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The Flight of the Falcon: The True Story of the Escape and Manhunt for America's Most Wanted Spy Paperback – July 1, 2003

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Christopher John Boyce was a son of affluence and privilege whose disaffection with America led him to sell to the Soviets sophisticated and highly secret spy-satellite information. Eventually uncovered and arrested, Boyce was convicted of espionage in Los Angeles, California, on June 20, 1977, and sentenced to forty years in a maximum-security federal penitentiary. Soon after his imprisonment, Boyce - the man prosecutors said had done more harm to the security of the United States than any Soviet agents since the Rosenbergs - escaped. Scores of FBI agents and U.S. Marshals sifted through hundreds of false leads in their search for Boyce. They traveled countless miles back and forth across America, to South Africa, through the isolated jungles of Central America. They were called on the carpet by Congressional committees for the often-publicized and embarrassing lack of results. The Flight of the Falcon is a thrilling chase and suspense story, and a finely wrought character of the metamorphosis of an idealistic young man into a coarse and criminal fugitive.

About the Author

ROBERT LINDSEY is the author of several books, including The Falcon and the Snowman (page 126), the story of Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee, who were both convicted of selling information to the Soviets. He worked as a reporter and editor at the San Jose Mercury-News and The New York Times, and also served as the Los Angeles bureau chief for The Times.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585747718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585747719
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
I honestly could not put this book down. It was fascinating. Christopher Boyce, convicted spy, escaped from prison and managed to elude the police for something like 18 months! Whoa! Robert Lindsey, who also wrote The Falcon and the Snowman about Boyce and Daulton Lee's actual crimes and trials, came to know Boyce after his incarceration and recounts the events as told to him by Boyce without bias but with a keen, critical eye. A truely fascinating book.
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You know how this book is going to end, but despite that, it is impossible to put it down - as long as you make it to the last third. The beginning 20 pages tells the tale of Chris Boyce's escape from prison (He is the former USSR spy brought to fame by the movie "Falcon and the Snowman.") The next 180 pages or so starts off well but then bogs down as it presents all the false-leads that law enforcement got stuck with in their going-nowhere-fast manhunt for him over the next 12-18 months. The final third presents Boyce's perspective of where he was hiding until they caught him at the end, and although you know it will end in his capture, it is an amazing and addictive read.

As a humorous aside, I love the idea of FBI agents and US marshalls driving around Port Angeles WA in the summer of 1981 looking for him, openly drinking cans of beer as they drive around town. Federal law enforcement officials drinking AND driving simultaneously on a national manhunt. How times have changed. Did you have to drink from an open container as you drove around Port Angeles in 1981 in order to maintain your cover as a federal agent?
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By stony on December 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
HOW TO THROW YA' LIFE AWAY
There is just so much goin' on here! This is a stand out piece of literature. Firstly; Boyce and his jackass buddy -from comfortable/privileged homes- risk their future with amateurish espionage...get nailed thru gross stupidity and sentenced to an eternity in the can. Against almost immeasurable odds; Boyce escapes...and does as he pleases for 18mnths or so ..including numerous banks..wow!!.Then...equally as unbelievable...he "talks too much to the wrong company"...wow again...next thing the benighted big heat rolls up and he's back in the can til retirement age.Do ya' think he hates himself now??? Apparently Boyce and Lindsey are not best buddies after this scribe...to be fair...it does make Chris look pretty stupid and careless with his liberty...which as a very clever loner...was one of his most valued treasures. An extraordinary tale!!!
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Only seven reviews so far and three or four people say they couldn't put it down.

I couldn't put it down either. I literally read it all in one sitting---staying up all night.

It must be some kind of masterpiece of the genre. Hell of an achievement for a sequel (to The Falcon and the Snowman, which I read afterward at a normal pace).

(Oddly enough, reading up on Boyce lately I don't find him an interesting or compelling figure in himself. He used to remind me a bit of Christopher McCandless.)
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For about two years I have had this thing for reading true escape stories. The Flight of the Falcon is one of the best. It's a story about a smart, young, convicted spy and his escape from prison. I give it only four stars because the author kind of went over board on the whole "follow the false leads" thing. For 18 months they got thousands of leads that went absolutely nowhere and Boyce was well on his way to freedom. But the play by play accounts of each false lead was redundant and tedious. Lindsey took a gamble with that and won.....in my opinion. All the redundancy paid off in a big way with a truly exciting escape story.
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The follow-up to The Falcon And The Snowman was just as fascinating and well written. It was a very personal look at many interesting characters - good guys, bad guys and many in between.
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Saw the movie about the first book and now I definitely want to read the first book after reading this
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Interesting story and have two close friends who knew some of the characters. This factor added a new level to reading the book. Might follow up by reading The Falcon and the Snowman!
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