Carl Lakeland lives on a property with his wife in the sleepy town of Snake Valley, 36 kilometres south west of Ballarat in Australia. Lakeland grew up during the early seventies, western suburbs of Sydney. Having enlisted into the military at the age of seventeen, he draws on his experience to create powerful and engaging speculative fiction. Lakeland spent most of his life undiagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Using this gift, he is able to create stories that are uniquely his own. "Sometimes, I can't let things be," says Lakeland. "I write stories with passion that others might see as being obsessive. I live and breathe it. I dream it when I sleep. But I never write down my dreams. If I can't remember those things I've dreamt, they're not important enough." Lakeland's stories revolve around the element of `what if?' He pushes the boundaries of his stories to the edge of the Official Secrets Act, which will leave the reader wondering about the aspect of creative license, or the possibility of fact in his writing. Either way, the reader will be left to make up their own mind. His books are fast paced, edge of your seat thrillers which are distinctively written in a way that will have the reader guessing which way the story is about to head. "As a writer, unpredictability is key essence. If I write something that can be foreseen in coming chapters, it's not good enough. I will scrap it. My goal is to keep the reader wondering, even sometimes to the detriment of my good guys!"
Christian Sia; Eagle Shield: Milestone Rising by Carl Lakeland is indeed a thriller, an engaging story that introduces the reader immediately to the action and the conflict, with interesting and well-imagined characters. Nathan is a former SAS, recently redeployed to the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and entrusted with a new and delicate mission - to relocate a young girl to a safe house in Melbourne and to protect the computer disk. Angel is a girl with unusual skills and ASIS needs her, so it's Nathan's job to protect and raise her for her future mission. But can a killer be a good father, and does he still have what it takes for the new forms of combat that await them?; Carl Lakeland is a brilliant author and an insanely gifted storyteller, and Eagle Shield: Milestone Rising is proof. You can't resist the human pull of the story, the realism infused into the writing, and the way the author explores the emotions of the characters. This is a book for readers who love great writing and who are looking for a thrilling novel that could help them shake off the doldrums and the monotony of the day and travel unusual terrains with exciting characters. The pacing is great, and it picks up speed right from the very first page, but what caught my attention the most was the author's gift for character. His characters are so real they stay with the reader most of the time. This novel is a masterpiece, crafted with deftness and balance.