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The Eagle Has Landed (Liam Devlin #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  34,639 ratings  ·  327 reviews
Desperate Adolf Hitler orders the impossible: kidnap or kill Winston Churchill. A disgraced war hero receives the suicidal mission for a commando squad. In a quiet seaside village, a beautiful widow and a cultured IRA assassin set the groundwork for the ultimate act of treachery. On 6 November 1943, Berlin gets the coded message "The Eagle has landed".
Paperback, 352 pages
Published 1976 by Pan (first published January 1st 1946)
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In all seriousness, this is without doubt, the BEST 2 STAR BOOK that I've ever read.

I know, I know... on its face that sounds confusing and maybe even oxymoronical and may lead to a bit of head scratching or possibly even a mild rash. For that I'm truly sorry, but please slap some calamine lotion on your itches and give me a chance to explain before you dismiss me as an oxy or any other form of moron.


Briefly, this story tells the fictional tale of a German commando unit that att
Nandakishore Varma
There was a time when I loved Alistair MacLean, Jack Higgins, Desmond Bagley... the whole damn lot. That was when I was brainwashed into thinking that Americans were good and Russians were bad: that the Second World War was a just war, where the Good Allies won and the Evil Axis lost: that the Israelis were a peaceful people, being continuously menaced by the bloodthirsty Arabs. Most of my black-and-white take on world affairs were influenced by popular Hollywood movies and thrillers.

That time i
Vikas Kohli
I read this book because it was recommended by Reader's Digest as one of the best all time. Needless to say that they weren't wrong. I enjoy reading war & related fiction & have read many books but what Higgins presented here was beyond doubt extraordinary. Here are a few elements that I was amazed to see:

1. Fact or Fiction: The writer did extensive research as explained well in the prologue & epilogue. In fact the research is as important to the plot as is the book. The only issue b
“The Eagle Has Landed” is a solid story, with many elements that I enjoy in a good WWII thriller………the setting, interesting characters (especially Devlin and Steiner), and a cool premise.

I always enjoy a good story set during WWII, especially if the story involves clandestine operations. The main characters were, for the most part, well fleshed out, and I give kudos to the author for giving the German characters more then the typical attitude that you see in most forms of media……that of the die
A.L. Sowards
I think I’ve read this book before, and seen the movie, but I read it when I was in high school or junior high—long enough ago that I’d forgotten the details. If it were written today, it would probably have a tighter POV and fewer pages spent on the set-up. Still, it’s an awesome book. Not squeaky-clean (PG-13), but cleaner than average for the market.

I think what impresses me most about this book is the way Higgins creates sympathy for so many characters—even though most of the characters are
May 20, 2012 Checkman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of espionage novels and thrillers
One of Jack Higgins best novels and a rare case in which the movie was just as good. German commandos are sent to England in 1943 to kidnap Churchill while an IRA agent goes in ahead of them by a few weeks to prep for the mission. Of course things go wrong. It's a great read with a twist of an ending. I saw the movie in 1977. I read the book five years later. I own the movie. I've re-read the novel a couple times. I still like it. Don't over-think it. Just open the book and go with the roller co ...more
Top notch WWII. At the beginning and end of the novel author Jack Higgins gives the reader the impression that this particular event really did happen and through extensive research the author is simply filling in the details to bring the story to life. It certainly COULD HAVE happened. One gets caught up in the action, the personalities and the psychology of war - hard to put down. Can't believe it's taken me 38 years to discover the book - I've noticed it time and again but it never really cau ...more
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Oberst Steiner, a German parachute unit commander, is sent to England on a covert mission to kidnap Prime Minister Winston Churchill and bring him to Berlin. The seemingly impossible assignment becomes more and more feasible as the mission grows nearer with Steiner and his men arriving in England to a very real possibility of success.
Muy bueno. Muy muy bueno. No sólo es una historia épica muy bien construida y documentada, sino que además permite ver cuál era la situación en la Europa de 1943, cuando el mundo se estremecía ante la barbarie de las SS y nadie imaginaba que el heroísmo pudiera aflorar en el soldado alemán. "¿De verdad esta gente se piensa que somos hunos? ¿Cómo pueden confundirnos con el ejército personal de Himmler?" En esta novela los buenos son los que siempre han sido los malos: quieren asesinar a Churchill ...more
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This is evidently a classic of sorts but I'd never heard of it until it turned up as the Kindle Daily Deal. Evidently there was a Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill during the last years of World War II, inspired by the successful capture of Mussolini. Higgins fleshes this out with fiction and it's very convincing - it could have happened this way. The attempt takes place along the Norfolk coast in a mine-free area where there is deep water near the beach - an area that was not under heavy su ...more
Martin Hill
What would have happened if, during WWII, the German Nazis had been able to kidnap or murder British Prime Minister Winston Churchill? In the dark, early years of the war, Churchill had been the epitome of the British lion; the man who kept England in a war that most European leaders feared was already lost. But in 1943 when this story takes place, the war was going badly for Germany. If the Germans could make a successful strike against Churchill, perhaps British morale would be so shaken a neg ...more
It's always interesting when you start a book where the author has included a note saying that 50% of the following story is true, and it's up to read to guess which parts are factual. The premise was certainly interesting, and there was enough plot twists to keep me guessing. I found the climatic battle quite hard to follow, but the resolution immediately following was completely delicious.
Maybe 3 1/2 stars. A nice little spy thriller. As a fan of the movie I appreciated the deeper back story here.
Dean Peake
So, I've never read a Jack Higgins novel before, which is amazing because the guy is a prolific writer and there are alot of them out there. All I can say is I am sorry it took me so long to pick one up, and one of his first, also. This was a great classic book and one of my favorite WWII novels i've ever read. This was made into a movie also and I have never seen it, but I am heading to netflix now to see if I can find it. Highly recommended if you like action, great detail and a ripping good y ...more
Pramod Nair
'The Eagle Has Landed' is definitely one of the best and must read World War II Spy Thriller. Easily one of those classic thrillers with very believable plot and crisply created characters, which makes it a candidate for re-reading.

The story takes place in the fictitious Norfolk village of Studley Constable. The plot follows a Abwehr headed special forces mission for abducting British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during his supposed visit to a remote village in Norfolk. The mission is assign
Probably like most contemporary readers of this World War II thriller, I first came across it as a Sunday afternoon film on TV when I was a child. But when I saw the audiobook at the library the other day, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to revisit a story I only remembered the outlines of. The book begins in a graveyard in a small English village on the Norfolk coast, where Higgins (the author) is futilely seeking the grave marker of an 18th-century American sailor as part of his research fo ...more
Many years ago I remember seeing the movie made from this book. It started Michael Caine, but I cannot remember which part he played. What prompted me to read it though, was it's location in the north of Norfolk, England. This is where I grew up and I am familiar with many of the places mentioned in the book.

In all this was not a bad read if you like WW2 novels. A bit slow to start with as there was a good 250 pages of planning and build up, then only about 60 or 70 of action at the end. I guess
While the concept of this book and its possibility are very engaging the actual behavior of some of its key characters is too out of context to make the story believable. I found myself near the end consistently thinking, "That's not the way the character would behave."

I think the author got caught between trying to tell a story and trying to tell one that was historically feasible, if not accurate, and lost some of the character development in the second half of the book.

For Example; If Devlin
Good book! I do not understand how I missed this book - the first time around - 1975. Probably because we were living in Germany ourselves at the time. An action novel about WWII with good character building and interaction. This was more like watching a movie than reading a book - the way Higgins' characters came to life (I have not seen the movie). Even though this is a fiction novel, it makes one wonder about the old idom - "do the times/events make the man/person, or does the man/person mak ...more
I read this book last year and I just found that I never rated it on Goodreads. This is a very fine story of able men, brave soldiers and honest beings fighting for an evil, lost and immoral cause. The German soldiers work on a suicide plan to kidnap Churchill when he is vacationing in a distant and aloof countryside. The whole plan is full of risks and precarious situations that dare even the bravest of men, but these gallant soldiers are on it without any second thoughts. An excellent WW2 stor ...more
Jack Higgins is one of the more popular writers of robust, masculine thrillers, and as such his books have dated somewhat, now that World War Two has become less marked in people's minds.

The Eagle Has Landed is perhaps the most famous of his books and tells the story of a group of Germans who land in England on a mission to capture or kill Churchill. The mission (of course) is doomed to fail, and we know this will happen, removing some of the suspense from the story.

However, the book contains so
Rachel Amphlett
A classic. I'm putting this on my bookshelf as it was the first adult book I read at 12 years old - I'd always seen it on my Grandad's bookshelf and wanted to read it so one long weekend, it was handed to me. I became absolutely engrossed.

It's one of those books that you can re-read every few years and still get lost in the characters and the plot; and a great introduction for anyone that isn't familiar with this author's books.

Rachel Amphlett
Author of White Gold
Ray Kelly
The Eagle Has Landed is an adventure thriller by British writer Jack Higgins, set during World War II. As Himmler sat in his office in Berlin on 6 Nov 1943, he received the message "The Eagle Has Landed". The book starts to recount a complex plan to kidnap Winston Churchill. The Allies had just landed on continental Europe via Italy, and Hitler started to feel the pressure. The insane Hitler, jealous of the skills of British commandos, fueled on with Himmler's political manipulations, ordered a ...more
War books are FUN! I haven't read a lot of war or military books which is why I didn't realize how thrilling they can be. I particularly liked the fact that the book was very well researched and technically sound. There is no proof about the main plot that the story is based on because such operations are usually classified but the rest of the details and the timeline were both well researched. I acquired a lot of previously unknown information thanks to this book and Google, like always, was of ...more
Ajitabh Pandey

The Eagle Has Landed is a second world war fiction written by Jack Higgins. The author has done some historical research and tried to present the story as if it has already happened. The plot is towards the end of second world war when Hitler was desperate for a victory and big blow to the allies. He wanted abduction or assassination of Winston Churchill. The action was planned by Himmler and executed by the paratroopers of G
William Brown
THE best period piece, adventure/ spy story. A classic! Imagine a book where the reader ends up rooting for a German commando to kill Winston Churchill. As a writing exercise, the characters are so well-crafted that one can believe it. Many of Higgin's other books do not rise to this standard, but are still okay reads. This one is the best, however.
The Eagle has Landed is the classic story of German commandos that attempt to infiltrate into the English countryside in order to attempt a kidnapping or assassination of the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. This story is told well, although it is not based on factual occurrences. I give The Eagle Has Landed a good read.
The beginning of the book did not 'grab' me, so I found it challenging to keep going. However, as I continued the 'how did that happen?' question took over and I wanted to know that answer.

The story is about a different time and place, and admittedly I skimmed over the many German words and references, and surprising choices that individuals make are presented. There are many characters to keep track of as the story winds to its fateful end. It is interesting to know some of the end from the be
Ryan W.
The Eagle Has Landed, by Jack Higgins, is a fictionalized story of a German commando unit who's mission was to capture or kill Winston Churchill at the height of WWII. Over the course of the novel we see the development in the characters of Liam Devlin as well as Kurt Steiner. Devlin was sent to the location of the operation a few weeks in advance in order to prepare for the raid. Higgins has presented the information at both the beginning and end of the novel as factual and uses the rest of the ...more
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Jack Higgins is the pseudonym of Harry Patterson (b. 1929), the New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy thrillers, including The Eagle Has Landed and The Wolf at the Door. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Patterson grew up in Belfast, Northern Irelan
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