Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review: Eagle & Crane by: Suzanne Rindell

Title: Eagle & Crane
Author: Suzanne Rindell
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pages: 434
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


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. When 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.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows dare devils Louis and Harry who've decided to join a flying group going around to towns doing air shows.  While there the two fall in love with the same girl.  As the story progresses we also learn about the history between the two families who have been rivaling for years even though Harry's family isn't totally sure why.  When two burned bodies show up the assumption is that it was Harry and his father but the question is who helped them?

This book also spans during the Japanese camps in California during World War II.  Conditions weren't great by a long shot and it was a captivating story that span years.  It brought you right in with Harry and Louis and wondering how the story would end.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and would read it again!
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