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Length: 303 pages

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  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wenberg (June 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057PHGMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm the author of a number of books for kids including "Seattle Blues," a novel for teens released March 2009 from WestSide Books, "StringZ," a teen novel released by Westside Books Spring 2010, and "Elizabeth's Song," a children's picture book published by Aladdin/Beyond Words Publishing in 2002. You can also find my ebooks for kids available at the Kindle Store at Amazon.com, along with my novel of World War II, "The Last Eagle."

I live just across the road from Appletree Cove on Washington State's Puget Sound with my wife, Sandy, our son, Lucas, and our wonderdog, Gracie. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the trombone, hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, biking and kayaking. For my day job, I work as a project manager and writer for an e-learning company.

"Seattle Blues" is a Flamingnet Top Choice Award winner and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year in the 12 - 14 age category. "Stringz" is also a Flamingnet Top Choice Award winnder and was selected a "Best of the Best" by the Pennsylvania School Librarian's Association in 2011.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By William J. Dyer on April 20, 2012
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Based in part on a true story of an actual Polish submarine's adventures at the beginning of World War 2, "The Last Eagle" was a quick and easy read, and it held my interest to the end. BUT:

I'm not a Navy vet, so I won't attempt to rate its accuracy as to the details of submarine life and warfare. But the author got several rather famous facts about the war badly wrong. The appearances by Winston Churchill are ridiculously caricatured. The one romantic thread was unnecessary and a distraction; it was completely implausible and thoroughly cliched, and made about as much sense as the proverbial screen door on a submarine. (The author seems to be of the impression that American readers insist on having an American protagonist at the center of every book about WW2.) Indeed, cliches riddle this book: Does every Nazi villain HAVE to have a dueling scar on his face?

Worst of all, the Kindle version, at least, is DESPERATELY in need of a copy editor: It's filled with typos, missing or transposed words, garbled metaphors, non sequiturs, and out-of-period (mostly modern American) slang. In fact, this reads like a manuscript created using voice recognition software and never thereafter even proof-read. It's insultingly bad, with the whopping mistakes numbering in the many dozens, such that one can't read four pages in a row without being knocked out of the narrative in wonderment at just how badly edited (or completely unedited) this book is. It's a shame for a book about the Polish navy to be so lacking in polish.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By beamish on December 21, 2011
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Wenberg's book covers a side of World War 2 I wasn't familiar with--the last submarine in the Polish fleet. Even more surprising than the subject matter was Wenberg's gift for characterization. His cast is as hard-boiled as what you might expect to find in a Dashiell Hammett novel. Hard book to put down. What do you call a page-turner you read on your iPad? Anyway, I'd recently read Steven Ambrose's Band of Brothers and Citizen Soldiers. I found The Last Eagle more satisfying. It has all the important and enlightening detail, a bit of noir theatre thrown in for color, and plenty of rough-edged, unshaven and probably foul smelling characters battling it out despite the fact that Poland's war came to an early end. It has all the suspense and detail as Tom Clancy's Red October, too. I looked for more from Wenberg and turned up a couple of pretty interesting YA titles which I'll have to track down for my daughter. I bet she'll enjoy them as much as I enjoyed The Last Eagle. As for me, I'll have to go rent Das Boot while I'm waiting for his next novel.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Don on October 16, 2011
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This was an interesting book. Very little has been covered in English about the Polish side during the German invasion of Poland, this book does just that. The largest problem I have with this book is that a good portion of the book concentrates on individual characters, particularly the Captain, what they were trying to do is thrown in almost as a after thought. That this is based on the actions of a real Polish sub makes for good subject matter considering the sub was later lost with all hands fighting for the Allies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kendall on March 2, 2012
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This is one of the best submarine stories I've read in years. The storyline is clever and unique and the characters are believable. I hope there will be a sequel.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2012
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This was a Kindle book that didn't cost me much, so I didn't expect too much. (On the other hand I've downloaded numerous P.G. Wodehouse novels for free, and they're all top-notch.)

The storyline here is so-so. Sometimes it bogs down, at other times it's fairly lively and engaging. But the writing is so sloppy that I find it difficult to believe that anyone, even the author, proofread it even once. I can imagine him typing "The End" and then uploading it as a ready-to-sell product. And the characters are terrible, with endless, needless backstory. Too much backstory is like too many adjectives and adverbs--you're telling, not showing.

And the premise of a female American reporter and her male photographer being onboard the submarine when it sails is too absurd.

I had to give up on this one about a third of the way through. The author has some promise, but he has a long way to go to write even a passably readable novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Tasco on April 13, 2013
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I found this book easy to read, engaging and hard to put down. I especially liked the fact the book didn't read as a work of fiction, which obviously it was, but being based off an actual Polish submarine and it's experiences at the start of WWII, made it realistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron Shaw on November 17, 2012
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Despite myriad typo's and missing words, the author provided a compelling & riveting fictional account of an actual WW II epic. Well worth the time to read & the 99 cent investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bettywright on September 22, 2012
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I enjoyed the story line of this book, it was a "good read", however, it desparately needed a good editor. It contained numerous grammatical and typographical errors. So many that it was annoying to me. bettywright
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