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Laksana Rajawali

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Di sebuah lembah yang mempesona, di puncak bukit yang menjulang, berdiri Puri Rajawali, pusat Gestapo, organisasi yang paling ditakuti di dunia. Hanya ada satu cara untuk mencapainya - dengan kereta gantung.

Mayor Smith dan Letnan Schaffer menunggu dengan membisu. Detik-detik merangkak perlahan. Menit-menit menumpuk lambat. Suhu makin turun. Lalu nampaklah kereta itu.Begitu
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 1993 by PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1967)
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Scribble Orca
I'm about to review a modern techno-thriller and while researching the author something jogged my 14 year old self's memory of Alistair McLean.

I gobbled his books in high school - I remember when The Eagle Has Landed was all the big rage and I read it, sure, like everyone else, but Alistair had me hooked and I ploughed through his entire oeuvre (or at least as much as our high school library budget allowed) during one year.

Then I forgot all about him until two days ago. I suppose that will be an
John Rollo
John Rollo
Period 3
Where Eagles Dare by: Alistair MacLean

The story Where Eagles Dare started off a bit slow for me, but as the story went on, the action really kicked in. The story begins with a problem, an important American general is being held hostage in a secret Gestapo facility by the SS. Britain is America’s closest ally to the situation and is called in to help. They assemble a team of men to infiltrate the facility and the book is than filled with mysteries and unfortunate scenarios for
This is based on MacLean's own script for the movie, which he wrote for his friend, Richard Burton. It is full-throated, roaring adventure, complete with a parachute drop behind enemy lines to attack a Nazi stronghold in the mountains of Germany, twists and turns double-crosses and triple-crosses, everything that made MacLean's novels so much fun. Guns, planes, explosions, what more can you ask for?
I absolutely loved the film and read the book when I was a young lad of probably 13 or so. The film always seemed to be on an my Sister and I had a running joke between ourselves about it and so with that in mind she bought me a lovely looking reprint society edition and I read it again.
I didn't enjoy it at all. Clearly it's a matter of personal opinion as Alistair MacLean has sold a fair few books in his time but to me it was very poorly written. Maybe I'm being harsh, maybe I'd just come away
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Alistair MacLean wrote the screen play for his close friend, Richard Burton. Burton's star power was sliding at the time of the film and he wanted an action film along the lines of Maclean's bestseller and hit movie, The Guns of Navarone. And he got it! The novel is in fact based upon the screenplay, rather than the other way around - slightly odd.

I watched the film last night and I had to read the novel. And it is the screenplay. The first 30 pages are a bit slow, since one really can't get the
Craig Andrews
Unusually this book is not a novelization, it was written at the same time as the script and as such it's practically identical to the film. However because of that quite a few sections read a little sluggishly as it's not as fast paced as the film. Where Eagles Dare is quite possibly my favourite 'Christmas Movie' from when I was a kid and the book was a slight disappointment (the films still rocks).
James Phillips
A masterful spy thriller set in WWII. A rag-tag group of MI-6 operatives along with one American OSS agent are sent to Bavaria, deep behind enemy lines to rescue a captured US Army general who has information on the Second Front (the invasion of Europe) before he spills all their secrets. This is not an action war book one would expect. Maclean's story is a page-turning thriller that includes misdirection, red herrings and double-crosses. The dialog is smart between characters and the Germans ar ...more
Cameron C
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Though I have read several of MacLean's books, this remains my favorite. A small group against Nazi Germany...seemingly insurmountable odds...good stuff. It is the only MacLean I keep in my own library and I reread it every now and again. The interplay between Smith and Schaffer is amusing and the romance angle is not sappy.
I have to say that I was deeply disappointed in the Clint Eastwood movie of this book. As is usually the case, the book is so much better.
Michael Angliss
This is the book I always think of whenever I need to remember what the perfect espionage thriller is. It is the ideal amulet to some of todays less-than-ideal contributions to the reading market. Most of the faster paced writing of today is good but dogged by flimsiness, which is what you never read in any of MacLean's earlier works, especially not in 'Where Eagles Dare'. They say that short stories force writers to hone every word to a resolved conquest over the bluntness of mediocrity: this b ...more
Shriram Jayachandran
WHERE EAGLES DARE is an action-adventure novel, set in the period of WWII. Though the plot consists of suspense,action and heroism, I find Alistair's writing, too elaborate. I don't know whether I am the only one who feels this way, but he sure did describe the situation and the scene a lot more than the action. On some pages, I really forgot which characters were involved in the scene. Such was the description of the scene. Sometimes, the description is so deep that, when I could not get some l ...more
Jeff Dawson
It's Alistair MacLean. Need I say more?
Amazing book.

I think a good book must make you tremble, laugh, leave you speechless, hold your breath, make you eager to read it, make you sorry you finished it so fast.

A good book should leave you with a big smile of satisfaction because you've read it. And it must leave you thinking about it long after you finished it.

This book as all of the above.

Scott Holstad
Where Eagles Dare is the most fast-paced, action-oriented, craziest thriller I have ever read. Which is good, because it's largely unbelievable. The plot is too crazy, the characters too unreal, etc., et al for this to be read as a believable book. And that is a shame.

In the book, a team of six British commandos and one American OSS agent parachute into the Alps to gain entrance to a German fortress that can only be accessed by aerial gondola. It's also the headquarters for the Gestapo and Nazi
Aadiyat Ahmad
It doesn't take long to see why this book has a reputation for being one of the greatest war stories ever written.
The narrative is vivid, the suspense is heavy, the action is thrilling.
This is not a story about cliffhangers or the like, this is about momentum. And it gathers the momentum quickly and never seems to take the foot off the accelerator. Fast paced sequences take you from set piece to set piece to a wonderful climax. And there are enough plot twists to make even M. Night Shyamalan go
Sonia Gomes
I loved Alistair MacLean, his books talked about WWII, which fascinates me. My father fought in that War, oh the tales we heard! Being young girls however, those tales bored us to tears.

Alistair MacLean captures the spirit of those days beautifully
An incredibly fast-paced and adrenaline-fueled read! Though many parts seem to be straight out of a Bollywood action flick, I thoroughly enjoyed it. And just to think that such secret operations must actually happen during wars gives me goosebumps! :)
This was my first Alastair Maclean book and probably not my last. I picked it up as I have been a fan of the 1968 movie starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood since I was a kid and wanted to read the novel it was based on.
Simply put, the book was easy to read, entertaining and generally good fun. The story was proposterously over the top and very corny with every second world war cliche featured.
The violence was very toned down and Alastair’s special forces soldiers seem remarkably unwilling
Tom King
All twists and turns. Gripping MacLean stuff. You've probably all seen the movie so know the plot but Maclean is the best at writing this so he's always worth a read, and then a reread.
Christine Blachford
There's nothing better than a good spy thriller and this was a great one. I was vaguely aware it was a film but hadn't realised the book and the screenplay were written at the same time. You can visualise almost every scene, with great descriptions throughout - particularly of how cold it all is!

I thought it was a bit hard to get a grip on the number of characters at the beginning, but one way or another they are soon whittled down to a manageable couple of groups. As always with this type of st
Olivier Van Cantfort
Good suspense, but the story is so unrealistc...
Nolan Ahlgrim
This book is pretty decent. It has the military special ops theme that appeals to most every guy and a lot of girls also. Being in the snowy Alps during WWII seems dangerous but that's why this British squad of soldiers were chosen for the job. What isn't explained though, is how the squad manages to drag around a little girl with them when the mission was to kill a National Socialist leader. It's actually a major plot hole that I never saw be resolved. The Captain of the squad also breaks his n ...more
"Όπου τολμούν οι αετοί", εκδόσεις ΒΙΠΕΡ.

Uber κλασικό περιπετειώδες ανάγνωσμα που αφορά τον Δεύτερο Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο, είναι το γνωστότερο έργο του συγγραφέα (πιο πολυδιαβασμένο και από τα Κανόνια του Ναβαρόνε).

Η ιστορία είναι πολύ γνωστή, μια χειμωνιάτικη νύχτα, εφτά άντρες και μια γυναίκα, πέφτουν με αλεξίπτωτο στην πλαγιά ενός βουνού στη Γερμανία, με σκοπό να μπουν σε ένα απρόσιτο κάστρο, αρχηγείο της Γκεστάπο, στο οποίο οι Γερμανοί κρατούν όμηρο έναν πολύ σημαντικό Αμερικανό στρατηγό που γνωρ
In Where Eagles Dare, by Alistair MacLean, the main mesage is that one should be prepared, and use their head. This book takes place in Schloss Adler, an alpine castle that is the headquarters for the gestapo, the German military police, and the areas surrounding the castle. This book is set just before America launches the second front during World War II. This book is told from the third person limited perspective, with the main protagonist named Smith. In the book, the reader follows a group ...more
Arlene Starr
This story is set during the World War II era. It is espionage, double agents and human interaction to its fullest. There are variable plots; to begin with it there are six men who believe they are on a mission orchestrated by the Vice Admiral Rolland, Asst. Director of Naval Operations and M16, a counter espionage branch of the British Secret Service, to rescue an individual who had been captured and was in the hands of the Germans. The story setting takes place primarily on the way to and in S ...more
David King
As part of the 2014 Eclectic Reader Challenge I was required to read a novel which fell under the category of War. I decided to go for a classic war thriller and picked up “Where Eagles Dare” by Alistair Maclean which is a story I knew about due to the late 1960’s movie of the same name. However, beyond a vague memory of a cable car featuring quite prominently I couldn’t really remember that much about the plot.

In regards to the plot of the story, it is set over the winter of 1943/1944 and start
Alex Gherzo
The first two Alistair Maclean novels I read (HMS Ulysses and The Guns Of Navarone)were somewhat disappointing, so I was a little trepidatious when I began Where Eagles Dare. I'm not sure if lowered expectations played a role in my enjoyment, but I really liked this one. It was fast-paced and thrilling, but the character work also seemed stronger. As with The Guns Of Navarone, I liked the movie better, but the difference in quality isn't as huge this time.

When an American general is taken capti
This book is like reading a movie. I've never read anything by MacLean before this, although I did watch The Guns of Navarone as a kid and loved it. This story is infinitely readable - I started yesterday afternoon and finished at 3 this morning. It is also pretty forgettable. All of the action takes place in about 36 hours. The characters aren't very complex. Everything is spelled out in dialogue, there are no inner monologues here. There are even long speeches wherein the hero, or villain lays ...more
Gordon Wulff
A classic if ever there was . MacLean never disappoints, delivering bravado and machismo in pressure situations . A new Author that is doing some similar things .

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E.E. Borton
By Alistair Maclean. Grade: A
Alistair Maclean, one of the greats of all time, was considered the master of thrillers and espionage novels, especially during the 50s and the 60s. His novel, Where Eagles Dare, has been made into a successful feature film. Despite all its flaws and strengths, the novel still makes the brain work at an overactive pace to keep up with the story.

A team of British Special Forces whose objective is to breach into an apparently inaccessible Alpine castle named Castle of
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Alistair Stuart MacLean (Scottish Gaelic: Alasdair MacGill-Eain), the son of a Scots Minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941, at the age of eighteen, he joined the Royal Navy; two and a half years spent aboard a cruiser were to give him the background for 'HMS Ulysses', his first novel, the outstanding documentary novel on the war at sea. After the war he gained an English Hono ...more
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“This won't look so good in my obituary," Schaffer said dolefully. There was a perceptible edge of strain under the lightly-spoken words."Gave his life for his country in a ladies' lavatory in Upper Bavaria.” 29 likes
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