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Lone Eagle Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2002


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (January 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440236665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440236665
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,383,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Nobody ever said love was easy, but in Steel's latest romance, it's a perpetual uphill battle. From the moment beautiful, enormously poised 17-year-old Bostonian Kate Jamison meets handsome, much older Joe Allbright just before Pearl Harbor at a debutante party, she's desperately in love. Joe is smitten, too, but he is deeply committed to his career as a pilot he's already an ace, associated with Lindbergh. The two try to pretend they can just be friends, but passion flares between them on the eve of war. When Joe returns from Europe, after years in a German prison camp, everyone expects they will marry, but Joe cannot commit and Kate moves on. She goes to New York, marries a college friend and has a son; meanwhile, Joe establishes an airplane-building empire. Still, they can't forget each other, and when they meet up again, even social mores can't keep them apart. Their roller-coaster relationship takes many more dips and turns before Kate finally realizes what she must do to make it work: "let him come and go, and appreciate him." Her surrender may gall some readers, but she and Joe are engaging characters, and Steel's expert plotting keeps the novel moving at a good pace. (Apr.)Forecast: This eagle will sit in its aerie atop the bestseller list.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

Steel's fifty-first novel has all the elements her fans crave--wealthy characters, lavish settings, and an opulent lifestyle. In December of 1974, Kate receives the quintessential dreaded phone call: her husband Joe's plane exploded, and no one survived. She is assailed with memories, beginning with the day they met some 33 years before at a debutante ball. Kate was only 17 but seemed much older as she was accustomed to such settings, while Joe at 29 was uncomfortable and only came at the request of his friend, Charles Lindbergh. Nonetheless, there is an instant rapport between them, and they exchange letters while Kate attends Radcliffe College. They realize that they're falling in love but restrain from commitment when WWII erupts and Joe is sent to England as a flying ace. When Joe comes back to the States to receive a medal, they consummate their love, but Joe is reluctant to get engaged. And so it goes. Joe is obsessed with flying and establishing his airline company, inducing a frustrated Kate to marry someone else, but Joe remains the love of her life and, well, there are no surprises here. It's a typical Steel soap opera that seems, oddly, to take the form of a male fantasy in which the woman is totally subservient to her macho flying man's needs and desires. Patty Engelmann
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.

Customer Reviews

Actually all the characters are extremely selfish and have no redeeming qualities that I could find.
BaseballGal
My husband used to joke that I would get one of her books and pretty much finish it in 1 day, 2 the most.
putt
In the end, you don't care what these two main characters decide to do... you just want the book to end.
Mary G. Longorio

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Karen Rhyne on April 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Lone Eagle is the best book Danielle Steel has written, and I have read all of them. It has all the elements Steel's fans like: romance, suspense, wealth, and surprises. It is very good reading, easy to read. The setting in this book is veryb fitting, and while reading, I couldn't help but think I was watching the entire book unfold, instead of my reading it.
It is told in flashback style, "against a vivid backdrop of war and thrilling innovation. Danielle Steel breathes life into history, weaving an intensely human story that spans three decades. With rare insight and emotional power, she brings to life a tale of love and sacrifice, of holding on and letting go, of survival in the face of unthinkable loss. It is a novel of extraordinary grace and compassion from a master storyteller."
I was amazed by this historical tale, all the facts were very real to the reader and not something an author would make up to make the story complete. For instance, Steel mentions something and you immediately think, "I can't believe that is happening, but I know it's true" for whatever reason.
The storyline is one you won't forget. And, this book will be your favorite. Memories begin when a woman receives a phone call that her lover is dead. You will go back in time with her as she recalls the last 3 decades.
Get this book. You won't put it down until you are finished reading. Steel's book couldn't get any better. --
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By putt on May 27, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
I've noticed in the past 2 years that Danielle Steel's books are slipping. It's taking me forever to continue reading this book. I find myself putting it down. That never happened in the 1980's and 90's. Her books were gold. My husband used to joke that I would get one of her books and pretty much finish it in 1 day, 2 the most. Now her books are not written as well as they used to be. I think the last good book I read of hers was The Wedding and Bittersweet. I have continued to buy her books (up to date) hoping they would be like they were in the past, but they're not. I don't know why her writing has changed or maybe she's putting too many books out too fast.
I miss the old Danielle Steel writing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
How can she say the same thing over and over, and still get us to read her books?? She needs to go back to writing school and learn about plot development. When she gives the whole story away in the first chapter, who cares what else happens? And character development, she tells us about them, but doesn't develop them any further. I used to like D.S. but I think I'm about to give up on her!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've only read a few of Danielle Steel's books and some, like The Gift, I've liked and others, like this one, I thought were terrible.
This book breaks a cardinal rule of romance novel writing. It gives us an unlikable hero. Joe is a first class jerk. And that's one of the cleaner terms I use to describe him. He can't commit to Kate and she finally leaves him. She marries Andy and has a baby. That's when Joe waltzes back into her life and busts up her marriage. When she finally gets her divorce and marries Joe he let's her know in no uncertain terms that he does not want children. When she gets pregnant he treats her horribly.When she gets into a car accident and loses the twins she's carrying, Andy is the one in the hospital with her. Joe is nowhere to be found. Despite her depression over losing the babies he let's her know he does not want her getting pregnant again. He constantly leaves her alone while building up his company and when she complains he gets mad at her. He doesn't even try to meet her halfway. He basically tells her to live with it.
The reader has to have some idea of what motivates the hero and heroine to act the way that they do during the course of the story and we have no idea why Joe treats the supposed "love of his life" the way that he does. He's happier with his planes. Kate should have left him to them. I can understand how hard it is to be without the person that you love, but Kate should have learned to love herself just a little bit more. She put up with Joe's crap for years and I found it very irritating.
And I agree with a number of the other reviews that DS repeats things over and over. I've noticed that in her other books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jean paschen on May 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was really disappointed in this novel by one of the best-selling writers of our time. I kept waiting for the characters to grow and get some depth. The woman, Kate, was a seventeen year old bright shining star when the story began. I kept waiting for her to get a grip and get rid of Joe, who was a selfish self-centered baby who wouldn't commit (and god forbid he get some help for that!) For example, on page 380 it was STILL HER FAULT. "She thought constantly about what had happened to them, trying to understand her part in it...and in time she could see how her reaching out and wanting more time with him had panicked him." YUK! Kate's life was really depressing, waiting for Joe to come home and throw her a bone once in a while. It wasn't another woman, but his obsession with his airplanes. I had hoped that the book would have Kate making some healthy choices. She showed such promise at the beginning...
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