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3.01234567901235 out of 53.01234567901235 out of 53.01234567901235 out of 53.01234567901235 out of 53.01234567901235 out of 5 3.01 (81 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Frater Narrator: Pete Larkin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hell Above Earth tells an unforgettable story of two World War II American bomber pilots who forged an unexpected but enduring bond in the flak-filled skies over Nazi Germany. But there’s a twist: one of them was related to the head of the Luftwaffe, Reich Marshal Herman Goering, and the other had secret orders from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to kill him if anything went wrong during their missions.

A heart-wrenching Greatest Generation buddy story, an adrenaline-filled account of aerial combat, and a work of popular history, Hell Above Earth centers around the author’s discovery of a half-century old secret that has far-reaching and deeply personal repercussions for the pilots and profound consequences for the FBI and the “Mighty” Eighth Air Force.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Larkin’s quick and resonant delivery is engaging. Through all the twists in Werner’s story, Larkin gives a skilled reading of both the dialogue and narrative.”

    AudioFile

  • “A riveting book, every bit as exciting and unusual as Operation Mincemeat, and demonstrating that there are still things we don’t know about World War II.”

    Michael Korda, author of With Wings Like Eagles

  • “After the twists and turns in Goering’s many missions, Frater finishes with a stunning revelation…the author delivers an exciting read full of little-known facts about the war. A WWII thrill ride.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 12/27/2013

    " An interesting book. However, the focus was centered more on the trials and tribulations of those involved with the air war in Europe than the subject of the sub title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rose | 12/4/2013

    " This had interesting facts, but I was disappointed in the actual story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Blumer | 6/24/2013

    " I really enjoyed the premise and writing in the first 80% or so of this book. A fascinating tale. And then the lasts part of the book, which I will not reveal, Disappointed me. Kind of made the t6he part I really liked somewhat ridiculous, but consistent with the fears and suspicions of the times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patrick | 11/26/2012

    " More of a 2 1/2 star review. It was ok. Kind of all over the place. "

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About the Author

Stephen Frater, a native of Rhode Island, is a journalist and author. A former New York Times Regional Media Group staff writer and columnist, he is currently Writer in Residence at the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media. After graduating from Brown University in 1978, Frater worked on Wall Street for over two decades, specializing in venture capital and international emerging market investments. In 1995 he was named a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.