This instant Sunday Times bestseller tells the story of two fighter pilots whose remarkable encounter during World War II became the stuff of legend.
Five days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a twenty-one-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. Suddenly a German Messerschmitt fighter pulled up on the bomber's tail - the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger. This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day - the American - 2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown and the German - 2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler.
A Higher Call follows both Charlie and Franz's harrowing missions and gives a dramatic account of the moment when they would stare across the frozen skies at one another. What happened between them, the American 8th Air Force would later classify as 'top secret'. It was an act that Franz could never mention or else face a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would seek out one another and reunite.
Atlantic Books; April 2013
- ISBN: 9781782392552
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: A Higher Call
- Author: Adam Makos
Imprint: Atlantic Books
In The Press
A riveting story of humanity and mercy set against the ghastly backdrop of war
About The Author
Adam Makos is a journalist, historian and editor of the military magazine, Valor. Makos has interviewed countless veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and present-day wars. In 2008 Makos travelled to Iraq to accompany the 101st Airborne and Army Special Forces on their hunt for Al Qaeda terrorists.
Larry Alexander is the author of the New York Times bestselling biography Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers. He is also the author of Shadows In the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II and In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers: A Return to Easy Company's Battlefields With Sgt. Forrest Guth.
Why you should get this book
I have read over 125 pages of the book, A Higher Call by Adam Makos, and it is a great book. He got me hooked on reading and I hated to read but for my class we had to choose a book. I first thought of getting a flight manual for a cessna because I love planes and want to become a pilot.
So Far in the pages in the book that I have read he was a pilot instructor he joins the military because he is mad and angry when he gets to his first place he eats a bunch of flies
when he gets his first victory he pees in his pants and is scared. He gets the new G model of Bf 109 he said the engines are known for failing and he ejected later but the parachutes were made out of hemp and he was scared of it snapping then the gestapo wanted to talk to Franz (Franz is the guy in the main person of the german side)
I think I like reading this book so much is because I love almost anything that has to do with planes and it is WWII which had really great planes be created like the HO 229 and the ME 262 P-51 F4u P-38 He 280 looks allot like the Me 262 but my most favorite thing of this book is that I can picture stuff in my brain maybe from playing Warthunder and like to look at old WWII pilot pictures and I also love this book because the story is being told by a pilot and that makes it even better.
People who should read this book should definitely love World War Two or stories from that time also other people who like planes should definitely read this book because that’s what it is about two pilots of different sides telling their stories of the war.
Not what I expected, but better!
Very well written story about a WW2 German fighter pilot the crew of an American bomber. I gained a lot of insight into how badly the German fighter pilots were treated by their own leaders as the war progressed. Humanity shines in the midst of great darkness in this book.