“. . . a very promising start to an overdue series on the real Civil War . . . the point of view and voice are very well done . . . “~ Richard Slotkin, The Long Road to Antietam, Two-time National Book Award finalist.
I have been reading Civil War fiction for over 50 years, and I can scarcely if ever remember reading a book that did the subject more justice . . . “The Falcon” is remarkably good history . . . An intriguing “whodunit,” it weaves an intricate pattern of deception and revelation … and brings to life characters that are engaging and totally believable. ~ Dr. Donald C. Elder III, Professor of History at Eastern New Mexico University author of A Damned Iowa Greyhound: The Civil War Letters of William Henry Harrison Clayton
“. . . funny, poignant, completely different from the standard Civil war book . . . it appeals on many levels . . . visual, visceral with wonderful dialogue, it would make a great TV series along the lines of Boardwalk empire . . .”
“. . . a unique blend of detective-style noir and civil war history . . . Hicks draws the reader in quickly with character-driven drama that also manages to be darkly comical. William Hanlin, the soldier and state’s attorney, tells the story though a first-person narrative that is compelling, and weirdly funny. . . a great ride- funny, cutting, and intense, with a terrific central character”. ~ Nate Fey, The Whiskey Predicament
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. R.R. Hicks hit a home run with his one: History, Humor and Humanity. It all comes together in a very interesting read that has a little something for everyone. Yes, a great read for women too. I expected to be entertained with war facts and reminders of American history. Well, I was —- But the bonus was finding myself engaged with characters that were funny, real and able to show a dimension of the civil war era that left me ready for the next book. My favorite character is Christian; I love his humility, strength and love of family.
This is a “hard-to-put-down” book with excellent dialogue! We have been introduced to a number of very interesting personalities and a lot of unfinished business in this first of a series. I am eagerly awaiting the next book! And in the process we are learning some details of the Civil War that were not taught in my high school or college history classes.
Very well developed plot and characters. This book made the civil war era come alive for me. While historically accurate, the language used also reflects how people actually communicated at that time. The investigation of a serial murderer by William and his “man” Osgood and the interplay between politicians and fighting men (even before the fight) made this book a page-turner for me.
There’s a raised glass and a comfortable chair by the fire waiting for the next installment….
A great read. The very first chapter grabs you as Mr. Hicks introduces nearly all the main characters with a mysterious subplot that carries throughout. Surely not a history book of the Civil War, however historical references are accurate, but a look into what life was like in the mid to late 19th century when men were men and women happy for it even as our young country is about to erupt into war. The sophisticated, educated and politically and socially astute William Hanlin tells the story of the buildup to the first days of the War between the States. With development of all the characters and a few twists and turns on the story, you’ll want to turn page after page. Once finished with volume 1, I’m sure you’ll want to get the rest of the series right away.
Historical fiction is the way to go when reading about the Civil War, in my opinion. But screw the slow, plodding pace of the surprisingly popular Cold Mountain– the William Hanlin series is where it’s at. We were thrust into the life, work and military acumen of Attorney turned Colonel Hanlin in Volume 1; The Falcon takes you into the war. Well, near the war, toward the war, in the fringes of the war, putting us into the ‘hurry up and wait’ reality of the conflict. But there’s no sitting around for Hanlin. He bounces from Washington to New York to Hartford and back again; he relays messages, interprets orders and unwinds others’ schemes with a regularity that makes you wonder what turns the war would have taken without him. Osgood, the French prince, the younger brother, the horses, Lincoln- I can’t decide who is my favorite character. I just need to get my hands on the not-yet-released Volume 3 NOW.