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The Iron Eagle #2

Evil and the Details

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The City of Los Angeles is caught in the grip and terror of a serial killer; a killer who's stalking, capturing, torturing, and killing young teenage boys. For LA County Sheriff's Detective Jim O'Brian, it's not just another killer in a long line of killers. O'Brian is stumped by the brutality he sees ... brutality that had to have taken the killer decades to achieve. He asks for the assistance of FBI Profiler Special Agents Steve Hoffman and John Swenson. However, the further the three men delve into the murders, the more puzzling and darker they become. They all know that they are not alone in seeking out and hunting this person. The Iron Eagle is out there ... searching, profiling, hunting, and ready to exact his own vengeance to stop the killings, and in doing so, will leave his own wake of bodies.

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There's a scourge on the streets of Los Angeles. A serial killer is stalking, capturing, torturing, and killing young teenage boys. FBI Profilers Special Agent Steve Hoffman and Special Agent John Swenson are working with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Detective Jim O'Brian to catch this elusive killer. However, with each turn the investigation takes into the murders, the more puzzling they become. The deeper the investigation goes, the darker the soul of its source. It's a race against not only time; it is also a race against The Iron Eagle, who they all know is working to unravel the mystery and capture the killer. Who will solve the crimes and end the terror? Only time will tell.

184 pages, Kindle Edition

Published September 5, 2014

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About the author

Roy A. Teel Jr.

42 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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Profile Image for Pat.
2,310 reviews403 followers
October 28, 2019
OK so I thought the first book was OK and the later ones were highly rated so I thought the series had potential. But no, book 2 was less than OK with lame and stilted dialogue and, it was just lame. If you want a good series of books about vigilante justice - try the Sydney Rye mysteries by Emily Kimelman. I'm done with this lot.
Profile Image for Shawn Remfrey.
194 reviews7 followers
November 29, 2016
Oh this is so terribly hard to review without putting up spoilers! I'm going to try to be tricky about it so that I don't give too much away, but I have a few things that must be said. Firstly, for nearly a decade I have had the same plans for what to do with my body when I die. Thanks to this book, I've had to change them. Anyone wanting to know more, feel free to email me and I'll be happy to discuss! However, the fact that Teel read my mind and used it in a book, well I find that just downright fascinating and I love that I'm not the only person with the idea!

Secondly, if you have difficulty reading about violence in relation to children, stop reading this review right now. This is not the book for you. It has a lot to offer, but the violence/children portion(s) of the book will be too difficult to handle and the rest of the story will make zero sense. Find something better to read and if you need some ideas, give me a holler and I'll be happy to give you some suggestions.

Third, if you're a Dexter fan, this is the book for you! No, this guy is nothing like Dexter. The similarities occur with the thinking behind the actions of The Iron Eagle. Though he's really nothing like Dexter (from Dexter...HBO fame, not Dexter's Laboratory, the cartoon), there are enough similarities in character that you'll find The Iron Eagle fascinating to behold.

OK now to the actual review part!

When I first began reading, I had a pretty difficult time. The storytelling is great and it begins immediately with intrigue. It's the format of the thing that gave me trouble. I'm used to paragraphs and dialogue being separated. In this book, the dialogue is simply included in the paragraph so you have to read pretty carefully to keep track of what's going on and who's saying what. This took a bit for my brain to bend to since I've been trained since a very early age to read the dialogue as banter in my head. I'm so used to doing this, that I don't even think about it. I'll admit though, that by the fourth or fifth chapter I had easily adapted to Teel's writing format and no longer even noticed it. It was actually a little tricky going back to regularly formatted books! I don't know if this is something that will catch on in future, but it actually made the reading both quicker and easier once I adjusted to it.

There really isn't a lot as far as mystery to this book. We have the bad guys and we know why they are. We, as readers, have all the nasty little details and get to sit back and watch the play unfold from each person's perspective. Nasty being the key word there. Just when you think you've read it all and there's nothing horrific left for you to read, you pick up a book like this. Most of us have become so numb thanks to all the horror media out there that we read violence and gore quite easily and digest it just like we would a cardboard meal from a drive through place. Teel really pushes the boundaries here though and it's more like digesting razor blades dipped in acid than it is our normally tasty cardboard terror. Now, let me say, if you enjoy the horror and terror, this is a really good thing for you. If you're not so much into that, this probably isn't the book for you.
Profile Image for Elke.
1,377 reviews39 followers
November 13, 2014
This second installment in a series about The Iron Eagle, a killer of killers, had me in its grip from the first page. Though I had some trouble sorting out the who is who at the beginning, it was all explained soon and I soon grew familiar with the main characters. The action was fast-paced and definitely not for the faint of heart, which is just the way I like it.

My only critizism is on the dialogues, which sometimes seemed a bit exaggerated and constructed. However, I could easily dismiss this minor flaw as I held my breath following the gruesome events taking place. I'm still struggling to form an opinion about the Eagle, whether I should sympathize with him and his actions or not. This dilemma is perfectly expressed by Steve and Jim, how also have different opinions about the Eagle.

Though I have not read the first part of the series, I was very impressed by this follow-up and the author's inventiveness in creating a very unusual and intriguing plot and a very contradictory character.

Thumbs up for this great thriller and may The Iron Eagle strike again!

(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)
Profile Image for Leianne Stevens.
175 reviews6 followers
July 3, 2018
Evil and the Details
Roy A Teel Jr.
NarroWay Press
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There's a scourge on the streets of Los Angeles. A serial killer is stalking, capturing, torturing, and killing young teenage boys. FBI Profilers Special Agent Steve Hoffman and Special Agent John Swenson are working with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Detective Jim O'Brian to catch this elusive killer. However, with each turn the investigation takes into the murders, the more puzzling they become. The deeper the investigation goes, the darker the soul of its source. It's a race against not only time; it is also a race against The Iron Eagle, who they all know is working to unravel the mystery and capture the killer. Who will solve the crimes and end the terror? Only time will tell. – From NarroWay Press

Review by Elle Ay Esse
Remember when I said that I could not put Rise of the Iron Eagle down and that I felt like this new breed of literary vigilante justice would go down in history as the best book in its genre? No? Ok, well maybe I didn’t say it exactly like that. But regardless of how I stated it, I was wrong. Way wrong. You see The Eagle is back in Roy A. Teel Jrs newest novel, the second in what is to be a 15 book series with Evil and the Details.
Now I know that I cannot possibly be the only one who has a hard time reviewing a book that is part of a series. Especially a long series. This is why I have never bothered with reviewing the JD Robb In Death series. It’s rather difficult to start talking all about this character and that character or this scenario and situation when readers may not yet have read book one, thus spoilers are prevalent. Due to the nature of my relationship with Mr. Teel, I have agreed not to let any spoilers slipped and let me tell you all now, it ain’t easy!
Once again, the book arrived and I trembled with excitement just a bit. I knew from speaking with Mr. Teel that this was to be a lengthy series and I was about to bite into the second book. Two is a long way away from 12! Nevertheless, my blood bubbled a little anticipating The Eagle and all of his bloody and torturous exploits.
When I last spoke to you about the Iron Eagle, I had left you a bit bewildered about whether or not one could compare him to Dexter or Hannibal. Although I had stated in my previous review that The Eagle stands on his own two feel perfectly well amid the thriller classics, I feel like this book may be a bit of a game changer. The Eagle is definitely back but he’s not alone.
Admittedly I did not mention John Swenson in my review of book one, I need to double back a notch and explain that who he is. The golden child of the FBI, with a background in black ops Marine Corps turned homicide cop and now the underling to our dear friend’s LA County Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Jim O’Brian and Special Agent Steve Hoffman of the FBI, John has been tasked with profiling the Iron Eagle as well as his victims. This is both ironic and humorous. Many people in John’s unit as well as throughout the police and task forces believe that maybe the FBI should let The Eagle continue to fly free a bit longer. He takes care of the most evil people one could imagine in a deliciously beautiful manner. Having a deep understanding of The Eagle, John is rarely questioned when he states something about the latest crime scene and despite his age and his lack of experience on the field, he has earned the respect of our two protagonists: Steve Hoffman and Jim O’Brian.
This time, when the book opens six months after the last one ended, we are taken to the home of a mortician with a lust for young boys and a manner of disposal unlike any other. The sick and twisted mind of Thomas Marker can only be matched by that of The Eagle. And his methods and madness make him, by far, the worst killer Steve and Jim have seen to date. However, Marker has a deep secret. A secret so filthy and evil that when it is finally revealed, all of Los Angeles County will fall to their knees.
Within a matter of a few short chapters, we have discovered the depraved nature of Mr. Marker and The Eagle has quickly dispatched him, sending off a two disc DVD collection of his crimes, confession and execution right to the FBI and into the hands of Steve and Jim. Everyone knows that there must be more to the story. That Marker was sick and twisted but that there is yet another killer amid them.
Fast paced and action packed, The Eagle (and thus, Mr. Teel) doesn’t disappoint in his glorious new book Evil and the Details.
My rating this go round is an 8/10. Now, all that said, I want to once again state that the reason this book did not get a full 10 out of 10 starts is because I really cannot stand paragraphed dialogue. It isn’t something that would stop me from reading the books but as a professional reader (as well as an author in my own right), it can hinder people from following along properly. There was one other thing in this book that dropped my review rating down a notch and that was the big bang of a mystery really wasn’t that difficult to figure out. I didn’t drop the rating too much because I don’t believe that Mr. Teel set out to surprise us in an overly magnanimous way. Instead, I believe he wanted us to see deeper into The Eagle as well as understand that he is not one entity. The Eagle does what he does when he does it but by day, he has a job and a life. I think we as readers needed to grasp that more than shock and awe over the big reveal.
Will I keep reading the series? Absolutely! Will I recommend this series to anyone who likes gore porn with substance? Heck yeah I will!
As to who else should read this book? Anyone who enjoyed Rise. Anyone who has no issue with graphic descriptions of masculine castration. Anyone who won’t vomit at the thought of child sexual abuse and torture. Anyone who wants to spend a few fantastic hours inside the head of a wise and highly intelligent man who happens to also be a murderous vigilante. If you like books about love and life and all that jazz, you should probably go look into Danielle Steele. But if you like the gut wrenching thrills of blood flying at you in vengeance, start with Rise then read this. You won’t be disappointed.
And as for me? I’m going to take a short break and let The Eagle enjoy a few weeks of silence. Book three is calling me and like a mouse after the pied piper I ache to answer. Until next time,

Happy Reading!
Profile Image for Michelle Willms.
523 reviews42 followers
October 11, 2014
Evil and the Details by Roy A Teel, Jr.

Roy Teel continues to amaze me with his ability to thoroughly and completely portray serial killers. I am NOT talking about his character Iron Eagle, here, though The Iron Eagle is a killer, too. I'm talking about the criminals Teel depicts in each of his books. His attention to detail in the brutal methodology of the killer is exacting. His writing is reminiscent of the best in true crime fiction.

While I love crime fiction of all types, I much prefer the brutal reality of a hardcore story to the comfort of a cozy mystery. I must warn all readers who want the puzzle without the burden of the blood spatter or nasty crime details: Teel is NOT the author for you. He does not pull his punches. He hits his readers full in the face with the brutal reality of the effects and aftermath of violent crime. Even his main protagonist is extremely violent.

The detail given to each crime and the specifics of the murder is not to sensationalize the horrors of murder but to remind his readers that real monsters exist in modern society without the need for fantasy. The monsters Teel describes are far crueler and more terrifying than any I've ever met in the most frightening horror novel sold on the market. Even more terrible is these monsters are based on fact. Teel knows his crime. He works with professionals in the various fields of law enforcement. He wants people to understand and be aware of the realities of the world.

Each book deals not only with a particular serial killer and the pursuit of the Iron Eagle, but with various philosophical questions, as well. Teel raises important issues for readers’ consideration. In addition to the main characters in this book and their joint pursuit of justice for the various criminals within their jurisdictions are their conflicting opinions on the actions of the Iron Eagle. Due to many factors in our current criminal justice system, there is often an inability to convict a truly guilty person who has committed numerous, heinous crimes against many victims. In such a clear-cut case, is vigilante justice ever excusable?

I was given a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

I give Roy A. Teel, Jr.’s second Iron Eagle book yet another fiercely glowing 5 stars!

Profile Image for Cheryl.
5,133 reviews187 followers
September 19, 2015
Ok, while I did really like the first book in this series, I was not in love with the characters as a whole, particularly FBI Agent Steve Hoffman and Jim O'Brian. I thought that they were not as strong as they could be while tracking down the Iron Eagle. It seemed that FBI Agent John Swenson was the only one that had an edge on him. Although even as you read these books you will find that the Iron Eagle is not really a bad guy but just misunderstood for what he does. He does not play by any rules but his own and if he is coming after you for justice, than you better hope he does not find you.

After reading this book, all of the things that I found lacking in the first book where here in the second one. Both Jim and Steve were stronger and stepped up to the plate. I found a good working relationship between all three men. The Iron Eagle still strong as ever. I did not think that the punishment that the Iron Eagle dealt out could get any worse but I was wrong. Although at this point I was used to it. I can not wait to read book three.

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307 reviews10 followers
March 10, 2015
Fantastic! A crime story that will keep you turning the pages and wanting to know more. After reading this I am hooked; now a Iron Eagle fan!

Thanks to Roy Teel and Goodreads for my copy, it was a great read.
Profile Image for Gayle Pace.
1,110 reviews21 followers
September 11, 2014

This series is a 15 book series. They can be standalones but as a series you would definitely get a lot of good characters and action.

A serial killer has taken the City of Los Angeles in its hold. The terror is reaching everyone.

Teen age boys are being stalked, kidnapped, tortured and killed by this monster. The LA County Sheriff's Detective Jim O'Brian is confused by the extreme brutality he is seeing. This killer is not just in the long list of serial killers. This killer didn't just become this way, brutal beyond brutal. It has taken years and years. As there are more and more murders, the more evil and unexplainable they become. The detectives know that they have help out there, the Iron Eagle is out there in the dark, streets of Los Angeles hunting down this brutal killer. But will the Iron Eagle use his own vengeance and in doing so, will there be more bodies?

The author has written a smooth book that takes the reader down the dark streets of LA. Mr. Teel, Jr, has you wanting the killer found and justice doled out. Usually, the victims are young girls and women and I liked that the author changed that and put young men as the victims. I somehow would think that the young male victims would have a better chance of survival against this killer than a young woman. But that's not the case. The cover on these books are absolutely wonderful and enticing.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery, detective, killers brought to justice and the ones who put their lives out there to do just that.

I was given a complimentary copy of EVIL AND THE DETAILS from the author, Roy A. Teel, JR. for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.

Profile Image for Charissa Wilkinson.
535 reviews12 followers
September 12, 2014
I received this book for a fair review.

Overview: Mr. Teel has brought us back to the Eagle’s nest. John and Sara are juggling life as an engaged couple, as the two halves of the Eagle, and dealing with the fallout as both halves meet. Steve is still looking for Molly, and Jim is married again. Oh, and there’s a new serial killer in town. Is LA county cursed or something?

Likes: We got to see another facet of the Eagle’s character, at least around the victims. Sara had to make another major decision, and handled it in a fair way. Jim’s relationship with Barbara was well used for some light-heartedness, at least some of the time.

Dislikes: Some of the focus on the killers, both the Eagle and the serials, seemed just about too descriptive at times. That and Molly was so wrong in the manner that she handled her cancer.

Conclusion: This is definitely a guy’s book. You’ll be sent all the way down to the mud, the blood, and the beer. I just hope it doesn’t get much gorier. It’s too good of an idea to have to quit reading.
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832 reviews54 followers
October 22, 2014
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Evil and the Details (The Iron Eagle Book 2) by Roy A. Teel Jr. is the sequel to Rise of the Iron Eagle. While reading this book you will again be on the edge of your seat and keep turning the pages until you reach the end. In this book, there's a serial killer in Los Angeles who's focus is teenage boys. Agents from all over are called in including The Iron Eagle. He is not really accepted by the conventional law enforcement. The Iron Eagle is John Swenson, a profiler by day and by night he seeks out serial killers. This book is very fast paced and is not for the faint of heart. There are some gruesome events described but they are written in a way that is very realistic. This book is a must read for anyone who loves crime thrillers. I gave it 5 stars but it deserves more. I highly recommend it to all. I look forward to more from Roy A. Teel Jr.
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15 reviews
January 7, 2015
Book 2 of the Iron Eagle series, blew my mind. Very intense and sometimes very brutal. Dr Teel has drawn me into the series and the characters, and I cant wait to read book 3
Profile Image for Kristine.
123 reviews2 followers
October 12, 2015
Fantastic book! Vigilante justice at its best where you absolutely must side on the side on vengeance rather than the side of the law and the courts. Love this series.
Profile Image for Breia.
899 reviews26 followers
March 24, 2016
Half way through this book I went on Amazon and bought the remaining 6 in the series.

Read this for mystery and revenge.
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