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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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The other side of The War
February 18th, 2015
What struck me was the exposition of the event that caused the book to be written was very short. Most of the book was a biography of Franz Stegler (sp), and his experience in the war. A good read nonetheless.
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A Higher Call
December 7th, 2013
An exceptional read!
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A decent read
May 19th, 2013
This is an incredible tale that's worth reading about. As far as war stories go, there won't be much here that you haven't read about in other books. Ultimately, unrestricted warfare benefits no one and destroys far more than buildings. But there's an underlying humanity through this tale that gives a ray of hope. The last few pages really brings everything together and makes this story one that will stay with you a long time. Stick with this book straight through to the very end; you'll be glad you did!
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