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Eagle in the Sky

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,202 ratings  ·  93 reviews
With bold characters and stirring prose, Wilbur Smith writes riveting novels filled with adventure and intrigue. In EAGLE IN THE SKY, this master storyteller tells the story of a man born to...

On land, he was a youth too handsome and too blessed--with carefree charm and enormous wealth. In the air he was something else entirely: born to fly fast and hard,
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1974)
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Well this was soppier than expected. But hell I can sop with the best of them and this was still a thrilling enough ride.

It just wouldn't be summer without a visit to Smith's Africa.
Brie Hillman
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Mar 03, 2009 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like adventure, romance and great personal growth
Shelves: pop-fiction
This was my first Wilbur Smith book, I think way back in high school. He makes everything he writes so beautiful and personal. I'd love to see this as a movie if someone wouldn't ruin it.
I'm struggling to figure out how so many people gave this book rave reviews. I picked up a really old copy of this book from a dusty second hand bookstore in Cape Cod. The cover was plain, but it still intrigued me. I had never read Wilbur Smith before. I tend to read romances written by females, so I knew I would be in for a different ride. For those of you who bow to this book and say you've never read a better one? That it changed your life- did we read the same book? Perhaps this novel was a ...more
Eagle in the Sky was my first Wilbur Smith book and it was one of the few instances where I couldn’t put it down. This wide-reaching, action-packed novel covers plenty of ground in its story of an Israeli fighter pilot who suffers a terrible accident and the girlfriend who sticks with him through thick and thin.

The first half of the book takes place mainly in Israel and offers an accurate portrayal of the country’s political turmoil before Smith moves to a more favoured setting, Africa, for the
This was the first Wilbur Smith book that I ever read, and even now after having read many of his pieces, I keep re-reading this one. There is something special about it. What spoke to me, I guess, was the perfect love-story that really was not that perfect after all - but so beautiful! And Smith's environmental descriptions, especially those described from up in the sky (from a pilot's perspective). I am astonished. One of my favourite books.
Well, I can tell that the person who wrote this story is a man. The writing and telling of the story has a strong masculine scent, but in the end I did like the book. It is an almost unbelievable plot, but it is also unpredictable and that is a feat!
Ros Stanley
Apr 12, 2009 Ros Stanley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ros by: McAuliffes
Shelves: contemporary
This was my introduction to Wilbur Smith and I read it in one sitting. Such a vivid description of the place, the characters and the conflicts
This was a very touching and moving story of a pilot that crashed and became blind and how he handled it, how he fell in love.
A beautiful and rich man from South Africa, very rich, fascinated by flying and trained as a fighter pilot falls in love with a beautiful Israeli girl and migrates to Israel and commences work as a Mirage fighter pilot for the Israeli Air force. During the short stay in Israel the girl looses her eye sight in a terrorist attack and the man gets his facial tissues and scalp burned in a crash landing.
The man turns grotesque in appearance and the girl who becomes an internationally renowned writer
Tim Roast
This book is your typical Wilbur Smith book. It starts with the first flying lesson of a teenage David Morgan and then takes you through his life to his mid/late twenties. It just so happens that David is from a rich family and so can do what he likes. He does this by travelling to Europe from his native Africa to try and find his way in life. If only we all had enough money to do this. There he meets the love of his life and then everything goes sweetly. But being a Wilbur Smith book it doesn't ...more
Karunakaran N.
Eagle in the Sky by Wilbur Smith... One of the earlier creations of Wilbur, this is the second read after nearly 3 decades... The catchy prelude is the quote of Proverbs 30; 18-20
" Three things are too wonderful for me, four I do not understand,
The way of an eagle in the sky,
The way of a serpent on a rock,
The way of a ship on the high seas,
This is the gist of the entire plot, the storyline starts with David ditching his family fortune to pursue his vagabond l
Eric Wright
Smith tells a tale of god-like David Morgan and goddess-like Debra--both too beautiful to believe. Morgan was not only handsome but heir of fabulously wealthy dynasty in South Africa. He lived a wild life with women and flying. Dissatisfied he gravitated to Israel where he became one of their aces and met the gorgeous Debra, Jewish daughter of stern stuff, the Brig. Then tragedy strikes them both. Will their love survive terrible disfigurement and blindness? Can they find joy in carving a paradi ...more
Lisa Wolf
This was my favorite book in my teens and early 20's. Eagle in the Sky is part love story, part action-adventure tale, part historical drama. It tells the story of the too-beautiful-for-words, spoiled playboy who finds love and purpose with a mysterious, self-sufficient Israeli woman. When tragedy strikes, they are torn apart and suffer horribly, emotionally and physically. The narrative moves thrillingly from a bull fight in Spain, to fighter jets defending Israel, to a new home in South Africa ...more
This story is one that sees a spoilt rich kid that has it all. The story brings into focus the differences that exist between the people that inhabit this biblical land. It well expresses the drives, pain and hurt that can come as a result of conflict. It also shows the love and increasing dependence the two lead characters have for each other where they finally find peace on a large property that supports the native fauna and flora within the African continent. I think it's a love story, a stor ...more
A wonderful book. A favorite of mine. A parallel to a beauty and the beast story line. A wealthy, handsome, young man has it all: the job, the women, the money, vacation homes, and so on. He pays little regard to those who are 'lesser than' types in a material sense. He loses everything in a near death experience and then his real qualities are brought to the test. One certain woman who he paid no attention to before seems to be the only person who can relate on some level with him. She can very ...more
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Wow, I really enjoyed this one! Found it on a sale rack in the library, paid .50. Published in 1975, I thought it might be out of date, boy, was I wrong. The perfect blend of techno speak, romance and locale. I actually took some notes in the margins and looked a lot of things up on Google. Totally satisfied!

I heartily recommend this one!
This story seemed to rush through each happening as if were setting up for the next main thing which never came, just rushed to the next happening.
It is an ok read, in places, such as descriptions of the land, even very good. The hero and heroine meet when young, mature together and survive through many difficulties. Beautiful love story. Two problems for me: -1. Gorgeous billionaire who can do and be anything...I always feel this is a somewhat weak premise upon which to build a story because the author can always fall back on what is unrealistic and impossible for the rest of us., kind of a lazy man's writing. 2. No chapters. Oh yeah ...t ...more
I read this for our book club. Although it was a well written book it didn't enthrall me. I wouldn't choose to read another one by Wilbur Smith.
One of best books I ever read, will stay in my memory forever. Been over 30 years so far.....
Luke Long
still to this day one of the best books I've ever read!
It's a beautiful book that gave me chills more than once.
This book is what gave me my love of reading.
Lynn Brooks
One of the best stories I've ever read!!!
Sujith Philip
Love in the time of violence :)
One of the best books I've read.
Lisa Coe
This is my favourite Wilbur Smith book!
Liz Proulx
This book started out so great. Young David Morgan, skilled fighter pilot gives up the opportunity to take his place in the wealthy family business in South Africa. He is asked to join the elite air force in Israel. Life is exciting and he has been reunited with the love of his life, Debra. Then, disaster at the wedding of Debra's brother, Joe. Arabs begin a killing spree at the reception and the bride is killed. Debra is hit by fragments of a grenade. From here the story continues until revenge ...more
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Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have so ...more
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