I have always believed that you get to read the book that you need at that point in life. How it happens, I do not know but it does happen and it has happened to me many times. “Where Eagles Dare” is one such book that I started reading when I actually needed to read something like this. Sometimes, we get bogged down by our own problems in life and many small things start looking as real big issues. At such times, reading any book by Alistair Maclean brings you back to reality. His books are war thrillers and have stories about soldiers who are just on the edge of death and torture all the time and still ready to face any eventuality. Once you start such a story, your own problems begin to look like very simple and not worth worrying at all.
In this book a commando unit of British soldiers gets to the headquarters of German secret service in world war II to rescue a captured General of Allied forces. The mission itself is extremely daring and difficult. On top of it the story has multiple layers with double and triple agents getting exposed on the way. The actual mission is very different and involves exposing German spy agents in British forces. The book is extremely fast paced and keeps you hooked till the end. The humor in the face of death is amazing and zest of life of these soldiers really motivates you.
This book has also been made into a movie and in this case movie was also very successful with some of the top actors of hollywood working in it. I have not yet seen the movie but I will try to see it soon. It will be good to see how they have shown the castle and the sequences involving action on top of cable car.