So Henderson's Boys: Eagle Day takes off right after the epilogue of the last book; Marc and Henderson are trying to get Marc a passport so they can head out to Poland, and meanwhile Rosie is separated from her brother Paul and is with a strange boy who has a side story of crime named PT. And if everyone ends up situated, now that they are out of enemy territory for now, what should the group of misfits do?
What is Eagle Day I wondered, since that was the title, so I looked it up, and it was apparently August 13th, 1940, when the Battle of Britain began, when the German Lutwaffe launched this title onto the day, their first major offensive against the British Force. And I guess if I didn't know an important date like this, I need to keep reading these books and learn a thing or twenty about World War II. The thing is, I looked it up thirteen chapters into the book still not knowing, even though the book once or twice gave hints. And I guess that's forgivable because in this book, the characters don't know the war would eventually be over in their favour so they get a feel that anything could happen. However, the book isn't much of that day as it is a simple story that reminded me of a pervy version of Esi Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues, which was basically a book of jazz musicians unsobering and talking in World War II.
I'm afraid that the suspense and fragility of the characters from The Escape is lost in this preludic bore. Maybe it is because I read this book on the Internet (it was on this pdf website) but it seemed a lot longer than The Escape and I realized then that this book is about four-hundred pages long whereas the other book was at a more reasonable three-hundred. The first few parts were okay, I guess, despite the fact that the last book ended on a good cliffhanger and made me wonder what Paul and Rosie were going to do about the documents, and it is never really clearly brought up here. A chunk of the novel goes to Paul doing a heroic deed; one that he was scared to do because the enemy was much bigger than him and threatened him. But I'm afraid that's basically all there is with this story. Because the whole family is trying to get settled in, all of a sudden nothing happens, and I guess we can blame history for taking so long to get to Eagle Day, but do we really have to waste our time with attempting a kiss and Rosie rejecting it for no reason and kicking him in the thigh? There's later on a house break-in by the protagonists, plus a urination prank, but I was so exhausted at that point with there being all detail of the Nazis and no procedure for the characters that all I thought was what the point could've possibly been, except
That's the thing with book critics like me. Sometimes it's a privilege to read and talk about what you read, and other times it's work that takes up precious relaxation or studying time. I honestly wanted to continue this franchise, but now I can't imagine picking up a Henderson's Boys book, at least without as much suspicion as I would've had about Hitler if I was alive in the 1930s.