A Higher Call Book Reviews

Adam Makos & Larry Alexander

A Higher Call by Adam Makos & Larry Alexander Book Summary

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 Motion Picture. 

December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler—and he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger...

What happened next would defy imagination and later be called “the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.”

The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.

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Book Name A Higher Call
Genre History
Language English
E-Book Size 12.27 MB

A Higher Call (Adam Makos & Larry Alexander) Book Reviews 2023

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Higher call. Best book I've ever read. A must read!

A higher call. This is a great read!

A higher Calling. I have read hundreds of books about WWII. Best book ever read. Everyone should read this book. I have learned that your actions and decisions in life may affect more than just yourself! Keep looking up

Great read.... One of the most humanizing books I have read. Goodness and honor emerge from organized chaos.

A Higher Calling. Outstanding story! Well worth cost and time spent reading!

Fantastic. Best book I have read in years. Thanks to the author for taking the time to tell the stories of the greatest generation, they can never be forgotten for the sacrifices they made. Shows the humanity of soldiers from both sides.

A higher call. Amazing!! A must read for anyone , but especially for pilots and those interested in WW2. On my “favorite books ever” list!

A higher Call. This is a definite read for any aviation or WWII enthusiast. I find it very interesting to read and hear the "other side's" thoughts and insight. This did not disappoint. Furthermore the author lays out the human side. I think we all forget that "they" had the same emotions and fears that our young men had at that time. It would have been an honor to have met anyone of the brave men in this book.

Life Changing!. This is the greatest book I have read!!! It will not disappoint. As an aviation historian and a flight instructor, I can say with truthfulness that this book's accuracy is unparalleled. I await the day this will become a motion picture. Highly recommended.

Exceptional story. Truly an exceptional book that provides a fascinating perspective of WW2 as seen from the incredibly brave air war participnts. An amazing generation!

A Higher Call. Great story...well written. A must read for future generations.

Higher call. One of the best books I have ever read. The story is fantastic. Thanks

Destined To Be a A Classic. The depth of research about the daily wartime lives of an American and German pilot and their fateful encounter makes every moment come alive in this page turning history. My late father, an A-20 pilot in North Africa, had deep respect for his 109 pursuers, and as an active duty USAF officer, enjoyed get togethers with German pilot reunion groups in Germany in the early 1960s, even though he lost a brother whose P- 51 was shot down strafing the Me 262 base at Leipham. Through the experiences of these gentlemen so well told here, it is easier to appreciate the level of professional respect these men had for one another.

A higher call. Great read which shows the bravery on both sides, especially the German challenges. A very compassionate book and a must for those who may have lived during the time of the story.

A Higher Call. Excellent book about WWII. Wonderful portrayal of Pilots from both USA and German viewpoints. I would highly recommend this book, so well written.

Favorite book. I did not purchase the digital version of this book, instead I own the hardcover version and it changed everything I ever thought about the Luftwaffe and the war in general. It's positively the best book I have ever read. I recommend this for everyone.

Great Read. Well written and captivating from the first sentence to the last.

Fantastic book. If you love history, you will love this book. It's a book that I had a hard time putting down until I finished it. Amazing story! If you enjoy WWII reading, this one is a must.

Just.....WOW!!. I literally could NOT put this story down! Incredible account of WWII aviation. You don’t need to be a fan of the subject matter to appreciate this book. The story will impress and appeal to anyone. Tho, fair warning, this book ignited a serious passion to dive headfirst into more WWII aviation books. I’m beyond impressed how the author painstakingly pieced together all the elements surrounding these pilots.

A higher call. This a great book that takes unexpected twists. A great follow up to Luftwaffe and German Night Fighter Force.

Read it.. One of the best books I have ever read. Fantastic story. Highly recommended.

Pure gold. Amazing insight into the inner workings of the Luftwaffe. Easy read and hard to put the book down. I learned more about WW2 and the German Air Force than I would have ever wished for!

Great Human Interest Story. A wonderfully balanced view from both sides of two great air forces of WWII!

A higher call. A masterfully told story of two nights of the air. Heartwarming to find former enemies able to embrace as friends. I truly enjoyed this book of which I found it difficult to put down. You will not be disappointed.

A higher call. Couldn’t put it down, changed my opinion on a lot of things about World War II

Great read - another war view. As another review pointed out, you should not expect a long story about the battle itself. This is a great biography of the people leading up to the battle as well as their life following the battle. It gives a rarely documented view of the war through new pairs of eyes both American & German. It is hard to believe this story was forgotten for so many decades.

Incredible story that gave me new insights into war.. I've never read much about WWII, and wouldn't have picked this up had a friend not recommended it. This story is so amazing, it will stick with me for life. The author did an amazing amount of research on this, and the book is quite a history lesson about the war, and aviation technology at the time. But, the stories of bravery and suffering documented here are the most amazing part. War is truly hell.

Wonderful. An absolutely wonderful story of chivalry at its best. True gentlemen. The writing was also very enthralling and captivating.

A higher call. One absolutely amazing story!! This book is just a terrific read. Gives one great insight into what real men are like. If you have any interest in what happened to combat veterans , read this book . You will not be disappointed . The author did a truly great job writing this book. The research was just the best.

A Higher Call. I loved this book!!!

Not what I expected. This story was not what I expected. It turned out to be better. Great job on writing ✍️this book📘. I really enjoyed it. 👍🏼🤟🏼🫶🏻✈️🛩️ jlj retired army

War and Honor in the skies. Excellent narration of plots on both sides during WWII Told mainly about the life of a young German who becomes a pilot and his eventual encounter with a young American who also becomes a pilot and their encounter over the skies of Germany, and the subsequent life of the German fighter pilot in the waning years of WWII. And leading to the reunification of the two pilots over 40 years later

Superbly written and researched story. There was no shortage of research that went into this book. But rather than being dry and emphasizing facts, the author conveyed the tragedy and beauty that these airmen experienced. I expected to read about a mission, but gained insight into the background that shaped the men who were foes over the battlefield and who found the strength to be human.

A Vibrant, Riveting Story. As a fan of WWII history, this was a must-read book for me. Adam Makos weaves a fascinating, richly colored narrative about a fateful encounter between a Luftwaffe ace and a green bomber crew out on its first mission together over Germany. Makos paints the backdrop and characters with vibrant detail, leading one to wonder at times if the work is one of historical fiction or a historical account. The technical aspects of the book in terms of the units described and the aircraft being flown are all credibly documented as well. The story has great pacing and the action is exciting! Overall, this is an excellent merger of great storytelling and historical study that I'm sure even the most avid WWII buff will find enlightening and even the most casual history fan will find intriguing. Highly recommended!

A Higher Call. A well researched account of two WWII exceptional human beings. The author has written a compelling book that draws the reader into the times, conditions, and emotions of the war. Reading this book has increased my knowledge of and appreciation of my father, a B-29 bombardier, and my father-in-law, a B-24 navigator, and what they went through on behalf of their families and the nation. Truly, the Greatest Generation!

Great book, great story. A movie of this story could be amazing

Higher Call. An amazing book--my father served in the Pacific as a PBY navigator and my uncle was a B17 bombardier shot down over Germany and put in Stalag 1 for 2 years---both came home. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in WW II history.

A Higher Call. This book details an amazing experience in WWII by two fighter pilots on opposing sides who later met to become fast friends. Well written and fast paced.

A Higher Call. Extremely well written and exciting book, difficult to put down, one not often encounters a book of this caliber. Thanks

Great book. Loved the book read it 5 times already.

Best book I ever read. Must have

A Higher Call. Having read many WWII histories, I find this one of the most moving ever.

a higher call. i was sitting at an airport waiting to pick up a friend with tears streaming down my face as i read the last few chapters. i did not care what others thought of me at that time--this book moved me to tears because of the understanding of how one persons decision affected so many lives. what a great thing to read!!!!!!

Loved it!!. An amazing book! Great perspective!

Amazing story. So glad I finished reading this book! Oh, I absolutely loved it. One of the greatest physicians I ever worked with recommended it. This is such a special story. It truly gives a great look into the minds and lives of the pilots on both sides.

A Higher Call. Awesome!

A great read!. After reading about the story of Charles and Franz on CNN, I knew I had to purchase the book. It's good to know that despite the horrors of war, acts of kindness and moral fortitude still exists. Being a WWII history fanatic, I cant recommend this book enough!

Wow!. What a great combination of aviation lore, war story, and human interest. I apologize for the cliché, but I simply could "not put it down."

A higher call. Riveting. Author brings you right into the cockpit and into the minds of these amazing pilots. Shows us (again)what a waste war is. But also shows the human side of war. Fantastic book.

This gave me chills. I stumbled upon this book and despite the old adage about not judging a book by its cover, I purchased the e-version through the Apple store because the picture on the front cover intrigued me. What a great story and a great week spent finding or making time to get back to the book to read a few more pages or a few more chapters. This was an uplifting story about a horrific time in our world history. I highly recommend A Higher Power to WWII buffs or those who want to learn more.

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Summary of A Higher Call by Adam Makos & Larry Alexander

The A Higher Call book written by Adam Makos & Larry Alexander was published on 19 December 2012, Wednesday in the History category. A total of 1,441 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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