Title:                      Where Eagles Dare

Author:                  Alistair MacLean

MacLean, Alistair (1967).Where Eagles Dare. Garden City, NY: Doubleday

LCCN:    67020923

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Date Updated:  October 14, 2015


It is really difficult for me to separate the book from the movie that was produced on the heels of the publishing of Where Eagles Dare. The movie shots—forbidding peaks, resourceful commandos, beautiful spies, nonstop action, and neck-snapping plot twists, made this book come alive for me. It is not usual for me that the movie creates more vivid images in my head that the book. However, this the classic adventure thriller certainly did that for me.

A team of British Special Forces commandos parachutes into the high peaks of the Austrian Alps with the mission of stealing into an invulnerable alpine castle—accessible only by aerial gondola—the headquarters of Nazi intelligence. Supposedly sent in to rescue one of their own, their real mission turns out to be a lot more complicated—and the tension climbs as team members start to die off, one by one.

This is vintage Alistair MacLean (who also wrote, The Guns of Navarone), the novel that set the pace for the film version, with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. It still packs twice the punch of most contemporary best-selling thrillers. What’s more, the cast of spooks, turncoats, and commandos who drive this story are more relevant than ever in our new era of special forces, black ops, and unpredictable alliances.

MacLean did not maintain the quality of writing through the rest of his life, but I never found one of his books to be dull. I highly recommend reading, or rereading this one.


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