Amazon Reviews

Debbie De Bose 19th September, 2016  Amazon *****

Eaglechild is a beautifully written novel vast in historical scope. The type of saga that fully engages the mind and the spirit with overwhelming emotion. It is different in content from any historical book that I’ve ever read before. This is Victor O’Connell’s fascinating first novel……The coming together of these characters: Rupert, the Earl Charles, Ray Mackie, and the native leader Clearvoice, in London, in 1981, brings the mysteries in this novel to a clashing climax. A grand sweeping together of four different cosmologies. What happens when this occurs will shock you, and forever touch your heart, as it has mine.
This literary historical novel is an absolute must read for all fans of history or anything having to do with Native Americans. I will definitely read it again because it is that powerful…..his exceptionally well written masterpiece, Eaglechild.

Noel Iverson Ph.D  15th September, 2015 Amazon *****

A Story of Redemption

… In a story that spans three generations and is set in Canada, Great Britain, and Spain, the author captivates his reader with an inter-generational, cross-cultural, and class-crossing drama of epoch proportions. In crisp prose, Victor O’Connell portrays a set of characters whose lives intersect in ways none of them could have imagined, and with consequences rife with disappointment, melancholy and despair. But also with hope, as the novel’s central question, How might the native peoples of Canada recover and sustain their old ways? approaches resolution in the coming-of-age of its main character, Rupert Carlos……….A beautifully written book, “Eaglechild” is a deeply historical story set in a world that is yet current, a world of false promises and broken treaties, of the confrontation of aristocrats and commoners, of the search for meaning and identity, and of the tension between family honour and political expediency. Deftly placed in the experience of particular individuals and their families, it is also a timeless story that leaves the reader pondering his or her own destiny.

Kazuyo Takeda  22nd October, 2015 Amazon *****

A Story of Mostly Forgotten but Still Vibrant Aboriginal Peoples.

Eaglechild is about a boy, Rupert Carlos Griffin, whose father is the 12th Earl of Ardun in England, an aristocrat who suffers financially so much as to be obliged to tie the knot with a wealthy Spanish Countess, who believes in the virginity of Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, yet desires an heir to inherit her vast fortune as well as her Spanish titles…. Rupert sets on a journey and in due course discovers the “Acorn Project” – a conspiracy involving his family driven by a cunning, corrupt Canadian Government official.

Eaglechild enlightened me about the aboriginal peoples of Canada, their lives and history, and more particularly, their fate and sufferings under policies of forced assimilation, and the broken promises of Treaty 6 with Queen Victoria in 1876….Eaglechild is an ambitious, historical novel set in Great Britain, Spain and Canada in the early 1980s, dating back as far as a hundred years. This epic work by Victor O’Connell takes a reader through a story of mostly forgotten but still vibrant native peoples on the prairie lands of Saskatchewan.

AlexanderSementsov Ph.D  February 2016 Amazon *****

 “Eaglechild” is an uncommonly multifaceted and utterly educative novel.  Being entrapped by the twists and turns of its plot, I read it in one breath. It was only when I had turned the last page that I realized how much I had learned about the world I live in. For me, as a Russian, various aspects of Western culture were especially interesting.
From this novel I learned:
– About creation of the state of Canada, about exploration of its lands by adventurous British capitalists, about the history of relationships between Great Britain and Spain and the New World, about the struggle for survival the Canadian Indians carried on in the past and keep carrying on in the present;
– About views and cultural traditions of the Canadian Indians, the British and Spanish aristocracy, the Canadian and British politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen. About Britain’s and Canada’s attitude towards the idea of a multinational state, which tends to preserve the cultures of its nations rather then put them into a “melting pot” called “assimilation”;
– About beliefs and rituals of the plains Indians in Canada, about the difference between the Catholic and the Anglican Churches, about Christianity – through the eyes of a pagan and about paganism – through the eyes of a Christian, about first Indian Christian Saint, about activities of the Jesuit Order in the past and in the present, about unorthodox beliefs like the “natural priesthood” and ancient sacred places like Rollright Stones;
– About traditions and approaches used by Great Britain and Canada in domestic and foreign policy, about large political campaign, deployed by the Canadian Indians in London in 1982 when the Canadian constitution was being discussed in the British Parliament;
– About a young Englishman and his Indian contemporary searching for their vocations and trying to orient themselves in life, about forming the national self-consciousness of those young men, about the transfer of experience from the old generation to the young, about the idea of honor and duty of the different nations and of course about romantic relationship between the characters of the novel.One of the most exciting features of the book is that it contains a comparative analysis of all the above mentioned aspects from the points of view of all the parties involved. Several distinctive characters – a young English aristocrat, his parents – the English Earl and the Spanish Countess, a wise Indian elder, a charming and intelligent Indian girl, an Indian Medicine woman, an inquisitive Spanish Jesuit and an “old Indian hand” Canadian bureaucrat – each with his or her own philosophy and experience – clash on the battlefield called LIFE.
In spite of the fact that behind every scene of the novel one can feel the author’s great erudition and experience, the novel is not at all an academic treatise, but a thrilling narration. It is full of human emotions and it won’t leave the reader indifferent. The author holds the audience to the last page.
I am a bit envious of you, the future reader. A great pleasure and wonderful experience that you will get from reading this book will stay with your for life.

Sheila Tierney 15th December, 2015 Amazon *****

A Very Satisfying and Enlightening Read

Victor O’Connell has succeeded in telling a gripping modern story that deals with complex and sensitive issue of personal, racial and national identity while at the same time educating the reader about the relations between the native peoples of the Americas and the European colonizers. Much of the novel is about the First Nations of Canada and the British aristocrats who founded the Hudson’s Bay Company. It spans life in the tipis on the prairies, the palace of an aristocrat in Seville, Spain , the life of a working-class chancer in Glasgow and political intrigue in the House of Lords in London. It ranges from fox-hunting in the English countryside to debates at the Oxford Union. This complex story is told through the eyes of several different characters especially of Rupert, the son of a Spanish Countess and English Earl. It is certainly historical but it is also personal in a way that brings tears to the eyes. Some of the issues are very modern, like the sexual exploitation of young Indian women and the abuse of children at residential schools. It raises the issue of the assimilation of minorities into the majority culture – is it good when it is forced? There is suspense and mystery and plenty of conflict which resolves in 1982. The writing is clear and easy to follow. A very satisfying and enlightening read.

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