- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Leif Karl Schlemmer (1 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0648587029
- ISBN-13: 978-0648587026
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 445 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
Eagle Shield: Milestone Rising Paperback – 29 Jun 2019
Carl Lakeland is a brilliant author and an insanely gifted storyteller, and Eagle Shield: Milestone Rising is proof. You can’t resist the human pull of the story, the realism infused into the writing, and the way the author explores the emotions of the characters. What caught my attention the most was the author's gift for character. His characters are so real they stay with the reader. This novel is a masterpiece, crafted with deftness and balance.
~ Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite
Eagle Shield: Milestone Rising is a brilliant page turner that you can't put down once you start. The continuous action pulls you in and doesn't let go. Nathan Masters, a former SAS. ASIS Operative with a troubled past is a complex character with some interesting twists.
~ Carleton Chinner. Author. The Hills of Mare Imbrium
Finally, a fresh and original spy story with a twist. This novel is full of twists and turns. Set in outback Australia, Angel and ex-soldier Nathan's journey through espionage and deception has only just begun. Carl Lakeland weaves historic incidents so seamlessly throughout that it left me wondering what was fact and what was fiction. Intriguing, gritty and original. This book is only the beginning of Nathan and Angel’s journey. You'll be heading straight for the next book.
~ Deb Eldridge. (MProfComm) Corporate and Business Writer. Australian Writers Centre Graduates Member
The story is told in a voice that you can’t resist, and it is perfectly paced and interspersed with surprises that keep the reader turning from one page to the next. I enjoyed the smooth meld of the elements of suspense and psychological thriller. Eagle Shield: Milestone Rising is one of those books you should not start if you don’t have enough time on your hands - great story, awesome characters, and, above all, delightful prose.
~ Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
Unputdownable!! Right from the first chapter I was totally hooked. Carl you display extreme talent beyond your years. Great storyteller and I look forward to reading future books.
~ Robert Gray
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Former SAS soldier NATHAN MASTERS has been injured in the line of duty. His next assignment is not with his former unit but with the Australian Secret Intelligence Service !!! This new mission is completely out of his comfort zone..... he has not trained for this !!!!!
His mission is two-pronged he has to protect and raise Angel (the asset) an orphaned 10 year old girl, there is something very special about her.... and he also has to maintain security for the stolen intelligence disc that contains MILESTONE so that it does not fall into enemy hands !! That is the mission parameters ….. right but as usual plans go wrong and this is no different except that the ends are far greater ….. I will not reveal anything else, I loved the characters and the story line really pulls it all together..... GRAB Eagle Shield and enjoy this great book I will be reading it again soon !!!!!!!!!
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In the process, Nathan with difficulty at times and indifference at other times, must revise his normal behavior and become a father and protector to Angel. Considering his history, he fills the role very well. He opens his heart to Angel and worries when she is ill, or he is away from her. Interestingly, in those cases, he discovers that his superiors have provided backup which also works admirably.
Nathan learns that he has not been told the whole story about Angel, and that some serious aliens are involved in his task. There is an alien organization worldwide seeking life-giving helium-3 for their survival, who would if necessary eradicate all human life. Angel is part human, part alien, and her destiny is determined to be to stop the aliens.
This is the background to a very well written, imaginative book by author Carl Lakeland, full of twists and turns, and action – chases, gunfights; helicopter attacks, fights with the aliens, escapades and mystery etc. At times, the mission was lost by Nathan. Even as Nathan muses on facing his superior, with the book not ending on the spot the reader become excited on the how, when, where of a recovery. The book is raw with military talk and backtalk, and the need for transmissions to be secure. This not only anchors the characters of the book but seems to be an offshoot of the author’s own military career.
In Nathan, the author spares no weakness of character or ‘maverick’ behavior in his main character pushing against the rules and order. At times, Nathan seems to stumble on himself as he tries to figure out things or remember the various characters he has met or worked with over his career. The good news is that most times he remembers. Yet there is a marked distinction in Nathan’s soldiering and his dealing with Angel, and on two occasions (at least) with helping to avoid many people dying. He certainly deserves a stripe for getting Angel to Melbourne and for her sixteenth birthday, and in school. Nathan exhibits a difficult conflict – being an innate soldier and being humane.
Kudos also to Nathan’s supporting characters – Bosco, Scotty-Blue, Theresa et al- all strong ‘guardian angels’ like his eagles.
I recommend this book especially to those who like military missions and escapades. The book generates a consistent high level of excitement, mystery and ease of reading, the latter especially if you like military communications.
Being honest, this book goes in a crazy direction very quickly, but that is a good thing. Based on the description, this sounds like it it going to be a run of the mill action story, but then there are aliens and everything goes nuts. I really liked the pace of the story once it got going. The opening chapters were interesting but too much was included too fast. I had to go back a couple of times to keep everything straight, but after that the narrative takes off and goes very smooth. I look forward to the next installment.
Carl allows us to see the human side of his lead character Nathan before the action hits – ‘She said nothing after I picked her up from the safe house and drove her away. Heading south out of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway, all I had for company was the constant rattle and whine of the diesel engine. Not that I minded so much. I had no experience making chit chat with a ten-year-old girl. Most kids I considered a right royal pain in the arse. When she did say something meaningful, we were kicking up long dust trails, several hours south on the Oodnadatta Track. “Hey, mate, slow down!” Mate? Did she just call me that? I glimpsed her from the side for a second while the Land Rover bounced hard over the ruts and potholes. “What’s the problem?” I yelled over the noise of rushing gravel. “You’re going too fast, and my bum hurts!” My Land Rover wasn’t all that forgiving in the suspension. A road like the Oodnadatta Track tended to show its weaknesses. I slowed things down a pace, considering my arse was also about to fall off. “Where we going, mate?” “Don’t call me mate,” I said. “Away…We’re going away.” I checked the rear-view mirror for the umpteenth time. Nothing but dust. No cars. We were on our own. My brain thumped hard thinking about all the things that must get done. When we get there. South, to the big smoke. About as far south as we could get. “Then, what do I call you?” she asked in what I thought was an annoyed undertone. “You mean, who. I’m Nathan. And you’re Angelique.” “Maggie said not to call me that anymore.” “Yeah. I know. Angel is your name from now on.” “You still haven’t said where we’re going. And what’s wrong with your leg?” “You ask a lot of questions,” I said. But then I realised kids must be like that. I reached down and tapped my prosthetic limb with my knuckles, loud enough for her to recoil in her seat. “Oh my god! You’ve got a wooden leg!” “Yeah, just like a pirate. My leg is somewhere on the side of the road in Iraq. And we’re going to Melbourne.” I expected a barrage of questions, but she took it on board and went back to being silent. She didn’t even bother to ask where Iraq was.’
The plotline appears confusing at first, but read on and be captured by his ingenuity: ‘Carl’s impressive literary debut is more than just a suspense thriller (although it most assuredly is that): ‘Nathan Masters, former SAS, injured in combat, redeployed with the Australian Secret Intelligence Service. Nathan is issued with a new mission. EAGLE SHIELD. Objective: Relocate the Asset to the safe house in Melbourne. Objective: Protect the computer disk at all costs. A trained killer must learn to forget everything he has come to know as a well-beaten path. He must become both father and protector to an orphaned ten-year-old girl. The Asset. Angel. A girl with a special gift and a destiny, who will change the course of history and humankind. Nathan must oversee Angel's upbringing. He must see to it that Angel is groomed and prepared for her induction into ASIS as an adult. At the same time, he must maintain the security of the disk. The stolen intelligence leading to MILESTONE. That was the plan. It went so wrong.’
This novel serves as the introduction of an important new novelist, one who avoids clichés, choosing instead to bring the reader into the multifaceted aspects of the perplexing but gratifying story. This is a powerful introduction to an important new
writer. Grady Harp, July 18