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The Double Eagle (Tom Kirk #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  1,648 Ratings  ·  96 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

Hardcover, 423 pages
Published 2005 by Harper Collins
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Tea Jovanović
For those who like to read Scott Mariani, for example... Or who like Harold Robbins and Sidney Sheldon... :)
Oct 20, 2016 nikos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, adventure
Ωραιο βιβλιο!!!!!!!!!Δραση εχει,κυνηγητο εχει,ληστεια εχει,φονο εχει, συνομωσια,μεχρι και ταβλι παιζουν!!!!!!!!!Μια χαρα!!!!!!!!!
Nov 03, 2012 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
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
Dec 12, 2011 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2015 Stephen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
When a coin shows up on the body of a dead priest, the FBI take interest. Why? It's a 1933 Double Eagle - it is worth millions of dollars, there are only a few known to exist, and all of those are accounted where did this one come from? Upon further investigation not all the coins are accounted for, the 5 housed in Fort Knox are missing, and now agent Jennifer Browne is tasked with tracking down whoever managed a heist on one of the most well-protected buildings in the United States.

Nov 04, 2010 Zare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 edit ...more
Chrissa Vasileiou
H αλήθεια είναι πως,προσωπικά,σε κάποια σημεία του ψιλοβαρέθηκα,αλλά σε γενικές γραμμές το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο διαθέτει όλα εκείνα τα χαρακτηριστικά που κάνουν ένα αστυνομικό στόρυ πετυχημένο: δράση,κυβερνητικά μυστικά,ίντριγκες,κυνήγι με το χρόνο από χώρα σε χώρα και πολλές εκπλήξεις..Αν σκεφτεί κανείς πως αυτό το μυθιστόρημα είναι και το πρώτο του συγγραφέα,μπορούμε να μιλάμε για ένα εξαιρετικά καλοδουλεμένο ντεμπούτο..Θα ήθελα να βρω και τα υπόλοιπα κάποια στιγμή,ελπίζω να τα καταφέρω..Θα ήθε ...more
kostas  vamvoukakis
4,5 * καλό θέμα με πολύ καλή πλοκή αλλά το πιο καλό του το τέλος που έχει τα πάντα
Jan 13, 2017 Rogerjcarter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
Gripping stuff and enjoyed the storyline
Jennifer Morefield
I thought this was a very engaging thriller/mystery. I loved that the jewel thief became the hero. It was a book full of twists and turns. I am likely to look into other books in this series. A worthy read.
বইটা পড়ার সময় পরথম দিকে অনেক দূর পরযনত ধৈরযয ধরে রাখতে একটু কষট করতে হয়েছে (ডিপারটমেনট অফ টরেজারীর মিটিং-এর আগ পরযনত)। এক সময় মনে হয়েছিলো বইটা মনে হয় আমার দীরঘ দিনেও শেষ না করতে পারা বইয়ের তালিকায় চলে যাবে! তারপর অবশয বেশ সাবলীল গতিতে এগিয়েছে বইয়ের বাকি অংশটুকু।

অনুবাদের একটা বযাপার বেশ দৃষটিকটু লেগেছে। মূল ইংরেজী বই অনূসারে নায়কের নাম হলো - "Tom Kirk". আর অনুবাদক পুরো বইতে নায়কের নাম লিখে গেলেন "টম করীক"! :(
Kara Jorges
Dec 21, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Πάνος Τουρλής
Έτσι κι έτσι. Το πρώτο βιβλίο με τον Τομ Κερκ, έναν υπερσύγχρονο κλέφτη αντικειμένων αξίας και τον θανάσιμο εχθρό του, τον Κάσσιο. Ο Διπλός Αετός είναι ένα χρυσό νόμισμα κοπής 1933, σε μια εποχή που η Αμερική βρισκόταν στο βρόχο της οικονομικής ύφεσης. Ως αποτέλεσμα, ο Ρούσβελτ μόλις έγινε Πρόεδρος ακύρωσε το Χρυσό Κανόνα και απαγόρευσε την παραγωγή, πώληση και κατοχή χρυσού. Όμως είχαν ήδη κοπεί 445.500 Διπλοί Αετοί και με τον νέο νόμο αναγκάστηκαν να τους λιώσουν. Όλους. Πλην 5 που αποθηκεύτηκ ...more
Daniel Rudge
A great premise, with excellent pacing and delightful plot cannot overcome some of the most cardboard characters in recent memory. Even worse, the main characters talk about how easily everything is falling in to place to solve the mystery and that maybe they are not looking deep enough. Then, they don't follow up and predictably, they should have dug deeper. In Paris, a priest is murdered, his mutilated body dumped into the Seine. He has taken a secret with him to his death -- a secret that is ...more
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
Vibha Hegde
Dec 01, 2015 Vibha Hegde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blowing my mind away with this amazing piece of work. It should be called piece of art. This book is complete Thriller with guns,goons and FBI. The book is full of roller coaster ride with its "I-POINT-TO-OBVIOUS-CLUES" to "OH-MY-GOD!!! HOW-DID-THIS-SKIP-FROM-MY-BRAIN". The author takes the focus on one side of the story while something else is happening on the center of the plot.
The story starts with Special Agent Jennifer Browne leading an investigation into the theft of rare Double Eagle coin
Nov 22, 2014 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Maybe adventure lite?

Tom Kirk has decided to retire from the thief life, but the CIA thinks that he has stolen the double eagles from Fort Knox. Tom already has enough trouble since his "pal" Archie wants him to do one last job of stealing a Faberge egg.

Jennifer Brown is a CIA agent that is on the dogs list, and this is her chance to get back in the game. She has to get Kirk in the game but something doesn't add up for her. What they say about him and how he is in person isn't the same. And she'
Dec 31, 2015 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Double Eagle is a great read for those who like crime thrillers. The last few chapters of this book are suspenseful with twists and turns that keep you guessing who the real thief is and which characters are truly loyal.

There are numerous characters in this book that are part of the crime that are referenced by their whole, first, and sometimes only by their last name and it became hard to remember who was who. I found myself having to flip back chapters to remember which name went with which ch
Sanjana Argula
Apr 04, 2014 Sanjana Argula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Hristina Ivanova
Jul 31, 2012 Hristina Ivanova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bestsellers
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
Apr 09, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Apr 04, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, fun read that adds a little history with a whole lot of action and adventure. The story starts out with a mysterious burglary at Fort Knox and the taking of 5 1933 double eagle gold coins. The first suspect is a famous thief from England, Tom Kirk. As the FBI is on the hunt for Kirk, more pieces fall into place on this crime and Kirk must solve this mystery before he is taken in for questioning or worse set up for a murder he did not commit. Good story with a few holes, but an easy read ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Jenni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
It took me a long time to read this book, mostly because the author loves to describe everything in detail. There are descriptions of everything, even things that aren't necessary to move the story along or to help the reader understand what is happening. For me it took much of the fun out of the story when I had topassage after passage of descriptions of locations and weapons and whatnot. To me that only served to slow down the pace of a book which otherwise could have been a very fun and inter ...more
Nov 11, 2008 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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