
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Non-Fiction Drama
I had read this book and enjoyed it, and gave it to my elderly father because I thought he would enjoy it too. He thinks Ross Perot is great. He read it in three days. Read more
Published on July 14 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book!
This is a very well written book. It is an excellent writeup of Ross Perot's daring rescue of his employees from Iran when they were arrested by the Iranians during the revolution. Read more
Published on June 29 2001 by Melvin Hunt
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