REVIEW: RISE OF THE IRON EAGLE BY DR. ROY A. TEEL, JR.
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Rise of the Iron Eagle by Dr. Roy A. Teel, Jr.
Roy A. Teel, Jr. writes for those of us who love well-written crime fiction. If you are like me, and have longed dreamed of finding an author who could write crime fiction as gritty and realistic as true crime, but that also included the detail and information known to true crime, including the knowledge and insight of crime, the research necessary to understand the type of criminal, the ability to understand the technical aspects of the scene, and so forth, then search no more. Roy A. Teel, Jr. is your man. His writing is gritty, hard-hitting and pulls no punches.
Now, I’m going to be brutally honest here. If you prefer cozy mysteries, romances with long-lusty sighs, and heart-felt pleas of ever-lasting love, Teel is NOT for you. If you want clean, tidy, and prudish, Teel is none of those things, and you will probably not like his work. His writing smacks of the real world. It is violent and hard-hitting. When he writes of death, the pages bleed, the book screams in agony, and less hardened readers may want to flinch in horror.
His protagonist, the Iron Eagle, is a killer of serial killers. This guy isn’t “Dexter” of TV fame. The Iron Eagle is a man who believes in an “eye for an eye” in the most vivid and delicious interpretation of the phrase. The serial killers he pursues are despicable; Teel describes how they kill, bit by bit. If you don’t want details, real crime writing probably isn’t your genre. It isn’t pretty. Crime never is.
Teel is a man who knows his crime. He comes from a life molded by murder, so he understands the long-term effects of the violent death of a loved one. He also believes in exhaustive research. He understands serial killers and what they really do to their victims. So when it comes to writing about the commission of a violent crime, Teel tells it like it is. Death by dismemberment? Teel is going to discuss the commission of the crime in great detail. This is NOT gratuitous detail, the detail is extremely important to the plot of the book.
Teel writes with purpose and clarity, leading the reader on an exciting journey that begins with the first page and continues until the exciting, highly unexpected conclusion.
Teel’s characters are true-to-life, with flaws, deficiencies, and sometimes morally questionable decision-making processes. He has created an original team of characters to hunt the Iron Eagle, a team made of great men, supported by strong women, who (if hints are any indication) may be taking even greater roles in books to come. These characters are unlike any others readers are likely to meet.
The heroes aren’t the stereotypical tall, dark, buff, exceedingly handsome knights in shining armor found in so much of today’s fashionable literature. These characters seem to be based more on humanity: one chubby, one tall, one well-built, all perhaps a bit depraved in one way or another.
Teel is an outstanding author who is added to my slim rank of favorites. If you like realistic crime fiction, believe in writing that mirrors reality – at least where your crime fiction is concerned – and are ready and able to read about vicious killers and their very violent crimes (in detail), the far more vicious hunter known as the Iron Eagle searching for and ruthlessly killing them, and the cadre of law enforcement officers tracking both killers and Iron Eagle, grab a copy of The Rise of the Iron Eagle. You will NOT be sorry.
I was provided a copy of this book by the author for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
This book is rated FIVE EXHILERATING HEART-POUNDING STARS!!
Roy A. Teel Jr. is the author of several scholarly biblical books as well as works of fiction. He is an ordained minister through ULC Ministries; he earned his Ministerial Studies degree from Global University of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri. He holds PhDs in Divinity and Biblical Studies from ULC Ministries.
He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1995, at the age of 30. He became disabled in 2010 due to his MS becoming relapsing progressive. He lives with his wife Tracy, their Springer Spaniel Sandy, and their tabby cat Oscar in Lake Arrowhead, California.
Teel discussed his wonderful new series, The Iron Eagle. I am one of the privileged who has reviewed this great book.
Teel has been pondering this series for more than 30 years. The Iron Eagle series will span ten books over the next two years. This crime novel series is based in Los Angeles, California and Los Angeles County. This novel series is a great departure from his previous novels; they take the reader into the dark regions of the minds of serial killers.
What makes this novel series different from others is what happens to the victims in these books can happen in real life to any one of us, and HAS most probably happened to someone. The terror is in the reality of the cruelty of man to his fellow man. The Iron Eagle moves quickly to exact his own brand of justice on those who would do the people of Los Angeles harm. It’s up to the reader to decide: Is the Iron Eagle a hero or a brutal serial killer?