The Dark Eagles First Flight

The Dark Eagles First Flight

by David R. Smith

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The Dark Eagles First Flight by David R. Smith

Kief loves exploring the rugged mountains on his hourse, Natch, with his best friend Tarc. But when he receives a mysterious map on his birthday, left behind for him by his dead grandfather, Kief is thrown into an adventure beyond even his imagination. Leaving home to pursue his childhood dream of attending the merchant academy on the coast, extraordinary events unfold propelling Kief, along with his friends and his map, toward the same perilous destiny.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014350105
Publisher: Fundautum Publishing
Publication date: 12/23/2011
Series: The Dark Eagles , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 286
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

David was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and spent most of his childhood on a farm in Heber City, located in the Wasatch Mountains. He loved exploring the mountains on his horse looking for adventures to follow. Growing up, he wanted to be a movie director and used his own Super 8 camera to make silent movies with his friends and brothers and sister. Instead he earned a Bachelors in Engineering at the University of Utah. While there he met the love of his life, Jenelle and they were blessed with three amazing sons: Josh, Tate, and Porter. David later earned his Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University and pursued a path in the corporate world. But his creative side continued to tug at him for years until finally through the encouragement of his wife and boys, he realized that it's never too late to follow your dream. So David set off to write an epic adventure of a boy and his horse and created a story of freedom, adventure, love, courage, and sacrifice. When he's not writing, David enjoys outdoor activiities awith his family, and especially loves surfing with his three boys in Southern California where he resides.

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The Dark Eagles: First Flight 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ordinaryhappily More than 1 year ago
The Dark Eagles First Flight by David R. Smith is first installment of what I anticipate to be an epic battle between liberty and tyranny. It is the story of Kief, an adventuresome young man who lives in a free land, much like our own was at the turn of the 20th century. He dreams of nothing more than the excitement that only the sea can bring. His well planned dreams of learning the merchant trade and captaining his own ship are crushed in an instant as his homeland is attacked by a ferocious people who’s culture teaches them that they must rid the world of all evil. With the help of some peculiar gifts from Keif’s long since passed grandfather and protection from the mysterious dark eagles, he and a small band of friends join together to resist an enemy who cannot be reasoned with. The dangers of resisting an oppressive and tyrannical invader eclipse any thrill that the sea may have had for Kief as he and his band learn what is and is not worth fighting for. David Smith’s character development is wonderful. As a reader, you quickly get a sense of each character and feel as if you know them. I appreciated how well their personalities and talents complimented each other. As I read it I couldn’t help but wish that my boys were old enough to appreciate this book. At five and two, I’m lucky if I can get them to sit down long enough to eat dinner let alone read them a chapter book, but I just know they will love it when they get older. Dark Eagles First Flight is full of adventure and my heart was pounding with excitement as I read the last few chapters. I recommend this book to young and old alike and especially to anyone who loves freedom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book which begins slowly but then picks up great speed with an irresistible storyline and wonderful characters. The cover is beautiful and the designs and illustrations are well-done. Don't miss this one. It's a keeper, not one to recycle.
kissyCS More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old son and 11 year old daughter loved this book. It is engaging, exciting and my kids loved the characters. I also read it and loved it!
M-R-Smith More than 1 year ago
Some of the reviews thus far mention that the book was read as a family and was entertaining to all. While I do not disagree with those sentiments, I just have to say that I read the book on my own and I was completely hooked the whole time. I found the characters relatable, the world believable, and the villains hatable. It has been a long time since a plot twist took me completely by surprise, but this book has one. I look forward to reading more from this author. In my personal opinion the characters in this book do come off a bit younger (maybe 1-2 years) than their given age, even after accounting for the difference between an Earth year and a Fundautum one. However, this did not take away from my enjoyment of the story or my immersion in the world that the author has created.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked into BN one day to buy a book and was approached by David Smith himself. He was signing his books for those who bought it. I asked him what his book was about and was intrigued. So I bought it and got it signed :)) I finished it last week and can't wait to read book 2. It was worth the buy for sure. It was a little slow at the beginning as all books and stories are, but draws you in before you know it. Thanks David!
lulu_0wl More than 1 year ago
Great book, loved it!!!! cant wait for book#2!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will want to read it again! Can't wait for book #2!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is one of the best I have read by far! I like this book even more than the "The Hobbit", "Lord of the Rings",and the whole Diary of a wimpy kid series! I highly recommend this book! You will NOT be disappointed! It is an exciting, suspenseful, thrilling, and adventurous read. I loved it and you will too! -Stratton
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable adventure story that can be loved by all.  My 14-yr old daughter thoroughly enjoyed it as did my 9-year old son.  Loyalty, adventure, patriotism, friendship and fun in every chapter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tail of adventure, freedom, and love. No, this is not a love story in the romantic sense; but a story of love for one's country, home, family, and friends. Author David R. Smith does a wonderful job weaving words, accented with picturesque book illustrations (I'm a sucker for books with maps), to transport you into the world of Fundautum and onto Hople Island - a land of rugged mountain terrain, sweeping rivers, and quaint, lantern-lit towns with carriages & horses. I quickly fell in love with all the main characters; a ragtag bunch of friends who all want the same thing: freedom from their newly imposed oppression. Well-paced, suspenseful, and littered with action, this story is definitely filled that what makes the male species tick (adventure, a battle to fight, the pursuit of dreams), but also infused with inklings of magic and love interests that can keep a girl entertain. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment of the adventures of The Dark Eagles. Well done, Mr. Smith; consider me a fan of your work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On chapter three. Hooked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!