- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Five Directions Press; 1 edition (19 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3952468002
- ISBN-13: 978-3952468005
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,247,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Falcon Flies Alone: Volume 1 (Falcon Trilogy) Paperback – 19 Jul 2016
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About the Author
Gabrielle Mathieu lived on three continents by the age of eight. She’d experienced the bustling bazaars of Pakistan, the serenity of Swiss mountain lakes, and the chaos of the immigration desk at the JFK airport. Perhaps that’s why she developed an appetite for the unusual and disorienting. Her fantasy books are grounded in her experience of different cultures and interest in altered states of consciousness (mostly white wine and yoga these days). "The Falcon Flies Alone" is her debut novel.
Top Customer Reviews
Stuck in the regressive society of her birth after an adolescence in comparatively freer Boston and her father's death, the protagonist Peppa means to lie low for a few weeks until she can claim her inheritance. Instead, the machinations of a sinister German doctor (with the deliciously apposite name of Unruh) force her onto the run, haunted by dreamlike memories of flying across the landscape like a bird of prey. Peppa finds help from a range of allies, including a character drawn from the real-life discoverer of LSD, Albert Hoffman. To clear her name and secure her future, however, she must put herself in danger, use all the scientific skills she learned working in the lab with her father, and confront dark truths about her family's past.
The Falcon Flies Alone was a completely absorbing read, from its startling opening scene to the very end. Peppa makes for an engaging yet realistically flawed protagonist: intelligent but not socially sophisticated, determined to the point of stubbornness, she bristles against the strictures put upon her by Swiss society but has her own blind spots as well. I'm looking forward to the next volume of her adventures.
I found myself wrong-footed several times. In my mind I was seeing a Gothic horror, underplayed and suspenseful. It was a shock to be reminded that we were in 1950s. That was an enjoyable clash. Dark thoughts and visions that should be accompanied by the hiss of gas lighting were instead illuminated by a generation that might soon embrace psychedelia and mind-altering drugs.
Some scenes were almost voyeuristic; I felt as if I were in the room, seated in a corner. I wanted to turn away but I was compelled to witness the experiments and violations.
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. It's a powerful debut novel and I'm hoping I get to read the sequel.
' Although possibly more fantasy than history, and maybe a bit too ‘adult detail’ for some readers (drugs etc) but for all that as an adventure into a psychological thriller other-worldly-type first novel of a series, this one is highly enjoyable if you like your history entangled within fantasy. '
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Searching for answers about the drugs and the truth about the father she idolized and lost and sometimes so alone but for her beloved dog, Peppa meets many fascinating characters and family members who want to help or hinder her. Most fascinating are Ludwig Unruh, a tragic, strange, sometimes evil and compelling man who is searching the past for a lost love whom only Peppa under the influences of psychedelics can find and who imprisons her to force the answers; and Tenzin, the gentle Indian priest who saves her life and loves her. As she balances between good and evil and searching for her freedom, these two men will help her and haunt her.
FALCON will keep you reading until late at night to find out what happens to Peppa and what decisions she will make about her life after she finally learns the truth.
I look forward to reading the second book in the trilogy!
Great late night read with a whiskey or wine.
My favorite line -" Predators know and respect each other."