Review: Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken

Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite (# 4)
Release Date: August 11, 2014
Publisher:  self published
Pages: 400
Source: Book purchased by reviewer for review



Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, twisted…my name is Tex Campisi and this is my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with him.

I crave war more than peace, and I’m about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra…that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself.

But the only person able to do that…is my best friend’s sister, Mo Abandonato, and she just ripped my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through it.


Review:  With some books in a series, a reader can jump right in and grasp enough of the back story with ease. Do not make this mistake with author Rachel Van Dyken’s Eagle Elite series. I started the series with Elicit, which is the fourth in the series. Big mistake.

The back story is what makes the Eagle Elite series so gripping. It’s a gut-wrenching tale of the American mafia with a core group of young men and women trying to find their way amidst all the violence and turmoil of their heritage. Without the basic understanding of exactly what the Eagle Elite is, the reader is likely to be lost throughout much of Elicit.

With Elicit, the focus is on Tex, but there’s plenty of action featuring the characters we’ve come to know and love. Once I caught up with the other books in the series, it didn’t take long for me to admire the absolute brilliance demonstrated by the author. The storyline is unlike any I have ever read, featuring enough of a realistic look into mafia life to put a squeamish reader to the test. It’s a completely engrossing read — as long as you read it in sequence. This is a storyline built on relationships, so expect the unexpected.

I have to gush a bit about the cover which demonstrates how this series has evolved. It also emphasizes the darkness that plays a central role in the storyline.

I gave this installment a top rating, but I did so in spite of multiple errors throughout the manuscript. Since this was purchased directly from a retailer, the expectation is that it would be relatively error-free. A “cappo” is not the same as a “capo, nor is “annunciation” the same as “enunciation.” The other books in the series do not appear to have this problem, so I would encourage the author to run Elicit back through the editing process and clean it up. This story is much too good to get tossed to the side because of distractions.