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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New edition edition (25 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140270272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140270273
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,387,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Higgins was a soldier and then a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. 'The Eagle Has Landed' turned him into an international bestselling author and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages. Many of them have also been made into successful films.

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‘Open a Jack Higgins novel and you’ll encounter a master craftsman at the peak of his powers … first-rate tales of intrigue, suspense and full-on action.’
Sunday Express

‘Higgins is a master of his craft.’
Daily Telegraph

‘A thriller writer in a class of his own.’
Financial Times

‘The master craftsman of good, clean adventure.’
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‘A real twister and once you’reinto it you won’t stop’
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About the Author

Jack Higgins was a soldier and then a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ turned him into an international bestselling author and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into sixty languages. Many of them have also been made into successful films

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a weak offering from an author who can do a lot better.

It is quite an old novel subject to a re-issue and is the tale of two fighter aces, twin brothers, who fight for the RAF and the Luftwaffe. By way of a backstory we see the separate stories of the two brothers knowing that eventually their paths will collide.

Surprisingly for Higgins, it is simplistic and lacks any sort of tension. Not helped by a total lack of character for the two twins, they remain fairly blank canvases right to the end. Sadly the dialogue is somewhat stilted too. A `twist' is introduced towards the end which is one of the least interesting ones I have ever read! - Utterly pointless.

Having said, it is a very easy, if frustrating, book to read but you finish up thinking your time would have been better spent on a better book.

Probably best avoided.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bridgey on 13 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Two twin brothers, Max and Harry find themselves on opposite sides in the second world war.

Born to an American father and German mother loyalities are divided when the father is killed and the boys mother decides to head back to her native Germany to claim her heritage.

Max being the oldest by ten minutes becomes a Baron, while Harry stays with him grandfather, soon to be a senator. Both boys decide to follow in their fathers footsteps and become fighter pilots. At the break of war they both join the RAF and Luftwaffe respectively and soon become Ace's and work their way through the rankings.

At the heart of the tale is a stuffed bear called Tarquin, carried by their father as Macsot on every flight and handed down to Harry who does the same.

At the start of the novel, set in 1997, the bear is once again airborne and survives a crash into the channel. The lifeboat coxswain (now 85) picks up the survivors and recognises the bear and memorys come flooding back. With a little digging around the full tale is told.

This book is wriiten in very much the same style as The Eagle has landed. As usual, Higgins makes the pages fly by. I have read other reviews where historical inaccuracies have been made apparent, but unless your a total History geek, you won't even notice these.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D P Davison Jenkins on 8 July 2003
Format: Paperback
Without a doubt this is the best book that I have read alll year. I have read many books similar to this but this book all of the gripping. Mr Higgins however took it to a new level. You can't help but love the heroes of the book. It is a book that takes about one chapter to grip you however once your into it your hooked. I ended up reading it in two days when books usually take me a couple of weeks to read. Thankyou for this wonderful creation Mr Higgins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ted.e.bear on 29 Sept. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This isn't one of Higgins better books. The characters are pretty one dimensional some of the dialogue is pretty cliched. There are some glaring factual errors which detract from the story - Germany could not have given the Finns the FW-190 in 1939/40 the 1st prototype didn't fly until June 1939 and the 2nd not until October '39 and it didn't enter production until late 1940. The plot also reuses familiar threads from other Higgins stories - the note from Himmler instructing readers to help the bearer, and when it all goes pear shaped Hartmann telling his secretary to get away bears quite a similarity to the Eagle has Landed. I read it completely - if you haven't don't bother.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
Jack Higgins does an exemplary job in creating rich characters, suspensful plot, and a suprising ending. Harry and Max Kelso become real to the reader, and it is heartbreaking to realize that as a reader of a novel, there is nothing one can do to aid the twins in their perils. This is an excellent read, and it becomes impossible to stop reading. As a student, it is difficult for me to find time for things such as recreational reading, but I just had to make time to finish this one! Thank you, Mr. Higgins, for this incredibly captivating and touching story! I recommend this book to everyone!
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Format: Paperback
This is a somewhat average story of two twins caught on either side of World War 2. As a gimmick it is fine but it doesn't create the sort of drama it should have. It is neither a detailed story around a particular aspect of the war nor a sweeping grand overview where two people make a difference. There is a lot of duplication and moving here and there without too much excitement. Having said that the atmosphere does grip after a while even through the simple narratives and there is value in seeing what happens in the end.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this the day after reading "Night of the Fox" which I cannot praise highly enough. However, this book had a lot of similarities and yet was not nearly as good; the character development didn't seem to work for me, it seemed a list of things they did and the medals the brothers received, and the 'true history' angle left me confused - is it real history? He writes as if it is, but I suspect not. My advice is don't buy this one, buy Night of the Fox.
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By A Customer on 1 Nov. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I recently read the book Flight of Eagles, I thought it was very good and it showed what a war could do too a family. I recommend it as a good read, if you like this sort of thing. The plot was strong and gripping in points and got me grabbed from the beginning. The first chapter or two may be abit confusing but after that it was as clear as day. Well worth a read!!!
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