Flight of Eagles

By Jack Higgins

For many years, Higgins has been giving his readers the simplest in overseas suspense. If there have been ever going to be a

commando workforce composed of writers, the editors of the Book-of-the-Month membership wrote lately, Jack Higgins must be their chief. He turns out to understand accurately how squaddies, leaders, traitors, thieves, and spies imagine and act. by no means has that been more true than for the notable characters and events of his new publication. it's the early days of worldwide struggle II, and brothers locate themselves on contrary aspects. Max and Harry Kelso have been born within the U.S. of a German mom and an American father. They have been separated as boys whilst their mom took Max again along with her to Germany, and now Max has grown as much as turn into a feared pilot with the Luftwaffe, and Harry a Yank ace within the RAF. each one has stored song of the other's development, yet neither might be able to expect the intense situations below which they're approximately to fulfill back. Forces a lot more than they've got set in movement an intrigue so devious, so packed with peril, that it'll require that they query every thing they be aware of, all that they carry so much dear--their lives, their households, their loyalties. Upon the result of their activities will grasp, unalterably, the process the battle itself... choked with harrowing twists and high-tension motion, Flight of Eagles is Higgins at his very best.

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Supply me your place. ’ Harry did as he used to be requested. ‘My brother’s been hit. It’s now not strong and the engine’s failing. ’ ‘We’ll be there, boy, not more than 3 miles away. ’ The Storch descended, transparent within the brilliant moonlight, the ocean black under and but sunrise used to be touching the sky to the east. at the vigorous Jane it was once as though all of the workforce observed the airplane on the comparable second and there has been a normal refrain. Molly, within the stern cockpit, leaned at the rail with Munro, because the boat raced on over a robust sea, lifting over the waves. The Storch was once truly noticeable now, a mile to port, smoke trailing. At four hundred toes the engine died and the propeller stopped. there has been silence, in simple terms the sound of the wind, and Max coughed back. ‘Get your lifebelt on. ’ Harry did as he used to be instructed then pulled one other from less than the seat. ‘Now you, Max. ’ ‘No element. I’m drowning in my very own blood. ’ 100 ft now, after which decrease, skimming the wave tops and Max swung the Storch to port and landed parallel to the crests. The Storch settled, water pouring in. Harry opened the door and loose his seat-belt. The Storch used to be already sinking. He attempted to unfasten Max’s belt however it appeared jammed. Max coughed, one other gush of blood erupting from his mouth. ‘Daft bastard. I’m comprehensive. Get out of the following. ’ ‘Max,’ Harry cried. ‘For God’s sake! ’ Baron Max von Halder summoned up each final atom of power and punched him within the mouth. Harry went backwards during the open door, a wave stuck him and pulled him away. in the back of him the full of life Jane swerved in broadside, yet Harry basically had eyes for the Storch, the port wing below the water, the plane tilting a bit of, a final glimpse of his brother within the cockpit, just a shadow after which it went below the waves, disappeared for ever. the 2 workforce participants who came visiting the facet for Harry towed him in and prepared arms reached down and pulled him over. Harry slumped to the deck and somebody draped a blanket over his shoulders. ‘Harry, it truly is you, isn’t it? ’ Munro demanded. ‘Look at my bloody face, rattling you. ’ ‘What occurred? ’ ‘Max acquired me out, Bubi Hartmann chased us in an ME 109. Shot us up reliable. Max took a cannon shell within the again, then he made Bubi crash again there. finish of tale. ’ ‘Good God. ’ Molly had an arm round him. ‘Come less than, allow me fee you over. ’ ‘What for, to inform me I will be lifeless? I’ve identified that for years. i feel my brother knew a similar. Now he’s long past. ’ Harry’s face was once like stone. ‘You understand what, Molly, my love? My success ran out with Tarquin. I’m a useless guy walking,’ and he stood up and went under. chilly HARBOUR 1998 18 It used to be virtually a 12 months to the day whilst Denise and that i lower back to chilly Harbour, and what a yr. My hunt for the reality approximately Harry and Max Kelso had taken me to many areas. documents on the Pentagon, the general public documents workplace in London, Luftwaffe documents in Germany, Portugal and Madeira. after all, I’d been drastically helped via my cousin, Konrad Strasser, the previous Gestapo hand. What he’d controlled to dig out earlier than he died used to be magnificent. I stood within the rain at his burial in a Hamburg cemetery and regretted his passing greater than such a lot.

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