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Author Name:    BIGGINS, John

Title:   Two-Headed Eagle. First American Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    St. Martin's Press, New York , 1996, ISBN:0312147511 

Seller ID:   100318

BIGGINS, John. The Two-Headed Eagle. A novel. New York : St. Martin's Press, (October, 1996). First American Printing. Pp. (7),viii-ix,(5),1-367,(3). Illustrated with maps. 8vo, blue boards, silver lettering to spine. "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 sucheager accolades: Reviewers from The New York Times to Publishers Weekly ha ve 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 FlyingService. It is the summer of 1916, and Otto, joined by his self-willed aer ial 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, andan astonishing breadth of emotion, The Two-Headed Eagle is the continuatio n of a remarkable series." from the dj. Front inner hinge starting, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 25.00


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