Summary

Four days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Suddenly, a German Messerschmitt fighter pulled up on his tail. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber in the squeeze of a trigger. What happened next would later be called 'the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.'
This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day: 2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a farm boy from West Virginia, and 2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.
What happened between them was later classified 'top secret.' It was an act that Franz could never mention or else face a firing squad. It was an encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years...
©2013 Adam Makos (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By George on 04-11-16

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what a book,very powerful i was elated tearfull and exhausted at the end. I could not put it down, true men of honour in a time of hell. brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
By K. Traylor on 13-10-16

Amazing story of courage

Gritty war story and interesting reading Of the war in air, as seen from both sides. As an aircraft fanatic this is a terrific book. Also very heart warming and humbling. Fully recommended.
Keith Traylor

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alex on 16-12-17

Probably one of the best books out there!!!

What made the experience of listening to A Higher Call the most enjoyable?

The book is good, probably one of the best books in the history of the World. The story is remarkable and in todays' times a pleasure to see once upon a time, even in hardship, men were humble and humane...today's people should learn about what it was to me a human...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Off course Franz

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved when he was in Sicily and they were looking down at Trapanni,,,I have been there and seen the field

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely yes...and am listening to it again

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 04-07-17

MUST READ, great story, very well writen

Would you consider the audio edition of A Higher Call to be better than the print version?

Yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Higher Call?

there are many, but the highlight of Stigler escorting the B17 is unbelievable

Which scene was your favorite?

meeting between the pilots in 1992

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

absolutely

Any additional comments?

no

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