“When Jesse Brockett, an insurance investigator for Harbor Insurance Company gets a call that a major client has been burgled, his suspicions are aroused. The client is Tseng Computer Company, and the owner is the inventor of the Omega Chip, a cutting edge technology leader that promises to change the world forever. The problem is, the thieves managed to steal all the new chips. Amazingly enough, they were that good. Michael Tseng is claiming a billion dollar insurance payout. If Jesse can prove insurance fraud, he gets a very nice bonus.
Around the same time, several golden eagles are spotted on Long Island, a thousand miles from their natural habitat. Suddenly the magnificent raptors begin attacking seemingly random victims. They kill with horrific expertise and quickly disappear, reminiscent of the great white in Jaws, only from the sky. This baffles the experts as well as the police. Golden eagles, though deadly, have never been known to attack humans. The world of falconry is small, highly specialized, and comprises dedicated trainers. Someone would have to be an especially gifted falconer to train an eagle to kill a human, and also to target specific humans. Even more unusual is the fact that so far, all attacks have been on employees of the Harbor Insurance Company. Soon other precise attacks remove the random freak accident theory and feed the idea that the eagles are somehow trained and on a specific mission.
What a different kind of a thriller! Author W.G. Griffiths has a masterly touch when it comes to creating tension. This unusual and clever plot unfolds slowly at first, creating different threads in the tapestry of the story. Seemingly unrelated people and incidents begin coming together as Jesse makes the connections. The author has done a huge amount of research, making a very credible theory of these magnificent and imposing birds as killing machines. This is an intriguing blend of an ancient sport with modern technology. I enjoyed the characters’ development and interaction and found this an extremely satisfying book. Highly recommended.
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