When fading Hollywood director Kathryn outwits her ex-husband to rightfully claim a major advertising concept she created for Boeing, she prepares herself for a challenging shoot in Iran, where she’ll mix Persian mythology and sharp, enthralling advertorial.
As main characters tend to, she ends up getting a great deal more than she bargains for. Kathryn expects, and quickly embraces the cultural challenges. What she doesn’t expect, though, is to become mixed up in the country’s raging and complicated political landscape, where rebel forces are battling the disappearance of critics of Iran’s regime, and many people aren’t quite what they appear. The lion in the title refers to the centerpiece of the advert, an ancient Persian monument that’s set–much like the story–to twist from old traditions to newer directions. In the lion’s place, that involves taking flight and becoming an aircraft, hiding modernity behind an ancient facade.
Iran is often seen as a conservative and conflicted country, but Susan Wakeford Angard’s ON WINGS OF A LION gives it a modern, sexy twist, with love interests playing key roles in colorful and enthralling character development, exploring its landscape and power dynamics. There’s a front of traditionalism, but a real boisterous angle tucked around the corner. There are historical elements, too, as we trip through the past glancing at some of our main characters’ colorful histories, and learn of the motivations behind some of their dangerous and memorable actions. All, it’s fair to say, is often not as it seems.
There’s the comforting discombobulation of the early chapters here, as readers try to piece together the loose connections between various threads, and connect the dots to a deeper, more involved truth that emerges brazen and thrilling as the book progresses. But it’s that character development that really stands out. From Kathryn’s desperation to succeed at last chance saloon, to Anthony playing the role of an idiot in public–while he slowly alters lives in private–the enticing depth of description around each of the main protagonists is ON WINGS OF A LION’s greatest strength, alongside its manic-feeling pace, and it’s a big one.
Smartly penned by Susan Wakeford Angard and riddled with surprising characters and angular twists and turns, ON WINGS OF A LION is both an enticing narrative and a packed introduction to colliding worlds. Depth of character, in particular, stands out.
~James Hendicott for IndieReader
With a little Hollywood glam, a little ancient mythology and a lot of hidden twists and turns, ‘On Wings Of A Lion’ is an enticing, fast-paced and enthralling thriller with an enticing setting and plenty of surprises.