The Double Eagle (Tom Kirk, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Double Eagle (Tom Kirk #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,000 ratings  ·  59 reviews

They are the most valuable coins on earth . . .
Only a handful still exist, each one worth millions . . .
Now they have vanished from an impenetrable
fortress . . . and the killings have begun.

Somehow, impossibly, someone has invaded Fort Knox and stolen five of the world's last remaining Double Eagles -- the $20 gold coin ordered destroyed by President Roosevelt during

...more
Hardcover, 423 pages
Published 2005 by Harper Collins
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,284)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Tea Jovanović
For those who like to read Scott Mariani, for example... Or who like Harold Robbins and Sidney Sheldon... :)
Tony
At the end of the day James Twining, coins are just not very exciting really are they? Even extremely rare ones from 1933 that sell for millions of dollars. No matter how much you tart up The Double Eagle, it can't really be classed as much of a thriller, nor is it a particularly engrossing mystery. It's more an upper-class crime drama, not quite a caper as it's lacking any real sense of humour that could have made it much more entertaining. As the launchpad for a new character and series, it's...more
Zare
Story revolves around the Fort Knox robbery in which precious and very rare $20 golden coins have been stolen. Main character is Tom Kirk, professional thief and once-time secret agent specialized in getting-in-getting-out-silently operations. He is working with FBI agent whose career is in great jeopardy and is given last chance to � redeem� herself.[return]Interesting story and characters but storytelling is somewhat & . I do not know. It may be due to the fact that I read the translated e...more
Sanjana Argula
Tom Kirk- art thief, internationally wanted criminal and ex-intelligentsia. Jennifer Browne- Special Agent, disgraced and headed by stubborn bosses. Both form an alliance to uncover a major art heist. But it comes with its own problems.

They are lead through icy denials and wicked mafia, along with private handlers closing in to share the treasure. They both are lead through a maze of greed, mystery and power. From France to Istanbul, from London to New York, the story revolves around a huge cons...more
Michael Alan Grapin
Tom Kirk is an ex-CIA operative believed dead but now active as a high end cat burglar targeting such items as the Faberge egg that is almost his undoing. A priest turns up murdered in Europe and the autopsy reveals a 1933 double eagle worth eight million dollars in his stomach. Jennifer Browne is an FBI agent desperately trying to outrun her past. After it is discovered that the five 1933 double eagles believed to be housed at Fort Knox turn up missing, the prime suspect is Tom Kirk and Jennife...more
Meagan
The Double Eagle revolves around two main characters, Jennifer Browne, a disgraced FBI agent, and Tom Kirk, a brilliant international art thief. The plot centres around the invasion of Fort Knox and the theft of the world's last remaining Double Eagles (the $20 gold coin ordered destroyed by President Roosevelt during the Great Depression). A murdered priest in France turns up the first clue, a Double Eagle coin found in his stomach after an autopsy. Brown believes that Kirk is involved in the h...more
Kara Jorges
Ex-CIA agent turned professional thief, Tom Kirk, is going to go straight and take over his father’s business…just as soon as he completes one last job. But when he steals a Faberge egg and leaves a hair at the scene, the FBI also tries to pin another theft on him. Tom knows nothing about the five priceless Double Eagles stolen from the vault at Fort Knox, and beautiful special agent Jennifer Browne believes him, even if it could sink her career for good. The two of them follow the trail of a st...more
James
This was a fun read. Not an amazing one, but yeah, a fun one. The sort of book you see sold en masse in shops at airports - ones that will give a quick dose of entertainment, if not pure quality.

The storyline was good actually, which surprises me. Normally with these 'treasure hunting' books you have some absurd treasure from the ancient world, so it was nice to see a change in subject when the 'treasure' was some gold coins from the early U.S.A. I also liked the way that they linked Kirk and th...more
Nancy Oakes
this is the first book in a series; well, at least, first of two books featuring Tom Kirk, a high-stakes thief who wants to go straight. It reads very quickly and will definitely keep you interested.

The story begins with the murder of a priest, who has something that his killers want. This leads to the discovery of stolen coins from Fort Knox -- the famous Double Eagles (20 dollar gold pieces) that were minted in error. It is believed by the FBI that Tom had something to do with the theft, so th...more
Ricky
The first book featuring master art thief Tom Kirk, who is reluctantly forced to work with FBI agent Jennifer Browne as she searches for the thieves who have taken a rare gold coin. The coin is so rare because officially it isn't supposed to exist.

It's not a terribly strong debut, but not a weak one either. The major problem is that the protagonists seem to be trying to find everyone and everything BUT the titular coin. However, due to a lucky fluke I have already read the fourth book in Twining...more
Kevin
Somehow, impossibly, someone has invaded Fort Knox and stolen five of the world's last remaining Double Eagles -- the $20 gold coin ordered destroyed by President Roosevelt during the Great Depression. Now, one has resurfaced during an autopsy in France -- in the stomach of a murdered priest.

Disgraced FBI agent Jennifer Browne needs to recover the priceless coins to resuscitate her stalled career -- and her investigation is pointing her toward Tom Kirk, a brilliant international art thief who wa...more
Jenni
This was an easy read, full of action and intrigue.
The characters were likeable and well the romance side of it was pretty much as expected.

I was pleased that I sussed Cassius early on, felt good when I was proved right, wasn't sure how it would all link together.

Lovely visual descriptions of places, burglary and burgled objects, very believable.
The plot was complicated at times with unexpected twists that kept me reading.

I will read more of Twining's books when I need a break from my preferred...more
Rebecca
I picked this book up on a whim from a thrift store in Scotland while I was on Spring Break from university, but didn't get around to reading it until about a month later. When I did start reading it, the only reason I put it down was sleep and class. It grabs you right from the start and doesn't let you go. The history and details were well reasearched and believable. I thought the romantic plotline was a bit too predictable, but still fun. One thing that probably tripled my enjoyment of the bo...more
Meghan Cooper
Mar 29, 2010 Meghan Cooper rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dan Brown fans and other bored readers looking for something to get their teeth into ...
Recommended to Meghan by: Just picked it up at the library.
I admit that i absolutely love this book. It was as good as a dan brown novel and it may sound like it was an author trying to imatate Dan Brown, but i felt like it was actually James Twining's style that was coming out in the book. I loved the main characters I thought they lead the book well and I loved the romance between them. The tension was well built and it always left you wanting more. At the end though I didn't feel like it ended properly and I thought that James could have finished it...more
Hristina Ivanova
Suprisingly I really,really liked that book. It was very well written,very James-Rollins style,which I love. Even though it's not as amazing as Dan Brown, it was very interesting, the storylines kept intertwining throughout the whole novel.Also I love it when several books in a row have the same main characters,without them being classified as 'sequels'. Sequels tend to get quite annoying when you get to the 3rd book and the storyline stays the same as in the first one,it's just too boring. With...more
Sandie
Mr. Twinings Double Eagle flies high. Cinematic in style this book would translate easily from the page to the silver screen. (Can you say Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock). As thieves go, our hero, Tom Kirk is definitely more Bernie Rohdenbarr than Thomas Crown.......sort of a "thief next door" you can empathize with.

This is an exciting funhouse ride of a book that keeps you wondering what lies beyond the next turn.

If your looking for a fun "beach read" or a great little tome to take al...more
Katherine Clark
This book had its moments. I'm finding myself quite intrigued by theft/thieves, especially those who go after the rich. This book has some interesting moments, but ultimately, 2 dimensional characters, esp. the "evil" characters ended up causing me to put the book aside for awhile. (In Thomas Cook's book recently I put that one aside as well, but for a very different purpose. The language was so powerful and strong that I needed time to concentrate.) This book was fine for what it was, a fast re...more
Danish Khan
Awesome book with a lot of twist and suspense to the story.
Tim Corke
Dan Brown-esque in terms of readability and intrigue but to be honest much better in originality and realism with a hint of Thomas Harris in the way the two main characters are pitted against each other and forced to trust their instincts. Naivety, misleading information, contradictory views confront Special Agent Browne as she attempts to find the secrets behind the Double Eagle coinage and understand the murders that it has caused.
Kelley Short
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Joe
Kept me guessing right up to the end. Art theft, treachery and murder. Starts out with the banking crisis of the 1930's when FDR recalled the nation's gold coins and bullion. #20 dollar Gold coins, called Double Eagles, end up 70 years later worth millions of dollars! But how did 5 of these coins, kept under lock at Fort Knox get out in circulation into the hands of collectors?
Kerry
Not a bad read at all. The details aren't handled with the slickness some other authors in this gene manage. You enjoy reading the story, but you never feel you are in it.

It twists and turns like a snake in the last pages, keeping you in suspense of the outcome until almost the last page itself.

This is book 1, and I will certainly be back to try no.2.



Patricia
For sure this is a Tom Cruise film! As you read it you can almost hear the Mission Impossible music in the background. A book carrying you around Europe into the secret world of people who steal paintings etc for their own personal collection. A double sword story involving the FBI and the loss of a gold coin from Fort Knox. Excellent thriller story,
Michael
A good thriller with some nice twists and turns, some predictable and some not. I loved the locales (Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Istanbul). Quick and easy reading although a more thorough editor is required. It's try TO not try AND. If you try and ______, then you've done it. I'd read him again when I'm looking for something light and fun.
Debb
I started reading the second Kirk book and realised there was one that came before so I knew about the major story line from the first book. I like a good crime book with a bit of history in it. There were some obvious bits in it as my updates showed towards the end but I didn't see the major change of plot at the end. Chapeau!
Trudy
The was a reader's choice nominee from the library and it did not disappoint. The premise was clever and well developed. The characters were fresh and likable. The mystery and the clues laid down were intelligent and made sense when the whole picture was finally revealed. Good for the readers to nominate this book.
Richard
People steal the 1933 Double Eagle from Fort Knox. Good idea that the robbery took place ten years before and is now being covered up by a false breakin. Having read the second book spoiled the surprises at the end, but the story is all action and not as good as the non-fiction double eagle story.
Jack
This was my second James Twining book and I really liked it. I read Black Sun first because that was available at the time, went back and found Double Eagle later. Loved the twists and turns, and the character development. I look forward to reading more Tom Kirk archeological thrillers.
Rebecca
Hmm,first when i saw the book.i though it was about romans , then the prolog told me it was about FBI-thift and 5 Double Eagles...well the intrigue was grate,but the characters hmm i hated some of them expecial Van Simon.The end hmm...mabye it comes another sequel?...That will be cool:)
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 76 77 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • On the Fifth Day
  • The Sacred Blood
  • The Lost Temple
  • Bible of the Dead
  • The Pegasus Secret
  • The Mask Of Troy (Jack Howard, #5)
  • The Sword Of The Templars (Templar, #1)
  • The Lost Army Of Cambyses
  • The Messiah Secret (Chris Bronson, #3)
  • The Lost Throne (Jonathon Payne & David Jones, #4)
  • Pulse (Chess Team Adventure, #1)
  • The Lucifer Code
  • The Chosen One
  • The Tenth Chamber
  • The Cult Of Osiris (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase, #5)
148425
James Twining was born in London but spent much of his childhood in Paris. After graduating from Christ Church, Oxford with a first-class degree in French Literature, he joined the investment bank UBS, working in their corporate finance division. In 1999 he left to set up his own company and in 2001 was named as one of the eight 'Best of Young British' entrepreneurs in The New Statesman. James liv...more
More about James Twining...
The Black Sun (Tom Kirk, #2) The Gilded Seal (Tom Kirk, #3) The Geneva Deception (Tom Kirk, #4) Reader's Select Editions 2010 - The Geneva Deception, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, The First Rule, Hannah's Choice The Double Eagle / The Black Sun / The Geneva Deception / The Gilded Seal (Tom Kirk, #1, #2, #3, #4)

Share This Book