Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean

Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean

Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean

Alistair Maclean died in 1987, but what a legacy he left behind.

Alistair MacLean wrote the novel, Where Eagles Dare, at the same time as he wrote the screenplay. The 1968 film was shot on location in Bavaria and Austria. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced this classic film with stars such as Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure. Both the book and the film were a major success.

Out of interest, the title comes from Act I, Scene III in William Shakespeare’s play Richard III: ‘The world is grown so bad, that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch’.

The plot has various twists and turns. During the winter of 1943 to 44 U.S. Army Brigadier General George Carnaby is captured by the Germans. He is said to be a chief planner for the Western Front. The Germans take him to Schloß Adler to be interrogated. The castle can only be accessed by cable car or by helicopter.

A British Major, John Smith and a U.S. Army Ranger Lieutenant, Morris Schaffer (Clint Eastwood) are instructed on their mission by Colonel Turner and Admiral Rolland of Britain’s MI6. They are to be parachuted into Germany disguised as German troops with a team of commandos. Their mission – to rescue Carnaby before he can be interrogated.  They are dropped by a captured German Ju-52 transport plane. Smith secretly contacts agents Mary Ellison and Heidi Schmidt. The other commandoes do not know of their existence. Heidi gets Mary a job as a secretary at the castle.

Two of the commandoes are killed in suspicious circumstances, though Smith decides to continue the operation. He works closely with Shaffer and informs London of what is happening.

The commandos surrender to the Germans and Smith and Schaffer are separated from the enlisted men. Smith and Schaffer quickly kill the Germans who are guarding them and then get their escape route ready. They ride on top of the cable car and then climb up a rope, lowered by Mary, into the castle.

Carnaby is being interrogated by General Rosemeyer and Standartenführer Kramer. When the three captured enlisted men arrive, they identify themselves as German double agents.

The plot then gets quite tricky to follow. But it is worth staying with it as it is ingenious.

Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean is a fantastic read and the film is a classic and one to watch over and over again. He is a great author in the style of Desmond Bagley and Hammond Innes.

Buy Where Eagles Dare from one of the worlds greatest authors and you will not be sorry.

A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson

A small death in Lisbon

A small death in Lisbon

I was recommended to the works of Robert Wilson by a friend of mine and I am glad I was. The espionage thriller, ‘A small death in Lisbon’, intrigued me and so, along with a love of all things Portuguese, I bought it.

Wilson is a British writer who currently lives in Portugal. He is the son of an RAF fighter pilot, and has a degree in English from Oxford. He was written crime novels based in Benin in West Africa, and also a series set mainly in Seville, in the Andalusian region of southern Spain. Born in 1957, the son of an RAF pilot,  he finished his studies with a degree in English at Oxford University which was clearly a good grounding for what was to come. Wilson won the CWA Gold Dagger for this book  and the German Crime Prize and rightly (or is it writely?) so.

A Small Death in Lisbon is an excellent novel by Robert Wilson and well worth the read. The story has several threads which intertwine into a lush tapestry a la finRobert Wilson sets the story in Portugal, which gives a wonderfully exotic air. It involves SS officers during the war and ranges through to sexual intrigue, murder and the contemporary investigations of Inspector José “Zé” Coelho.

Well done Robert!

If you enjoy this novel then you will also enjoy See Glass by Ido Graf.

Jeg blev anbefalet til værkerne af Robert Wilson af en af ​​mine venner, og jeg er glad for, at jeg var det. Spionagethrilleren, ‘En lille død i Lissabon’, fascinerede mig, og derfor købte jeg den sammen med en kærlighed til alt portugisisk.

Wilson er en britisk forfatter, der i øjeblikket bor i Portugal. Han er søn af en RAF jagerpilot og har en uddannelse i engelsk fra Oxford. Han blev skrevet kriminalromaner baseret i Benin i Vestafrika, og også en serie, der hovedsageligt udspiller sig i Sevilla, i den andalusiske region i det sydlige Spanien. Født i 1957, søn af en RAF -pilot, afsluttede han sine studier med en grad i engelsk ved Oxford University, hvilket klart var en god grund for det, der skulle komme. Wilson vandt CWA Gold Dagger for denne bog og den tyske krimipris og med rette (eller er det klogt?) Så.

En lille død i Lissabon er en fremragende roman af Robert Wilson og værd at læse. Historien har flere tråde, der fletter sig ind i et frodigt gobelin a la fin. Robert Wilson sætter historien i Portugal, hvilket giver en vidunderligt eksotisk luft. Det involverer SS -officerer under krigen og spænder fra seksuelle intriger, mord og nutidige undersøgelser af inspektør José “Zé” Coelho.

Godt gået Robert!

Hvis du nyder denne roman, vil du også nyde See Glass af Ido Graf.

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Storm Troop by Leo Kessler

Storm Troop military thriller by Leo Kessler

Storm Troop military thriller by Leo Kessler

Leo Kessler, aka Charles Whiting, was a prodigious military writer who died in 2007, writing some 350 fiction and non-fiction books – quite astonishing. Many of his great novels are detailed on the wonderful Fantastic Fiction site which I visit so often. I remember many happy days in my youth reading his novels of courage and danger set across the background of a wartorn Europe. He wrote mainly war novels that were exciting and easy reading.

Storm Troop is the first of the nine WW2 Stormtroop Edelweiss novels which were to detail the exploits of the crack German Mountain Troops who took as their emblem the beautiful Edelweiss flower of the high European alps. The Edelweiss was highly prized by young men who climbed into the mountains to retrieve them for their beloved.

In this Leo Kessler military fiction book the Edelweiss battalion sail through rivers and canals from their base in Bavaria down through France and into the Med. They travel from here to the Greek island of Leros where they land and attack British and Italian positions in the mountains just prior to an airborne assault by German parachutists and German troops who are landed from ships. This is a fast paced, WWII, fictitious, fun tale of danger among Greek islands during the war and is well worth a read. Leo Kessler is one of those writers who can very quickly hook a reader.

Leo Kessler, alias Charles Whiting, byl úžasný vojenský spisovatel, který zemřel v roce 2007 a napsal asi 350 beletristických a non -fiction knih – docela úžasné. Mnoho z jeho velkých románů je podrobně popsáno na nádherné stránce Fantastická fikce, kterou tak často navštěvuji. Pamatuji si mnoho šťastných dnů v mládí, kdy jsem četl jeho romány o odvaze a nebezpečí zasazené do pozadí válečné Evropy. Psal hlavně válečné romány, které byly napínavé a snadné na čtení.

Storm Troop je první z devíti románů Stormtroop Edelweiss, které měly podrobně popsat exploze trhliny německých horských vojsk, které si za svůj znak vzaly krásný květ Edelweiss ve vysokých evropských Alpách. Edelweiss byl velmi ceněn mladými muži, kteří vylezli do hor, aby je získali pro své milované.

V této knize Leo Kessler vojenské beletrie prapor Edelweiss proplouvá řekami a kanály z jejich základny v Bavorsku dolů přes Francii a do Med. Cestují odtud na řecký ostrov Leros, kde přistávají a útočí na britské a italské pozice v horách těsně před leteckým útokem německých parašutistů a německých vojsk, kteří přistávají z lodí. Je to rychlá, fiktivní a zábavná pohádka o nebezpečí mezi řeckými ostrovy během války a stojí za přečtení.

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