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The Eagle Has Landed (Liam Devlin series) by [Higgins, Jack]
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"First rate...a fascinating adventure story." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"The master's master of World War II spycraft storytelling.... A superb and mysterious tale." -- United Press International

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New York Times Bestseller: An audacious Nazi plan to kidnap Winston Churchill threatens to tip the scales of World War II.

In November of 1943, an elite team of Nazi paratroopers descends on British soil with a diabolical goal: to abduct Winston Churchill and cripple the Allied war effort. The mission, ordered by Hitler himself and planned by Heinrich Himmler, is led by ace agent Kurt Steiner and aided on the ground by IRA gunman Liam Devlin.

 

As the deadly duo executes Hitler’s harrowing plot, only the quiet town of Studley Constable stands in their way. Its residents are the lone souls aware of the impending Nazi plan, and they must become the most unlikely of heroes as the fate of the war hangs in the balance.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2989 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (March 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RDKPMO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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Jack Higgins wrote this WWII behind-our-lines story about a German attempt to abduct Winston Churchill. It was the basis for the memorable 1976 movie of the same name. It is of historical interest as one of the first post-WWII English-language novels to portray German soldiers with complicated motivations, admirable character, and well-honed fighting skills. In fact, the book’s Germans, British and American characters span the range from the odious to the honorable. It was a nice change from the war-era propaganda of both sides.

The story begins with a late 1950s journalist researching WWII history in a small English village. The journalist, said to be the author Jack Higgins, discovers an unmarked cemetery stone which covers an engraved tombstone. He begins to trace a German name on the stone and uncovers the main story. A group of German paratroopers entered the village toward the end of the war, intending to capture or kill the vacationing Prime Minister. Their identities are discovered when one sacrifices his life to save two children from drowning. The identities of their clandestine contacts living in the village are also revealed. They continue with their mission while attempting to deal honorably with the civilians around them.

This is a very good story. The “discovered document” technique used to introduce it reinforces the credibility provided by the author’s careful research. The characters are engaging, complex, and believable. Historical figures such as Winston Churchill and Heinrich Himmler behave as we expect. The German contingent includes Lt. Colonel Kurt Steiner, in disgrace along with his men for protecting a young Jewish girl from the Gestapo.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is November 1943, and the Second World War is in its fourth year. Adolf Hitler's Third Reich is fending off Allied advances in the Eastern Front and in Italy. German cities are being bombed "around the clock" by the American and British air forces. Across the English Channel, the Anglo-American forces are marshaling troops and making plans for history's greatest amphibious operation, which is tentatively scheduled for May of 1944.
But even though Germany has suffered great defeats in North Africa and the vast territories of the Soviet Union, Hitler still has hopes of winning the war. Desperately seeking a significant propaganda victory and inspired by the rescue of fellow dictator Benito Mussolini by a team of German special forces, the Fuhrer (egged on by SS chief Heinrich Himmler) orders the head of Military Intelligence (Abwehr) to carry out an even more daring special forces mission: to capture British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and bring him to the Reich.
At first, it is an offhand remark, "a joke," as Abwehr Col. Max Radl notes, "...something the Fuhrer threw out in an angry mood on a Wednesday, to be forgotten by Friday." Soon, though, as Himmler orders a feasibility study and Radl ponders it, what seems like a fantastic notion soon starts looking as something that can, with the right men and conditions, be done.
This dangerous mission is assigned to Lt. Col. Kurt Steiner, the son of a German general and his American wife, and a small group of paratroopers. Their mission: to drop into East Anglia near the town of Studley Constable, where Abwehr agent Joanna Grey and IRA operative Liam Devlin are waiting to assist in the capture of Britain's wartime leader, and snatch Churchill from the estate where he is staying while on an inspection tour.
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Format: Library Binding
In November, 1943, 15 German paratroopers under the command of Lt. Colonel Kurt Steiner were dropped along the English coast in Norfolk. Their mission was to kidnap, or kill, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who was spending the weekend with the local squire. IRA gunman Liam Devlin, sprung from a Spanish jail by German intelligence, was already on the ground to pave the way for the Germans' arrival.
This is one of the best thrillers I've ever read. The book is tense from start to finish. Once the action gets going near the end, it's impossible to put down. I read the last 100 pages in one sitting. All the characters are richly detailed. Liam Devlin is a masterpiece of a tortured soul. Steiner and the rest of the paratroopers shine as professional warriors tarred with the same brush as the government they serve. The interplay between the English villagers and the paras is interesting, because it illuminates how wartime propaganda makes the grey into black and white.
If you like thrillers, action, or historical fiction, I recommend this book highly.
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By A Customer on June 20 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been a while since I read this awesome WW 2 adventure. I still remember the story though. A crack team of German paratroopers are sent to England to kidnap or kill Prime Minister Winston Churchill. There's also an IRA gunman helping the Nazis on their mission. He gets romantically involved with an English farm girl.
The story is very well detailed. The SS scenes are probably as realistic as they get. The Germans blow their cover when they try to rescue a boy from drowning in the English village of Studley Constable. This leads to the hold-up of hostages in a church. That's when the action really begins. Like Higgins states in the book, at least 50% of this story is documented historical fact. You have to decide for yourself how much of the rest of it may have actually happenned.
If you like this book, also check out "The Dark Side of the Island," one of Jack Higgins' lesser known books. It's another great adventure.
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