On the Hunt for a Hunter of Serial Killers
The city of Los Angeles is no stranger to violence. It has both a colorful and grotesque history with it. Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Jim O’Brian and FBI Profiler Special Agent Steve Hoffman are also no strangers to the violence of the sprawling metropolis, but in the past decade something has changed. There’s a serial killer preying on other serial killers – some known by law enforcement, others well off radar.
“The Iron Eagle,” a vigilante, extracts vengeance for the victims of Los Angeles’ serial killers. His methods are meticulous and his killings brutal. With each passing day, “The Iron Eagle” moves with impunity through the streets of Los Angeles in search of his prey. O’Brian and Hoffman create an elite task force with the sole purpose of catching “The Eagle” and bringing him to justice. But the deeper they delve, the more apparent it is that he may very well be one of their own. As the two men stare into the abyss of their search, the eyes of “The Iron Eagle” stare back.
Rise of The Iron Eagle (Book One of the Iron Eagle Series) by Roy A. Teel Jr. is not for the faint of heart. Graphic violence and scenes of torture are laced throughout this tale of murder and intrigue in Los Angeles. The story centers around a series of gruesome murders and the LAPD detective and FBI profiler investigating them. The detectives quickly determine that the killer chooses his victims very carefully: he only goes after serial killers. What makes the story more intriguing and engrossing than most police procedurals is that the vigilante appears to know about serial killers that the police had no idea existed and so the cops are left with a quandary: take down the “Iron Eagle” vigilante or allow him to lead them to other, unknown serial killers? He is both a “perp” and a boon to the detectives, in that he helps them find dangerous criminals. The problem is that the Iron Eagle does not wait for the justice system to mete out punishment – he takes his own vengeance in the most brutal of ways.
The story, and the detectives’ quest, if further complicated by police connections – the vigilante appears to be connected to high ranking members of the LAPD, and investigating him may mean that the detectives are putting their careers in jeopardy.
The mask-wearing Iron Eagle is not so very different from comic book heroes and anti-heroes like Batman, but author Roy A. Teel, who has written several series of thrillers, is able to use considerable skill to craft a story that is filled with surprises and to create main characters who are sufficiently flawed and real that the reader cannot help but be caught up into the story. As the story unfolds and more is revealed about the Iron Eagle’s past and his motivations, the internal conflict experienced by the detectives is shared by the reader: is the Iron Eagle a villain or a hero? Should we root for him or hope he gets caught? This kind of internal conflict, combined with Teel’s use of spare, evocative language and a tight, well-crafted plot, make Rise of the Iron Eagle enjoyable, suspenseful fun that most readers will find impossible not to finish in one sitting.
About the Author
After battling Multiple Sclerosis for nearly 16 years, RoyA. Teel Jr.began devoting his energies and passions to the full-time art of storytelling. Although he is no longer able to work in a high stress executive environment, his life has taken on a new mission: to inform and entertain. His disability has brought with it an unforeseen blessing. He can finally take medications to alleviate some of the pain from his MS and focus on the pleasures of character creation and the joys of putting words to paper.