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The Two-Headed Eagle

In Which Otto Prohaska Takes a Break As the Habsburg Empire's Leading U-Boat Ace and Does Something Even More Thanklessly Dangerous

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It is the summer of 1916 and, as luck would have it, Otto is assigned to the nascent, unreliable, and utterly frightening Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Flying Service. Ottto's aerial chauffeur is the self-willed Sergeant-Pilot Toth, with whom he can only communicate in broken Latin—although when all else fails, screaming will suffice! On the ground the rickety Habsburg Empire begins to crumble before the onslaught of WWI, while in the air Otto confronts a series of misadventures and the winds of change. 

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 02, 1996 – During an event-packed six months in 1916, amid furious fighting on the Eastern front, young Lieutenant Ottokar Prohaska of the Austro-Hungarian navy (last seen in Biggins's The Emperor's Colored Coat) once again finds himself aloft in fragile aircraft, this time as an observer-bomber-navigator. The actual flying is done by Feldpilot-Zugsfuhrer Zoltan Toth, an enlisted man built low to the ground, who becomes Otto's steadfast comrade through one peril after another. Who but Otto would think of hurling a heavy and useless wireless transmitter through the balloon of an enemy airship? Who but Zoltan could fly a biplane whose engine and radiator completely block his view, forcing him to lean out his window like the engineer of a train? The duo ricochet from battle to battle in a war where mustard gas is a standard weapon and the worst opposition comes from a combatant's own leaders, who value statistics over victories. Though the narrative contains vivid, sensual descriptions of the sights and smells of the front line and the trenches, the paucity of dialogue and character development makes it, like its predecessor, more a nonfiction chronicle than a novel. Otto seems merely a peg on which to hang the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the birth of military aviation. Perhaps someday Biggins, who ably conveys the horror and despair of the period, will write the history book simmering within these pages.
The Two-Headed Eagle
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Nov 01, 2006
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Seller: Chicago Review Press, Inc. DBA Independent Publishers Group
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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