Eagle: Birds of Flight - Book Three

Eagle: Birds of Flight - Book Three


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ISBN-13: 9781942708384
Publisher: J.M. Erickson
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

J.M. Erickson is the author of Albatross and Raven, the first two volumes of the Birds of Flight series. Blue Ink Review describes Erickson's writing as "no-nonsense story telling and no wasted words," while US Review of Books declares his work as "taut suspenseful thriller sure to entice fans of Clancy, Flynn, and Ludlum," and Kirkus Review claims his narrative as "An ambitious thriller that looks at the gray areas between vengeance and justice, law and morality." Erickson is a senior instructor of psychology and counseling at Cambridge College, and senior therapist in a clinical group practice in the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts. He and his wife Christine live with their two teenagers in a suburb north of Boston.

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Eagle: Birds of Flight - Book Three 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
Okay, where is the next one?! We can’t just be left hanging like that, I have to know what happens! Ahhh. Okay, this book was just as good as the first two (read this series in order, it’s worth it), and I really like the way the storyline is playing itself out. The psychological element keeps me guessing, and the action keeps me turning the pages as fast as I can. Again the book starts off right in the middle of the action, and even though it was kind of weird that we are 10% through it before chapter 1 even starts, there is a lot of story set up to catch us up to speed and it really takes off. I just hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next one to be published! A great series that I’ve enjoyed reading.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
To me, a good book is one that can take you away from your everyday life and engage your imagination in a believable and stimulating way. Noting worse than reading a boring, unbelievable book! Or worse, one with terrible writing! So I really like that for me this series has totally enraptured my imagination for the past week or so while I’ve been reading it, and plays out almost like a movie in my head. It is so easy to get lost in the storyline as the characters and scenes spring to life. I like that there are a lot of conversations that make the characters feel so real, as opposed to just long blocks of narrative text. They characters are cunning, complex, funny, strong, and will take you through a roller coaster of thoughts and emotions. “Eagle: Birds of Flight” has been another great effort from J.M. Erickson, and I’m looking forward to “Falcon” as soon as it is released!
-Cale-Owens- More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I have read from this author, the other 2 being the first in his “Birds of Flight” series. And while I will be the first to say that it’s not without its flaws, really, what book (or series) isn’t? At the end of the day, the author is telling a damn fine tale, one that has kept me thoroughly invested, so much so that when I realized that this wasn’t actually the finale (which for some reason I’d thought it was), I was both disappointed and happy at the same time. Happy to be able to be reading more of this series, but disappointed to have to wait for it! Oh well, I know it will be worth it. I do hope that perhaps the author is able to perhaps make some minor editorial tweaks regarding the italics and the saying of “he/she thought” to avoid the redundancy. But I have to say that this has definitely been one of the better series I’ve read in a long time, as I usually end up losing interest as I go along, and that definitely hasn’t been the case here.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
Another excellent read. Birds of Flight Eagle is the third in a series, and just as captivating as the first two. I do notice how these books have a “I’ll just read a little bit more” quality to them, where I reach the end of the chapter and want to keep going. There is an interesting combination of events that are coming together to form sort of a ‘perfect storm’ (including things from earlier in the series… read the first two book s first) and has created an explosive atmosphere of peril and (almost) non-stop action. At times the pacing might be a bit uneven. And there were a few minor editing things like before, but this is still a very good read, as are the other books in this series. They are easy to get into and keep your interest as the story just builds and builds layer upon layer. I do give the author credit for actually making a story that is intelligent and makes you think, and has a psychological cat and mouse edge to it. I read from his bio he has a background in this field and it shows. Now we just need the next one so we can see how this all ends up.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
A must for new readers. Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (7/13) Article first published as Book Review: ‘Eagle: Birds of Flight Book Three’ by J.M. Erickson on Blogcritics. Following on the heels of “Albatross” and “Raven,” “Eagle,” is the third book in the “Birds of Flight” series written by J.M. Erickson. Seeking revenge for the downfall of the Foreign Intelligence Agency, Eric Daniels, also known as “Eagle,” has set his sights on destroying Alexander Burns. Burns played a huge role in bringing this agency down. Believing that his adopted family is safely hidden away in Spain, Burns keeps himself visible in the United States while he waits for the Eagle to go after him. When things don’t go as planned Burns is devastated by the outcome, yet even more determined to work with the FBI on capturing the Eagle. The novel “Eagle” gives a more human side to many of the characters, especially Burns. He has come a long way in his recovery in that he has accepted his actions from the past. He also continues to have loving relationships with the few people that he trusts, and he has taken on the responsibility of caring for a dog that has issues of its own. The losses that he experiences in this part of the series are devastating to both Burns and the readers who have followed all three books in the series. There is a great deal of upheaval and change in this story. Other continuing characters are also presented in more depth, so the reader gains a greater understanding of what motivates them, and we also see more of their vulnerabilities. I think that it is a must for new readers to go through the whole series of the “Birds of Flight” books in order so that they can gain a greater understanding of what has already happened. It will make this novel much easier to follow. Being familiar with the characters will help you see things better through their eyes and you will also have know more about why they are motivated to take the actions that they take. “Eagle” ends rather suddenly leaving this reader wishing that the fourth book in the series was available so that I know how everything plays out in the end. Having read three books in this well-written series, I look forward to the fourth. Fans of mystery, intrigue and suspense will love the “Birds of Flight” series by J.M. Erickson.
Shaka2U More than 1 year ago
J.M. Erickson never disappoints me.  Erickson's novels are always filled with action and great characters that you just pull for and hope that everything will turn out right in what is sure be a very messed up situation.  Erickson wrote yet another amazing action novel.  We pick up with Burns and the team and of course Emma and Becky.  This book flawlessly picks up where book 2 Raven leaves off.  Emma has grown a little bit and we discover more about her background.  This book answers quite a few questions, Erickson gives hints into the lives of the operatives that are helping keep Emma and the family safe as well as a little more insight into Burn's character.  While we delve into why all of these people have been brought together to bring down corrupt agents we see that no matter how hard and trained they are; they're still people and emotions can run high in stressful situations.  I do not want to give away the plot of this book as it is too good to spoil for potential readers.  Needless to say you will not be disappointed and it will leave you asking for more.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
The first book in this series is Albatross, which introduces us to Alex Burns. He's basically Jason Bourne with a strong hero complex. I also read Raven (follow link to read review) the second book in the series which incorporates a love interest with Samantha, Alex's partner, but it ends in a tragic way that quickly changes his life. In Eagle, he still mourns her and works on dealing with her death. Now it's years after the downfall of the Foreign Intelligence Agency, and the spy's are amongst the public, Alex knows someone specific will be looking for him. Eric Daniels. They were once colleagues and some might even say friends, or at least more than acquaintances. Now they want two different things, and will take out each other to have things their way. Eric wants revenge against Alex and kidnaps a family member to raise the stakes, and draw Alex out. This is another great spy/action novel that will keep you on your toes. I was so eager to get to the end of each chapter, to find out more, only to have the chapter end in such a way, that caused me to start another one. Despite the fact that it was early into the morning. I finished this in one sitting because of the excitement and the action. This could easily be a very exciting movie, I doubt it will ever make it to the theatre because of it's similarities to Jason Bourne series. So, if you liked the Jason Bourne series, check out Albatross, Raven, and Eagle to really see Erickson's talent in writing fast paced action. I would rate this book as a 4/5.
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
Eagle: Birds of Flight is a political slash spy slash everyday thriller of sorts that continues a story from two previous volumes. Although it is difficult to piece together the important facts from the previous two books, the story flows nicely and intrigue seems to be around the corner, sometimes even surprising an avid suspense thriller like this author. Anyone who likes wannabe gangster hitmen spy types will like this book. Anyone who has ever fantasized about making easy money will sympathize with the main character.  Dialog is the name of the game in this book, seconded only by the immense amount of introspection. Although it is difficult sometimes to know when the narrator is going back and forth in time, once the author's writing style is discovered by the reader, the book flows and the story reads like a television movie. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this book and its prequels (and the upcoming sequel) will be made into one or two movies for television.  There are issues with the book, however. It is clear that a professional editor never touched the manuscript while in production. Punctuation is missing, incorrect punctuation is seen throughout the book, the author has pronoun envy especially in regard to dialog, the adverb "that" is missing at least a hundred times (and with an East coast character, nonetheless), there are subject-verb disagreements, sometimes a past tense thought ends with present tense phrasing, some paragraphs are broken when they should not be, and other paragraphs that should be broken are kept together. Although the misspellings were few, careful proofreading will improve the manuscript immensely. Hopefully, this can be done before final production.  But apart from the ramblings of this grammar nerd, the story is first rate, the characters are developed professionally, the plots are clear and hold true throughout the book, and the settings for the scenes are spot on in regard to the little things.  Once the book is finished, I know every reader will go out and purchase the first two volumes in the series and will act like a spoiled school child and jump up and down daily in anticipation of the last and final volume in the series, which we all hope comes out sooner rather than later.
kmoody83 More than 1 year ago
On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM, Kira Moody > wrote: J.M. Erickson’s Eagle: Birds of Flight #3 is a complex, fast-paced suspense thriller. Although the Foreign Intelligence Service has been gutted and become defunct, two men still feel the sting of the agency’s fallout: Alexander Burns and Eric Daniels. Alexander Burns is trying to retire quietly with his dog and his therapy sessions while trying to get over the loss of the love of his life, Samanth Littleton. Eric Daniels is anything but getting over the fallout. Blaming Burns for his downfall, Daniels is out for revenge. Using his family as bait, Daniels kidnaps Burns’ niece’s half-sister, kills Burns’ best friend, and almost kills his niece. As a series of devastating events unfold like clockwork, Burns know only one man can be behind it, Daniels. Forced to finish what he started, can Burns deal with his grief and help the FBI bring Daniels to justice?  Will he be able to outmaneuver the bad guy or will he lose everything he holds dear? One great aspect of Erickson’s novel is the complexity of his characters and the deep sympathy and love the readers feels for them. Their likable, flawed, personalities only increases the book’s natural way of grabbing the reader’s interest. The mix of seriousness, action, and suspense is masterfully done and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. The one problem with this novel is it can be a little confusing to follow at the beginning, especially if you haven’t read the other two in the series. The confusion, however, adds to the level of mystery and suspense surrounding the book. Fans of FBI thrillers like Catherine Coulter, Clive Cussler, and Allison Brennan or books with lots of suspense and action will enjoy reading this book.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Scott Albert for Readers' Favorite J.M. Erickson demonstrates his understanding of psychology / sociology in this third installment of his 'Birds of Flight' series. Erickson’s work in crisis prevention and working with clients deemed dangerous in locked settings has given him a unique perspective of suspense and risk that exists in his stories. In "Eagle: Birds of Flight", the third book in the series, Erickson weaves a tale that takes his reader on a ride through events and circumstances that will leave them wondering who to trust and trying to identify the real enemy. This reader, more than once, had to change his mind as to who the ‘bad guys’ were.  While it is obvious that this story is part of a series, it is not enough to make things too confusing. I stuck with it and things worked themselves out though I wish I had started with book one. Eric Daniels is looking for payback in a story that has many of the characters in this series changing allegiances, a situation that transfers right off the page and into the hearts and minds of the readers. You will find yourself questioning everything and everyone. Erickson does a good job setting up his characters in such a way that the reader is never quite sure what their motivations are. The style of story-telling is minimalist and well-paced reminiscent of the 'Bourne' series, although the beginning took a while to establish setting and characterization. But I believe that is the result of reading the third installment without reading the first two. Otherwise the pacing is excellent and I found myself wanting more. The characters will have readers weighing the moral choices between justice and revenge. I found myself empathizing with Daniels, wondering what I would do if I faced Burns with a gun in my hand.  
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite In "Eagle: Birds of Flight", the third book in J.M. Erickson's thriller series, fugitive Alex Burns and Chairman Eric Daniels, former agent and Chairman for the Foreign Intelligence Agency, respectively, have traded places. In the prologue, we see Burns visiting the tomb of his wife and co-conspirator, Samantha, who was a key part of his team when Daniel's forces were trying to kill him. The other members of his family are being protected by the U.S. Government in Spain. Daniels has been discredited and is now a fugitive living in the woods in British Columbia. He has two former employees still working for him, Alica Wise, who is convinced that Burns and those who aid him are traitors, and Jeffrey Glenn, who was the Operations Manager for the Agency and whose fealty has been bought and paid for. Wise's target is Alex Burns. Glenn is overseeing an operation in Spain which he believes will result in the apprehension of Burns's remaining family members. I read the first and third books in 'The Birds of Flight trilogy' and loved them both. Erickson has the ability to make his characters so compelling that they stand larger than life and draw you into their lives. The only regret I had in reading this book is that I hadn't read the second in the series beforehand. Too much happened between the two books that I did read, and there are new relationships and situations, which, though addressed briefly in the prologue, remain tantalizingly distant and unexplored. Yes, I do plan to read that second book; however, it would have been a much more fluid journey read if I read in sequence. These books are simply incredible, and I highly recommend them.  
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite "Eagle: Birds of Flight Book Three" by J.M Erickson is full of intrigue and spy games. Allies will break, enemies will rise up and others will join in the battle. The Department of Defense Foreign Intelligence Agency has been disassembled and the agents have been scattered to the winds. Alexander J. Burns waits to see what battle his former boss turned enemy Eric I. Daniels will do. The two used to be on the same side of things, but now with chaos reigning they are on different sides of the issue; Burns wants to see peace and Daniels only wants revenge. In this third book of the series Burns has decided that being in plain site is the way for him; he works, lives and is even seeing a therapist about trauma and the loss of Samantha. While Burns is doing these things and waiting to see when the other team led by Daniels will strike, the enemy plots and prepares to launch an attack. Eagle is the third in a four part series by J.M Erickson and really takes the excitement up another notch. I have found myself getting more and more involved in thrillers like this that involve the FBI, CIA and other such agencies that end up having two sides fighting each other. Erickson really pulled me in with this one and kept me flipping the pages as fast as I could take in the words. All of the characters are very well-developed and you keep wanting to find out what is happening with each of them. I even enjoyed the enemy side of things personally. Not saying I liked them as people, but when I have a character that needs to be seen as the bad guy I want to dislike, I want them to have enough personality to really make me not like them. Erickson has done this. I also really enjoy the good guys of course! A nice full bodied read I would recommend for any reader.  
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christine Nguyen for Readers' Favorite "Eagle: Birds of Flight" is the third installment of a storyline centering on Alexander J.”Falcon” Burns and his crew after the successful plot they hatched against the US government so that they can recapture their normal lives. It has been two years since his lover Samantha “Raven” Littleton has been killed and Burns has gone rogue, destroying the government agency he worked for and his boss’s reputation and legacy, and compromising the safety of every US citizen. This time, Burns is on the hunt for their former boss, former operations centers director for Foreign Intelligence Agency, Eric Daniels, as Daniels is going after Burns's family for vengeance. J.M. Erickson captivates the readers from the first page with his action-packed, fast moving series. I never read the other two books and was a little confused at first with so many characters involved in the storyline, but the characters were so dynamic and interesting that I wanted to learn more about them. I wanted to go back to the first book and begin the journey from the very beginning. The book is full of strong, compelling women that work in various jobs within the government, working alongside Burns to capture Daniels. They are smart, funny, and sexy as hell – a bonus for any reader who loves strong female characters. I am a definite fan of the Bird of Flight series. A fun, fast read! I can't wait to read about Burns's and his team's next adventure!  
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Eric Daniels, also known by the name “Eagle”, wants vengeance, and he wants to take it out on Alexander Burns, the man he has put at fault for his demise. Once upon a time he held the post of chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Agency but since it was wiped out, he has been hiding from authorities. Meanwhile, Alexander Burns knows Daniels is after him and is waiting for Daniels’s plans to unfold, preparing to outdo him by luring Daniels before striking him down. But events soon take a different turn when Daniels targets Burns’s family. As the Eagle puts things into motion with his eye on destroying Burns’s life, Burns has to come up with a different strategy to protect his loved ones from Daniels’s ire. In the third book in the "Birds of Flight" series, author J.M. Erickson continues to amaze readers with another spellbinding thriller that suspense novel fans will surely enjoy spending time on. Well-written characters will grip you from start to finish as they experience chapter after chapter of action-packed adventures. Page one starts in mayhem, and anyone will want to find out the answer to the question “What happened?” Thrills and dangers have never gotten more real in their descriptions, and even more so when a family is involved – one will agree, anyone would do anything to protect those who are most important in one’s life. This novel holds a brilliantly executed plot line with multi-dimensional characters that will have you hanging on to the edge of your seat.