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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447221605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447221609
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning EYE OF THE NEEDLE, which became an international bestseller. His celebrated PILLARS OF THE EARTH was voted into the top 100 of Britain's best-loved books in the BBC's the Big Read and the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, was published to critical acclaim. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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When Ross Perot, millionaire head of the Dallas-based company EDS, discovered that two of his key men had been jailed in Iran, he turned to the one person who could help. Colonel 'Bull' Simons, famed World War II and Vietnam commando, agreed to do what the US government would not - go in and get the men out.

On Wings of Eagles is the gripping account of an incredible real-life rescue carried out by a Green Beret colonel and a group of corporate executives who were hastily trained to form a fighting team. The story involves a secret penetration of a highly dangerous territory, a dramatic jailbreak, and a harrowing overland escape to the Turkish border - made all the more extraordinary by the fact that it is true.

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Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. After writing more successful thrillers he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate millions of readers all over the world. World Without End, the sequel, was a number one bestseller in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and France. His next project is his most ambitious yet. The Century trilogy will tell the entire history of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of five linked families: one American, one English, one German, one Russian, and one Welsh. The first book was Fall of Giants, and the second, The Winter of the World, published in 2012.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read many of Ken Follet's books and count him as one of my favourite authors. On Wings of Eagles is a real story about a rescue mission of 2 American businessmen who have been looked up in an Iranian jail. The story is quite dramatized, but I still think it works and captures the reader as this has been written as a novel. Overall I would categories this book as a very good book, as it is fun to read, it captures you that it is hard to stop and in addition you learn about the political situation during this time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Newman on 10 Dec 2013
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It was only when I read Ross Perot's name that I realised this was an actual historical event. Exciting plot turns are not the order of the day here; more, we're led to admire the amazing bravery and camaraderie of a group of businessmen who are stuck in an almost impossible situation and who never give up the fight for freedom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lloydsman on 26 April 2014
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This is a very detailed explanation of what happened to some American business men in Iran during the revolution in the late seventies, I would imagine it was a difficult book to write as the author seems only to have access to the American side of the story. It is difficult to imagine what these men's families must have gone through.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Miles on 24 April 2012
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Although I enjoyed the true tale, nevertheless I did feel that Ken Follett made a rather a long winded and drawn out version of the tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR NIGEL MALTBY on 10 Aug 2014
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A thoroughly interesting and fascinating read that kept you on the edge of your seat. To think that this was based on a true story is, to say the least, an alarming insight into some of the petty, war like areas of our world. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, the plot takes another nerve wracking twist that leaves the reader guessing right to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By welshy on 8 Mar 2014
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Item arrived on time and in the stated condition. Another great read by Ken Follett as anticipated, waiting for the next one now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glynne W. Thomas on 25 Mar 2014
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Another Great Book by Ken Follett, never disappointing and keeps you in suspense all the way to the end.
excellent.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Hylton on 14 April 2009
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I believe that most readers choose a book from the publisher's advertisements, [eye catching, illustrated dust jackets / the publishers review(s) on the jacket flaps]. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUUPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND HERE IS WHAT THE JACKET FLAPS STATE:

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Among thousands of people imperilled by the Iranian Revolution of 1979, two men in special danger were senior executives of the Electronic Data Systems Corporation of Texas, under contract to the Shah's government to build a nationwide social security network from scratch. They were arrested on trumped up charges of bribery and corruption, thrown into jail, and left to wonder what the arbitrary sentence of the Revolution would be.

But what the American's insiduious and seemingly omnipresent persecutor Dadgar did not reckon with was the force of character of Ross Perot, the Texan head of EDS, and the loyalty of the men who surrounded him. By tenacity, resolution and the ability to inspire others, Perot had built EDS into a multi-billion dollar corporation and himself into one of the most successful men in the story of American capitalism. These resources, human and financial, he put behind a project to get his men out of Iran - legally if possible, illegally if not.

'On Wings of Eagles' is the story how that challenge drew out of a group of quite ordinary men - Perot's employees - quite extraordinary qualities; of how they attempted to counter the terrifying uncertainties of the Islamic holy war against Westerners with little more than determination and the leadership of a legendary US Army Colonel.
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