Tuesday, April 2, 2013

On Wings of Eagles | Ken Follett

I've just been on holiday for Easter, this book of 600 odd pages seemed a good book to take away as a holiday read. Follett assures the reader in the introduction that this is not a fictionalized account of events, which makes it all the more surprising.

The events took place in 1979 during the Iranian revolution. EDS executives Paul Chiapparone and Bill Gaylord were wrongly imprisoned as the Shah fled the country and  Ayhatolla Khomeini took over.  In the midst of the revolution on the streets of Teheran, EDS owner Ross Perot undertook to break out the guys from jail. All diplomatic avenues were thwarted, force seemed like the only way out. He set up a group of men led by a formidable retired Coronel to get Paul and Bill out overland through Turkey. Read the book for all the details and the ending.

I found it ok to read but not much more than ok. Too much like a movie, too much a song and dance to the greatness to the USA. Perot has unlimited funds which make everything a lot easier in this world. I was very interested in the 5-6 men who were the ones going into the revolution to help their colleagues  I felt that was the real story.
Not highly recommending this, maybe a good airport or beach read, but ended up annoying me more than anything else.

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