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Eagle in the Sky

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,497 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
David Morgan, heir to a family fortune, rebels and becomes a jet fighter pilot. Meeting Debra, an Israeli writer, he follows her to her homeland and becomes involved in her country's war for national survival, at a terrible cost to both Debra and himself.
Paperback, 373 pages
Published September 1st 1975 by Pan Publishing (first published 1974)
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Jul 16, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it
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
Mar 14, 2010 Brie Hillman rated it it was amazing
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Mar 03, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 11, 2014 Natalie rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, drama
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
May 06, 2009 Graham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, africa
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
Sep 11, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 08, 2012 Aurora rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 15, 2007 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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 it was amazing
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
Oct 16, 2008 Kelley rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 18, 2011 Suby rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2012 Tim Roast rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 08, 2015 Eric Wright rated it really liked it
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
Dec 17, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 22, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it
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Feb 03, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
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!
Debbie Zapata
Mar 14, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it it was amazing
Shelves: saturday
It is hard to say much about this book without giving away details that you have to read yourself in order to understand the characters. This a typical fast-moving, intense, sometimes gruesomely bloody but always thrilling Wilbur Smith novel. It is emotional: Smith will take you from shock to awe and
leave you in tears. Please read it.
Feb 22, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it
The novel took twists and turns I wasn't expecting. The only other Smith book I read was Gold Mine. Big difference in the plot and the feel of the novel. I liked the story but found many parts of it either as caricatures or too farfetched. I still liked it and I recommend it. I’m a bit confused on the connection of Wilbur Smith to Israel but it sure feels like there is a connection. I'm fluctuating between 3 and 5 stars but since I read it straight through, I decided it deserves 4 stars even wit ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Mwerevu rated it liked it
I have a love and hate feeling about this book. Though it is well written, I found the story a bit ridiculous. Granted, it is fictional but shouldn't fiction have an element of believability? I found this story wanting on that aspect.
Jul 28, 2015 Rosemary rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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.
Jun 01, 2015 Sylvia rated it liked it
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
May 13, 2014 Sally rated it liked it
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.
Feb 12, 2016 Tina rated it it was amazing
I just love Wilbur Smith.
The book is just one off manny i have to read.
i loved it from the first letter.
Feb 13, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
One of best books I ever read, will stay in my memory forever. Been over 30 years so far.....
Luke Long
Nov 15, 2014 Luke Long rated it it was amazing
still to this day one of the best books I've ever read!
Aug 30, 2014 Alessandro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
It's a beautiful book that gave me chills more than once.
Jul 16, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
This book is what gave me my love of reading.
Lynn Brooks
Jul 19, 2014 Lynn Brooks rated it it was amazing
One of the best stories I've ever read!!!
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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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