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Heroes of amazing strength and resolve, impossible odds, and betrayal where it is least expected are all hallmarks of Alistair MacLean's work. His riveting books, especially those set during World War II or in the naval arena he knew so well, have long enthralled readers, and many of them--including The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra, and Where Eagles Dare--became blockbuster Hollywood films.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402792506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402792502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HMS Warspite TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 8, 2013
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When the reader first meets Major John Smith, British Army, he is in an aircraft with a commando team, flying at mountaintop level on a secret wartime mission into Nazi Bavaria. Smith's improvised seven man team will parachute onto a snow-covered mountainside within miles of the Schloss Alder, a castle housing the headquarters of the German Secret Service. Their impossible mission: to break into the castle and liberate a captured American general, before he can be tortured into giving up the secrets of Operation OVERLORD...

"Where Eagles Dare" is bestselling author Alistair Maclean at his storytelling best, a taut thriller with clever dialogue, a twisting plot, and suspense on every page. It will turn out that Major Smith is actually Captain Johann Schmidt of the German Army, and that may be the least of his many secrets. Smith, or Schmidt, has a long game to play, and more than a few aces up his sleeve. At stake are many lives, and perhaps the fate of the war itself. The action will play out from London to Bavaria to a final confrontation in an unexpected place.

"Where Eagles Dare" has been criticized for an unrealistic plot, and while it might be true that Smith's audacious plan strains credibility, the story is too much fun not to roll with it and enjoy the ride. "Where Eagles Dare" is highly recommended to fans of Alistair Maclean, and to the new reader looking for an enjoyable thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IT Guy on April 27, 2014
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I've been intending to read a MacLean novel for years, because the name is memorable and it keeps coming up as a stated influence for other authors. Specifically, I remember reading a Dean Koontz novel where he cites MacLean, and I think Neil Stephenson mentioned him during a Defcon interview. Anyway, something brought his name up a 3rd time recently, so I purchased this book. Found it very enjoyable, but having already seen the movie I could not help hearing the accents of Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood while reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mother of 9 on October 18, 2013
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In WWII, a team is being dropped behind German lines to infiltrate a headquarters, using a female spy who's already there, working as a barmaid. MacLean weaves an intricate, engrossing story. As I read it, I thought this would make an excellent movie; subsequent research quickly told me that others agreed, since it was made into a movie before I was old enough to read the book. I've been fortunate to find used copies of MacLean's books at my local library's book sales, and this is one of the best which I've read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Delgadillo on December 30, 2013
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I grew up hearing about Alistair MacLean. I never got around to reading his books so now in my middle age I've decided to see what the fuss was about.
The book is very good. The plot is too complicated; too many twists and turns for my liking. I didn't like the almost super man abilities of the heroes; a little too much to believe but I really enjoyed reading about WWII. I'd like to see the film adaptation. I do want to read more of this writer's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SMITH on February 2, 2014
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Maclean had at least two masterpieces. This was one of them. If you have seen the movie, but not read the book, THE BOOK WAS SO MUCH BETTER. Don't deny yourself the pleasure of reading it. And, no, I don't have any stake in the sales of this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kooshmeister on February 8, 2013
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Another superb outing courtesy of Alistair MacLean. Britain's top wartime agent, Major John Smith, and a crack team of commandos (are there any other kind?) are paired with American O.S.S. officer Lt. Morris Schaffer for a desperate, surefire suicide mission. A plane carrying General George Carnaby crashlanded in Germany, and Carnaby has been captured and taken to the Schloss Adler, the so-called Castle of the Eagles. It is considered impenetrable, sitting high on a cliff. It is accessible only by a cable car system.

And why is General Carnaby so important? He's Eisenhower's chief of staff, and has knowledge of the D-Day plans. If the Germans can force Carnaby to talk, then the Allies can kiss the invasion of Europe goodbye. Thus it is that Smith and Schaffer together with expert British troops Olaf Christiansen, Lee Thomas, Torrance-Smythe, George Harrod and Edward Carraciola, parachute into Germany. But right away there is villainy afoot. Harrod, the team's radioman, is found dead. And later, when the group, disguised in German uniforms, ventures into a quaint village near the castle, Torrance-Smythe also turns up dead. It seems that, much as in The Guns of Navarone, there is a traitor in the group's midst.

The commandos are captured in short order. German officer Colonel Weissner has Christiansen, Thomas and Carraciola taken away to the Schloss Adler for questioning, but brings Smith and Schaffer with him in his private car. Some quick thinking by Smith allows them to overcome Weissner and his guards and escape, but now the Germans are looking for them.

The duo manage to gain access to the castle by riding on top of the cable car, but once inside, how will they locate Carnaby and get out?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly KS Clausius on October 29, 2012
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My son, 7th grade, hates war. He hates reading! and he hates anything I ask him to read.
He tore through this book in an afternoon and wanted the sequel. Old book Great story.Where Eagles Dare
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