Faber, Feliz. “City Falcon”, Dreamspinner Press, 2011.
I was pleasantly surprised by Feliz Faber’s “City Falcon” especially when I began reading about a live falcon at JFK airport. When I met Mark Bowman, everything began to fall in place. Mark is a police officer and he meets Hunter Devereaux who is conducting a field experiment using falcons to clear the runways of birds that are problems for the planes landing and takng off. Mark is not at all impressed with Hunter’s arrogance even though he feels a physical attraction for the man. Mark, however, is in the closet and can’t follow what his instinct tells him. But as can be expected the two constantly cross paths and each time, Mark finds it harder to hide the way he feels. Mark finally gives in to himself and he and Hunter seem very happy except that Hunter is not willing to hide what they have and Mark is forced to make a decision or have one made for him.
The idea of using a falcon as a catalyst for the story is interesting and the emotional relationship that comes as a result of a falcon provides an exciting read. Mark, unfortunately, did not win me over easily and this shows Faber’s skill. Because Mark will not let himself be who he is bothered me. However, as the story moved on, I found that I actually began to feel differently.
On the other hand, because Mark and Hunter took their time getting to know each other, this allowed for their characters to be more fully developed. There were a few times I wanted to pull Mark to the side and give him a talking to (which is an interesting way to pull the reader into the plot). I think we have to understand that Mark’s character represents what others can do to a man who questions his sexuality and we are so glad when he finally accepts himself. I also feel that we sense how the author feels about the characters that she has created. We learn that Mark has not had a successful gay relationships and that could be what he is so apprehensive about being out.
E3verything comes together in the story—place, character and emotions and I must add that the descriptions are very well done whether they are of characters or places. All in all, this is a good read and you even learn a bit about falcons.