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On Wings of Eagles by Ken Follett
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On Wings of Eagles (original 1983; edition 2004)

by Ken Follett

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Title:On Wings of Eagles
Authors:Ken Follett
Info:NAL Trade (2004), Ausgabe: Reprint, Paperback, 400 Seiten
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On Wings of Eagles by Ken Follett (1983)

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    Op-Center by Jeff Rovin (Hedgepeth)
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    Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran (sneuper)
    sneuper: Books about escaping Iran before and during the revolution of 1979-1979. Although very different in approach (thriller vs. romance), the setting is the same.
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    Whirlwind by James Clavell (sneuper)
    sneuper: A story about escaping from Iran during the revolution of 1978-1979.
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if anyone can tell a true story in a mesmerising way, it's Ken Follet. ( )
  Harris_Niazi | May 24, 2018 |
The book began fairly slowly, and although I understood the need to set the stage, it would habeen easy to set it aside at that point. Only after Paul and Bill were imprisoned did the pace pick up and the book became interesting.

My father worked for USOM (United States Overseas Mission--later to become USAID) from 1957-1960. He dined with the Shah at least once. It was, in a sense, the high point of his career. ( )
  kaulsu | Mar 29, 2017 |
A true story of high corporate brass (Ross Perot) leading a rescue of businessmen in Tehran. I prefer Follett's fiction, but still found this book fascinating if for no other reason than that it chronicles a true-life "Mission: Impossible." ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Ken Follett has written quite a lot of suspense-filled thrillers. On Wings of Eagles differs from his usual fare in that it is a thriller that is a true story from start to finish. Follett tells the story of the capture-for-ransom and subsequent escape to freedom of two executives employed by H. Ross Perot as the revolution in Iran was unfolding in early 1979. Looking back now, 35 years after the event, the success of the rescue mission stands in stark comparison to the failed mission to rescue the hostages taken at the US embassy later that year. Follett published his account in 1983, when the outcomes of each of these events was widely known, and yet I found that his story doesn’t carry the excitement that I had anticipated. Perot's collection of mercenaries, most of whom were already in his employ in other capacities, come off a bit thin, as does the unfolding story as Perot begins with conventional approaches to gaining his employees freedom before launching the rescue mission. Perhaps Follett has included too much detail. It is a good story, but told in a less-than-compelling fashion. ( )
  BradKautz | Dec 2, 2014 |
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I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. - Exodus 19:4
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It all started on December 5, 1978.
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The Team
The Eagles, a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of a great American corporation, hand-picked and trained by a retired Green Beret Officer

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To penetrate a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran and free the Americans imprisoned there.

The Odds
If you had to calculate them, you didn't go. 

The story on these pages would have been incredibly exciting had it been fiction. but it is more than that - it is fact. It's a story that only Ken Follett, today's master of action and suspense, could do justice to.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451213092, Paperback)

The #1 International Bestseller now in trade paperback—with 16 pages of photos.

Number-one bestselling author Ken Follett tells the inspiring, true story of the Middle East hostage crisis that began in 1979, and of the unconventional means Ross Perot used to save his countrymen.

 

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Relates the true story of a Green Beret colonel who came out of retirement to lead a secret raid to get two Americans out of an Iranian jail and home to America.

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