In the Company of Eagles
Ernest K. Gann
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In the Company of Eagles

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Published May 1st 1981 by Jove (first published 1966)
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Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

I was hoping for more WWI aviation action than Gann actually delivered here. The story focuses on two pilots, one German, one French, who fight on different sides of the front lines near Reims in 1916-1917, the stagnant trench warfare period of the Great War before the Americans entered. There's plenty of aviation history built into the narrative, and one learns a great deal about German and French fighter aircraft, tactics, training, and the day-to-day lives of early mi...more
In the company of eagles is the story of two ww1 aviators. One a German ace and the other a young French pilot out for revenge over the death of his friend at the hands of the German. The book alternates between each character's story chapter by chapter an is full of technical details about the planes, weapons and tactics of ww1 pilots. This is very well written and made me identify with both characters neither of them is a Villan. Kupper the war weary German ace and Chamay the hot headed French...more
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I really enjoyed this novel. It had a darker feel about it and really expressed the wear and tear to these pilots. It also gave a small insight to the men fighting and how they viewed the war. How most on the German side saw that their Fatherland would most likely lose the Great War. It had a great pace and the ending was something that you don't see all that often.
I bought this on impulse at a used bookstore because I thought a story about WWI aviators might be kind of cool. I wasn't ready for the depth of character and the detail Gann brought to the story. This is a remarkable little book that is well worth your time. Highly recommended for those who have an interest in WWI, early aviation, or simply a fine book.
Jesper Jorgensen
A very, very long time since I read this book. (When I was 17 or so. As I said, very, very long time ago ;-)

It was one of the first combat aviation books I have ever read. And as far as I remember - if my dwindling memory serves me well - it did actually get to me.
Jul 09, 2013 Martin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Dawn Patrol players
Recommended to Martin by: Mike Carr
Shelves: fiction, wwi
Decent light read. First third of the book weak, picks up steam as the book progresses. The story of the often nicked ham, which has nothing to do with the plot, is memorable.
One of my absolute favorites as a young teen. I re-read several times since and still find it great
An old favorite, so am re-reading it.
If you like WW1 aviation, read this!
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Ernest K Gann was an aviator, author, filmmaker, sailor, fisherman and conservationist.

After earning his pilot license, Gann spent his much of his free time aloft, flying for pleasure. The continuing Great Depression soon cost him his job and he was unable to find another position in the movie business. In search of work, he decided to move his family to California. Gann was able to find odd jobs...more
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