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4.5 out of 5 stars
To Catch a King
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on 17 October 2014
Vintage Harry Patterson (who also wrote as Jack Higgins). Enjoyable yarn concerning the cat and mouse games played out between German and British secret services in order to secure either a British exile of the Duke of Windsor (ex-King) in Bermuda or a German plan to return him to the British throne after Hitler invaded England. Perhaps now the writing style is a little dated but the subject matter has always remained interesting, with the novel's conjecture nicely fictionalised by the author. What an excellent rewrite for British television drama it could make.
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on 3 April 2017
A great read
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on 16 June 2017
another very good read from a master storyteller. Great.
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on 7 April 2017
good read
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on 15 June 2017
Higgins at his best
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on 23 January 2011
Anyone familiar with Jack Higgins will be aware of his best selling book The Eagle has Landed. In my opinion this book more than equals it.

The scene is set in the second world war with the german army poised to invade Britain. The Duke & Duchess of Windsor are in Lisbon. The British are desperate to send them off to the Bahamas (out of sight, out of mind) and the Germans are convinced that they would jump at the chance to defect to them, whereby they would place the Duke on the throne after the invasion. A plan by the Germans is put in place in order to ensure the Duke sees things their way, and if not, then a kidnapping is in order.....

Walter Schellenberg is put in charge of the case but doesn't really see things the way Himmler would like, and proves to be an almost anti hero. As usual, Higgins has created various characters to help the script flow nicely along with the pages flying by.

Expect killing, torturing, double agents, & beautiful girls mixed with real life events. As in the style of many of his works there is a prologue and epilogue that tidys up events in only the way Higgins can.

An excellent read and another book to add to my collection of favourites :)
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on 10 June 2013
This is a good yarn, based fairly solidly on facts concerning the abdicated Edward 8th and his wife during the 2nd WW.
Worthy of a read
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on 12 September 2007
Not as good as some of the author's other WWII stories but still an easy light fun read. It is based around the idea that
the Germans planned to kidnap the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, while they were staying in Portugal.

Joe Jackson, an American runs the best bar in Lisbon, that everyone goes to. He has 'dark, wavy, hair, a pale face.
and a slight, ironic quirk that seemed to permantly lift the corner of his mouth'. 'Who fought with the International Brigade in Spain'. Remind you of anyone ?

He rescues Hannah Winter, from the Gestapo. She has a secret to reveal. Joe finds himself rallying to the right cause.

Walter Schellenberg, the SS intellgence officer in charge of the operation comes across as almost an anti-hero. His parting words being 'Am I the only sane man in a world gone mad'.
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on 12 December 2013
Jack Higgns never disappoints. The fast pace of the story it's twists and turns on,y add to the excitement. A real page turner and the climax was something I could not leave until I had finished the book
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on 5 September 2013
Typical Higgins loved it and all he has done, just wish he would write more with Dillon main stage. One can dream.
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