Flight of Eagles Paperback
by Jack Higgins
Born in the United States but separated since they were boys, twin brothers Max and Harry Kelso found themselves fighting on opposite sides when the Second World War broke out, Max as one of the Luftwaffe's most feared pilots, Harry as a Yank ace in the RAF...Two brothers united by blood - divided by war In the early days of World War Two, 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 as one of the Luftwaffe's most feared pilots, and Harry as a Yank with the RAF.
Now, the machinery of war has set in motion an intrigue so devious, so full of danger, that they will be forced to question everything they value: their lives and ultimately their loyalties.
Against impossible odds, it is their courage alone that will decide the course of the war itself...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 10/11/2011
- Category: Second World War fiction
- ISBN: 9780007437856
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Review by Bridgey
[Flight of Eagles] - Jack Higgins **** ½ Two twin brothers, Max and Harry find themselves on opposite sides in the second world war. Born to an American father and German mother loyalities are divided when the father is killed and the boys mother decides to head back to her native Germany to claim her heritage.Max being the oldest by ten minutes becomes a Baron, while Harry stays with him grandfather, soon to be a senator. Both boys decide to follow in their fathers footsteps and become fighter pilots. At the break of war they both join the RAF and Luftwaffe respectively and soon become Ace's and work their way through the rankings.At the heart of the tale is a stuffed bear called Tarquin, carried by their father as Macsot on every flight and handed down to Harry who does the same.At the start of the novel, set in 1997, the bear is once again airborne and survives a crash into the channel. The lifeboat coxswain (now 85) picks up the survivors and recognises the bear and memorys come flooding back. With a little digging around the full tale is told.This book is wriiten in very much the same style as The Eagle has landed. As usual, Higgins makes the pages fly by. I have read other reviews where historical inaccuracies have been made apparent, but unless your a total History geek, you won't even notice these.