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, Mystery

Reviews Eagle & Crane

  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    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...
  • 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...
  • ♥ 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...
  • 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...
  • ☮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...
  • Cathy
    I’ve had a copy of this book sitting in my TBR pile for a while, courtesy of the lovely people at Allison & Busby, and I’m now kicking myself that I didn’t get to it earlier because I thought it was absolutely terrific.Starting with FBI Agent Bonner’s arrival at the home of the Yamada family in 1943, the book moves between his tenacious investigation and scenes from the turbulent events in the years running up to the plane crash. The read...
  • Faith
    This book never felt like a cohesive story to me, there was just a collection of bits. Part of the book follows the 1943 investigation by FBI Agent William Bonner into the crash of the biplane in which the internment camp escapees, Haruto (Harry) Yamada and his father Kenichi, were presumed to have burned to death. Bonner suspects that the crash was not an accident and that Louis was involved. There is also the 1940 story of how Harry and Louis T...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Many thanks to Putnam Books for providing my free copy of EAGLE & CRANE by Suzanne Rindell - all opinions are my own.A few years back I read THE OTHER TYPIST and as it turned out to be one of my all-time favorite books, so I was over the moon when I received a copy of Rindell’s new novel. The story takes place during WWII, mostly in California over the course of several years. Louis Thorn and Haruto “Harry” Yamada are daredevil flight partn...
  • Lynne
    An outstanding story that takes you to the 1940s and all the shenanigans going on during that time. There are highs (stunts on airplane wings), and lows (Internment camps for US citizens who were of Japanese dissent), and much more in between. The characters were so well developed, you truly understand their plight. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Nicki
    This was a fabulous dual time historical fiction novel set in California before and during World War Two. I’ve read a quite a few books set in Europe during this era but nothing set in the US, so I was very keen to read this when I had an email from the publisher Allison & Busby. I didn’t realise that there was a large Japanese community in California in the early 20th century and didn’t know much at all about the treatment and internment o...
  • 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...
  • The Lit Bitch
    This was a book that I wasn’t really that excited to read when it initially came up for review. In my mind all I kept thinking was….ugh another WWII book. Don’t get me wrong, WWII is one of my favorite periods to read about, but lately I’ve read a lot of WWII books and I just wasn’t in the mood for another when it was time to review this one.But this one set itself apart with the Japanese interment camps angle. Everyone is so focused on...
  • 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 ...
  • Leah
    Those magnificent men in their flying machine...When Earl Shaw wins two small planes in a poker game, he decides to put his skills as a showman to good use by taking the planes barnstorming round Depression-era California, tempting customers to go up for a scenic flight. One day, the pilots take up two young men, Louis Thorn and Harry Yamada. Daredevil Harry decides he will walk along the wing, and Louis, feeling challenged and a little humiliate...
  • 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...
  • Alison
    When I finish books like this one, I am reminded how much I appreciate a straight-forward, intelligent yet non-pretentious writing style. In a moving yet effortless way, we are given a glimpse into the world of the barnstorming acts of the early to mid-20th century and learn the basics about aviation stunt work. We also see into the lives of a Japanese family and their long-time American neighbors and whether their friendship is strong enough to ...
  • Lisa
    Wow. Just wow. That was an incredible flight. More to come.Eagle & Crane is the story of a conflicted relationship between a young Japanese man, Harry, and his friend and neighbor, Louis, at the start of WW2. With many dynamics, the novel starts out a bit slow. Still, it held my interest throughout until the last 100 pages when the pace accelerated to breakneck speed. This book was full of delightful and nuanced characters and twists and turns th...
  • Alexandra
    So much wrong with this book. The annoying folksy tone of the narrator trying to use the slang of the time period. Way too much of the story was about the flying circus and not nearly enough about the Japanese internment camps (which was why I wanted to read the book.) Annoying coincidences that did nothing to add to the story.
  • 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...
  • Amy
    Another immersive, twisty-turny mystery by Suzanne Rindell.Like The Other Typist, Rindell sets the scene perfectly and populates it with interesting characters. Your mind could totally picture the dusty backroads of Depression-era California, the lushness of the Yamada's orchards and the horrific conditions at the Japanese Internment Camps. Her characters are complex and layered. But perhaps my favorite thing is the way she drops clues like bread...
  • Alina
    Eagle and Crane is a very captivating story. It contains everything for a great book plot: ethical rivalry, love triangle, friendship.I was lured into the story from the first pages. The reader is being introduced to the mystery from the beginning. Honestly, when the story turned to Ava, Harry and Louis I thought - here we go, yet another love triangle novel. Boy, was I wrong! First of all, I loved the way the author introduced us to each familie...
  • Ti.Me
    Artfully written mystery. Rindell braids three vast themes together for a story I was nearly unable to put down. This is a 4.5 star book, with the only deficiency being a slight abstractness in the personality of some characters which should be (in my opinion) deeply known to the reader, if for no other purpose than rooting for the best outcome! Major Themes-Causes, enactment and impact of Japanese internment after the Pearl Harbor attack-General...
  • 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...