A Higher Call

By Adam Makos, Larry Alexander,

Book cover of A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: “Beautifully told.”—CNN • “A remarkable story...worth retelling and celebrating.”—USA Today • “Oh, it’s a good one!”—Fox News
A “beautiful story of a brotherhood between enemies” emerges from the horrors of World War II in this New York Times bestseller by the author of Devotion, now a Major…

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Pound-for-pound, this is perhaps the best military aviation book on the market today.  During the darkest days of World War II, A Higher Call tells the story of a seemingly-improbable act of gallantry in the skies over Europe.  A wounded and hardly-airworthy B-17 limps through the sky near the conclusion of its first mission. It is soon tailed by a Bf-109, the Luftwaffe’s deadliest fighter. The Messerschmitt pilot could end the B-17 crewmen’s lives with the pull of a trigger.  But what happens next will shock the reader.  

From Mike's list on military aviation.

The true story of two men, one man I knew, who flew with Hans-Joachim Marseille in North Africa. Luftwaffe fighter ace Franz Stigler encountered the battered B-17 of 1st Lt. Charles Brown. Instead of shooting the aircraft down, he took pity on them and escorted them to the English Channel, saving several lives. The two men met 40 years later and become best friends.

From Colin's list on true stories of survival.

Another WWII historical novel, this one in the European theater. Makos is an extraordinary storyteller! The depth of research and care he puts into his works is astonishing. I love reading his work because you can get fully immersed into what it must have felt like to be there, and get the raw emotions the soldiers were experiencing.

From Paul's list on the Greatest Generation.

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