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A Higher Call is mostly the story of Franz Stigler n ce WWII German fighter pilot who came upon heavily damaged nd helpless American B 17 bomber struggling to return to England Stigler could have easily shot the bomber down but instead he escorted them past n nti ircraft battery nd flew long side them for Romeo for Real a while out over the North Sea Stigler knew he would be court martialed ifnyone found out what he had done For years he won Can good men be found on both sides of bad warIf there is ny honor nd beauty to be found in war this is it A Higher Call An Incredible True Story of Combat nd Chivalry in the War Torn Skies of World War II Even in war miracles happen LogoLounge 2 and God extends grace After reading Makos latest release Devotion An Epic Story of Heroism Friendshipnd Sacrifice Bad Billy Brighton a truly phenomenal booknd now this one I m totally in we of his moral integrity tenacious resolve nd dedication to precision His bility to ccurately nd efficiently tell the stories of unsung heroes fter years of extensive research which includes large number of personal interviews visits to museums traveling to places where ctual events occurred nd digging through mountains of rchived military A Knife in the Heart andor government documents is highly commendable Top notch Second to none He brings historylive in such personable way that it reads like novel enlightening nd enthrallingI must note though A Higher Call was exceptionally combat detailed nd intense than that of Devotion It took me well over week to read through it due to some of the graphic intensity Those who know my personal history will understand Another halting factor was the overview net being cast so wide covering both the American side of the ir war euation s well s if not so the German side it was A Bollywood Affair a bit much for me to take in without pausing to digest Also I thought it bit dry here nd there Not horribly so Just wee bit All in ll n exemplary piece of human interest nuanced WWII history Highly recommended to The Scent of Rosa's Oil armchair history buffs human interest enthusiastsndor military buffs s well s scholarly historians 45FIVE Humanitarian Nuanced Wartime HistoryHeroes STARS I just finished reading A Higher Call An Incredible True Story of Combat Nobodys Angel (Willow Park, and Chivalry in the War Torn Skies of World War II I was little skeptical bout the use of the word incredible in the title I discovered that the uthor chose it for the best of reasons it s totally ccurate This is n incredible book to read nd experience from personal Defending Hearts and historical point of view plus the story it weavesbout two pilots from opposing sides is truly incredible It is difficult to write this review without sounding sappy or s if I m gushingit is that good Anyone who has professes to have genuine interest in the human side of war especially if you re willing to think bout the War in Europe from *the perspective of either side represented by German ce Franz Stigler nd the American side represented * perspective of either side represented by German ce Franz Stigler Feel the Heat (Phoenix Agency, and the American side represented B 17 pilot Charlie Brown this book is must read for you I was deeply moved while reading many parts of this book several times to tears such that I closed it up for while to let the visual pictures in my head reside there uietly I did not expect this book to read like novel full of tension Sudden Fury (The Last Gunfighter, and page turningpprehensionexcitement At mid point when these two Spiky adversaries met in battle over Germany I kept reading until 3m this morning until that particular part of the tale was resolved I finished the book in one long sitting today Makos craft s writer is well honed He is ble to weave informational nd statistical material throughout his text without ever losing the threads of human interest that bind the parts of this interlocking story together Those of us who Dungeon of Death appreciate the bravery of ordinary men in extraordinary times owe Makos our thanks A remarkable story withll of its twists nd turns from Munich nd the northern shores of Africa to the landing fields of England Love Rockets and eventually to the shores of Canadand the United States might have remained untold Additionally I learned great deal of new information from this book nd have A Deceptive Homecoming (Hattie Davish Mystery, a better idea what it might have been like to be part of B 17bomber crew or what it took to become n Ace in the Luftwaffe without caving in to the incredible pressures exerted by Goerring or the Gestapo Makos has written nother book called Voices of the Pacific which I intend to read I hope that it chieves the level of excellence found in A Higher Call What s better than good novel A great story that is true nd inspirational oneI never write reviews but this book was so good I thought I had to do so So many things had to go just right nd the timing lways had to line up or this book would never have existed Brave nd honorable men do exist in real life We just normally don t get to hear bout them Read the book You ll be glad you did I bought this book for my husband I usually read time travel romance The Hired Man andpocalyptic books I read the nd it sounded interesting I ve lways loved non fiction romance nd pocalyptic books I read cover Almost A Gentleman and it sounded interesting I velways loved non fiction Four days before Christmas 1943 badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany At its controls was 21 year old pilot Half his crew lay wounded or dead It was their first mission Suddenly sleek dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail German Messerschmitt fighter Worse the German pilot was n ce man ble to destroy the American bomber in the sueeze of trigger What happened next would defy imagination nd later be called the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War IIThis is the true story of the two pilots. Ally history concentrating on time travel during the Civil War After Here by the Bloods all this is New York Times Best Seller so I decided to give it try thinking I would read the first chapter then fall sleep With 371 pages lso filled with many many pictures never printed before I was captured with the plot immediately No way could I stop reading this book It intertwines the lives of enemies Germans nd the Americans especially two men It took the uthor eight years of research to write this book His impeccable details proves his cclaimed research It does not glorify war in fact lmost the opposite It shows how the fighter pilots REALLY felt The vivid details love heartbreak families torn part some killed but most of ll it gives very clear picture of World War 11 I thought my history was pretty good little did I realize I knew nothing I thought everyone knew what Hitler was doing with the concentration camps It tells of how hearts change in war sometimes for the worst but Bound (Torn Trilogy, also sometimes for the best I cannot say enoughbout this book to give it the justice nd proclamation it deserves I ve lways wanted to visit camps in Germany with many other major landmarks I envy the uthor of his knowledge This book just heightened my personal desires Maybe someday I will be ble to visit the places in Gemany with this book forever burned into my mind Highly recommended to everyone This book was phenomenalI knew from the very first few chapters that I was gonna end up enjoying this book very much This blend of beautiful nd harrowing experiences written together with incredibly researched work makes this such well executed book I have to say this book is mainly Loyalty and Lies about the German pilot whoccording to his marican counterpart was the hero of this story I loved that it was written with such wide perspective from the Germans side since the time of his childhood It made it so much easier to understand the German pilot Frank Stigler who Fortunes Flames amidst the cruelty violencend war surrounding the WW2 would do n ct of pure chivalry nd humane that it shows to everyone that enemies re better off s friends This book is written so well nd the characters centered in nd round this story portrayed so richly that t the end I felt like I knew each nd every one of them I felt like I experienced everything with them And I have to pplaude Adam Makos for executing this heroic nd Claiming Her awe inspiring story so well Here s to Franz Charliend his crew who lived through it ll nd lived to tell us their tale A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself A uote I think that fits perfectly for Franz Stigler I just completed reading Adam Makos A Higher Call nd I can only say I was bsolutely stunned fter finishing its final page I sat uietly for several minutes staring t the book nd flipping through it looking t its pictures gain trying to come to grips with what I had just read It is emotional book than I imagined it would beAdam has written Murder Go Round a stunning eye openingnd breathtaking story of the lives of WWII pilots from both sides of the European Theater nd I dare say HIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST COMPLETE AND BEST ACCOUNTING is probably the most complete nd best Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential accounting have ever read especially from the German fighter pilot s sideit isbsolutely brilliant And s one who has been reading WWII nd fighter pilot books for 30 years it stands head Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 and shouldersbove ll *the others in my opinionadam s coverage of * others in my opinionAdam s coverage of German fighter pilot s side was the most complete I have ever read nd it provided new insight into Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 a side of things I never thought I d beble to read And American B 17 bomber pilot Charley Brown s insistance that Adam focus on German figher pilot Franz Stigler s side s the real story turned it from n interesting story to Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child a poignant personal story of how things really were Thank God that Charley Brown knew where the real story wasnd pushed for it to be told from that point of view That turned the book from just The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 a very good book inton mazing that point of view That turned the book from just very good book into n mazing believe this book has movie potential it has story uality seldom seen nd I believe it deserves wide dissemination Adam Makos came out with Hell of first book he has real talent nd I look forward to future books by him Starting with n encounter between I Was Anastasia a badly shot up B 17nd Choice of the Cat ance German fighter pilot on Christmas Eve of 1943 the Three Cups of Deceit author tells the story of the pilots of the 2irplanes In telling the story he Sparrow Road also tells little of his own growth in researching that storyWhile this book is the story of the two pilots Charlie Brown yes that s really his name who was piloting the B 17 A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston and Franz Stigler who was flying the ME109 this narrative is mainly Stigler s story At the time of the encounter Stigler was just victory way from completing the reuirements for being warded Knights Cross one of Germany s highest wards for valor Remarkably Franz decides to let the B 17 go Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World and even escorted through flak belt until it reached the North Sea While Mr Makos tells both men s story the majority of the narrative follows Lt Stigler The The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors author foll. Whose lives collided in the skies that day the American 2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain Yoga: The Art of Adjusting a B 17nd the German 2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler former irline pilot from Bavaria who sought to The Neural Basis of Free Will avoid fighting in World War II A Higher Call follows both Charliend Franz’s harrowing missions Charlie would face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies’ planes flak bursts so close they would light his cockpit nd packs of enemy fighters that would circle his plane like sharks Franz wo. ,
Ows Stigler through his war nd how he became fighter pilot nd eventually to fly the ME 262 jet fighter in the closing days of the war Never Nazi Stigler is portrayed s Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, a man who was fighting the good fight for bad cause A prewar Lufthansa pilot he became civilian instructor pilot for the Luftwaffe where he taught many of the men who flew with the Condor Legion in Spain He was eventually dragooned into the Luftwaffe when he complained that he got no respect from the Past Destinies aviation cadets because he was civilianThe narrative illuminates what the life of Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 a fighter pilot was like in the Luftwaffe For example in telling the story of Stigler s service in North Africa the sand bad foodnd probably importantly the comradeship between pilots If Wishes Were Horses and their crew chiefsmechanics is well drawn In fact when North Africa falls Stiglerlong with most of his suadron mates sueeze their mechanics into their irplanes when they re transferred to Sicily rather than let them be captured During this period Stigler s mbition to win Knights Cross is emphasizedAs the war drags on Stigler s mbition for glory wanes He often gives the credit for irplanes he shoots down to young pilots in his suadron Finally in the waning days of the war he reuests permission to join VG 44 nd Adolf Galland in flying the ME 262 His story of the last days of the war is heart rending esp when he gives in to the pleas of one of his young pilots who really has no business flying such high performance ircraft nd lets the young man fly combat sortie The young pilot crashes on landing is horribly burned nd eventually diesCharlie Brown s story doesn t take up Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day anywhere near the pages of the narrative but thengain his war was nowhere A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 as long In comparison to the Germans who basically flew until they were killed the Americans had fairly short combat tour of 25 missions 3 6 months of flying t the time Brown was flying At the time of his encounter with Stigler Brown was on only his second mission He was ble to nurse his irplane back to Britain nd when he told his story it was met with disbelief nd then classified Mr Markos does tell the story of the rest of Brown s tour including some very scary moments of noncombat flying climbing through heavy clouds full of other irplanes with the danger of collisions The Unspeakable Mind atny moment flying t 20 25000 ft in n unheated Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought aircraft where the temperature was up to 40F etc This section islso very enlightening but takes up less than half of the pages of Stigler s storyThe final section of the book is how the two men eventually met Murder at Beechwood and became fast friends until their deaths in 2008 After the war Stigler spent many years trying to find fate of the men he spared but was unsuccessful until they finally mett reunion in the late 80s This is the kind of story that restores ones faith in humanity It s solid 4 star read I really enjoyed this book After looking t the cover nd reading the back I expected it to be the story of US bomber crew nd German fighter pilot In reality the majority of the book was Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space about the German fighter pilot Franz Stigler but that didn t make the bookny less enjoyable I ve read Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) about American bomber crews thanbout German that didn t make the book Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, any less enjoyable I ve readbout American bomber crews than Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil about Germannyway so I liked the unexpected focus The highlight of the book involved view spoilerthe meeting of The American Pilot Charlie Brown American pilot Charlie Brown that was really his name Charles Schultz didn t start the Peanuts comic strip until 1950 nd the German pilot Franz Stigler over the skies of Germany in December 1943 It was Charlie s second combat flight but his first s pilot with the crew he trained with It was rough mission They ended up with plane so shredded that it was Alien: Sea of Sorrows a miracle it was still flying several injured crew members one deadnd frozen guns Not Journey Of Fate all their engines were working so they had fallen behind the other bombersnd were easy prey Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation as they tried to limp back to England Meanwhile Franz Stigler was in need of one bomber on his victory list to ualify for the coveted Knight s Cross But when he caught up with Charlie s plane he could see it was missing most of rudder Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. and through the numerous holes he could see the injured crew members trying to patch each other up For some reason Franz decided to let the injured bomber go He didn t shoot in fact he escorted it through flak zone I found the seuence involving Charlie s mission nd Franz s mercy the most compelling part of the book I was glad I had good chuck of reading time so I didn t have to put it down hide spoiler This was Holding Up the Universe a great book At Christmastime in 1943 German who was lready one of the leading fighter pilots t that point of the war comes Satellite across severely damaged B 24 barely Blank Darkness able to fly but instead of shooting it down he leads it out into the Atlanticnd gives the crew chance to survive He had never shown such mercy before nd the risk of his own *execution was profoundly real yet he couldn t bring himself to shoot them down The * was profoundly real yet he couldn t bring himself to shoot them down The pilots met nearly 50 years later Makers and thatccount is The Heart Has Its Reasons also part of thismazing story that I recommend highly. Uld face sandstorms in the desert Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism a crashlone t sea nd the spectacle of 1000 bombers each with eleven guns waiting for his ttack Ultimately Charlie nd Franz would stare Kneller's Happy Campers across the frozen skiest one nother What happened between them the American 8th Air Force would later classify s “top secret” It was n ct that Franz could never mention or else face Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World a firing suad It was the encounter that would haunt both Charliend Franz for forty years until Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul as old men they would search for onenother last mission that could change their lives forever.

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