Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell

Eagle & Crane

Suzanne Rindell

In California during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens, a plane crashes with two charred bodies, and an investigation exposes the ugly truths and secrets of a family.

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Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, from the author of The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch.

Louis Thorn and Haruto "Harry" Yamada--Eagle and Crane--are the star attractions of Earl Shaw's Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family's belief that the Yamadas--Japanese immigrants--stole land that should have stayed in the Thorn family.

When Louis and Harry become aerial stuntmen, performing death-defying tricks high above audiences, they're both drawn to Shaw's smart and appealing stepdaughter, Ava Brooks. After the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and one of Shaw's planes mysteriously crashes and two charred bodies are discovered in it, authorities conclude that the victims were Harry and his father, Kenichi, who had escaped from a Japanese internment camp they had been sent to by the federal government. To the local sheriff, the situation is open and shut. But to the lone FBI agent assigned to the case, the details don't add up.

Thus begins an investigation into what really happened to cause the plane crash, who was in the plane when it fell from the sky, and why no one involved seems willing to tell the truth. By turns an absorbing mystery and a fascinating exploration of race, family and loyalty, Eagle and Crane is that rare novel that tells a gripping story as it explores a terrible era of American history.


Advance Galley Reviews

Had a hard time getting into this one, then the download expired, might try again at a later time.

I can't figure out why I couldn't get into this book. The writing is beautiful but it just didn't work for me. Maybe I am just over all the WWII historical fiction?

This was an enjoyable read. The writing was beautiful and setting was unique. I felt some of the earlier parts dragged a bit and thought there could have been more development of the relationships amongst the three main characters. The resolution to the central mystery was pretty easy to guess and I agree that the FBI agent's connection to the other characters was a bit of a letdown, but the portrayal of the prejudice and mistreatment faced by Japanese Americans is timely and well done.

The author was able to capture the emotions of the era very well; everything from the hard scrabble of the Depression and it's opposite in opulent Hollywood; the pain and anguish of Pearl Harbor and the loss of soldiers in WWII and the xenophobic fear of Japanese Americans along with their trials and tribulations in the internment camps. This is the story of the Thorn family and their grudge against the Yamada family; the way young Louis Thorn and "Harry" Yamada become friends and what happens when war turns neighbor against neighbor. Ava Brooks is the girl from the past and the present that ties the two storylines together. This would be a good read for those interested in WWII or in the history of aviation and barnstorming.

I didn't get to finish this book but it was really starting to get good. Very unique. I would recommend so far and I am thinking of purchasing the novel in order to finish as I would love to know how Harry and Kenichi were killed.

I've certainly never read a book quite like this before. There's the Depression, a barnstorming circus, the lure of Hollywood, and a love triangle. There's an FBI agent with a secret agenda of his own, family secrets and tragedies, and the very real horror of the internment camps where American citizens were sent in the wake of Pearl Harbor. There's a lot going on in this book, but the story is balanced well between the flashbacks and the "now", for the most part. The mystery behind the fate of one of the book's main characters was just a little too easy to guess and the FBI agent's big secret was also underwhelming but otherwise this was an enjoyable, solid piece of historical fiction.

I really enjoyed this historical novel set in WWII. WWII novels have been very popular lately, and I think one has to be distinctive in order to stand out from the pack. This one definitely does. I really enjoyed the story and thought that it was very timely and very well-written. I was fascinated by the story of "Eagle" and "Crane" and the complicated history between the characters. This book really has a great mystery, romance and conflict between the families. I would highly recommend it!

Suzanne Rindell's "Eagle and Crane" is a timely and important work of historical fiction. The friendship of Louis Thorn, Haruto "Harry" Yamata, and Ava Brooks is the foundation of this story about race, aviation, and the challenges of loyalty to family/friends/country as well as a gripping mystery and budding romance. Set in northern California before and during World War II and the Japanese internment, this novel portrays the setting and history as vividly as its well-developed characters. I appreciate Penguin's First To Read program for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of Rindell's latest book and strongly recommend it to others.

Not my fave book and I can’t figure out why. I wanted Louis to be a good guy. I wanted Ava to make the choice that she made. The end where Bonner and Louis talk as they all figure out what happened was a bit too short.

I agree that the cover of this book is very deceptive. I am not a war history buff, so parts of the story dragged on or were skimmed. It does begin with a bang of a mystery though. I would not pick this up for my pleasure stack, but I would give it as a gift to loved ones enthralled with this time in history.

I have been reading a lot of historical fiction lately (mostly WWII era), so I was delighted to read this new-to-me author's book. I especially liked that it covered a period of history that I wasn't so familiar with - the Japanese American interment camps following Pearl Harbor. I loved how the author told this story of a barnstorming troupe in both the present tense and in flashback. The current time set up the mystery of 2 deaths in the story and the flashback told the story of how the group came to be. The main characters of Ada, Louis and Harry deal with racial prejudice, family tensions and loyalty and a love triangle. However, the main thing that shines through is a deep and abiding friendship that gets severely tested. A fascinating read that will have me looking up the author's previous works. I received a copy of this book from First to Read for an honest review.

5 stars Thanks to Penguin's First-to-Read and G.P. Putnam's and Sons for the chance to read and review this ARC. Publishes July 3, 2018 This book came at a really good time for me. It has an author that I like, one who is able to pen characters that speak to you, who sets you in a story that is comfortable and likable, allowing you to become part of their world. This novel brings in the historic past of the bi-plane, when it was in its glory. It delves into the profession of the barnstorming circuit and the people who ran the circus-like atmosphere. There are elements of the life of a Japanese American and the heartbreaking internment of all Japanese just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is a love story, a story of adventure, and a murder mystery told in both the past and the present. If you have never read Rindell, this is a good novel to begin your adventure with her.

The cover of this book is gorgeous, but also quite deceptive. The girl on the cover makes it seem like there's going to be a lot of romance and sort of implies that there will be a lot of relationship drama, but Eagle & Crane is so much more than that. It's a story about family and trust and chasing adventure and the ugliness of war, and if you don't want to both smile and cry a little bit by the end, you're reading this book wrong. Eagle & Crane is the story of Louis Thorn and Haruto "Harry" Yamada; in the 'current' time (1943), Harry and his father have just escaped from a Japanese internment camp, and the FBI's first stop is their old homestead, entrusted to sometimes friend-sometimes adversary Louis Thorn. A plane crash and two burned bodies quickly turns a manhunt into a murder mystery, with Louis as the main suspect. Did the man murder his former friend to keep the property that had once belonged to the Thorn family, or is something more nefarious at work? So begins the story, which then jumps back and forth between the investigation and Louis and Harry's tangled past. Having the story told as FBI Agent Bonner works through the case allows the story to unfold slowly and with rich detail while also keeping an air of 'whodunit?' over everything. As the history of Louis and Harry and their families unfolds, you can't help but continue to wonder if Louis was responsible for the Yamadas' deaths. Frankly, I wasn't sure until the very end; sometimes I'd think there was no way he could've done it, but other times I wasn't so sure. Rindell does a wonderful job of describing and then playing up the bad blood between the Thorns and the Yamadas until you just can't be sure of who did what and what actually happened and whether or not Louis has blood on his hands. Aside from the mystery, there's a strong sense of adventure--and, to a good degree, recklessness--in the story. Earl Shaw's Flying Circus is so much fun to read about, and while Earl himself is quite a slimy character, I love the other members of the circus and their adventures. Of course, Louis and Harry are the stars of the show with their daredevil antics, and their stunts and tricks are so vividly described that I couldn't help but be nervous at times! The whole air of the show changes once the two boys join, and it's good to see Ava's character begin to change as her world expands and she has true friends...and maybe something a little more. The romance in the group is a little tricky, but it's not the love triangle and girl drama that I was expecting, and really, while the romance is an important part of the story near the end, the adventure and freedom and excitement of the daredevil show along with all the related complications are much more important to the plot. The history of aviation during this time and the stories of barnstormers are very interesting, and the side tidbits of information add an extra layer of authenticity to the story. Likewise, the realistic looks at immigration and farming in California and California in general during the 1930s and 1940s really bring the story to life and create this realistic picture of places and people and everyday life in America. Of course, that normal life is shattered with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the resulting interment of Japanese-Americans. The relocation of the Yamadas is so sad, and their time in the camp is filled with heartbreak after heartbreak. After seeing how sweet the whole family is, it's just awful to experience their loss and their tragedy all for just being from the wrong country. WWII was a dark period for much of the world, but it had to have been especially dark for the Japanese Americans wrongly forced into the internment camps. They came to America believing in a great nation and built their lives, only to have their land, their belongings, their families ripped away, and the toll it took on those men and women are clearly displayed in Harry and Kenichi's demeanors after their escape. Although the end is quite bittersweet, some wrongs are righted and some people get what they're due. It's not a happy ending for all, but as Agent Bonner wraps up his case, he helps others fit all the pieces together so that there are at least chances for reconciliation for those who need it. Bonner is a strange character, and while he doesn't really add much to the story except to give the reader a way into the lives of Louis, Harry, and Ava, his heart is in the right place, and his motives are good ones, so I didn't really mind him. Eagle & Crane is a tale of loss and betrayal and danger and friendship, and those themes are relatable for people of all ages across all times. Louis, Harry, and Ava are incredibly interesting main characters, and the barnstorming show makes for incredibly interesting and exciting reading. While most WWII books are set in Europe or the Pacific or anywhere where there was fighting, Rindell's choice to set her story in America really allows readers to see what life was like for those back home and shows the interment camps for the horrible tragedy that they were. Between the mystery and the daredevil stunts, Eagle & Crane will have you hooked until the very last page.

I really enjoyed this book by Suzanne Rindell. From Shaws Flying circus to the Japanese internment camps, Theauthor creates characters that engage you and have a depth you only find with great character development. I would highly recommend it!

I seem to be in a historical fiction slump. I had to DNF this book because I just wasn't grabbed right away. I found the beginning to be slow, and I couldn't connect with the characters. I hope others enjoy it. I think that it will do great with other readers.

Eagle & Crane was a spell-binding and fascinating story about two daredevil aviators during WWII. Louis and Harry ('Eagle' and 'Crane') have their own stunt act in the Flying Circus. But then Pearl Harbor is bombed and everything changes. Overall, this is a book that has it all: romance, family ties, a bit of mystery, and a multitude of rich historical descriptions. I absolutely recommend!

This is a very great historical fiction book which has 2 story lines featuring Japanese internment camps and airplane shows in the 1930s. I had originally thought, before starting this book, that it was mostly about the Japanese interment camps during World War 2. I was surprised then, when I was reading it and it was mostly about early days of planes and stunt shows in California. The internment camps are an important part of the story, but not the main focus. Normally, I am not interested too much in reading about love triangles, and Eagle & Crane almost took that too far with the characters of Harry, Louis and Ava. The investigation parts of the book felt a little weak to me because I had a hard time connecting with the FBI agent sent to look for the Yamadas. Overall, I think I learned something from reading this book, which is my main reason for reading historical fiction. Thanks First to Read for arc of this book, Eagle & Crane.

This story is told from two time periods. The first is in the 1930's where an unlikely partnership and friendship is formed between two sons whose families are locked in a bitter feud over land. Louis and Harry become "Eagle & Crane" and join a haphazard stunt flying circus. The early days of barnstorming and wing walkers are featured and the two become close with the bosses daughter, Ava. Ava grows close to both of the men but can't stop the old feud from rearing its ugly head. The second part is a mystery of how Harry and his father escape from a Japanese internment camp and then crash in a small plane, killing them both. As the FBI gets more involved the mystery and story deepens. Great historical fiction about the early days of aviation along with the internment and racial hatred of the Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.

Thank you to First Reads for an advanced reader's copy of this book. This is a great piece of historical fiction, which includes a mystery. Set during WWII, it covers the story of Japanese internment camps in California. Well written and very enjoyable!

Very good historical fiction. This had a little mystery, some adventure, and plenty of heartache. It alternates between two time periods that eventually catch up to each other to reveal the mystery. I liked this way of storytelling - it gave good background to the story and it kept you vested in how it was going to unfold. The heart of this story is about Japanese-American relations during World War II and how poorly these families were treated. We get to know young men from two families on neighboring farms - one caucasian and one Japanese. There is a long standing feud between the two families and the boys aren't allowed to be friends growing up. Because of a traveling air show, they wind up working together and getting to know each other. This part of the story was great fun and was quite unique as far as subject matter. I enjoyed their getting to know one another and their daredevil antics. Then Peal Harbor happened and the Japanese family was forced into an internment camp. They have to place their trust in the uneasy friendship the two young men have built. Without giving anything away, this is where the mystery of the story comes in - can they trust their neighbor despite the bad blood? Also adding to the depth of the story is a love triangle and an FBI investigation. All these elements make for an interesting and relevant story that I thoroughly enjoyed. It made me think and it made me care for these characters. The ending wasn't necessarily a surprise, but it was very satisfying. A very good read that I would highly recommend. Thank you to the First to Read program for the advance readers copy of this book.

An excellent combination of history with a little bit of mystery, major and minor characters with wonderful depth, and a story of unflagging interest, Eagle & Crane is one of the best novels I’ve read so far this year. The rise and demise of Earl Shaw’s Flying Circus was an adventure itself, but when author Suzanne Rindell includes the long-term tension between the Thorns and the Yamadas, the history of and between the two families, WWII and the Japanese internment camps, and finally the escape and believed suicides of Kenichi and Haruto (Harry) Yamada, it became absolutely impossible for me not to become immersed in it. I loved this book!

I thoroughly enjoyed Eagle & Crane. I have always enjoyed Historical Fiction, but this novel really showed me why this genre speaks to me time and time again. The story being told in multiple timeframes gives great depth to the relationships for all characters involved. It is a slow pace book, but as you go through each chapter, the pacing fits for the period of time. Being a born and raised Californian, I especially liked to imagine the layout of the novel and the travelling that took place. I was able to envision how the land looked and that was a pleasant feeling to have while reading. Eagle & Crane is one I want to own because the story of love and friendship is one to have as a permament library piece.

What an interesting read! In middle school I was obsessed with Holocaust literature, non-fiction, historical fiction, anything holocaust I was ready to read. After about 2 years, I moved on to other types of reading. This book was really great and re-inspired my love of Historical Fiction. It was a little slow going at first. Some chapters are set in the past and some chapters are set in the present, so it took my brain a few chapters of each to get the context of the time frame. Overall, great storyline. I fell in love with Ava, who I imagine is the cover art depiction. The story was really well written and tied up all the loose ends I could think of by the end of the book. There were plenty of colorful back stories that really established the characters. I visited Manzanar in the past, so it was interesting to read a (perhaps fictional) depiction of another internment camp. I highly recommend this book, whether you like historical fiction or not.

Eagle and Crane was a page turner. It is a fun summer read. I did guess the ending but, I found that I had to keep reading to confirm. As a Japanese American, my parents were both interred at Manzanar during WWII, an act that forever change who they became as adults. The shame and embarrassment felt by these proud Americans can never be understated. In this current climate, I would hope that we as Americans would be doing better with knowledge of history to guide us. Ms. Rindell did a fine job portraying the Japanese American experience at the time, and wove this information beautifully into a story of family, friendship and loyalty.

This book begins with a plane crash that kills Harry Yamada and his father after their escape from a Japanese relocation camp. But is it suicide our sabotage? The following investigation reveals a fascinating tale of a long-standing feud between the Thorn and Yamada families, the unlikely friendship between Louis Thorn and Harry Yamada, a dare that has the two boys joining a traveling flying circus, and a love triangle between the boys and Ava, the circus owner's stepdaughter. I found this book fascinating and refreshing. The whole flying circus was interesting and created the competitive relationship between Harry and Louis that formed the Eagle and Crane barnstorming act. I love how the story jumped from the crash investigation in the present to the different character's backstories I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends and anyone that enjoys historical fiction! Thanks Penguin First to Read books for the opportunity to read this ARC.

I really loved this book! It started off like an old film noir, but in a bright setting. It almost reminded me of the bright scenery in Double Indemnity. Dark subject matter but in the beautiful California sunshine. I really loved how the story of Harry, Ava, and Louis all unfolded through flashbacks and detective work. I liked how the this WWII story took place in America since a lot of the WWII historical fiction that I read always takes place in Europe. I very much recommend this book, and I cannot wait to check out other books that this author has written.

I loved this book! Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I love Suzanne Rindell's writing. There isn't enough written about the American Japanese World War II experience and Rindell delivers in spades. I will read everything she writes! Put this one on your TBR list folks!

Thank you to First to Read for my free ARC copy of this book -- I really enjoyed reading it. A mix of historical fiction, romance, and mystery that was very well-written and kept me hooked from the very first page. The book starts with an FBI agent showing up to investigate the escape of two Japanese-American men from from an internment camp during WWII. As he's questioning, Louis Thorn, one of the two leading men in the book, a plane comes crashing down and it's presumed to contain the bodies of Kenichi Yamada and Harry Yamada, Kenichi's son and Louis's best friend. Thus starts the mystery into the deaths of these two men -- was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? The chapters then alternate timelines, flashing back to tell us more about the history of the Thorn family, the Yamada family, and about the barnstorming act that Harry and Louis get caught up in as young teenagers and travel with throughout California and the west. We learn about Earl Shaw, the proprietor of the act, his wife, Cleo, and her daughter, Ava Brooks. Despite the alternating timelines, the book was very easy to follow and I thought each and every flashback added something to the story. The book ends with the resolution of the murder mystery and FBI investigation and throws in one little additional twist. The murder storyline was captivating and wrapped up nicely too, something that I was particularly pleased about. The resolution wasn't completely obvious, but also not completely mind-boggling and a wild twist. I learned so much from this book, about aviation and that time period, and believe this book gives a critical voice to show how brutally Japanese American individuals and citizens were treated at that time.

This is a thoroughly engaging story of the entwined lives of two boys in America during the Depression and World War II. The characters are well-developed and the writing is absolutely beautiful. The two timelines are well written and easy to follow, and as you slowly learn more in each and the story unfolds, it gets harder and harder to put down.

I loved the book. Why? • It is historical fiction, lovingly and accurately researched, realistic. I found myself over and over, truly picturing the characters and the California setting. It evoked in me a vision and feeling that is hard to describe. • It is about aviation, a topic which became fascinating to me ever since reading 2 books about the Wright Brothers. Aviation history has taken on a new meaning for me and the story here about barnstorming pilots in a circus environment was enthralling. • It is a mystery as well. The book starts with two deaths when a bi-plane crashes and the rest of the plot fleshes out the secrets and reasons behind this tragedy. • It addresses the plight of the Japanese American before and after Pearl Harbor. The plot tends to jump around, but when the locale or year changes, the chapter starts out with that information. I found that I easily followed the shifts and the presentation made sense to me in the order it was written. Well written, entertaining, and a book I strongly recommend.

I very much enjoyed this book! It was a well-written story about friendship, loyalty and trust with characters who seemed very real and believable. Using dual timelines to tell the story was effective. I kept reading to see how the FBI agent's investigation would turn out and definitely could not have predicted the end of the tale. 4/5 stars

I loved this book. The intrigue of the family history as well as the mystery behind some deaths and some identities keeps you going. It is a story of friendship and rivalry during a dark hour in America's history. I couldn't stop reading. Both the "history" portions and the "current" portions were great. I could see these boys attempting their stunts so well that I wished I was able to be there in person and see it.

I absolutely loved this book. The story is so beautifully written. The author does such an amazing job of developing each of the characters and making you really feel so many different emotions throughout the entire book. The historical pieces of the story are incorporated so nicely - provided some opportunities to learn about different events during those times that you may not have been familiar with. The friendships between Louis, Harry, and Ava will be something I think of for quite some time after reading, I grew to love each of them for their own unique sets of characteristics. I would definitely recommended this book to anyone!

This book is the reason I belong to First to Read and Librarything. These programs expose One to books that you may normally pass over in your search for a new rear or a book by a favorite author. Eagle & Crane is a great find. As another reviewer stated the book was slow at times but the background was necessary to tell the complete story of those two families that started worlds apart to end up in a small town in California in a period of our history tha was not the standards we expect. The heart of the story on race relations and love apply today as much as it did in the 4p’s. Great read will recomend

I loved this story. Family, friendship, hardship, and love. This is a wonderfully written historical fiction piece that takes place in California. It’s unfortunate what America did to it’s Japanese citizens after the Pearl Harbor attack. Suzanne Rindell creates strong relationships among the characters in this novel and then describes the conditions of the internment camps with impeccable detail.

DNF. Another DNF for me, which I almost never do! This was just too slow-paced for me, unable to really keep my interest. I got over a hundred pages in and then just had to pick up something else that I was dying to read instead.

3/5 stars. I loved The Other Typist, but both Three Martini Lunch and this one fell a little flat for me. Or maybe my expectations were just too high. I did enjoy the way we got the history of the characters and their stories and how that was woven with the "current events" of the story.

This was a really great historical fiction novel. I learned a lot about this time period and what the Japanese experienced during this point in history. I liked that the book switched POVs and went from the future and back. The story kept me guessing as it progressed. I will definitely be recommending this book to others and would really be interested in seeing this book become a movie.

I really enjoyed this book. I did figure out who was in the plane that crashed long before it was revealed. The main characters were interesting and complex. I did not really like the side story of the boarding house owner and the FBI agent. It seemed strange and unnecessary.

Eagle and Crane is historical fiction set in California shortly before and shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. We meet the Yamoda family and the Thorne family, who are neighbors in the fertile valleys near Sierra Madre. Through back and forth of time and story, we know of their feud, as well as the friendship of their younger members, forged as children amid the orchards at their property lines. As young adults, these young men become stunt men in a traveling air show somewhat by chance. Their worlds are drastically changed with the US entry into the war, in predictable and unpredictable ways. A thoroughly enjoyable read with a different view on an era much covered in historical fiction. Recommend for fans of Jamie Ford, Robin Maxwell, and general fans of historical fiction.

Eagle and Crane is a bit of a rambling, historical fiction that covers many aspects of the time period prior to and during WWII. Barnstorming, family issues, prejudice, love, fear, hatred, internal/external conflict, plays on words, coming of age, depression era, and a period of America's darkness when the American Japanese were interned. The underlying story is great, the prose and wordiness about EVERYTHING makes this a bit of a long read. However, that said, read this book--the twist is clever, the ending hopeful, and the characters memorable. An enjoyable read by Suzanne Rindell is a good story-teller.

I want to finish this, if only to discover what exactly is the mystery in this piece of historical fiction, but I can't seem to get through the pages. EAGLE AND CRANE is built on the bigotry faced by the Japanese in the American West during the Second World War, using the old contrivance of friendship made and broken and strained between ethnic groups. The problem I've encountered is one of repetition. How many times must I be told by the author that Japanese-American Harry is wild about Harry (Houdini) and Louis comes from a long line of hardscrabble farmers? I got the first few times, honestly. Quite clear. The narrative winds through the Great Depression era of aviation barnstormers while intertwining a World War II tale of Japanese incarceration and the fate of Harry, possibly murdered by his fellow barnstormer Louis. There's the love interest to complete the triangle, but I've gotten too bogged down in extraneous backstory. Does a reader really need to know how Harry's family came to arrive in America? Or how Louis' kin chose the US of A? The enmity between the families could have been explained in far less than two-three chapters. I'm bored. Time to read something else and maybe finish this some other time.

Historical fiction wrapped around a mystery that the reader doesn’t realize is there until the book nears the three-quarter mark, adding to the enjoyment. EAGLE & CRANE starts with a barn-storming flying circus and morphs into a tale of Japanese internment camps during WWII. The tone of the tale matches the plot as the tale moves across timelines before and after Pearl Harbor. This is a good book that I enjoyed reading.

Thank you First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of Eagle and Crane. What a great read. This novel gives you an inside look at the “flying circus” days. I’m not sure how you ever become brave enough or stupid enough to walk on the wings of a biplane. It was fun to read and learn about this time in entertainment history. Although I’ve read a few books about WWII, they seem to mainly skim over the subject of the Japanese Internment Camps. This novel gives us some insight on what they were like. I bet you’re wondering how these two subjects mesh together. Well all you have to do is do a fly by of Eagle and Crane to find out!!

A page-turning historical mystery that tells an astonishingly contemporary story of an unexpected friendship that leads to the ends of a bi-planes wings. If this were a movie the trailer would have so many cool takes you wouldn't believe it was all from the same film. You can taste California in all its beginnings as a state, its hope and its richness and its beauty, and eventual sadness. Rindell does a great job telling the haunting story of WWII-era Japanese internment camps, and the psychological effects it had on families of the era. But mostly this is just a very good, deeply imagined story, with a classic Rindellian twist at the end! Haruto "Harry" Yamada is a character I won't ever forget.

I absolutely love Historical Fiction and I appreciate that the author chose to talk about what happened to Japanese citizens during the War because it is a dark spot in our history that isn't often discussed. Told from alternating perspectives of the investigator who is looking into a plane crash of a Japanese father and son, who the local sheriff just doesn't want to deal with, and from a young girl Ava, who really is the heart of the story. Louis Thorn grew up hearing how his families neighbors, the Yamada's, had cheated his family out of the western side of their land. He was supposed to hate them as ferociously as their father and his eldest brother, Guy. But as a young boy, he befriends Harry. But as happens, they go their separate ways in life until both are drawn to planes that are doing maneuvers out in the field. After taking their scenic flights, they are hooked and become a part of the traveling Flying Circus that is Ava's step-father Earl's creation. While they aren't best friends, they slowly slide into a comfortable sort of friendship with both Ava and each other. Harry performing more daring stunts, and Louis, anxious to keep up, follows his lead, while the show just seems to keep getting bigger, drawing in more customers. But as with all good things, Earl is a sham, Ava knew it from the day they met him selling magic Tonic. But her mother Chloe saw him as their way out, and so they're stuck with him. As with all shams, they eventually show their true colors, and that is exactly what happens. But the fall out is more than any of them could anticipate. While the story was a bit slow to start for me, once it got going, I was hooked. Eagle & Crane is not a fast read by any means, and I think that is why I appreciated it even more. Rindell is very careful in her explanations of characters, settings, and importantly, the tension that surrounds them during these hard times of war. I loved how the opposing chapters between the investigator and the main characters weaved themselves together for a more complete story. This is a story that needed to be told and it was very well done.

There are many WW2 historical fiction books out there but yet most of them do not explore the subject of Japanese internment camps. So I am thankful the author and publisher decided to make that a focus of the novel. Louis Thorn and Haruto "Harry" Yamada, aka Eagle and Crane, are part of a daredevil aviation act in the 1930s and 40s. Ava Brooks is the stepdaughter of the owner of the Flying Circus and both young men find her appealing. But everything changes after the Pearl Harbor attack. While authorities conclude Harry and his father, Kenichi, died in a plane crash after escaping from an internment camp, a lone FBI agent thinks this isn't an open and shut case. This is a story about family, loyalty, and an ugly part of American history. I've always been fascinated with this period of aviation where airplanes were becoming a more common thing but yet there was still a bit of wonder and excitement. I definitely enjoyed the Flying Circus bits of the story and the complicated relationship the men had with one another and with Ava. I thought the backstory of each family really set the stage for what was to come later on in the story. My only complaint about the book is at times I thought the author fell into the trap of telling how bad internment camps were rather than just letting the story unfold naturally. It felt like I was hearing the voice of the author rather than the characters, if that makes any sense. Overall, this was a good read that held my interest throughout. Definitely recommend if you enjoy WW2 historical fiction. Thank you to First to Read for the advance digital copy!

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and the time period in which it took place. It had a little bit of everything. I would have liked to have read a bit more about the interment camps but the descriptions and story told about the experience of Harrys' family was very descriptive and tragic so which made up for its berevity. Louis was a bit irrational in my opinion but overall a book I will be reccomending.

This book was phenomenal. The Japanese internment during World War II is part of American history that should be more widely known. It's not something I ever learned about in school, and I really appreciate that books like this (Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet being another example) address the horrors and injustice that Japanese and Asian American families had to endure during that time. History like this needs to be learned to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. That being said, the story itself set against the background of WWII America was brilliant. I loved reading about the dynamics between Ava, Harry, Louis, Hutch, and Buzz, and I thought the relationship that developed between Ava and one of the boys was really sweet and believable. The mystery of the plane crash at the center of this story was really well done, and I was surprised that I did not guess the resolution until just before the reveal. All in all, Eagle & Crane is a fantastic book that addresses a significant, though terrible, part of American history. If you're at all into historical fiction or mysteries, I highly recommend reading this book.

Enjoyed this book, the time period, the characters and the mystery. The story is also a timely one as some Americans still experience racism and prejudice today. I feel the majority of prejudice begins in the home as was the case for Louis. His nature finds conflict with this. First as a small child, not fully understanding why he can’t be friends with Harry and as a young man working with this “enemy” who is actually fun, adventurous and nice. The twists and turns continue through to the end, even when I felt I had it all figured out, I was still given surprises. A great story with historical significance that is not easy to remember, but needs to be, as the saying goes...so history does not keep repeating itself.

This is a fantastic story and really good book. 5/5 stars

Great book! Loved the characters, settings, and outcome. Interesting to read how the land was acquired next to the Thorns. Makes a person wonder how many stories have changed from generation to generation. I love historical fiction that informs the reader what date they are reading, as this book has. I have already checked out Suzanne Rindell's other books, Three Martini Lunch and The Other Typist. I will recommend this book to others.

Ms. Randell is a wonderful story teller. This book kept me captivated with beautiful writing, captivating characters and a fascinating story fraught with tragedy, humor, and history. The mystery of a plane crash that results in the death of two people, drives the story. But the resolution of the mystery is a complete surprise. I think I actually said, whoa! I will definitely look forward to more from this author

Excellent book! Seems no country did not do some injustice to a part of their population through time. Not a big fan of flashbacks but dates given at the beginning of each chapter helped. Then the plot and characters took off. So glad to have received this from First To Read.

Starts with an investigation of an airplane crash with two escapees from a Japanese interment camp found dead and the main investigator Bonner digging further into the crash. Harry Yamada and Louis Thorn are the main characters who are not friends because of a land dispute, but after both ride in biplanes decide to join a flying circus. Chronicles their barn storming years and the Japanese Americans interment in camps which leads to Harry and his Father's escape. Ava is their companion and both are interested in her causing further stress on their relationship. Her intelligence and unwavering strength is crucial in the investigation end. Interesting and informative read while entertaining and thrilling. The mystery and ending were especially satisfying. Recommend particularly if you like historical reads.

 


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