Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell

Eagle & Crane

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, tha...

Details Eagle & Crane

TitleEagle & Crane
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews Eagle & Crane

  • Dorie
    This was really a 3.5 book for me but I bumped it up to 4 stars because I think there is some good writing and great character development here. We are introduced to a mystery right from the beginning of the novel. There is a police investigator looking into the plane crash of a private plane carrying a Japanese father and son who had escaped from an internment camp. The book is written in alternating perspectives by the main characters.Harry Yam...
  • Celia
    I loved the book. Why, you ask?• It is historical fiction, lovingly and accurately researched, realistic. I found myself over and over, truly picturing the characters and the California setting. It evoked in me a vision and feeling that is hard to describe.• It is about aviation, a topic which became fascinating to me ever since reading 2 books about the Wright Brothers. Aviation history has taken on a new meaning for me and the story here ab...
  • Martie Nees Record
    Genre: Historical FictionPublisher: PENGUIN GROUP PutnamPub. Date: July 3, 2018On the first page of this historical fiction is an old black and white picture of a handsome young man with laughter in his eyes and a cocky grin on his face. He is standing in front of a biplane – a small plane for two, with an open cockpit. Over the picture, it reads, “In memory of my grandfather, Norbert.” The image and words left me with a feeling that I woul...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    5 stars Thanks to Penguin's First-to-Read and G.P. Putnam's and Sons for the chance to read and review this ARC. Publishes July 3, 2018This book came at a really good time for me. It has an author that I like, one who is able to pen characters that speak to you, who sets you in a story that is comfortable and likable, allowing you to become part of their world. This novel brings in the historic past of the bi-plane, when it was in its glory. It d...
  • Katie B
    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 everyth...
  • ☮Karen
    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 familie...
  • Taylor (shihtzus.and.book.reviews)
    Many, many thanks to Putnam Books for my free copy in exchange for my honest review. It is a pleasure to share my thoughts!When I first saw this book on Goodreads, I didn’t even read the blurb because the cover was so gorgeous, I knew the inside had to be just as beautiful. I was immediately intrigued (helloooo, historical fiction + Taylor) and pulled into a world I knew NOTHING about. Barnstorming?? Who knew such a thing existed?! The story is...
  • Linda Zagon
    My Review of "Eagle & Crane" by Suzanne RindellKudos 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 com...
  • Annette
    I guess it all comes down to the style of writing and I see that this author has a lot of dedicated readers. But I am not one of them. The prose is very simple for me, for example “No need to knock; their boots make a good deal of noise on the wooden planks.” This is not an engaging prose for me. Also the book starts with bombardment of dialogue. That is not an engaging start for me. Start with a story woven with vivid imagery instead of load...
  • Rachel
    Rating: 3/5Suzanne Rindell combines historical fiction, mystery, romance and family drama in her third novel Eagle and Crane.A plane crash and two dead bodies, one too badly burned to even identify, opens up the story immediately bringing to the fore the mystery that readers will have to puzzle out throughout the whole book. At the center of it all are three characters – Haruto “Harry” Yamada, Louis Thorn and Ava Brooks. FBI Agent Bonner ad...
  • bookwonderful
    This book starts with a mystery. Two men have escaped from a Japanese internment camp during WW2 - Harry Yamada and his father, Kenichi. As the police and FBI go to investigate, a plan crashes containing what seems to be the bodies of the escapees. An open and shut suicide case to some. But for agent Bonner, something seems off. As he dives deeper in an attempt to find the truth behind the crash, he uncovers a sweeping story behind a generational...
  • Atom Sharp
    I expected a lot from this book and got a whole lot more. A transportive tome that gives you the feeling of being right there with the fully-realized characters, this mystery had me trying to put together what I thought was going to happen, second-guessing myself, and ultimately being surprised and (spoiler-free hidden emotion) at the end. There are little vignettes, mini folk tales within that were just so interesting, they could have even been ...
  • Reeca Elliott
    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 popul...
  • Brendan Jones
    A page-turning historical mystery that tells an astonishingly contemporary story of an unexpected friendship that leads to the ends of a bi-planes wings. If this were a movie the trailer would have so many cool takes you wouldn't believe it was all from the same film. You can taste California in all its beginnings as a state, its hope and its richness and its beauty, and eventual sadness. Rindell does a great job telling the haunting story of WWI...
  • Leslie Rose
    "Eagle and Crane" is about family, friendship, love, and the dark and tragic outcomes of the bigotry and racism towards the American Japanese that pervaded our nation during the years from the 1930's to 40's. Rindell's descriptions of the California landscapes, from the foothills to the Central Valley to the coast, provide a rich backdrop for the murder mystery that drives this story. The unexpected twists and turns the story takes at its end, as...
  • Sharlene
    5 stars for Suzanne Rindell's Eagle and Crane. Truly a beautiful story. It was: Riveting, Moving, a page turner, did not see the mystery ending coming at all, amazing characters and locale. Enjoyed this book greatly.
  • Deb
    Thank you First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of Eagle and Crane. What a great read. This novel gives you an inside look at the “flying circus” days. I’m not sure how you ever become brave enough or stupid enough to walk on the wings of a biplane. It was fun to read and learn about this time in entertainment history. Although I’ve read a few books about WWII, they seem to mainly skim over the subject of the Japanese Internm...
  • Erika Wolffersdorff
    So I won this book through a Goodreads giveway. I thought the cover was beautiful, so I threw my name in the hat. What a beautiful and captivating story! This one had me hooked from the very first page. I loved the characters and their backstories. It was beautifully written and had me guessing until the end! So happy I won it! A must read for historical fiction fans!
  • nikkia neil
    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC.Loved the tension, historical detail, and diplomatic way Rindell handles race issues. This book is more than a life lesson though. It's exciting, moving, and moving to read.
  • Jordan Finch
    The cover of this book is gorgeous, but also quite deceptive. The girl on the cover makes it seem like there's going to be a lot of romance and sort of implies that there will be a lot of relationship drama, but Eagle & Crane is so much more than that. It's a story about family and trust and chasing adventure and the ugliness of war, and if you don't want to both smile and cry a little bit by the end, you're reading this book wrong.Eagle & Crane ...
  • Kyra Johnson
    Thank you so much to Putnam Books for my copy of EAGLE & CRANE. All opinions are my own.Last year, I read The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell and it became one of my favorite reads of the year. Rindell kept me captivated during the entire story and I was blown away by how her writing was so incredibly fluid. Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled when Putnam Books reached out and asked if I wanted to review a copy of Eagle & Crane. Historical...
  • Susie | Novel Visits
    {My Thoughts}What Worked For MeThe Flying Circus – The parts of Eagle & Crane that revolved around the barnstorming daredevil flying acts of the 1930’s and 1940’s were truly amazing. When the act came to their small California town, both young men were drawn to the allure of flying and everything that went along with it. Through a series of dares and one-up-manships they made themselves indispensible as wing walkers and flying stuntmen. Wha...
  • Viviane Crystal
    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...
  • Energy
    I absolutely love Historical Fiction and I appreciate that the author chose to talk about what happened to Japanese citizens during the War because it is a dark spot in our history that isn't often discussed. Told from alternating perspectives of the investigator who is looking into a plane crash of a Japanese father and son, who the local sheriff just doesn't want to deal with, and from a young girl Ava, who really is the heart of the story. Lou...
  • Jill
    Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell (Release Date: July 3rd, 2018) is a historical fiction novel, set during WWII. The book follows Louis Thorn, Haruto “Harry” Yamada, and Ava Brooks. Louis and Harry join Ava’s stepfather’s Flying Circus, a barnstorming act in the years following the depression. Though they are neighbors, a feud between their two families prevents them from being friends. But soon they become “Eagle & Crane,” a popular s...
  • Naina
    Thank you to First to Read for my free ARC copy of this book -- I really enjoyed reading it. A mix of historical fiction, romance, and mystery that was very well-written and kept me hooked from the very first page. The book starts with an FBI agent showing up to investigate the escape of two Japanese-American men from from an internment camp during WWII. As he's questioning, Louis Thorn, one of the two leading men in the book, a plane comes crash...
  • Claire
    I received Eagle & Crane as part of a Goodreads giveaway.In World War II-era California, a plane crashes to the ground, containing what authorities presume to be the bodies of Kenichi and Haruto "Harry" Yamata, a father and son recently escaped from the a Japanese internment camp. As investigators seek to puzzle out the truth amidst confusing evidence, the story flashes back to Depression-era California, where "Harry" Yamada and Louis Thorn--frie...
  • Jennifer
    Very good historical fiction. This had a little mystery, some adventure, and plenty of heartache. It alternates between two time periods that eventually catch up to each other to reveal the mystery. I liked this way of storytelling - it gave good background to the story and it kept you vested in how it was going to unfold.The heart of this story is about Japanese-American relations during World War II and how poorly these families were treated. W...
  • Debbie
    This was my third book by Suzanne Rindell. And, this one did not disappoint at all. Actually, I have loved all three of her books. (I'm still waiting to see "The Typist" on film - it was picked up years ago!!)This one dealt with barnstorming and airplane rides. These people were crazy enough to climb onto the wings of these airplanes and do all sorts of tricks while up in the sky. Totally crazy!!!The book also dealt with the Japanese camps that w...