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The Falcon Flies Alone: Volume 1 (Falcon Trilogy) Paperback – 19 Jul 2016

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  • 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)
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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.

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I loved this book: an unusual science fiction/fantasy novel set in 1950s Switzerland, which integrated the fantastic parts of its narrative seamlessly into a suspense-filled plot about murder, deception and organic chemistry.

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.
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I took some time reading this book. It wasn't the book's fault, it was my lack of time. During those breaks, the book's disconcerting theme stayed with me. The author had created a sense of foreboding, akin to a thought that leaves a bad taste. I just couldn't bear not to discover the outcome - no matter how awful it might be.

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.
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This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review:
' 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. '
Helen Hollick
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story of a girl's search for a truth she can't understand 10 Oct. 2016
By Stephanie Cowell - Published on Amazon.com
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I became absolutely engrossed in this debut novel THE FALCON FLIES ALONE. It is a fascinating blend of fantasy, thriller, psychedelic drugs, and an unexplained murder supposedly committed by the peaceful Swiss-American girl Peppa who is fleeing the police….is she guilty of this murder or she is not? And if she is, what drugged her before the violent act which is a horror to her? Even she is not sure.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars and love, and how far you would go to clear ... 18 Mar. 2017
By AJ Watt - Published on Amazon.com
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The Falcon Flies Alone is a suspenseful novel full of mystery, intrigue, and surprises. Peppa is a relatable protagonist with a complex background which is expertly developed throughout the story, woven right into the plot. It is fascinating to read how her adventure changes her, leaving her a more self-confident woman, if a little broken. Fantasy and reality clash and cohabit in this novel set in Switzerland and Germany in the 1950s, an original and intriguing backdrop to the story. It is a poignant look into family, society, and love, and how far you would go to clear your name (and get your dog back).
I look forward to reading the second book in the trilogy!
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting New Fantasy Series Debuts 17 Feb. 2017
By Jan - Published on Amazon.com
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I read a lot of SF and fantasy. The Falcon Flies alone rises above the genre conventions by digging into areas where the author is obviously skilled. Herbology, chemistry, and mid-twentieth century social patterns are all seamlessly woven into the narrative. The pace is fast yet fluid. Peppa, the protagonist, is impulsive and intelligent, whose lapses in judgement are believable. The reader can be unexpectedly pushed out of a comfort zone. This enhances the emotional content and creates empathy. Peppa is an exciting protagonist and I eagerly await her adventures in part two of the trilogy. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Pages Fly By Like The Falcon 29 Dec. 2016
By Bruce Maness - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading this book is akin to hopping a train going full throttle through dangerous twists and turns with no idea where you’re heading. To say The Falcon Flies Alone is exciting ignores the intriguing characters and background science that make it so. Murder, mayhem and mystery are your co-passengers on this ride, but post-war Switzerland suddenly engulfed in reality-altering drugs provides the atmosphere. What will happen to Boston-raised Peppa and who will survive her friendship only the Falcon knows.

Great late night read with a whiskey or wine.
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Magical. 28 Aug. 2016
By Denise A. Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
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Magic, shape-shifting, science, hallucinogenic plants, the dramatic Swiss Alps , and a very believable intelligent young woman called Peppa come together in this highly original, layered and enthralling book. This story, set in the 1950's, has undertones of ancient myths and beliefs that weave together to build suspense and intrigue , as Peppa unravels a great mystery.

My favorite line -" Predators know and respect each other."

Excellent book!
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