- Title: Double Eagle, Double Cross
- Author: M.R. Durbin
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (August 1, 2017)
- Genre: LDS Mystery/Suspense/Romance
- ISBN-10: 1524402540
- FTC,FYI: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
After an unexpectedly thrilling summer with his grandfather, Oregon State student Charley Sawyer is ready to catch his breath at his late parents' Oregon beach home. Hoping for some rest and relaxation, Charley is met instead by devastation: the house has been ransacked. In his inventory of the damage, Charley stumbles across the item the trespasser must have been after, the only thing that seems out of place: a mysterious key. And when he learns what it unlocks, Charley is drawn into yet another adventure with a ragtag group more than willing to help.
Mac Bowman, the brainy and beautiful anthropology student who joined Charley in his summer escapade, is thrilled when she is presented with the opportunity to conduct research in Oregon. Maybe a little time together will allow the pair to explore their feelings for one another. But when she arrives, she is disturbed by what she finds: Charley has disappeared without a trace.
As Charley and Mac each work to unravel their mysteries, their searches collide dramatically. Only one thing is clear: the moment he found the key, Charley unwittingly opened the door to a long-held secret—one that could cost him his life. . . .
I absolutely loved the prologue of this book and wanted to read more. Then the book shifts from 1902 to present day. I was a little disappointed with this and then again when I realized this is a second book with characters that were introduced in the first book called, "Beyond the Narrows". I almost wanted to stop, read the first book and then continue on with this book. I think it would have helped me know so much more about the characters in this story. I liked what I read about them but always felt like I was missing out on something because I hadn't read the first book. I will for sure go back and read the first book soon.
Double Eagle, Double Cross has an intriguing mystery and the writer leads you through many twists and turns as you try to figure out the huge secret that main character Charley stumbles on to. There were so many interesting historical facts and I loved how at the end in the author 's notes, he talks about the true facts and lists many more cool things.
This story will take you for a ride as you continually wonder what is going to happen. The story is told from two POV's, Charley Sawyer who finds a mysterious key and is drawn into something he'd never planned on and his old "friend"/potential girlfriend, Mac Bowman, an anthropology student who helps unravel the many mysteries and strange things going on. The description of the beautiful Oregon coast make you feel like you are there. The supporting cast of characters are some of the best things about the book. This book truly has a bit of everything in it from romance to mystery and suspense. With the main characters being members of the LDS church, they refer often to religious things but with no preaching about religion at all.
This book will be enjoyed by those that love a great mystery that will make you think hard as you piece all of the clues together. Older teens and adults are the main audience for this novel.
Meet Author: M.R. Durbin
M. R. Durbin was born in Fort Ord, California, in 1951. He grew up University in 1976 with a degree in education. He later received a master’s degree in education from Utah State University. Mr. Durbin retired from education after thirty years as a teacher, coach, and principal before beginning a second career writing about the things he loves: scriptures, history, and people.