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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Fire Eye by Peter d'Plesse is an adventure saga that pairs together two protagonists on a search that Alexander “Alex” Dulaine intends to complete, with the assistance of an uncharacteristic headmaster named Jed Mitchell. Alex's grandfather and the plane he flew during the Second World War have been lost for decades. There's talk of a long-lost crash site somewhere in the Australian Outback with little else to go on, and Alex is determined to fulfill her promise. Unfortunately for Alex and Jed, not everybody believes that Alex is only interested in finding Grandpa's remains. The difference between good and evil is irrelevant in the bush, where nature is the only beast that rules. To make matters worse, a masochist with dim wits, a sharp knife, and a terrifying imagination is clipping the pair's heels at every step.
Fire Eye is an ambitious tale, and Peter d'Plesse covers an extraordinary amount of ground as he works his way through the action. The book has a slow start but once it picks up speed, it remains steady, and d'Plesse's writing evolves and matures with the same rhythm as his characters. There are some tropes, particularly in Alex as the sexy client and Jed as the protector who finds her irresistible, but it works in the context of the story, which has an excellent plot and arc. Peter d'Plesse's gift is in the ability to bring the Australian landscape to life, and, my gosh, does he know how to breathe shuddering fear into his readers with perfectly horrible antagonists. Decker is a monster of Stephen King-esque villain proportions and that kicks the thrill factor up to a ten long before the worst of his deeds stink up the page at the halfway mark. Fire Eye is a slow burner, but a great book worthy of a read.