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City Falcon (Falcon #2)

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New York, 1994

What on earth is a live falcon doing in the middle of JFK airport? The answer to this question brings PAPD officer Mark Bowman face to face with falconer Hunter Devereaux, right in the middle of a fascinating field experiment using falcons to keep runways free of nuisance birds. The falcons are intriguing, but it’s arrogant, out-and-proud Hunter himself who r
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ebook, 240 pages
Published August 26th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 25th 2011)
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Bev
Mar 21, 2013 Bev rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Bev by: Vio

A very unusual book....totally out of my usual comfort zone....but so glad I read it 4.5 stars and a

Mark Bowman is an officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police (PAPD) in 1994....Mark hides a dreadful secret....he's gay, and as he knows to his Uncle's cost, gays are not treated well by the police.

Hunter Devereaux works with the 'Falconry against Birdstrike' project, which the Port Authority are trialling at the airport to reduce the number of planes damaged by birds flyi
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MandyM
Excellent contemporary M/M romance with an out-for-you theme. Mark is an ex-cop now working for the Port Authority Police. Events in his past and his job as a policeman have kept him deeply closeted and paranoid about detection. But then he meets someone who might just be worth the risk.

The book is set in 1994 which I found curious at first but now realise is due to the story being based loosely around some fascinating real-life events. At JFK Airport the risk of bird strikes causing airplane di
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Lady*M
4.75 stars

I don't remember when was the last time I've read the book where author's affection for her characters came across so clearly, even when they did stupid, hurtful things. And I don't remember when it was the last time I liked author's writing style so much - it's clear like a spring water and it washes over you smoothly and refreshingly and still has the lyrical tone I liked so much in Desert Falcon.

Mark's struggle to come to terms with who he is and simply try to find a place for hims
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Cat
There are so many things I liked about this book that I hope I won't forget to name them all. :-)

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!

This book was a delight to read; it was totally engaging and moved at the exactly right pace for me. There was no jumping in bed at an early point, which is a big plus for me, even though the attraction between the protagonists was acknowledged from the very beginning. Even though the book was about Hunter and Mark's relationship, the author took her time to deal with Mark's
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MLE
Apr 22, 2013 MLE rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: lendle, mm
At first I wasn’t sure how I’d like this story I was a bit frustrated with Mark, and how he treated Hunter until I remembered this story is set in 1994, and his fears were much more real, and the danger more immediate in those days especially considering his family history. I liked Mark, and even though I understand why he acted the way he did it was still hard to read in parts. I really liked Hunter. He was a strong, likeable character, and I respect him for his actions later in the story. The ...more
Td
It's very rare that I'll write about the story itself always paranoid I'll give spoilers away. I merely try to write a few words about whether or not I liked the book and give a brief reason why. I struggled with how to rate and what to write about this book so much so I had to sleep on it and I'm still struggling.

I loved this book. I think that's where I'm having a hard time. I just want to go on and on about everything I loved about it and that would take way too long. The story took hold from
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Simsala
Everything I dreamed and fantasized about after reading
Desert Falcon...and the wonderful touch more.
Highly recommended!


After reading City Falcon I went into a research-frenzy,looking for the falcon-project on Kennedy Airport,falconry and falcons in general and I found this beautiful picture.

Peregrine-Falcon On Brooklyn Bridge,NYC
Sofia

Liked reading about the falcons and learning about falconry and its particular use in this story – (based on a true story).

The writing and me did not click together very well so although I appreciated the story itself and the issues it examines I could not empathise. Anyway I still continued reading as, as I said, the story is good.


A Saker Falcon
Vio
This was just beautiful, Hunter man I loved him all that emotion hiding underneath that tough exterior when all he wanted was to be loved. I so wanted to hug him and tell him the bad was over, nothing but good for you now, he was wonderful. The falcons were exciting and the scientific experiment about them was detailed and thoroughly researched, they truly are regal and lovely birds.

The writing is fabulous, I was totally immersed in the feelings and thoughts of Hunter and Mark, you could just fe
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Kaje Harper
4.5 stars. I had to read this book twice. The first time, I was distracted, because I had read Desert Falcon first and I spent the initial third of my read looking for Hunter's viewpoint to show up. It never did, because this isn't Hunter's book as much as it is Mark's. So I took a breath, and reread it as a stand-alone. And found an excellent closeted cop coming-out-for-you novel. Mark is a police officer at JFK airport, deeply in the closet and planning to stay there, until he catches sight of ...more
Eden Winters
To properly review this story I needed to break it into sections:

The romance: Feliz Faber created a literary tango. The dancers meet and circle each other, assessing. They come together and step away, only to come together again, watching each other with wary eyes. They meet in fiery passion (no pun intended, based on a scene near they end), then part in opposite directions, utlimately to surrender and end the dance in each other's arms. The intimacy is scorching hot, passionate, believable, and
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Ami
I first read the short story, Desert Falcon, before I did this one. I was a bit surprised when after a couple of chapters, I realized that City Falcon had Mark Bowman as main narrator, instead of the falconer Hunter Devereaux, who was the main narrator in the short story. I thought this would be his story. However, I understand why Ms. Faber puts Mark in the front seat -- in a sense he is a "troubled" man. Mark is not only closeted but he also feels ashamed of being gay. He has temper issues, ea ...more
Cayce
Dec 14, 2011 Cayce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
4 stars.

I haven't read the prequel novella, "Desert Falcon" and nor do I plan to read it. I tend to shy away from the ones that are sad or bittersweet. But I knew the story from reviews and spoilers, so I really loved to see that Hunter found happiness and love.
I absolutely adored Hunter and his falcon. And all of the falcons. And of course the cover. This was a fantastic and unique story.
And this a book where I loved one of the MCs (Hunter!) so much more than the other. I mean Mark was great
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Edina Rose
4.5 stars

What an emotional journey!

Both MC, Mark the closeted cop and Hunter the open gay falconer, are well developed characters. They are strong and weak, good and flawed. They are so... human, like real people.

The theme, falconry, is not common and it is extensively described here, especially the use of falcons to avoid bird to planes collisions. Falconry is such a unique world, exotic, precious, fragile... Gets you hooked.

The author inserted real events in the book. It gives a "real" feel
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Snowtulip
This is a story that builds slowly, but captures you completely. After reading Faber's short story about Hunter, I wanted to see if he ends up with his HEA. I often wanted to strangle Mark, but I think this was because of my prior compassion toward Hunter. I was also completely captured by the birds (the secondary story dedicated to that project), I laughed when Hunter was giving the genus of the birds instead of the common name, because I often get that same frustrated "just say it in english" ...more
Katharina
This is a really good book, well written, quite unusual, I loved that it was based on a real event, and it got me really interested in falconry. All of these points are definitely on the plus side of the story. It still took me about 5 months to read it.

I broke this off at about half way through, mainly because I grew insanely impatient. Now, I have to admit, that at that time I'd read a little bit too much for my own good and growing impatient with a story or with characters wasn't exactly an i
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Don Bradshaw
City Falcon was a very well written and well researched book. I take my hat off to you Ms Faber. Mark Bowman is an officer with the New York Port Authority who is so far back in the closet that he can barely breathe. He grabs anonymous sex in clubs and hates the emptiness afterward. The beautifully graceful falconer, Hunter Devereaux, walks into Mark's life and starts messing with his tidy closeted life. The attraction between the two men is there from the beginning but I enjoyed how Mark's emo ...more
Calathea
It's the wonderful tale of the developing relationship between two strong characters on the detailed backdrop of falconry on the JFK airport. I loved that we got to see the two heroes acting in their respective profession. We did not only get told that Mark's a PAPD officer but got to see what his daily work is like. Same with falconry.
As for the characters: they are human, the real thing, they struggle, fall, struggle again and have to work for their HFN.
My only niggle is the bit too slow (for
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rameau
I've been waffling over the rating of this book for few days now and I still can't quite decide. It's somewhere between three and four stars, but my reasons for either rating are very different.

There's the actual romance between Mark, a very much closeted gay cop, and Hunter, tired-to-hide out-and-proud falconer. There's the attraction, the yielding to it, and the battle for secrecy.

Then there's the setting, year 1994, JFK airport, and the falconry field test to clear the runways of birds - al
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Zenharley
It's worthwhile to read the lead-up novella, "Desert Falcon" before starting this one. Not that one couldn't read this novel without the other, but knowing more of Hunter's backstory, and getting into his head a bit, really deepens the enjoyment. It would have been nice to get his POV occasionally in this story as well, but the story was really more about Mark's journey, so hearing it from Mark's POV is understandable. While sometimes painful to watch, the slow unfolding of Mark's emotional self ...more
Adriana
I fell in love with Desert Falcon, I just have to read this book...

Once more the author surprises me with this book, (view spoiler)
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Val Kovalin
Just for fun, 6-word plot: Closeted cop falls for freespirited falconer. I enjoyed Desert Falcon tremendously for its unique location and character. This novel builds on all the strengths of that story and showcases the full complexity of Hunter's personality which has been tempered and refined by his tragic past. Within the longer space of a novel, Hunter comes across as more of a free-spirit and a sexy, vibrant person who knows what he wants. Mark is the more conflicted (though Hunter is confl ...more
Barb
A great learning experience as well as a great m/m story! Based in fact, this book is the story of a closeted Port Authority police officer and a falcon handler at JFK airport. Who knew that falcons are used to scare off other birdß from the runways at the airport?

This is a beautiful love story between the two men, while one of them struggles to come out amidst the 'alpha male atmosphere of a big city police force. I loved the character of Hunter (the falcon handler) who has just returned to th
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Zuyuan
Just decent read til around 20 pages before the end, though I think that the main character acted too much liked drama queen for my taste.

But the Concorde? Really? Possibly (and it really happened due to the history) but not a little bit too dramatic (which I know it's an intention but why added in and dragged the whole story down?) , plus that unreasonable, lonesome heroic act... really ridiculous if I have a said, lets alone the cut-short ending. Big bomb happened but didn't lead anything to
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Antonella
3.5

Definitely above average.

The writing is good, the obviously extensive research gave an original background to the story, but ''City Falcon'' doesn't reach the heights of ''Desert Falcon'' IMO. On the negative side: there is a kind of instant attraction between the two MC which is never explained, too much drama in the last part of the novel, the end comes quite rushed.
LenaLena
Sep 12, 2011 LenaLena rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm
From about a third of the way in I expected a grand hospital reunion at some point. Which is apparently the only way gay men ever get to realize they can't live without each other. So then it ended with a grand hospital reunion. It does not make me happy that I was right.
Teetee
Great book, the story was good, the sex was hot and the falconry aspects really grabbed my interest. But the ending was abrupt and i don't think Mark should have been forgiven so easily. Will check out more books by this author but i will be proceeding with caution...
Meggie
Where is the sequel? I so wanted one at the end of this book. Just when Mark decides to step out and chooses a life with Hunter, we get this huge accident. I want more!!!! Mark and Hunter were perfect together.
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
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S.E. Jakes
Jan 26, 2013 S.E. Jakes is currently reading it
I like it when I learn new things I'd probably never learn anyplace else when I'm reading - cool set-up so far.
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