Where Eagles Dare (Adrenaline Classics) Paperback – Import, 11 September 2002
|Paperback, Import, 11 September 2002||
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- Item Weight : 363 g
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1560254556
- ISBN-13 : 978-1560254553
- Product Dimensions : 14 x 1.67 x 21.6 cm
- Publisher : Thunder's Mouth Press; Reprint edition (11 September 2002)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Second, Alistair Maclean books are surprisingly hard to find now a days along with Desmond Bagley books.
Third, Where Eagles Dare as a book is unique in that the movie is almost verbatim and scene by scene based on the book. This is rare. Like Guns of Navarone, the book, is quite a bit off the movie. So in that sense the plot reads like a screenplay only with more detail thrown in. And this adds to the pleasure of reading the book after watching the movie, which again is rare.
As far as the plot goes, the plausibility of the plot is enhanced by the author's dexterity of drawing out the characters and events in such detail. Of course, the basic flaw of the plot lies in its basic premise itself : why go to such lengths to dupe four quite dull spies into giving up a list of contacts ? Such dupes could have been misled into giving up the contacts under a more devious and yet less drastic manner.
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As might be expected, all is not what it seems, and the plot rattles along with its twists and turns like the bus racing towards the airfield towards the end. The scenery that is so key to the film is brilliantly described, from the shivery Alpine blizzard, to the tightly packed, sweaty bar and the imposing Bavarian castle.
The classic 'Broadsword calling Danny Boy' callsign certainly brought back memories of the film, which I was 'forced' to watch once again after reading the book. If you like a wartime thriller, this is for you.
Now, this is one of his best ones - but actually not quite as good as the film which is an utter classic. What I do note with the passing of years and a more jaded eye is that MacLean either does not do much in the way of research or does not let material facts get in the way of a good story. Given that today most authors who write in this genre - the better ones that is - do a fair bit of checking to make sure that facts are correct, reading a book where they don't seem important is slightly jarring.
Overall though a great military romp that's fast paced well written.