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The Last Eagle [Kindle Edition]

Michael Wenberg
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Forced into a neutral Estonian port for repairs during the chaos of the opening days of World War II, the Polish submarine, the "Eagle" and her crew are betrayed by their captain and captured by Nazi sympathizers. The crew, however, isn’t content to sit out the war. With help from unexpected sources—a naval attaché with the British Embassy and a courageous American reporter and her photographer sidekick—they overcome their captors, regain control of the "Eagle," and escape. The German’s are convinced the "Eagle's" crew has no stomach for a fight and will seek refuge in Sweden. But the Poles have something else in mind—join up with the British Fleet and continue fighting against their homeland's Nazi conquerors. They face stiff odds. The "Eagle" has little food and water, few torpedoes, and no sea charts. And before she can rendezvous with the British somewhere in the North Sea, she must traverse the Baltic, which has become little more than a Nazi-controlled lake.

This story is inspired by the exploits of the Polish submarine, "Orzel," during the early weeks of World War II.

Winston Churchill called her escape from the Nazis “an epic.”


Product Details

  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wenberg (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: #46,056 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard boiled novel of World War 2 December 21, 2011
By beamish
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Polish navy subs 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Eagle 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair story, sloppy writing, poor characterization 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Lousy editing, but a good read 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
3.0 out of 5 stars One word: Editor 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 2 days ago by Barbara Jean Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ok
Published 16 days ago by Ramyond Santiago
4.0 out of 5 stars Saviours of the Sea -The Nazi Attack on Poland
The author gives a excellent portrayal of the feeling as the Nazis began World War II with their "stukas" and bombers flying over Poland. Read more
Published 23 days ago by SHALOM COLEMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars a great Bird
The story held my interest all the way thru the book
Published 1 month ago by STANLEY R.ROSENBERG
2.0 out of 5 stars Fiction. Poorly edited
Entertaining story line. Didn't realize it was fiction when I bought it. Much of the dialog doesn't match the time ("grand theft submarine"). Very poorly edited.
Published 1 month ago by kmccarter@boncosky.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, worth your time
Another reader had made a comment of better editing, proof reading. The deeper into the book the worse it appeared to get. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JWebs
3.0 out of 5 stars Poland in WW2 sad but true
Good read but no happy ending if that is what one likes.
Published 2 months ago by acadiantrader
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like these type books
Published 2 months ago by William Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars A little more would have satisfied me more.
Really enjoyed the story but, would have liked it a few pages longer to continue the story of Stefan and Kate and if he was the Eagle's captain when she was lost.
Published 2 months ago by Joseph Fels
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read
Published 3 months ago by must64
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More About the Author

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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