A devastating explosion leaves a wake of death and destruction in a suburban Dallas high school. Senior Agent Gerry Bolton and Special Agent Jan Hanson of the Dallas FBI take on the case of the apparent bombing, with little to go on. No manifesto has been revealed to declare the perpetrator's identity or rationale, although terrorism is suspected. A later grotesque crime adds a further burden of urgency to the FBI's efforts. Aziz Malawi, a bright young Muslim engineer, is puzzled by a friend and coworker's failure to return to work from his vacation. He decides to check on him at his apartment. What he discovers sends him to the police, where he is immediately viewed as highly suspicious, is interrogated, and subsequently bumped up to the FBI for further scrutiny. It becomes clear to the FBI that Aziz is not a person of interest in the bombing crime, but quite the opposite - a devout American patriot, and a Muslim, who detests terrorism and terrorists. He entreats the FBI to allow him to become an active part of their investigation, which stretches from Dallas, Texas to Dearborn Michigan.Aziz joins the hunt for the loose thread that will ultimately unravel the fabric of a crime with a much deeper meaning and far-reaching impact than ever imagined. His sleuthing draws him into a world of danger that challenges his every resource and that of his FBI handlers who are sworn to protect him. As pieces of the greater puzzle begin to fit together, a grieving father, deeply struck by the tragedy of the crime surrounding his son's death receives new hope, through an extraordinary gift brought to him by an unexpected benefactor. He must first confront himself, and stare down the evil that took his son and threatened to destroy his family in the process.
After a business career, Michael Nathanson decided to undertake writing his first novel, "Cries of the Eagle," fulfilling a life-long ambition. Coming from a family of writers, Nathanson dreamed of one day telling a story himself, one that could possibly also point to light and hope in the process. He lives in Texas with his wife, Jan, and they serve together in the marriage ministry at their church.
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A Bright Hope That Terrorism Can’t Quench. In a very timely book that reads like the headline news, Michael Nathanson has crafted a story that will keep the reader riveted until the last page. Not just a novel, Cries of the Eagle portrays a deep wisdom of the times we are going through, and also offers a bright hope for the future. Nathanson must have researched for years to write such an inside, poignantly intimate look at all sides of the Islamic extremist terrorism threat that we face in the world today. The story opens with a jihad’s bombing of a Dallas, Texas high school. The suicide bomber is a young man we meet in the opening pages, a young man we find out later lived in a home with loving parents who only wanted the best for him. Nathanson then takes us deep into the lives of this terrorist’s parents, and the horror of a father as he tries to right the wrongs of what his son – and ultimately he himself – caused. What makes Nathanson's book stand out from the many others about terrorism, is his ability to dig into the depths of his characters and give us empathy in characters we might not otherwise think to empathize with, such as the parents of the suicide bomber. I doubt there are any other books out there that so deeply touch the reader on this topic, and pull you into the pain and desperation of their characters as this one does. The tale of the Jihadist’s father is especially moving and his character arc is an incredible journey of a heart rent and the desperate love of a parent who wishes he could turn back time. We quickly see that those killed in the bombing aren’t the only victims in the book. A young peace-loving Muslim man has lost his best friend, and is horrified at the violence of his brother. The two parents are grieving the loss of a son. An evangelical Christian FBI agent is losing sleep over the bombings and other recent terrorist activities. Instead of drilling on the grisly after-effects of the bomb’s devastation, Nathanson takes us into the minds of those who wish to bring justice to the task at hand, as well as the dark minds of those who wish to wreck more havoc. To help us understand the background of terrorism in today’s world, Nathanson brings in a more light-hearted character: a bookish, Jewish university professor who teaches the characters (and us) the basics of the three religions of Jewish, Christianity and Muslim and their parallels. We also learn the reasons behind jihad and why Jihadists are so intent on ridding the world of the “Great Satan” and its infidels. Nathanson weaves his own faith all through the story, shedding a light of hope along the way. While he writes a deft story of Jihadism and the power and money they have, through his own evangelical faith he shows us that love can prevail, and although we are still in the fight, there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel. The story of faith and the love of God add a deeper, spiritual element to this book that allows us to take a further look into our own hearts, without being preachy. This is a book that should be read by everyone living in America. It bravely and vulnerably speaks truths that should be heard by all, no matter their race, religion, or political background. It is a work well done and I take my hat off to Michael Nathanson.
I was eager to read this, as I have long been a fan of his fathers, with another plus being its set in Texas, where I live, and am familiar with much of the area's he wrote about. While I quickly started reading it, I had a very difficult time continuing to do soas the characters explained their actions, rather than you observing them as the story progressed. The premise is a good and quite believeable, unfortunately. A Muslim family influences their son as he is growing up with radical islamic ideas, resulting in him murdering several people when he grows up, most of which are children. And, more people are murdered as further acts of terror that are fronted by the company the first Muslim character we meet occur. All of this is fine, and it sound like it would make a good, believeable novel. However, every character in the book explains what and why they are doing, usually in the form of dialog, which is not believeable dialog but which feels very stilted and artificial. And, if the dialog is not enough, as people go through their actions, they 'think' of what they are doing, and why they are doing it, leaving nothing for the reader to interpret. I did find some of the explanations of the various religions interesting - Nathanson is something of a scholar in that area and it shows. But his charterization is very weak, the sentence structures are short and very simple, and are written on a very low level - I suppose that might be useful at times. To illustrate how difficult this book was to read, know that I read 6 other books while forcing myself through this one - and the latter was not the pleasant experience I had hoped for. If you enjoy reading things that are simple to follow and don't like to have to think as to why the characters are doing whatever it is they are doing, then this book is for you. If you want to read something that is suspenseful with good character and plot structure you would do well to look elsewhere.
A fascinating look into a secret Muslim world, and the lives of those who live there. As a non-Muslim I found this a fascinating story, as it opens your eyes not only to a different religion, but also its beliefs and teachings, however this story is so much more, it is a powerful story of murder, betrayal, secrets and lies, which when uncovered expose horrendous truths... Ali and Hajid, are a devout Muslim couple who left their homeland of Iran in the 1980’s to start a better life in America. They settled in Dearborn, Michigan, and soon after had a son Ibrahim. They worked hard at bringing him up in the faith, and live a good life in their Muslim community. As parents they were happy to watch him stand on his own two feet, and accept that he is naturally growing away from them as he moves to Texas as part of his Qu’ran studies. However, the friends and mentors Ibrahim chooses once there lead him down a dark path, one which shapes his destiny forever. Through the ages it has become accepted that most religions have a fanatical side, radical groups with one aim only, to ensure that in time, their religion is the only one which survives. With the threat of terrorism and fear of racism so very much a part of our modern world, the author has skillfully weaved his magic to write this story. Although fictional, it is easy to see it being true, indeed as I write this there are horrors being committed in the name of religion every day. Mostly we base our views on ‘hearsay’ or newspaper headlines, tarring everyone with the same brush, and in our fear persecuting the innocent. Fascinatingly, this book reveals how the lives of an ordinary family, devoutly following their Muslim faith, can become inextricably entwined with the fanatical counter elements of the religion they follow, without their knowledge. However, this story is not just about Muslim beliefs, it is an intriguing, action packed thriller. As the storyline unfolds we follow the investigations of Special Agent Gerry Bolton and Agent Jan Hanson of the FBI, and soon discover that nothing is as it seems… In my opinion this is an exceptional book, and a real eye-opener. Not only is it an absorbing story but it has given me a real insight into a world I knew nothing about. If I could give it 6 stars, I would!
“Many spawn of the Great Satan would be eliminated shortly, the less to infest Allah’s world.” Michael Nathanson has managed to create a story that immediately from page one onward paints the tenor of the times – living as we are in a period where senseless mass murders occur with increasing frequency, where the threat of terrorist attacks both around the world and especially in the United Sates are a very present danger, and the tension of racism and consequences of police intervention and too frequent gruesome deaths fill the media. The difference between Michael’s book and the others addressing terrorism is his ability to make the crisis immediately accessible to our understanding by creating characters or players with whom we can identify – both during attacks and in the aftermath. In doing so he also inserts his faith, his spiritual philosophy, that shines a light on a possible method of change. It is doubtful that any other author will be able to present all aspects of not only terrorist mentality and actions but also the effect on the families of the victims – especially the father of the perpetrator – as acutely as Michael Nathanson. And yet, despite the details of the terrorist act and the subsequent investigation abetted by the perpetrator’s best friend, the shining glow of this novel is Michael’s gleam of hope that emanates from his own evangelical spiritualism. This is a novel that demands to be read by every citizen who cares about our future – a riveting story that allows a positive face and voice for good-willed people of all faiths