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To Catch A King Hardcover – 1979

4.3 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: New York: Stein and Day 1st US Edition 1979; First Edition edition (1979)
  • ASIN: B002CY6O4I
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,561,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Higgins is among the world's most popular authors. Since the publication of The Eagle Has Landed--one of the biggest-selling thrillers of all time--every novel he has written has become an international bestseller, including The White House Connection and Day of Reckoning. He has had simultaneous number-one bestsellers in hardcover and paperback, and has been published in thirty-eight languages worldwide. Many of his books have been made into successful movies, among them The Eagle Has Landed, To Catch A King, and The Valhalla Exchange. He lives with his wife on Jersey in the Channel Islands.

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Jack Higgins brings us a wonderful tale of action set in the inferno that was World War II Europe. After the fall of France, the Third Reich plots to capture the Duke of Windsor in Portugal. Higgins take on historical characters is always entertaing, particular Walter Schellenberg, the S.S. spymaster. 'To Catch A King' is a suspencful thriller that fans of WWII fiction will love, written in Higgins straight forward, easy-to-read style.
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I admit it...I'm a Jack Higgins fan. I wouldn't put his books among the world's greatest literature, but for an uncomplicated, straightforward and usually quick read with a history/spy/thriller theme, I'm always glad to pick up one of his books. "To Catch a King" is good suspense, a story about Hitler & friends' plot to kidnap the Duke of Windsor. It definitely keeps you reading. Very entertaining.
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I have always liked Jack Higgins. This was another of his fast paced, easy to read stories. You can always count on him for a good story. I think this was the period of time when we used another name and was really pumping the books out. The one thing you have to keep in mind when reading his books is that they are meant to forget about your problems and just get into the story. He fills the books with a lot of good details and action but this is not Steinbeck.
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Yikes! A bartender and a young nightclub singer are involved in a Nazi plot in Lisbon ("here's looking at you..."). Throw in the Gestapo, black musicians, a Japanese fixer-diplomat, Admiral Canaris, António de Oliveira Salazar, Reinhard Heydrich, Winston Churchill, Heinrich Himmler, and all that is missing are the Valkyries. But in lieu of opera, Higgins bases the plot on a kidnapping of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. There are two interesting pieces to this thriller-less thriller; the revisionist casting of the Duke as a deep, romantic, wily patriot and the very sympathetic view of SS-Brigadeführer Walter Schellenberg. The novel is based on an actual attempt by Schellenberg to convince the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to work for Germany. Higgins is on autopilot with this one with a talky book lacking his usual action.
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Another good Jack Higgins story with some WW2 history mixed in. If you enjoy his writing style and are a bit of a history buff you will enjoy this book.
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Jack Higgins writes a gripping tale of the adventures and misadventures of Gabriel Allon, his super Jewish agent. He is quite complete with the history of the Palestinians and Jews in their struggle for nationhood while keeping the spy story active and engaging. The supersleuth Gabriel pursues is almost a ghost. He is also a terrific and patient planner. That is why it is so disturbing to come to the end of the book to find Gabriel almost casually catching the ultimate terrorist alone and off guard and just pulling the trigger to kill him. It felt like Higgins had tired of the story and said, "that's it."

A good read but typically just ended without an excuse.
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This was an entertaining yarn. Higgins has combined true history with a fantasy tale to keep the reader interested. His books which utilize events during the second world war are written quite well. His early books concerning the IRA are also well done. Lately there has been a drop off in quality. This book is concerned with the plans for a Nazi invasion of Britain (Operation Sea Lion) and the need for a sympathetic head of Britain to keep the populace in check. Hence the need to capture the abdicated Duke of Winsor while he was vacationing in Portugal. Even though we all know how things really occurred, this back story provides a good read.
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Another well balanced Higgins story with good character development within four or so dramas. First time I've seen "Portugal" historically covered in the early WW2.era with various nationalities pushing and pulling for dominance or survival. The present middle-east situation.seems to echo this playing field of seventy-five years ago.
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