The Eagle and the Arrow picks up some months after the events that occurred in O’Connell’s debut book, Beware the Hawk. However, this time we’re seeing things from the point of view of Helen Roberts, director of the mysterious Resistance, which is actually a semi-secret anti-terrorist organization—which is actually a private courier service for the government.
Or is it really any of those things? After she’s ordered to take Vanessa Pye (aka “Pink”) out of Guantanamo and ‘keep an eye on her,’ Helen’s hard-won professional career starts to unravel, and circumstances force her to take a much harder look at what kind of organization she was really a part of.
The Eagle and the Arrow is every bit as good as its predecessor, and maybe even a little bit more suspenseful. Everything we thought we knew from Beware the Hawk is being turned on its head; even the character of “Pink,” who’s shown in a somewhat less flattering light from an outside point of view.
O’Connell seamlessly moves her excellent descriptive skills from the grimy streets of Boston to the fluorescent-lit basement offices of D.C., and The Eagle and the Arrow is no less sinister for its more mundane surroundings. The reader gets the sense that the characters are trapped by their bureaucratic environment no less than Vanessa was by the walls and barbed wire of Guantanamo.
The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, and I’m definitely on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment of this series!
Title: The Eagle and the Arrow
Author: A.J. O’Connell
Genre: Political Thriller
Publication: Battered Suitcase Press (May 2, 2013)
Price: $3.99 (Kindle), $7.95 (paperback)
Author’s Website: http://ajoconnell.wordpress.com/