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A mix of historical fiction, romance, and mystery that was very well-written and kept me hooked from the very first page. As he's questioning, Louis Thorn, one of the two leading men in the book, a plane comes crashing down and it's presumed to contain the bodies of Kenichi Yamada and Harry Yamada, Kenichi's son and Louis's best friend. Thus starts the mystery into the deaths of these two men -- was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? The chapters then alternate timelines, flashing back to tell us more about the history of the Thorn family, the Yamada family, and about the barnstorming act that Harry and Louis get caught up in as young teenagers and travel with throughout California and the west.

Despite the alternating timelines, the book was very easy to follow and I thought each and every flashback added something to the story.

The book ends with the resolution of the murder mystery and FBI investigation and throws in one little additional twist. The murder storyline was captivating and wrapped up nicely too, something that I was particularly pleased about.

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The resolution wasn't completely obvious, but also not completely mind-boggling and a wild twist. I learned so much from this book, about aviation and that time period, and believe this book gives a critical voice to show how brutally Japanese American individuals and citizens were treated at that time. This is a thoroughly engaging story of the entwined lives of two boys in America during the Depression and World War II. The characters are well-developed and the writing is absolutely beautiful. The two timelines are well written and easy to follow, and as you slowly learn more in each and the story unfolds, it gets harder and harder to put down.

I loved the book. 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. Aviation history has taken on a new meaning for me and the story here about barnstorming pilots in a circus environment was enthralling. The book starts with two deaths when a bi-plane crashes and the rest of the plot fleshes out the secrets and reasons behind this tragedy.

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The plot tends to jump around, but when the locale or year changes, the chapter starts out with that information. I found that I easily followed the shifts and the presentation made sense to me in the order it was written. Well written, entertaining, and a book I strongly recommend. I very much enjoyed this book!

It was a well-written story about friendship, loyalty and trust with characters who seemed very real and believable.


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Using dual timelines to tell the story was effective. I kept reading to see how the FBI agent's investigation would turn out and definitely could not have predicted the end of the tale. I loved this book. The intrigue of the family history as well as the mystery behind some deaths and some identities keeps you going. It is a story of friendship and rivalry during a dark hour in America's history.

I couldn't stop reading. Both the "history" portions and the "current" portions were great. I could see these boys attempting their stunts so well that I wished I was able to be there in person and see it. I absolutely loved this book.

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The story is so beautifully written. The author does such an amazing job of developing each of the characters and making you really feel so many different emotions throughout the entire book. The historical pieces of the story are incorporated so nicely - provided some opportunities to learn about different events during those times that you may not have been familiar with.

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The friendships between Louis, Harry, and Ava will be something I think of for quite some time after reading, I grew to love each of them for their own unique sets of characteristics. I would definitely recommended this book to anyone! This book is the reason I belong to First to Read and Librarything. These programs expose One to books that you may normally pass over in your search for a new rear or a book by a favorite author. As another reviewer stated the book was slow at times but the background was necessary to tell the complete story of those two families that started worlds apart to end up in a small town in California in a period of our history tha was not the standards we expect.

Great read will recomend. I loved this story. Family, friendship, hardship, and love. This is a wonderfully written historical fiction piece that takes place in California. Suzanne Rindell creates strong relationships among the characters in this novel and then describes the conditions of the internment camps with impeccable detail. Another DNF for me, which I almost never do! This was just too slow-paced for me, unable to really keep my interest. I got over a hundred pages in and then just had to pick up something else that I was dying to read instead.

Or maybe my expectations were just too high. I did enjoy the way we got the history of the characters and their stories and how that was woven with the "current events" of the story. This was a really great historical fiction novel. I learned a lot about this time period and what the Japanese experienced during this point in history. I liked that the book switched POVs and went from the future and back. The story kept me guessing as it progressed.

I will definitely be recommending this book to others and would really be interested in seeing this book become a movie. I really enjoyed this book.

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I did figure out who was in the plane that crashed long before it was revealed. The main characters were interesting and complex. I did not really like the side story of the boarding house owner and the FBI agent. It seemed strange and unnecessary. Eagle and Crane is historical fiction set in California shortly before and shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. We meet the Yamoda family and the Thorne family, who are neighbors in the fertile valleys near Sierra Madre.

Through back and forth of time and story, we know of their feud, as well as the friendship of their younger members, forged as children amid the orchards at their property lines. As young adults, these young men become stunt men in a traveling air show somewhat by chance. Their worlds are drastically changed with the US entry into the war, in predictable and unpredictable ways.

A thoroughly enjoyable read with a different view on an era much covered in historical fiction. Recommend for fans of Jamie Ford, Robin Maxwell, and general fans of historical fiction. Eagle and Crane is a bit of a rambling, historical fiction that covers many aspects of the time period prior to and during WWII.

However, that said, read this book--the twist is clever, the ending hopeful, and the characters memorable. An enjoyable read by Suzanne Rindell is a good story-teller. I want to finish this, if only to discover what exactly is the mystery in this piece of historical fiction, but I can't seem to get through the pages. The problem I've encountered is one of repetition. How many times must I be told by the author that Japanese-American Harry is wild about Harry Houdini and Louis comes from a long line of hardscrabble farmers? I got the first few times, honestly. Quite clear. The narrative winds through the Great Depression era of aviation barnstormers while intertwining a World War II tale of Japanese incarceration and the fate of Harry, possibly murdered by his fellow barnstormer Louis.

There's the love interest to complete the triangle, but I've gotten too bogged down in extraneous backstory. Does a reader really need to know how Harry's family came to arrive in America? Or how Louis' kin chose the US of A? The enmity between the families could have been explained in far less than two-three chapters. I'm bored. Time to read something else and maybe finish this some other time. The tone of the tale matches the plot as the tale moves across timelines before and after Pearl Harbor. This is a good book that I enjoyed reading. What a great read. It was fun to read and learn about this time in entertainment history.

This novel gives us some insight on what they were like. Well all you have to do is do a fly by of Eagle and Crane to find out!!

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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 WWII-era Japanese internment camps, and the psychological effects it had on families of the era.

But mostly this is just a very good, deeply imagined story, with a classic Rindellian twist at the end! Haruto "Harry" Yamada is a character I won't ever forget. 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.

Louis Thorn grew up hearing how his families neighbors, the Yamada's, had cheated his family out of the western side of their land.