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Double Eagles [Kindle Edition]

Bill Getz
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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Opportunity sometimes falls from the sky as it did on September 15, 1943. A German pilot is shot down over the English Channel and rescued by the British. It is discovered that he is a high ranking ace, and one of several royal princes flying for the Luftwaffe. His capture also opens a whole new avenue for British and American intelligence to determine the effectiveness of their counterintelligence activities to deceive Adolf Hitler as to Allied intentions for an invasion of Europe. Operation Gemini is launched and is one of the most successful spy operations of the war.

Although this is a work of fiction, many of the characters were real and worked in the positions portrayed in the story. The main characters are fictitious. Wars are replete with secrets, deceptions and lies, prompting Winston Churchill to have famously said, and oft-quoted, “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” This tale could be one such lie. Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu said, All warfare is based upon deception. So are novels. 575 Pages.

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About the Author

Bill Getz is a retired military officer and former executive in industry and civil government. He is the author of several non-fiction and fiction books and numerous articles. Bill lives with his wife in Northern California. This is his first novel. Other novels include "Gardens of the God," and "Out of Nowhere," and "Sarah: a tale of timeless love." President Hollande of France awarded Bill Getz France's highest award,"The Legion of Honor" in December 2012 for his contribution to the liberation of France in WWII.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1667 KB
  • Print Length: 590 pages
  • Publisher: The Redwood Press (January 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JKRA18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ***** 5 STAR- Harold A. Jacobs October 13, 2011
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I have just finished reading Double Eagles and enjoyed it immensely. I am a veteran of World War II and was a military pilot throughout my career. My paternal grandparents were Germans and arrived in the USA in 1859. I was stationed in Germany on three diffrent occasions during my Air Force career and flew on the Berlin Airlift. I am an avid reader of World War II history and own several of the better books about that era. Bill Getz has done a superb job of researching the military history of the period about which he wrote, and his story is one of the most intriguing of the books in my library. His storyline is loaded with surprising and very clever twists and turns and though it got off to a bit of a slow start, it quickly became a real page-turner and remained so until the very last page. I recommend you go out and buy this book today. You will be very glad you did. H. Jacobs
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Eagle September 17, 2011
Format:Paperback
Bill Getz is a great historical novelist.I was impressed with the extensive research that he did in writing this novel. having lived during the period covered by the novel I was fascinated with the details that I was not familiar with. I have read several books about WW II but I enjoyed reading about a German story line. I did not intend to read the novel so quickly, but because it was so interesting, I finished it in record time.I highly recommend this to all ages of readers. Those who did not live during that time period will enjoy the story line and will also gain information on the WW II intelligence efforts by the Allies and Germans. A marvelous history lesson.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction September 29, 2011
Format:Paperback
Double Eagles is thrills and intrigue with a backdrop of World War Two.
Bill Getz masterfully intertwines historical fact and fiction into a gripping read.
Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sudden Ending July 27, 2012
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Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I feel that the author is skilled; not like some of the early books that I have read from others. The book has a good flow to it. Plausible? Hey, it's fiction. The only part of the book that I didn't enjoy was the ending. It felt as if the author had a deadline of when to complete the book and he was so busy writing the book that he forgot about his deadline. After a good construction of the story, taking his time, suddenly -- wham -- in a few pages it just ends. I really think that there was some more tying of loose ends together that needed to be done in order to do his novel justice and truly complete it. In fact, I even looked to see if there is a sequel to this book. The three stars is for the abrupt ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Eagles September 14, 2011
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"Double Eagles" is a classic endorsement of Bill Getz's many gifts. I fully appreciate the effort that went into the final product. While I no longer read at the brisk rate of yesteryear, racking up 50 pages in bedtime sessions will give some idea of how the story grabbed my interest. The novel's historical depth is apparent throughout - German history in particular. Here one finds a mix of real and fictional elements embedded authentically in the WWII setting. Great detail for authenticity runs throughout, especially the flight sequences but certainly not limited there. The work gave me sense of being there, experiencing, if you like, the tragedy that engulfed Germany and its people during the Hitler years. Also, the author handled the German language like a native. Other small details sparked my attention. I found myself in the cockpit of the Luftwaffe Bf 109, the USAAF P-51 and even Germany's venerable three engine JU 52. I liked the dinner scenes - especially the menus that somehow tweaked my appetite. The book merits widespread readership. I plan to pass my copy to a few people I have in mind who I know will share my view.

With a doff of my cap to Bill Getz,

Bernard Nolan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original Way To Start A Story January 12, 2013
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The spy novel, Double Eagles by Bill Getz, opens with a hook --- a brief skirmish in the skies with the words "death stalked the skies". Really the point is to introduce the German pilot who is shot down who will be critical to counterintelligence. It's an original way to start a thriller. We have to remember that the first chapter isn't the place to introduce back story or to set up the details of the major characters. It's just the place to grab the reader's attention.
By Linda Cargill, author of Key to Lawrence
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Eagles December 22, 2012
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Enjoyable, but almost unbelivable. The book made your mind go into high gear and imagine along with the author. Very good and I probly will read it once again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner, a very good read October 5, 2012
By D'Arcy
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If allowed in this format, would've given Double Eagles four-and-a-half stars. It is an engrossing tale, very well told, mixing WW II history and fiction. Sure there are lots of amazing coincidences, but they don't get in the way of an exciting, fast-moving story. Would like to have had fewer loose ends at the story's conclusion but this doesn't spoil the impact of the book (and actually leads you to spend some time considering what might happen to the main characters in the years ahead). The author has a great imagination, a terrific writing style and a good grasp of history. Of yes, the plot revolves around two young men - on opposite sides of the war - who share a very remarkable resemblance and how their lives, families, etc. cross during WW II. Highly recommend Double Eagles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good reading
Published 14 days ago by Henry Zbesheski
2.0 out of 5 stars Compare this to a Jack Higgins thriller and you will do a lot better...
Dreary, fact filled but lacking in narrative pizazz, a story written by an "expert" with no skill at telling a tale. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Michael Beattie
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me going to the end
Great book for those of us who, from time to time, like to escape into historical fiction.
Published 1 month ago by jjc33037
4.0 out of 5 stars Double eagles
Good book. A little detailed in spots that probably not necessary.
I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Wii novels.
Published 1 month ago by SCOTT GARLAND
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Eagles
Absolutely thrilling. Every page added another twist. The suspense was almost vibrant. Bill Getz is a great storyteller. I recommend this book without reservation.
Published 1 month ago by CpC
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it immensely
Because of the author's remarkable, in-depth knowledge of the organization, operation and personnel of the American, British and German air forces and because of his clever,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert F. Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I enjoyed this book very much. Some of the twists and turns shocked and astounded me. Very unexpected plot. Thanks
Published 3 months ago by William Whitman
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the readers time!
I would have given 4 stars if it weren't slow in some places.
Nevertheless, the author should be complemented on originality, suspense, twisting tales and surprise. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A New WWII Favorite
I’ve enjoyed reading three of Bill Getz’s books, Double Eagles, Gardens of the God, and, Sarah, a tale of timeless love. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lyonwmbg
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written light historical novel which does not claim to hold to...
Easy read. It is very loosely based upon the embellishment of some actual historical events in World War 2. Read more
Published 4 months ago by PDB
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Bill Getz is a retired military officer, industry and civil government executive. Bill is also a decorated combat veteran in both four-engine bombers and single-engine fighters. He is the publisher and editor of the two volume anthology, "The Wild Blue Yonder: Songs of the Air Force," over 1000 songs from WWI through post-Vietnam, with introductions by General James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, and Brigadier General Robin Olds. Bill has authored and co-authored non-fiction books, and has many published articles in leading journals. Bill and his wife, Vicki, live in Northern California. On December 31, 2012, he was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by President Hollande of France.

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