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Biggins, John.

ISBN 10: 0312147511 / ISBN 13: 9780312147518
Editorial: St Martins Pr, 1996
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New York 1996, St. Martin's Pr, US First edition ,hard bound in dust jacket, VG+/VG + condition,(very light dj wear at edges) 6x9, 367 pages. Full wrap around cover art by Geoff Hunt. ---------------------------------------------- Few historical novelists have ever embarked on a project as challenging as John Biggins's series of World War I adventure novels. And few have received such eager accolades: Reviewers from The New York Times to Publishers Weekly have praised this exciting writer as a vital and worthy successor to the mantles of Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester.--------------------------------------- The Two-Headed Eagle is the breakout book in Biggins's series: a story of five months of hair-raising adventure on the Italian front in which young Otto Prohaska, the hero of A Sailor of Austria and The Emperor's Coloured Coat, entrusts his life to the nascent, unreliable, and terrifying Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Flying Service. It is the summer of 1916, and Otto, joined by his self-willed aerial chauffeur Sergeant-Pilot Toth, entrusts his life to a succession of flimsy biplanes in the sky above war-torn Alpine battlefields. On the ground, the rickety Habsburg empire has begun its final slide to disaster. And in the air is the unmistakable sense that history, poignant and ironic and always surprising, is erupting all around them. Written with craft, style, and an astonishing breadth of emotion, The Two-Headed Eagle is the continuation of a remarkable series. N° de ref. de la librería 39185

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Editorial: St Martins Pr

Año de publicación: 1996

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Dust Jacket Included

Edición: 1st Edition

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In the summer of 1916, Otto Prohaska pilots a rickety biplane belonging to the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Flying Service over Europe's battlefields and tries to survive history in the making.

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The third entry in an engagingly episodic, seriocomic series that allows Ottokar Prohaska (The Emperor's Coloured Coat, 1995; A Sailor of Austria, 1994) to recall his antic WW I adventures in the service of the Austro-Hungarian Empire while a centenarian resident of a Welsh nursing home. It's mid-1916, and the Czech-born Otto (a career officer who has won the Knight's Cross of the Military Order of Theresa for his exploits as a U-boat captain) is suddenly seconded to the Flying Corps in the wake of charges he mistakenly sank a German minelayer. The errant hero's squadron is based near the Italian front high in the Alps, a decidedly hostile environment for the rattletrap flying machines employed by both the Allies and the Central Powers during the Great War. Despite the primitive nature of their weaponry, Otto and his mates carry out some terrifying missions, including a two- plane raid on Venice, albeit at no small cost in blood and equipment. When not engaged in mortal combat with Italian fliers, targeting siege guns for bombardment, or fighting the routinely harsh elements, Otto's squadron does battle with its insanely rigid commanders, who place greater value on outmoded traditions and caste systems than on their men's lives. Eventually transferred back to the Navy's air arm, Otto helps send a French sub to the bottom of the Adriatic and finds himself in Vienna toward year's- end to witness the first signs of the fall of the House of Habsburg (the two-headed eagle of the title). Otto is then posted back to the seagoing fleet, ready for further pre-Armistice action. Another fine outing for Otto Prohaska, a protagonist with a keen eye for the ethnic politics, repressive instincts, and other suicidal faults of the failing dynasts he served as a hired gun. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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