Eagle & Crane

Eagle & Crane

by Suzanne Rindell


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ISBN-13: 9780399184291
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 250,955
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Rindell is the author of two previous novels, The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch. She earned her Ph.D. in literature from Rice University, and divides her time between New York and California.

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Eagle & Crane 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Louis and Harry are friends but yet enemies. To say their relationship is complicated is an understatement. Harry and Louis attend a flying circus. Harry decides he wants to WALK THE WING of the plane. Well! Louis is not to be outdone. They both do it and do it splendidly! They decide to join this flying circus and be stuntmen. This is just the beginning of their tale. Harry is Japanese at a time in our country’s history when it is not too popular to be Japanese. His family is ridiculed and eventually placed in an internment camp due to Executive Order 9066. He and his father escape and this puts the FBI on their trail. Then they are both killed in a plane crash…so what happened? This is just one of the great storylines in this read. The camps, the flying circus, the mystery of the plane crash kept me glued to this book. I read it in two days! The author did a fabulous job with the historical research. And there is a lot of history in this read and it ties the whole story together. How the flying circus survived, how awful the camps were, how terrible it was to be Japanese are just a few fascinating facts floating throughout this tale. The story is a little long and has a large amount of description. But, it is unique in many ways. With the flying circus, WWII, Japanese Camps and the mystery, I was hooked.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Haruto (Harry) Yamada and Louis Thorn grew up side by side on California farmlands. At one time their lands had been joined and owned by the Thorn family. But to Louis’ father and brothers’ lifelong chagrin, the father had gambled too much in a drunken stupor one night and lost the most valuable west side of his property to the Yamada family. Not a good loser, he bore a grudge against the Yamadas that grew with the telling into fantastic hate and determination to get back at them for “tricking” the Thorn family out of their property. When we meet Harry and Louis, they have spent years apart and are now barely on speaking terms, sad because they had been childhood companions and friends for a long time, until Louis heard enough of the conflict to turn him against the “Jap” Harry. Now they are to slowly become united as they are snagged into flying “barnstorming” and daredevil deed exhibitions planned by Earl, a con man who originally sold a “cure all tonic.” Ava and her mother Chloe work for Earl and Ava becomes a new source of contention between Harry and Louis. Later on, that romantic triangle becomes the focus of a mystery. WWII arrives with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the flight business (which is vividly described quite enjoyably) collapses as all Japanese and Japanese-Americans are interned in camps for the duration of the war. The mystery begins when Harry and someone else in his family escape the camp and supposedly take up one of the bi-planes and crash it spectacularly with no seeming effort to save themselves. Murder? Suicide? It’s up to the local sheriff and FBI Agent Bonner to figure that one out! The plot and character presentations are intriguing and keep a perfect pace and pitch for any reader to follow. Uncertainty is the prevalent motif of this romance/mystery novel so that the reader feels like he or she is the investigator and/or chronicler of this work of historical fiction. This is a unique perspective of the way WWII changed the lives and attitudes of Americans toward foreigners forever! Something to reflect on in these trying days of similar conflicts!
Kdabra4 More than 1 year ago
I love this author and this book was a fantastic read. I'll read anything she writes after The Other Typist, which had me bewitched but also bewildered. Eagle and Crane fortunately skips the bewilderment and goes straight to endearment and heartbreak. Two boys, one a Japanese American, the other white, grow up on the same section of farmland in pre - World War II California. Their common age and venue make friends out of them despite their families' histories. Eventually they join a flying circus together and spend some time away from home learning to be stunt men and pilots. Their friendship hits some bumps but nothing like when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and the war and internment camps are in their backyard. Oh, and there is also a young woman involved. To avoid spoilers I'll simply say that the ending has some nice twists, one you might see coming or not, which is always a good thing. The characters and the story, adventures and history galore, will stay with me for a long time to come. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.
Katie__B More than 1 year ago
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 was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of "Eagle & Crane" by Suzanne Rindell Kudos to Suzanne Rindell Author of "Eagle & Crane" for writing such an inspiring, intense, captivating, intense, emotional and intriguing novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction. The timeline for this novel is around the Great Depression and the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, and World War Two. The location of the story is in California. The author describes her characters as complicated, complex, and torn by both events and family expectations. Louis Thorne and " Harry Yamada" were friends for a short time when they were little boys. Harry loved magic, and Louis loved comic book heroes.  The Thorne family believed that the "Yamada" family had stolen their land, and from that become a great hatred. Louis meets a young girl, Ava, who is selling tickets for a flying show. Louis comes back with money and reunites with Harry. Somehow the two young men become aerial stuntman doing life-threatening and dangerous acts. The two work together as a team. Despite set backs and major problems, the two become known as "Eagle" and "Crane", nick names assigned to them with a racial intonation. When the tragedy  of the  Pearl Harbor bombing occurs, the United State government puts all of the Japanese people in internment camps.  Many are Japanese Americans, both citizens and American born. This is a terrible time that is not always revealed  in history books. The homes, land, possessions were supposed to be temporarily taken away from these people. There was inadequate medical care, cramped quarters, and poor living conditions. I appreciate the research and the resources the author used to provide the information. It is both thought-provoking and very emotionally charged. . Do we learn from history? Somehow, both Harry and his father escape the camps, but there is an airplane found with two charred bodies. The local government finds it an open and close case. One FBI agent with a personal agenda suspects foul play, and starts to investigate.  Will the deep secrets between the two families be revealed?  I highly recommend this amazing novel to readers that appreciate Historical Fiction.