The First Eagle is not as gripping as some of Hillerman's novels: genuine suspense and tension are limited, with our heroes never in real danger. There's enough to the plot to keep us turning the pages, however, and Hillerman as always offers plenty more. As well as ongoing personal relationships and the detailed setting (Navajo and Hopi culture and the natural landscape of the Southwest), here we also get a glimpse into the world of science. Newcomers will probably be better off starting with one of the earlier novels, but Hillerman fans won't be disappointed by The First Eagle.
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