Ciaran Richards’ father was a soldier. A hero.
But now he’s dead. Or is he?
Working for the Mossad was never as dangerous as retiring from it. Shahla is an Israeli asset concealed in her American job, and an injury leads to a new life with a man who restores her body and soul. The forbidden union challenges the couple when Shahla's Persian Jewish culture clashes with his. The marriage is further complicated when she refuses to discuss her past, and an unseen figure for whom she has affection overshadows their marriage. The family Passover answers many questions about this clandestine visitor, but the celebration turns deadly. Shahla is drawn into a war not her own, and the massacre leads to an unimaginable chain of events. When the Mossad and her trade craft fail, only faith remains.
Smart, fast paced and soundly executed, The Eagle and the Child: The Child, sees Khubiar taking a rivetingly plausible central theme, and delivering a power packed romantic thriller. With far too many novels in the genre centring on clichéd protagonists it’s refreshing to see an author break the mould with an intelligent lead who has genuine depth, and Shahla certainly fits the bill with faith and her Mossad training proving equally powerful drivers in her life. From the opening chapter with Phillip Sherrod, her persona always feels authentic whilst Khubiar gets the pitch and momentum of Shahla's narrative just right. On this level, it certainly makes for pure entertainment but dig a little deeper and it’s also a poignant reflection of the times we live in, evoking a strong sense of place, moral choices, immoral certainties, human nature and the power of faith to pull us through the darkest of times. It’s on this level that Khubiar ultimately ensnares our attention and leaves us with something to think about beyond what proves to be a cracking ending.
A high octane start to an exciting new series, The Eagle and the Child: The Child, is strongly recommended.
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