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The Falcon Strikes (Falcon Trilogy) (Volume 2) Paperback – August 5, 2017
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Gabrielle Mathieu is the author of the Falcon Trilogy, which begins with "The Falcon Flies Alone."
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The portrait of the Irish countryside, town and country, castles, pubs, and handsome young IRA soldiers is extremely vivid, and the large cast of characters from a kindly doctor who tries to help her to her opinionated eccentric elderly grandmother (who turns out to be far more than you would think) keep the plot rushing forward like a ball thrown at tremendous speed, hurling through the air. But while Peppa is always on the edge of danger or even death, she has faith that her sensitive, spiritual love back in Switzerland will be waiting for her. Even that is thrown up in the air. Wonderful complicated plotting and a very real and gritty portrait of Ireland in 1957. Not to mention great Irish phrases like, “The hotel will be locked up tighter than a nun’s knickers,” which plant the reader again most solidly in that time of difficult Irish history.
This time out Peppa is placed on a larger stage than the Swiss countryside, and the stakes are higher than in Book One. In “Strikes” she’s pitted against the IRA, a terrifying organization (not to mention the Royal Ulster Constabulary). She also hunts the ultra-scary Silvia de Pena, the ringleader of the drug experimenters in Book I, who demonstrates indeed that the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
While Peppa follows the falcon in her breast, her heart is torn, especially when a emotionally devastating event takes place back home in Switzerland, an event that brings us to the edge of our seats and looking forward immensely to Book Three.
All in all “The Falcon Strikes” is a gripping tale, and at times poignant. Long live Peppermint Müller!
So that's the basic story. Add in Peppa's totem, the falcon, and some back-story traumatic events that inform Peppa's character and motivations, a dash or two of non-explicit but non-conforming sex, and you've got a rollicking ride. Some things may only have made sense if I'd read the first book, which I haven't, but the story will hold you and stay with you when you're finished. Enjoy!
I recieved an ARC from Gabrielle Mathieu in exchange for my honest review.