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Flight of Eagles

(Dougal Munro and Jack Carter #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,229 ratings  ·  98 reviews
In the early days of World War II, nations were forced to choose sides in the epic battle that would change history forever. But for two brothers, fate had already made the choice. Separated as boys, Max and Harry Kelso have grown up to become ace fighter pilots --- Max with the German Luftwaffe and Harry in Britain's RAF. Now, the machinery of war has set in motion an ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published May 11th 1998)
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Aug 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
While the novel was centered around an interesting premise of 2 brothers, both fighter pilots fighting on opposite sides in the Second World War, I felt as if it was a rush job. The characters were sketchily drawn and showed little depth. The one figure I found most appalling was an SS officer named Erich Hartmann (which was also the name of the top Luftwaffe fighter ace, who by all accounts, was a very principled man, having survived 10 years of Soviet imprisonment between 1945 and 1955), who ...more
Nick Brett
Dec 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is a weak offering from an author who can do a lot better.

It is quite an old novel subject to a re-issue and is the tale of two fighter aces, twin brothers, who fight for the RAF and the Luftwaffe. By way of a backstory we see the separate stories of the two brothers knowing that eventually their paths will collide.

Surprisingly for Higgins, it is simplistic and lacks any sort of tension. Not helped by a total lack of character for the two twins, they remain fairly blank canvases right to
Danny M
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This Flight of the Eagles follows a similar theme of the previous novels written by Jack Higgins, such as The Eagle has Landed which sold over 50 million copies. The novel takes place during World War 2 and is about two brothers, both fliers, who fight on different sides. It is an easy novel to read and follow, and I found it very entertaining. There are some twists and turns, and I looked forward to reading the book, and once started found it difficult to put down. i read some of the other ...more
Michael Fox
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I always enjoy a Jack Higgins novel. They are typically well researched and written. Several of his characters are among my favorites that I've read. This book was fast paced and fun. Couldn't wait to learn what happened next. The final twist in the epilogue put a smile on my face. Irony. Yet it was foreshadowed from the beginning. Would recommend this book to all who may enjoy WWII historical fiction.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
July 2018 More than 5 Stars --- 10 Stars!!!!!!!!!! Now I'm sorry I rated so many Jack Higgins stories 5 stars. This story is "for real" 5 + stars. I loved that the bear Tarquin was a thread throughout the story. I heartily recommend it.!!!!
First Jack Higgins book I've ever read (bought at public library book sale for $1). I thought that the story line was believable and exciting. I will have to find more of his books to read.
I really enjoyed this book. I do so enjoy Higgins WWII novels.

This one was particularly good. It started off in WWI with a American Flyer Kelso who flew with the British during WWI. With each flight he took a bear with him called Tarquin. During the war he was shot down and met a Prussian nurse Elsa von Halder who had lost everything in the war. They married and she came to the US on a boat and had identical twins whilst Kelso went back to the War. At the end of the war he returned as his father
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry and Max Kelso are twin brothers, born to an American father and a German mother during WWI. Their father was an ace pilot who never recovered from the horrors of war. Their mother was a faithful but repressed personality, and after their father passed the boys were split apart. One went to live with their mother in Germany, the other stayed to live with their grandfather in America. Despite the distance, the boys maintained their relationship until WWII broke out. Then they found ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I particularly like Jack Higgins/James Patterson's WWII novels and this book was no exception. It had a very interesting plot involving American-born twin brothers, Harry and Max Kelso, fighting on opposite sides of the war. One was a fighter pilot for the RAF and the other for the Luftwaffe. The early part of the novel, setting up the war scenes to follow, was a little tedious and it jumped around a bit, but once the real stuff got going it was excellent with some great characters. It begins ...more
Sarah Allen
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The book starts in the current day with the author and his wife flying to a remote airport in the southwest of England. I thought it might be a non-fiction book until he continued on with the story of twin brothers raised together in the U.S. who ended up flying opposite of each other in WWII. One brother flew for the Luftwaffe and the other for the Royal Air Force in England. I really appreciated the authenticity of the writing about the aircraft, airfields, conditions, flying techniques and ...more
Megan Chappie
Dec 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: I read the condensed version, in Reader's Digest. The premise was promising, and it had some touching moments; however: 1) I was not impressed with the writing (usually I'm not a stickler for the old adage "show don't tell," but this book convinced me it's sound advice), and 2) there was (totally unnecessary) sexual content.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
THis was a right and good read. Not sure how much if any is true, but the structure of the tale flows very wel and hte characters are life like.
The best part is not the Natzi bad guys or the missplsced twins, but the bear who gets to fly. Almost like a combat Winnie the Pooh. Sure makes me smile thinking of him.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real page-turner!

I could not put the book down. I had never heard of Jack Higgins before I read this book. I’m hooked and looking forward to reading his other books starting with Cold Harbour.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Not as good as his older ones... feels rushed. Still a fun, action packed read.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Great story about 2 twin pilots during the WWII fighting for opposite sides.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shortlist
An average story which the author claims to be true. However, certain events are clearly not true and none of the main characters or events can be confirmed by any historical evidence.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One if the best, could not stop reading!
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable WWII read........a good job by Jack Higgins......
Virginia Haas
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
A unique approach for Higgins. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and of course the twist.
Basanta Raj
I love books from Jack Higgins. Easy to read and follow. The store telling. I can image watching the scenes as it unfolds.
David Shimp
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Really went downhill after the last few chapters. The overacted performance by Patrick Macnee didn't help...
Tom Barnes
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it

Identical twin boys and Tarquin – a stuffed bear.
Max and Harry Kelso were born in France just before the end of World War I and grew up in Boston. Tarquin, the mascot bear, belonged to the twin’s father, Jack Kelso, and had his initial flight with the World War I ace in a Bristol fighter. Tarquin, the good luck charm, was with Kelso on every subsequent flight until they were eventually shot down.
Jack Kelso was injured in the crash and hospitalized. During the time of his recuperation he fell in
Kara Jorges
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jack Higgins tells the amazing story of Max and Harry Kelso, identical twin brothers of German-American descent. In World War I, their father, Jack Kelso, flew for the Royal British Flying Corps. He fell in love with his German nurse, Baroness Elsa Von Halder, while hospitalized after his plane was shot down, and married her and sent her to live with his father in the United States. She bore him twins Max and Harry, and after Jack’s death, she wanted to return to Germany with them. The boys’ ...more
Nov 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
In Flight of Eagles by Jack Higgins, Higgins uses action to attempt to entertain us readers. Higgins bounces back and forth using different narrator perspectives and leaving most of us confused and dissatisfied.
I overall hated this book as I was constantly confused over what was happening, why it was happening, and about the characters actions. For instance the two protagonists are near drowning and suffering hypothermia in the middle of the ocean but instead of trying to save their own lives
Suzanne Moore
Jack Higgins tells a good story! Harry and Max Kelso, “brothers in arms,” find themselves on opposing sides during WWII. The story begins when they are separated as young boys. When their father, an American fighter pilot, dies in a car cash, their mother, a German Baroness, wants to return to Europe with her sons… identical twins. Their grandfather doesn’t agree with her plan for the boys, but allows Max, the “oldest” twin to leave, as he is destined to become Baron one day.

Their father had a
Ryland Davidson
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
The last book I read was Flight of Eagles by Jack Higgins. This book is about the Keslo brothers who moved to opposite sides of the world after their parents went through a messy divorce. Max moved to Germany and Harry to The United States. When war strikes the world they both unknowingly join the air forces of rival countries. Major characters in this book include Harry, Max, Zec, and Hartmann.
I really enjoyed the story line of this book. I found it very interesting and realistic. I liked it
May 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I am 1/3 of the way through and don't find myself caring very much about the main characters yet. Interesting story . . . I am assuming something will happen to make these Heroes more likeable.

Didn't really care about the characters. I don't care if my books are full of loveable characters but the book was just missing a lot of depth. I have a hard time buying the fact that these pilots didn't really care about the war or the side they were fighting for, all they cared about was flying, they
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I agree with a lot of the reviews written by others that were a bit critical that this wasn't up to par for a Jack Higgins work. It is one of his early works and his "rookieness" shows...but only in the beginning of the book. I found it a bit simple to start, but kept with it, and after about 80 pages or so it really started to hook me, and the writing skill got better and better and by the end I thought to myself "now this is the Jack Higgins we know". The book about twin brother pilots in WW2, ...more
Geoff Nolan
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Flyers!
Recommended to Geoff by: My father
My rating and review of this book is completely subjective. I was on holidays in my late-teens when my father handed me the book and said, 'Read this.' So I read it. Being a teenager, I wasn't looking forward to the prospect. There were beaches to visit, fun to be had and new friends to be made. However, after the first page of Flight of Eagles. My friends had to wait..!

Flight of Eagles follows the paths of two brothers - twins, in fact - during World War II. Both of them are pilots. Both of
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was the 2nd book by Higgins centered around the Cold Harbour project during WWII I've read, and they have both been very entertaining. The war and history elements are done well, giving a good feel for the time, but his biggest strength is building out the characters who all have conflicting emotions and aren't just "for country first". This one has a time lapse part as starts and ends in close to present day, with an author essentially playing Higgins himself, who then writes the novel ...more
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Jack Higgins is the best known of the many pseudonyms of Henry Patterson. (See also Martin Fallon, Harry Patterson, Hugh Marlowe and James Graham.)

He is 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

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