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The Last Eagle [Kindle Edition]

Michael Wenberg

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Forced into a neutral Estonian port for repairs during the chaos of the opening days of World War II, the Polish submarine, the "Eagle" and her crew are betrayed by their captain and captured by Nazi sympathizers. The crew, however, isn’t content to sit out the war. With help from unexpected sources—a naval attaché with the British Embassy and a courageous American reporter and her photographer sidekick—they overcome their captors, regain control of the "Eagle," and escape. The German’s are convinced the "Eagle's" crew has no stomach for a fight and will seek refuge in Sweden. But the Poles have something else in mind—join up with the British Fleet and continue fighting against their homeland's Nazi conquerors. They face stiff odds. The "Eagle" has little food and water, few torpedoes, and no sea charts. And before she can rendezvous with the British somewhere in the North Sea, she must traverse the Baltic, which has become little more than a Nazi-controlled lake.

This story is inspired by the exploits of the Polish submarine, "Orzel," during the early weeks of World War II.

Winston Churchill called her escape from the Nazis “an epic.”

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wenberg (June 21 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057PHGMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,739 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent story, but cliched and MASSIVELY in need of a copy-editor April 20 2012
By William J. Dyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Based in part on a true story of an actual Polish submarine's adventures at the beginning of World War 2, "The Last Eagle" was a quick and easy read, and it held my interest to the end. BUT:

I'm not a Navy vet, so I won't attempt to rate its accuracy as to the details of submarine life and warfare. But the author got several rather famous facts about the war badly wrong. The appearances by Winston Churchill are ridiculously caricatured. The one romantic thread was unnecessary and a distraction; it was completely implausible and thoroughly cliched, and made about as much sense as the proverbial screen door on a submarine. (The author seems to be of the impression that American readers insist on having an American protagonist at the center of every book about WW2.) Indeed, cliches riddle this book: Does every Nazi villain HAVE to have a dueling scar on his face?

Worst of all, the Kindle version, at least, is DESPERATELY in need of a copy editor: It's filled with typos, missing or transposed words, garbled metaphors, non sequiturs, and out-of-period (mostly modern American) slang. In fact, this reads like a manuscript created using voice recognition software and never thereafter even proof-read. It's insultingly bad, with the whopping mistakes numbering in the many dozens, such that one can't read four pages in a row without being knocked out of the narrative in wonderment at just how badly edited (or completely unedited) this book is. It's a shame for a book about the Polish navy to be so lacking in polish.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard boiled novel of World War 2 Dec 21 2011
By beamish - Published on Amazon.com
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Wenberg's book covers a side of World War 2 I wasn't familiar with--the last submarine in the Polish fleet. Even more surprising than the subject matter was Wenberg's gift for characterization. His cast is as hard-boiled as what you might expect to find in a Dashiell Hammett novel. Hard book to put down. What do you call a page-turner you read on your iPad? Anyway, I'd recently read Steven Ambrose's Band of Brothers and Citizen Soldiers. I found The Last Eagle more satisfying. It has all the important and enlightening detail, a bit of noir theatre thrown in for color, and plenty of rough-edged, unshaven and probably foul smelling characters battling it out despite the fact that Poland's war came to an early end. It has all the suspense and detail as Tom Clancy's Red October, too. I looked for more from Wenberg and turned up a couple of pretty interesting YA titles which I'll have to track down for my daughter. I bet she'll enjoy them as much as I enjoyed The Last Eagle. As for me, I'll have to go rent Das Boot while I'm waiting for his next novel.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Polish navy subs Oct. 16 2011
By Uncle Don - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an interesting book. Very little has been covered in English about the Polish side during the German invasion of Poland, this book does just that. The largest problem I have with this book is that a good portion of the book concentrates on individual characters, particularly the Captain, what they were trying to do is thrown in almost as a after thought. That this is based on the actions of a real Polish sub makes for good subject matter considering the sub was later lost with all hands fighting for the Allies.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair story, sloppy writing, poor characterization Feb. 6 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a Kindle book that didn't cost me much, so I didn't expect too much. (On the other hand I've downloaded numerous P.G. Wodehouse novels for free, and they're all top-notch.)

The storyline here is so-so. Sometimes it bogs down, at other times it's fairly lively and engaging. But the writing is so sloppy that I find it difficult to believe that anyone, even the author, proofread it even once. I can imagine him typing "The End" and then uploading it as a ready-to-sell product. And the characters are terrible, with endless, needless backstory. Too much backstory is like too many adjectives and adverbs--you're telling, not showing.

And the premise of a female American reporter and her male photographer being onboard the submarine when it sails is too absurd.

I had to give up on this one about a third of the way through. The author has some promise, but he has a long way to go to write even a passably readable novel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Eagle March 2 2012
By Scott Kendall - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best submarine stories I've read in years. The storyline is clever and unique and the characters are believable. I hope there will be a sequel.

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