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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..

294 pages, Hardcover

First published December 1, 2005

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Roy A. Teel Jr.

40 books58 followers
On May 11, 1995, at 30, Roy's life was irrevocably changed. After walking into the hospital, he was admitted and later received a sobering and life changing diagnosis - Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. His doctors gave him two years to live, and he left the hospital in a wheelchair. Roy, not one for giving up, and having a, then, three-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son, went immediately into human subjects research at UCLA and spent 12 years (1995-2007) as a human research subject. His experience gave him a unique look behind the scenes of medicine and the processes that are required to get drugs through the research chain, from the animal research phase to using those drugs in humans in clinical trials, and, if successful, on to the FDA for approval. Roy participated in four major experimental drug trials, and one of those ended up giving him thyroid cancer, which was diagnosed in January 2001.

Life as a Survivor

Roy is a proud cancer survivor and has refused to let MS define his life. His dedication to his work and to human subject research both inspired his writing as well as showed the real human condition when laid bare. As an author, Roy A. Teel Jr. is very diverse, and his works include both fiction and nonfiction. He earned his bachelor's degree in Ministerial Studies through Berean University of the Assemblies of God then went on to earn doctorates of Divinity and Biblical Studies through ULC Ministries.


Roy's first nonfiction book, The Way, The Truth, and The Lies: How the Gospels Mislead Christians about Jesus' True Message, was published in 2005 and is taught in both religious and secular universities in the U.S. and abroad. Against The Grain: The American Mega-Church and its Culture of Control was published in 2008. This second book reveals the unflattering true faces of the "Goliaths of God" and shows religion and churches for what they really are - businesses - very, very lucrative and influential businesses involved in many facets of American society.

Short Fiction

In 2008, Roy published a collection of short stories titled, Light of Darkness: Dialogues in Death. These collected stories were inspired by both his difficult and troubled childhood as well as his years in clinical trials. He met and knew many people, many whom lost the battle due to natural causes, or in some cases, by their own hand, that he felt compelled to fictionalize and share their stories.

Novel-length Fiction

In 2013, Roy released his first novel, And God Laughed, a neoplatonic dialogue between one man and God. Although now a secular humanist, Roy believes in God but rejects all religions as man's folly and wrote a fictional narrative about a relationship with God outside of religion.

Current Project

In 2014, Roy began publishing his latest and largest project - a 40-novel geographically-centered hard boiled, mystery, suspense, thriller crime series: "The Iron Eagle Series." The main character, a former Marine Corps Black Operative turned rogue FBI agent, hunts killers in Los Angeles. Each novel addresses different subjects, and while fiction, all titles deal with real world subject matter. "The Iron Eagle Series" is not about things that can't hurt you. What happens in these novels can happen to any one of us if we let our guard down and/​or are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Life as an Author

After battling Multiple Sclerosis for nearly 16 years, Roy 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.

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5,069 reviews264 followers
August 22, 2015
Review: RISE OF THE IRON EAGLE by Roy A. Teel Jr.

This is a totally engrossing, very gritty, suspense thriller, stuffed to the brim with hard-core violence, evil, and selfish individuals satisfying their own desires. Nonetheless, it's also populated by individuals of high moral integrity. Then there are a few who straddle the dividing line between the evil and the good. The pages practically turn themselves, and I was quickly so engrossed that I'm determined to read the entire series. I seem recently to be in a groove of L.A. gritty noir, as this is the third novel with that theme and setting I've reviewed in a week.

Major cautionary warning here: the violence is frequent and very upfront. There are murderers, rapists, and pedophiles. There is torture. The novel is definitely 18+: violence, suffering, language, situations.
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175 reviews6 followers
July 3, 2018
I wish I could give a good background of The Eagle; a profile if you will, but to do so would be a grave mistake as it would completely deprive readers of the deliciously horrific novel I hold in my hands. Imagine a set not unlike that of Thomas Harris’ beautiful villain Hannibal Lecter. Many who have already read Book One are comparing The Eagle to Dexter. Having never watched the show or read the books I couldn’t speak intelligently enough to make that comparison. But to be honest, this book is unique despite any similarities one may spot. It’s worthy in its own right and should stand alone amid the other famous killers, psychos and vigilantes that have been written about over the years. Instead, imagine a crime scene like nothing you would ever read about in your local papers. At least not here in the States. European papers tend to offer up some of the more bloody scenes for their readers but I highly doubt even The Daily Mail UK would stomach a publication of the likes Mr. Teel creates on a whim. The crime scenes alone would be Ted Bundy’s wet dream, let alone any fan of Harris or J.D. Robb’s In Death series. Are they disturbing? Yes. In a very real sense. But no one ever created a horror scene they didn’t want people to visualize.
I received Rise as an ARC from Bostick Communications, looking for readers for a new book series by a fantastic author who makes your horror juices flow. I cringe when I get a new book in the mail from Roy Teel Jr. Though not because he is a bad writer, because I know that inside that book will be torture and terror enough to keep anyone up all night. I love every delicious second.
Every time someone has told me that any given book or movie is “not for the faint of heart” I wind up highly disappointed. The graphic detail isn’t graphic enough or the characters are simply not believable. Reading Rise (and the other books in the series), however, was (is) a very visual experience for me. I could see the detectives, smell the coppery scent of blood and hear the tortured screams of the various victims. Albeit a book more about vigilantism than true murder, the actual villains and serial killers Mr. Teel creates in his mind make me seriously question how he, the author, can sleep at night. But I jest. Somewhat. You would have to read it to fully grasp what I mean when I say that Mr. Teel is quite the sick and twisted individual. Fortunately for him, I like my authors that way.
The story begins with a man we readers will become quite friendly with as the novel progresses. Detective Steve Hoffman is not your usual L.A. Dick. Street smart and worn from the many awful ways he has seen people die, he has an almost seasoned NY Vet appearance and a man who is more bone weary than anything. Add into the mix Barry Mullin, an alcoholic private investigator who is bound and determined to avenge the death of his granddaughter, yet another L.A. Homicide officer and you have a deadly mix. I have no shame in telling you that Mullin is not long for the world, though the events of his demise will shock you, even when you think you have him and the story all figured out.
Following the death of our overly antagonistic yet affectionately nicknamed “Old Man”, Steve Hoffman will be matched with another personable detective by the name of Jim O’Brian. Together they will work to take down a notorious and brutal killer who goes only by the seal of an Eagle – thus named The Iron Eagle.
How do I describe The Eagle? I know who he is. I met him soon after the novel opened. There wasn’t much of an air of mystery to who he was at all. The surprises, mystery and suspense don’t come from guessing over who The Eagle is, but rather why he does what he does. It’s very clear that he wants justice. It’s also quite obvious that he does not feel that he is smarter or better than those pursuing him. In fact, he treats both Steve and Jim almost like… Friends.
All in all I gave this book, singularly, not as part of the series, a nine out of ten stars. I am sure my followers and readers who have been frequenting my blog (www.elleayesse.com) for a while know that I absolutely never do that. Ever. I give fair reviews but I will never elevate a score based on – well, anything other than how I feel about it or how well it is written. The only thing that kept my rating from being a full 10 out of 10 was that the dialogue was not split in a manner that is easy to follow. I had to read and reread a few paragraphs to fully understand who was saying what. And honestly, that can become quite an issue as I read and get deep into a book because I get grumpy if I have to go back and clarify.
Who should read this book? Anyone who enjoyed the famous Lecter books by Thomas Harris. Anyone who has enjoyed the Showtime series Dexter. Anyone who reads serial killer stories from the Crime Library. Anyone who likes to solve a bloody mystery and enjoys being perplexed at the thought of not knowing at the end what may or may not happen. And anyone who likes to figure out said mystery only to discover how very wrong they were.
I very much agree with those who say that this book is not for the faint of heart (although I do not fully understand what that means and by what threshold it is measured). If you have issues with someone being sodomized in graphic detail, you may want to take a pass and go read Anne of Green Gables. But if you would like to have it laid out in graphic detail, this book is for you.
As for me? I’m a fan. Book one hooked me in. I hold book two in my sweaty palms as I shudder to think what The Eagle has in store for me next. Just in case you are wondering… The Devil and the Details.
Happy reading,
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2,310 reviews394 followers
April 24, 2019
I really, really don't know what to say about this. First things first I guess - trigger warning - extreme and graphic violence. It was the most gruesome book I've read so I guess that puts it in the horror category. But somehow I didn't find it stomach churning. Sometimes I think what is left unsaid (or unshown) can be more scary as your imagination can conjure anything it wants. In this case there wasn't much left unsaid. Its a bit like watching the Kill Bill movie for example - extreme violence but its kind of a parody, not real.

OK so the Iron Eagle is a guy who is a vigilante killer who (only) kills serial killers of the worst kind. He kills them and tortures them in the manner that they tortured and killed their victims. He extracts confessions from them and leaves them for the police to find. Some of the cops think he's doing a public service! It all started when his wife was brutally raped, tortured and killed some years ago. He is still searching for her killer.

That's about the thrust of it. Somehow this is strung out for over 20 books and counting. I picked this up because it was free on Amazon (the kindle version at lest). The writing was not very polished but I understand the author learns to polish pretty quickly as the subsequent books get rated very highly. Sooo I'm thinking I might go one more and see how it goes and where its headed. Horror fans should enjoy this.
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518 reviews42 followers
September 16, 2014

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.
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5,064 reviews183 followers
August 5, 2015
I picked this book up last night and finished it in a couple of hours. I could not go to sleep until I did. It was that good. My only complaint is that I felt that Jim and Steve worked well together but neither one really made an effort to capture the Iron Eagle. It felt like they were just puppets and the Iron Eagle was the puppet master. So in this aspect I did want them to come out swinging harder to make it more of an intense battle of wits between on both sides. Although I have to admit that the Iron Eagle is one vigilante that I would never want to meet up close. Meeting him in person means that you are a evil person that deserves all of the punishment that you are dealt. There is no coming back after meeting the Iron Eagle. After reading this book, I am in for more. Plan to check out book two.

Warning: Some language and lots of detailed forms of torture. To the point that even I almost lost my kibbles and bits during a particular scene.
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Author 3 books119 followers
August 31, 2014
First posted on my blog here.

Rise of the Iron Eagle is a thriller, first in a series, about vigilantism and serial killers. I was warned before I started it that was not for the faint-hearted, and it certainly is that. There are frequent scenes not for the squeamish, and, though I don't really mind that usually, there are lengthy descriptions of torture which I did find disturbing - sometimes gratuitously over the top. More on that later...

The first chapter introduces a character who initially appears to be going to be the the novel's principal viewpoint character, a retired alcoholic private detective, whose granddaughter is the latest victim of the Iron Eagle killer - only for him to be kidnapped and killed himself. This is an interesting opening, to say the least. But after this promising start, the story settles down into a more straightforward tale of the FBI hunt for the vigilante who targets serial killers.

Vigilantism is a popular theme in fiction, presumably because it plays into people's fantasies of besting those who have done them a perceived injustice. Few actually have the abilities needed to be a successful vigilante, of the solitary Iron Eagle type, anyway - able to find criminals as yet unknown to law enforcement, able to overpower and murder successful killers, and able to do this while taunting the FBI and remaining uncaught - like a rather dark comic book superhero. This is rather different from the types of vigilantism which seem to happen in the real world, which would include harassment of suspected paedophiles by groups of concerned citizens. The tragedy of vigilantism is of course the possibility of targeting someone innocent, either through mistaken identity or an incorrect assumption that the person attacked is indeed guilty of the offence. Of course, the police are not immune from this issue, as the Guildford Four would attest, but by carrying out their investigations in a system where there should be checks and balances, and where judicial punishment is separate from the search for the culprit, this is less likely to happen and more easily correctable. (I am not sure that the Guildford Four would agree with this sentence, but if they had been murdered by the police when they had become convinced of their guilt, they could not have been exonerated even 15 or more years later.) So there are two reasons not to go outside the system - you might be wrong, and you might not be good enough at it to survive attacking a murderer and getting away with it.

Rise of the Iron Eagle plays lip service to this, but I couldn't help but have the sneaking suspicion that the Iron Eagle was the real hero of the book, at least most of the way through. This included the feeling that I was meant to approve of the unpleasant torture the vigilante visited on his victims, in the name of retribution and obtaining a full confession, Confessions made under torture and undue pressure are, it should be noted, notoriously unreliable (see the Guildford Four again). This particular issue was not addressed at all; all the characters, law enforcement included, seemed to take the validity of the confessions as unquestionable. (The reader knows that they were accurate, because of other things mentioned which are not known to the police.) More moral ambiguity would have improved the literary quality of this thriller, as well as providing darkness which is not just derived from the extreme violence: this is why The Dark Knight Returns and The Watchmen were so much greater than the comic books around them when they appeared in the eighties. I was, to be honest, expecting this novel to be dark in a similar way to those comic books - morally ambiguous, gothic tales which have a serious point to make.

I have never watched the TV series Dexter, nor have I read any of the books. But the theme here of a serial killer who preys on serial killers is familiar from it even so, and I suspect there would be more similarities which I would notice if I was familiar with the series. There are points of some interest, and many readers of this type of fiction might enjoy it. But overall, I felt that Rise of the Iron Eagle was not to my taste, especially the way that the idea of vigilantism is treated. The tone of the violent scenes put me off, though they are clearly well written (there are a large number of different ways in which "x did something unpleasant to y and caused y a lot of pain" is expressed). Because of my personal dislike of the treatment, I feel I can only rate the novel at two stars.
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32 reviews1 follower
March 30, 2015
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads Program in exchange for an honest review.

Before starting reading this book, I first read some of the reviews given by the readers here on Goodreads. Given that fact, I thought I was already prepared for what to expect, but I was dead wrong! To say that I was shocked was not enough --- I was mortified! The heinous crimes were sickening and detestable. One would question how could some people do that. But despite that, I actually loved the book. It kept me intrigued about what would be The Eagle's next move, as well as the authorities. Although I must admit, I was cliff-hung with the ending.

And did I ever mention that I loved the medical terms used here? As someone who has a background of medicine, this fact actually made me become more engrossed in finishing the book as soon as possible.

This book was well written and I applauded the author for being able to explain everything in detail, no matter how gruesome it can be. It made you see the killer's perspective.

Overall, I know that this book is not for everyone, but if you like gore theme (like Saw, Urban Legend, Final Destination, etc.), only this time, you're reading it not watching it, then this is the book for you. As for me, I fell in love with it! I can't wait for the next series.
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447 reviews14 followers
June 11, 2015
Free book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com

How many murders take place in this novel? Let me count them. Never mind. This is the first
book of a series. By the time Roy Teel has finished the series maybe he won’t even know.
Without reading the other books in the series I’m suggesting this is the book where the reader
should start. About halfway into the novel you know who the Iron Eagle is. The question you
wind up asking yourself is do you want the killer to get caught? It seems inevitable that he will,
especially since there’s been an innocent person or two killed among the bad guys and the Iron
Eagle lets no bad deed go unpunished. I won’t plant a spoiler, you’ll have to read the book.
The characters are well drawn - cops, FBI agents, doctors, school and hospital administrators
(is there an agenda here?), LA Latinos who love the police, and cops’ wives who walk on the
wild side. Everything’s been thrown into the gumbo - serial killers, the homeless, child predators,
and ménage a trois among the good guys and their gals.
LA has no shortage of the seedy and unseemly and this book takes full advantage of it. The
author knows his turf.

You won’t fall asleep counting the killings. Well done, Roy Teel.
4 Stars
Bill S
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832 reviews53 followers
October 22, 2014
Given To Me For An Honest Review

Rise of the Iron Eagle by Roy A. Teel Jr. is a book that if you love to read crime novels, this one is for you. It is one of the best ones that I have read in a long time. It is not for the sqeamish but man is it fantastic. It is about a killer who kills serial killers. He kills serial killers in the way that they killed their victims. Steve Hoffman a FBI profiler is working with Jim O'Brien a detective in trying to understand the thinking and behavior of "The Iron Eagle". The name that they have given him. As they are getting close to discovering the identity of the killer, they begin to realize he may be one of their own. This is a great crime novel. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, turning the pages one after another. You will not be able to put it down until the end. It is full of suspense and if you love to read this kind of book then this one is for you. I gave it 5 stars but it truly needs at least 10+. I highly, highly recommend it to all. I look forward to more from Roy A. Teel Jr.
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402 reviews42 followers
June 5, 2015
I received a copy from the publisher NarroWay Press for an honest review.
The Iron Eagle is a serial killer that kills other serial killers in the same way they killed there victims. He extracts a confession from them before he kills them and dumps there bodies for law enforcement to find along with the signed confession. Some have mixed feelings about the killer doing good by eliminating dangerous & sick serial killers law enforcement hasn't caught & some they aren't even aware of. He plays judge, jury & executioner.
Steve is an FBI agent assigned to the Iron Eagle case for the ten years the killer was active. His friend Jim assists in the case along with other open as well as cold cases they both investigate. They also consult each other as needed on cases. After a hard day they sometimes unwind with a drink & catch each other up on their personal lives.
It ends on a cliffhanger of sorts and I'll be reading the second book eagerly.
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379 reviews11 followers
September 16, 2014
I have to say this book was very good to me. It is a crime story that keeps you captivated. When a serial killer starts taking out other serial killer brutally and harshly it makes you wonder is this guy a born killer or a whole new form of justice. But for the declivities on this case justice must be served even if it may be one of their own.

The author was very good in keeping me interested and even had me thinking should I be rooting for the killer or the detectives. I mean when the bad guy is essentially taking out other bad guy you have to pause. Whatever your view when reading this book I can say that it was a well written and entertaining book. Full of suspense and it's raw and gritty. I really good crime story that I recommend.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
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34 reviews
June 17, 2015
When someone throws out the line, "two wrongs don't make a right..." they clearly didn't take this book into account. Bad guy vs. bad guy possibly, or more so victim with an agenda vs. downright bad guy, left me really questioning how I see things on day to day basis. It's no always so black and white, as this book clearly demonstrates.

A great crime thriller, page turning. Definitely not for those who are into what goes into "murder, crime, thriller" and the grotesque writing possibilities those themes create, but greatly written for the genre.

Enjoyed so much, purchased a copy for a friend who enjoys reading these types of books as well. Loved it!

Received via NetGalley for an honest review.
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157 reviews22 followers
June 4, 2016
Excellent! From the very first page I was captivated. It was absolutely unputdownable.I loved all main characters and the plot.
This book contains lots of violence so it is not suitable for people under 18.
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15 reviews
February 7, 2017
In starting book one of the Iron Eagle series, I was quickly drawn into the character. Found myself not wanting to put the book down. Anxious to get to book 2
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48 reviews
February 2, 2018
I was excited by the premise of this book. It reminded me a bit of Dexter but I had a few issues with this novel. The sex scenes seemed really forced and didn't add anything to the story at all. It felt like they were just there as filler. I also always have a difficult time overlooking grammar mistakes and overuse of the same words. I will not be continuing this series because I have no desire to read about Gail sucking a dude's eyeballs through his dick and how every older woman has a great figure for her age.
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3,450 reviews156 followers
February 23, 2019
Gave extra * for a good thriller. Unfortunately, slogging thru profanity, multi-partner sex, murder with gore, and more (sic) all painstakingly described means I won’t be reading the rest in series. Cannot recommend.
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504 reviews7 followers
August 24, 2014
The Iron Eagle. Who is he? Well, he is a serial killer preying on other serial killers. His methods of killing are brutal and harsh. Some may call it Vigilante Justice, as he is saving the taxpayers and families of the victims time, money and heartache. But for Homicide Detective Jim O'Brian and FBI Profiler Special Agent Steve Hoffman, justice must be served and the Iron Eagle must be caught. But what if the killer is one of their own and they don't even know it....yet.

Rise of the Iron Eagle is absolutely AMAZING! The book was very well written and the storyline had me turning each page desperately wanting to know more. I found myself routing for the Iron Eagle as he desperately searched for his wife's killer and along the way getting rid of the scum that plagued the city. His methods of killing may be unconventional and gruesome, but quite effective to say the least. It must be noted that the acts of killing are so grotesque and so descriptive that the reader will have to have a strong stomach - it is not for the feint of heart, but this is what makes this story what it is - a heart pounding, intense thrill ride that will take the reader to a place that does not even seem possible.

The author has written a very suspenseful and entertaining story that I could not put down. It's gritty, it's raw and it's perfect reading for any fan of hard-boiled crime thrillers. Although the reader finds out who the Iron Eagle is pretty early in the story, it was enjoyable and very interesting to see his side of the story - actually get in his head and understand why he does what he does.

I am now a fan of Mr. Teel and I cannot wait for the next installment of this fast-paced and intriguing series. This book is perfect for fans of crime thrillers and one that I would recommend.

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, but I did end up purchasing my own copy because it is just that good.

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1,340 reviews39 followers
November 13, 2014
I read the second installment of this series Evil and the Details first, so I already had some previous knowledge, but also a lot of questions. However, this did not spoil the fun and suspense for me, as this book provided a solid background and the anticipated answers.

Rise of The Iron Eagle introduces us to a very special serial killer called Iron Eagle, who chooses other serial killers as his victims. A grumpy police officer and an aging FBI profiler are hot on his heels, but he always seem to be one step ahead. On several occasions they even wonder whether it is worth the effort, as the Iron Eagle kind of eases their workload, although in a really twisted and sick way.

The author put a lot of effort into detailed character development. The explicit insight into their private lives while sometimes a bit too much helps the reader to understand what drives them. You must definitely not be squeamish to watch the Iron Eagle perform his gory work, abducting his victims, torturing them for confessions of likewise brutal acts and finally finishing them off following his motto "May god not have mercy on you". The cat-and-mouse game between the Iron Eagle and the force of law increases the high level of suspense even more.

A thrilling introduction to a promising new series about a very special serial killer. It still has some rough edges, suggesting the author himself had to get attuned to his new characters and story. However, the second book already proves in a very impressive way that he has 'arrived' and found a unique voice to tell the stories of the Iron Eagle.
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2,242 reviews65 followers
August 27, 2015
This book was a very disturbing, chilling, but surprisingly good read. I can't say that I loved this book, because It was a hard read for me, but it was still good.

It follows the lives of detectives and crazed killers, one being The Iron Eagle, through so many horrors it's hard to picture. This was like watching a harsh episode of CSI. It follows the Iron Eagle as he takes out the worst of the worst, other serial killers. While, he himself is a serial killer, he only kills the bad. Never the good, and never without reason. For that you have to admire him a little.

While it was a good read and one that I couldn't put down I have to say that it was gruesome and hard to read at times. Id recommend this book, but only to the people that can handle it.

This book left me on the edge of my seat the entire read and the ending was such a cliffhanger I wish I had book 2 right now so I can find out what happened. So, overall this book was a good read and I want to say thank you for the opportunity to read and review it...Stormi


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212 reviews39 followers
October 26, 2014
I was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I read the blurb, I was immediately intrigued. A serial killer who kills serial killers? YASSSS.

At first I wasn't sure if I would like this book that much. It's deep. And dark. The serial killers don't just murder, they torture. BUT as the identity of The Iron Eagle is revealed, and the reasons why he hunts serial killers you develop a sense of understanding of why he does what he does. Is it wrong? Yes. Does it make sense? Totally.

Rise of The Iron Eagle is a riveting, suspenseful book that will keep you on edge from beginning to end! The author created well developed characters and the book is very well written. If you like police mysteries and thrillers, and stories about justice, then this book is for you. I will repeat that there are several detailed accounts of torture so read with caution.

I gave this book 4 stars and I look forward to reading the other books in this series!
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533 reviews12 followers
August 25, 2014
I received this book for a fair and honest review.

Overview: L.A. County, California: home to a new breed of serial killer. One who seems to thirst for the blood those who prey on the innocent. Is he a vigilante, a cop, or just someone tired of all the evil? Is he hero or villain?

Likes: The characters were good, and some were oddly likeable. The taskforce was stressed just enough to make finding the Eagle even more difficult.

Dislikes: The story was well written aside from all of the gore. Unfortunately this seems to be the basic calling of thrillers of this type. Let’s face it, serial killers aren’t all that nice. Some of the cops could have held more honor about them, but this wasn’t a deal breaker.

I always thought vigilantism was wrong. But it was no time before I was yelling “where’s the Iron Eagle?” or “come on Iron Eagle.”

76 reviews1 follower
December 3, 2014
An excellent read!!! The Iron Eagle reminded me of Dexter, the TV series where the lead used to kill criminals while working in a police lab. The author has done an excellent job in describing the scenes, rich with all the gory details, making you feel as if you are there. The horror kept me awake since I knew I'll probably, no most definitely have nightmares and in the end it did not matter as I couldn't put the book down anyways. This goes down surely as one of the best books I've read this year.
I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me an advanced copy!
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68 reviews1 follower
September 4, 2014
I received this book for a fair and honest review.

This is honestly not the type of book I would normaally read, I am more of a romance Type book- But I wanted to try a different type, Once I started I couldnt stop, Who was this person? what was going to happen next. I cant wait for the next book. Great Job~!
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996 reviews30 followers
November 11, 2014
Little slow for me getting started but really loved it once it got going for me. Interesting viewpoint about justice.
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307 reviews10 followers
March 20, 2015
Riveting, this book will keep you spell bound. This is a crime series you do not want to miss!
251 reviews
April 4, 2015
Great storyline,good characters and format.May be a tad too much torture description for some.This was a Goodreads First Read Contest win for me.
43 reviews
August 16, 2019
Strong constitution required!

Omg!!!! This had to be the WORST serial killer ever! Horrific ,graphic details, believable subplots, Great character development too!
I think there 22 books in this series. I will only buy one at a time although there is a priced set. I don't know how much of this intensity
I can take!
My only issue with this book is very trivial. I am an old Eng!ish major who once hoped to become a writer. Classic failure but I never stopped reading anything and everything. So. When this author writes dialogue, he uses quotation marks but then runs each person's
sentence directly behind the previous statement. As a consequence, it was a bit difficult to always understand which character was talking. I can adapt to different writing styles and I eventually got used to it. I still don't like it! I'm sure my freshman English teacher would be appalled!
289 reviews1 follower
August 13, 2021
Posing primarily as a crime thriller, the plot weaves in many layers of elements including political justice, ethics, and moral propriety. While Eagle seems just to be a brutal serial killer at the outset, his motives of avenging the death of serial killer victims creates an ammoral hero flavour very soon in the reader's mind. In the fray are several interesting characters, including the endearing detective Steve aka the "Old Man", barry, and Jim. I loved the surprise element with almost every change of scene. Brilliant narration and a gritty plot make this book very enjoyable. I am grateful to Teel Jr., and the publishers NarroWay Press, for gifting me with a copy of this book.
21 reviews1 follower
April 26, 2018
Great read

Be prepared to change your mind on murder. You may not want to like the Iron Eagle but given similar circumstances you might find yourself approving what he does. The story reveals tiny bits of detail on each character in a wtf kind of way. A very complex story with more questions than answers at the end. Highly recommend this book. I've just bought the second in this series because I want to know what happens to Molly.......
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