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The Eagle Has Landed (Liam Devlin #1)

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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 May 28th 1975)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spies, ww2, book-to-film
”The slab slid to one side, tilting on the slope of the mound, and all was revealed. I suppose it was one of the most astonishing moments of my life, for it was a simple stone with a German cross at the head--what most people would describe as an Iron Cross. The inscription beneath it was in German: Here lies Lieutenant-Colonel Kurt Steiner and 13 German paratroopers, killed in action on November 6th, 1943.”

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Colonel Otto Skorzeny with Benito Mussolini after the successful rescue attempt.

Really t
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
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2fiction, 1audio, 3series, war
It's been a long time since I read my old paperback version, but I think I read it too early in my life. This time around, it was incredibly impressive. The characterization, plotting, & ... well, just everything.

There are plenty of good & bad guys. Unfortunately, the good guys were often after each other. Some really bad people did some good things & vice versa. Sometimes they had a choice, often they didn't. Why they felt they needed to do what they did... Oh, it was a shame &
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
Vikas Kohli
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-reads
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
امتیاز واقعی:3.5
داستانی بر مبنای اسناد و مدارک تاریخی به ادعای نویسنده که در اواخر جنگ جهانی دوم اتفاق می افته وبه دلیل همین تاریخی بودن از لحظه ای که کتاب رو شروع می کنید می دونید که تهش چه اتفاقی قراره بیوفته
عملیات نافرجام آلمان برای دزدیدن چرچیل
با این حال جوری با کاراکتر ها ارتباط برقرار می کنید که امیدوارید در انتها سرنوشت بهتری داشته باشند. نکته جالب برای من این بود که شاید برای اولین بار با داستانی از جنگ جهانی دوم روبرو شدم که آلمانی ها در اون شخصیت های پلید و "نازی" نبودند، بلکه بیشتر ا
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
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mal Warwick
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any list of the best espionage novels of all times must include Jack Higgins’ World War II caper story, The Eagle Has Landed. Published in 1975, this classic of the genre has sold more than 50 million copies. I read the book shortly after it was first published and turned back to it again to compare my memory of the book with the reality — and with contemporary entries in the field.

Classic espionage thriller

The Eagle Has Landed introduces Liam Devlin, a fast-talking agent for the Irish Republica
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
From IMDb:
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.
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deuxième-bureau
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
Roop Kumar
It is disheartening to me whenever a good story comes to an end, one such book is Jack Higgins "The Eagle Has Landed". I came to know about this book last year. I borrowed from a library read quarter last year and was not able to get hold the book again. Fortunately this year I got the opportunity to hold this book and finished reading. I enjoyed each and every page, the characters Liam Devlin and Steiner will be cherished in my heart.

The story, Adolf Hitler hints about an idea of kidnapping th
Dean Peake
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Brownlee
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wartime
The best book I have ever read in my life. Jack Higgins' prose and talent as a writer is beyond comparison. Steiner will always be one of my favourite literary heroes and the plot will always be one of the greatest I have come across. This is a novel I can read time and time again - and always be left in awe. Sheer genius.
William Brown
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Mind blowing, unputdownable. Set on the backdrop of WW II, where the German paratroopers are instructed by Heinrich Himmler to kidnap Churchill dead or alive. A must read, and recommended for any WW II fan.
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A suspenseful and clever World War II adventure tale. Recommended to readers who enjoy historical thrillers, although fans of the mystery and romance (yes, romance!) genres might also be impressed.
DeAnna Knippling
A masterpiece. The fact that there's only one way for it to end is not a detriment to the suspense, either. Fast nailbiter of an impossible book.
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe 3 1/2 stars. A nice little spy thriller. As a fan of the movie I appreciated the deeper back story here.
R.P. Morel
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: everything_else
A classic World War II story as only Higgins can tell. (The movie is pretty good too)
Matti Karjalainen
Jack Higginsin "Kotka on laskeutunut" (Gummerus, 1975) on mukaansatempaava jännitysromaani saksalaisten laskuvarjojääkärien yrityksestä siepata pääministeri Winston Churchill. Ei tämä mikään maailmankirjallisuuden klassikko ole, mutta hyvää ja toimivaa viihdettä se tarjoaa koko rahan edestä.
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ο αετός άγγιξε τη γη", εκδόσεις Bell.

Βαθμολογία: 9/10

Τον Αύγουστο του 2012 ήταν η τελευταία φορά που διάβασα Τζακ Χίγκινς, έπρεπε να περάσει τόσος πολύς καιρός από τότε μέχρι τελικά να ξαναδιαβάσω κάποιο βιβλίο του. Δεν μπορώ να καταλάβω πως έγινε αυτό, ενώ έχω πολλά βιβλία του στην συλλογή μου και ενώ μου αρέσει σαν συγγραφέας. Αυτό είναι το τέταρτο βιβλίο του συγγραφέα που διαβάζω, είναι με διαφορά το πιο γνωστό του αλλά και ίσως το καλύτερο του, και πάνω σ'αυτό βασίζεται η ομότιτλη ταινία το
Martin Hill
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
L.M. Mountford
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Journey with Mr Higgins, and I was very satisfied. Honestly, one of the few reads i've ever encountered that had me rooting for the germans. I think that says enough...
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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