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Fly with the Falcon: Sexual Harassment and a Peregrine Falcon

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Narrating the tales of two fighter pilots and a peregrine falcon, this nice story tries to tie their stories together, but falls just short

Fly With The Falcon tells the story of two U.S. fighter pilots, 'Mousse' (woman) and 'Frenchie' (man).


In the humdrum everyday life on the air base, Mousse is on the verge of a promotion, but her commander pressures her. She doesn't get promoted unless she gives him her body. Frenchie, in a practice flight, kills an enemy pilot who suddenly appears in his flight path. Inspite of the congratulations he receives, he is haunted by it. This, along with the crushing feeling that his marriage might be dying, weighs him down until he meets Mousse. Their stories then intertwine, driven by their passion for each other, with Conner's demand looming over them, driving them to take decisions that change both their lives dramatically.


The book also recounts the story of a peregrine falcon, and this is one of my favourite parts. The bird's story is full of nuance and heart. It is so well told, from hunting with her mate, to getting injured, and everything in-between. The bird's story ties in with that of the humans.


Also pleasing is the way life in the air base and the fighter pilots is presented. It immediately feels authentic. The feeling as they fly the planes is so well-described that you want to experience it for yourself. Life on the base is charming and everyone has personality.


But only few human creations are truly flawless. The book had some aspects which I feel did not work out as well as they should have.


The major thing is that the story did not seem to have a particular focus. It's mainly supposed to be about sexual harassment, but this did not have as big a bearing on the story as it should have had. It is like a drawing that has only an outline and a few details shaded in. You get the idea, but it is not quite complete. The author tried to tell several mini stories at once and then combine them, and while that works often, it wasn't the case here. Each of the narratives felt half-baked, not fully fleshed out, and it reduced the overall quality of the book.


Also, the book tended to have too-technical exposition at many points. It felt a bit like reading a textbook sometimes.


Overall, it was an okay book. One that helps you pass the time when waiting for that tardy friend or the bus.

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Hello. My name is Precious Oluwatobi Emmanuel.

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About the author

I am an ex-fighter pilot and an ex-intelligence officer. I have flown fighter planes with the US Air Force, US Navy, Royal Air Force, French Air Force, and Imperial Iranian Air Force. In Intel, I worked with the CIA, FBI, and MI6. My four aviation/adventure books have sold over 25,000 copies. view profile

Published on December 01, 2020

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50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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