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La Europa turbulenta de los años treinta y cuarenta del siglo XX es el escenario de las andanzas de Lorenzo Falcó, ex contrabandista de armas, espía sin escrúpulos, agente de los servicios de inteligencia. Durante el otoño de 1936, mientras la frontera entre amigos y enemigos se reduce a una línea imprecisa y peligrosa, Falcó recibe el encargo de infiltrarse en una difícil La Europa turbulenta de los años treinta y cuarenta del siglo XX es el escenario de las andanzas de Lorenzo Falcó, ex contrabandista de armas, espía sin escrúpulos, agente de los servicios de inteligencia. Durante el otoño de 1936, mientras la frontera entre amigos y enemigos se reduce a una línea imprecisa y peligrosa, Falcó recibe el encargo de infiltrarse en una difícil misión que podría cambiar el curso de la historia de España. Un hombre y dos mujeres -los hermanos Montero y Eva Rengel- serán sus compañeros de aventura y tal vez sus víctimas, en un tiempo en el que la vida se escribe a golpe de traiciones y nada es lo que parece. Arturo Pérez-Reverte entrelaza magistralmente realidad y ficción en esta historia protagonizada por un nuevo y fascinante personaje, comparable a los más destacados espías y aventureros de la literatura.


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La Europa turbulenta de los años treinta y cuarenta del siglo XX es el escenario de las andanzas de Lorenzo Falcó, ex contrabandista de armas, espía sin escrúpulos, agente de los servicios de inteligencia. Durante el otoño de 1936, mientras la frontera entre amigos y enemigos se reduce a una línea imprecisa y peligrosa, Falcó recibe el encargo de infiltrarse en una difícil La Europa turbulenta de los años treinta y cuarenta del siglo XX es el escenario de las andanzas de Lorenzo Falcó, ex contrabandista de armas, espía sin escrúpulos, agente de los servicios de inteligencia. Durante el otoño de 1936, mientras la frontera entre amigos y enemigos se reduce a una línea imprecisa y peligrosa, Falcó recibe el encargo de infiltrarse en una difícil misión que podría cambiar el curso de la historia de España. Un hombre y dos mujeres -los hermanos Montero y Eva Rengel- serán sus compañeros de aventura y tal vez sus víctimas, en un tiempo en el que la vida se escribe a golpe de traiciones y nada es lo que parece. Arturo Pérez-Reverte entrelaza magistralmente realidad y ficción en esta historia protagonizada por un nuevo y fascinante personaje, comparable a los más destacados espías y aventureros de la literatura.

30 review for Falcó

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Meh, this was a good airplane read but ultimately I would not recommend. It started out very promising -- in general I really enjoy fiction about the Spanish Civil War, and this book was mostly concerned with characters on the fascist/conservative side, which was really interesting. The introduction implied that the book's events were based on real-life incidents, making me think that maybe this would be half as good as "Soldiers of Salamis" (a tall order). SADLY I don't think this is even 10 perc Meh, this was a good airplane read but ultimately I would not recommend. It started out very promising -- in general I really enjoy fiction about the Spanish Civil War, and this book was mostly concerned with characters on the fascist/conservative side, which was really interesting. The introduction implied that the book's events were based on real-life incidents, making me think that maybe this would be half as good as "Soldiers of Salamis" (a tall order). SADLY I don't think this is even 10 percent as good as "Soldiers of Salamis." It is not a very ambitious book, it wants to tell an exciting, noir-style narrative y ya. Which makes it fun to read on an airplane, but that's it. The one thing that I found really weird is that so much of the book is basically the exact same story as "Casablanca." Cynical anti-hero is involved in a war but insists that he's "neutral" and has absolutely no ideology until a badass dame comes along to semi-change his mind.... seriously, it is almost the exact same character arc as the Humphrey Bogart character in "Casablanca!!" The producers of the movie should sue. The build-up was good, but the last 30 percent of the book was just so blah and anti-climatic. It is a BIG problem if the hero of your story is ABSENT FROM the climatic prison break-in that the ENTIRE BOOK HAS BEEN BUILDING TOWARDS. Also, the characters were kind of flat and cliche. Did I mention the badly-written sex scenes? I may be hatin', but I actually mostly enjoyed reading this and was disappointed that the last 4 chapters didn't live up to what came before. But seriously: they should have just called this book, "Casablanca: The Spanish Civil War Remake."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stan

    An easy and pleasant read, as style goes, but a tough book, about the beginnings of the Spanish Civil War. It's a story of betrayal, brutality, an amorality, and doesn't make one side better than the other; though we learn more about the depravity of the leaders of the Falangist movement and more about the rank-and-file of the republicans/communists/anarchists/etc. But mostly it focuses on one character, a spy, who is good at his craft, but at the expensive of his humanity. He barely has any sav An easy and pleasant read, as style goes, but a tough book, about the beginnings of the Spanish Civil War. It's a story of betrayal, brutality, an amorality, and doesn't make one side better than the other; though we learn more about the depravity of the leaders of the Falangist movement and more about the rank-and-file of the republicans/communists/anarchists/etc. But mostly it focuses on one character, a spy, who is good at his craft, but at the expensive of his humanity. He barely has any savings graces at all, yet he is interesting. I thought this book was about a slightly broader period than just the very beginning of the Spanish Civil War, but I still found it pretty interesting. I may check out other works by the author in the future, as I find his writing very accessible.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mikko Saari

    Quick-moving story set in the Spanish civil war, this time on the Falangist side. The protagonist seems like one of the bad guys from a Carlos Ruiz Zafón novel. Lots of spy action, killing people and whatnot. Very cold-hearted stuff, except when there are ladies involved. This is a very old-fashioned story, where men are rought and tough and women are beautiful and the protagonist ends up either in bed or otherwise in the receiving end of sexual favours with just about every female he comes acros Quick-moving story set in the Spanish civil war, this time on the Falangist side. The protagonist seems like one of the bad guys from a Carlos Ruiz Zafón novel. Lots of spy action, killing people and whatnot. Very cold-hearted stuff, except when there are ladies involved. This is a very old-fashioned story, where men are rought and tough and women are beautiful and the protagonist ends up either in bed or otherwise in the receiving end of sexual favours with just about every female he comes across. I used to like Pérez-Reverte's books, but I've skipped a lot of them. Looks like I probably haven't missed much.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pablo

    A true page-turner. Pérez-Reverte, with the years has become a remarkable 'best-seller' creator. I enjoyed immensely this book's pacing and the glimpse into the horrors of espionage and political prosecution during the Spanish Civil War. On the other hand, Falcó, the protagonist is a lot less enjoyable than Alatriste. He's pretty much amoral and ruthless (in a way, he feels a bit like a Spanish take on James Bond), which makes a lot harder to care or empathize with him. In short, I'd recommend it A true page-turner. Pérez-Reverte, with the years has become a remarkable 'best-seller' creator. I enjoyed immensely this book's pacing and the glimpse into the horrors of espionage and political prosecution during the Spanish Civil War. On the other hand, Falcó, the protagonist is a lot less enjoyable than Alatriste. He's pretty much amoral and ruthless (in a way, he feels a bit like a Spanish take on James Bond), which makes a lot harder to care or empathize with him. In short, I'd recommend it only if you're already into Pérez-Reverte.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sebas JP

    Fun spy thriller set in Spain during the Spanish civil war. A page turner. Almost 4 stars but the writing and plot development do not merit it in my opinion. Would recommend it as a holiday read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    I've read better books by Perez-Reverte. This is not his best. Main character is too self-centered and a bit unrealistic. I've read better books by Perez-Reverte. This is not his best. Main character is too self-centered and a bit unrealistic.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Another great read by Perez-Reverte centers around the beginning of the Spanish Civil War and the fictional mercenary hero Falco, who is sent by Nationalist (Franquista) officers in Salamanca to liberate Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, the Falangist leader, from the Republicans (rebels) in Alicante. Events of intrigue, danger of course, and surprises as are usual in P-R's novels. He has created another cynical hero like Capitan Alatriste. His writing and extensive knowledge of Spanish history alwa Another great read by Perez-Reverte centers around the beginning of the Spanish Civil War and the fictional mercenary hero Falco, who is sent by Nationalist (Franquista) officers in Salamanca to liberate Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, the Falangist leader, from the Republicans (rebels) in Alicante. Events of intrigue, danger of course, and surprises as are usual in P-R's novels. He has created another cynical hero like Capitan Alatriste. His writing and extensive knowledge of Spanish history always keep the reader informed. I also enjoyed picturing the scenes of the places in Spain which I have so frequently visited, esp. in Salamanca.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Florian

    If you like stories which take place during the Spanish Civil War you will definitely like that book. It feels like For Whom The Bell Tolls, a stranger has a job where he has to cooperate with locals and gets to know there stories and falls in love with one. Just that the story does not reach the same level as Hemmingway's classic. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading the book. The only small disappointment is the ending which does not meeting the expectations build up during the story. I would If you like stories which take place during the Spanish Civil War you will definitely like that book. It feels like For Whom The Bell Tolls, a stranger has a job where he has to cooperate with locals and gets to know there stories and falls in love with one. Just that the story does not reach the same level as Hemmingway's classic. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading the book. The only small disappointment is the ending which does not meeting the expectations build up during the story. I would have expected a more unexpected turn. I would read a follow-up story and as I heard there will be some I am looking forward to reading them.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Oscar

    I've always been a big fan of Arturo Pérez-Reverte since reading the Capitán Alatriste novels back when I was a teenager, and was anxious to see if he could recreate that adventurous atmosphere in the turmoil of the Spanish civil war. I have to say that I am not 100% satisfied, while I found the action to be well paced it felt like it lacked suspense; apart from a couple of scenes most of the action is sporadic, centering more on Falcó describing the tragedy of the Spanish civil war while being I've always been a big fan of Arturo Pérez-Reverte since reading the Capitán Alatriste novels back when I was a teenager, and was anxious to see if he could recreate that adventurous atmosphere in the turmoil of the Spanish civil war. I have to say that I am not 100% satisfied, while I found the action to be well paced it felt like it lacked suspense; apart from a couple of scenes most of the action is sporadic, centering more on Falcó describing the tragedy of the Spanish civil war while being cut a couple of times by some quick action. The end hides a nice twist with a Casablanca-like final cut, which of course shows where a lot of the inspiration for this tale came from.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Luis Pgm

    If you like history and specially the spanish civil war then you would like this book. It is specially interesting because it shows you the war from inside the "national" side, Franco's army, when most of the novels that I had read that had something to do with the spanish civil war were from the "Communist" and the "Republican"s perspective If you like history and specially the spanish civil war then you would like this book. It is specially interesting because it shows you the war from inside the "national" side, Franco's army, when most of the novels that I had read that had something to do with the spanish civil war were from the "Communist" and the "Republican"s perspective

  11. 5 out of 5

    André Bourbaki

    I do indeed recommend it. I even went back and reread some of the complicated bits, to understand them better (mi español un poco flojo). The character of Eva is perhaps a new departure for our academician. The contrast between her idealism and the cynicism of the man Falcó is something I see now further developed in the sequel, Eva, which I just finished. Falcó is a little more developed than you might think from the other reviews: his two father figures to whom he has the utmost loyalty, Sir B I do indeed recommend it. I even went back and reread some of the complicated bits, to understand them better (mi español un poco flojo). The character of Eva is perhaps a new departure for our academician. The contrast between her idealism and the cynicism of the man Falcó is something I see now further developed in the sequel, Eva, which I just finished. Falcó is a little more developed than you might think from the other reviews: his two father figures to whom he has the utmost loyalty, Sir Basil for years, and now el Almirante, mark him as more complex in at least that one dimension, although in others, less complex than the deep existential anti-hero el capitán Alatriste. But better than Commodore Hornblower! I have to force myself not to start Sabotaje right away. Already I was up till 3 am last night reading the first half of Eva. Perhaps I will withold that fifth star since it is not as great as el gran capitán. Perhaps foreigners like us miss some of the resonance for someone whose family members fought in the Civil War, to whom he dedicates the book, indeed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Esculapio Poblete

    Some fiction to continue, and the first book this year in Spanish. I like the way Reverte writes, even I like the character, Reverte is quite a figure. The book is set in a period that interest me a lot, the Spanish civil war. But the book is not going to talk about the battles and classical war storys. Nevertheless, some important ideas about the war are part of the plot. I’t easy to read, it’s hooking and you improve your Spanish reading Reverte. A lot of new vocabulary can be learnt. The story Some fiction to continue, and the first book this year in Spanish. I like the way Reverte writes, even I like the character, Reverte is quite a figure. The book is set in a period that interest me a lot, the Spanish civil war. But the book is not going to talk about the battles and classical war storys. Nevertheless, some important ideas about the war are part of the plot. I’t easy to read, it’s hooking and you improve your Spanish reading Reverte. A lot of new vocabulary can be learnt. The story is about a guy who performs an act for the regime. They are going to try to free the Falange leader from a Republican prison. Of course everyone knows that Franco is never going to leave José Antonio free. No one can dare to shadow Franco. But even so the drama is played at the expense of some lifes and a lot of suffering.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Terrible. A load of old sexist claptrap. I got the audiobook in Spanish so that I could make my mum proud by not ignoring her mother tongue... Also I thought it’d be a good way to expand my vocabulary and indulge in a good book as per all the reviews. I’ll be honest I can’t review the plot as I was so incensed by the very frequent (it felt like every 19 minutes or so) outdated and offensive views on women as objects that I totally missed the actual storyline. It may have been set in the 1930s but i Terrible. A load of old sexist claptrap. I got the audiobook in Spanish so that I could make my mum proud by not ignoring her mother tongue... Also I thought it’d be a good way to expand my vocabulary and indulge in a good book as per all the reviews. I’ll be honest I can’t review the plot as I was so incensed by the very frequent (it felt like every 19 minutes or so) outdated and offensive views on women as objects that I totally missed the actual storyline. It may have been set in the 1930s but it was written a mere 2 years ago. I can’t think of a better way to alienate a female reader/listener than to suggest that a character must be a lesbian because she doesn’t wear make up or girly clothes and her nails could do with a paint. Terrible!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Holger Haase

    The beginning of a new series by one of my favourite current authors set in the Spanish War with a Rick (from Casablanca) style anti-hero who works as spy for the Fascist side. What I love about Perez-Reverte is how he never restricts himself to one single genre (e.g. historical swashbuckler or thrillers set in the art) but instead elegantly explores all different kinds of material and always delivers excellent novels.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo

    I really wanted to like this book. However, it was impossible for me to like any of the characters including Lorenzo Falcó. All characters seemed dry to me. Maybe it wasn't a good idea to read it after Mr Mercedes from Stephen King because the characters are way more developed and the ones in Falcó are not. Also, the Spanish Civil War didn't click with me. I like detective novels, but I think I will try it later, maybe it wasn't the right time. I've abandoned the book at 40%. I really wanted to like this book. However, it was impossible for me to like any of the characters including Lorenzo Falcó. All characters seemed dry to me. Maybe it wasn't a good idea to read it after Mr Mercedes from Stephen King because the characters are way more developed and the ones in Falcó are not. Also, the Spanish Civil War didn't click with me. I like detective novels, but I think I will try it later, maybe it wasn't the right time. I've abandoned the book at 40%.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael Adam Carroll

    DNF... my first time for Perez Reverte. I’m a big fan, but, after a solid opening, the next umpteen pages tell instead of show. Too much dialogue that doesn’t move plot or characters forward, and too many characters we don’t care about come and go. I still love the author’s work, just not this one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    James Empson

    Interesting that it’s set in 1930s Spain and the twist in the plot line is well thought out. Pity that Falco - the hero - at first comes across as so stereotypical. Was that an attempt to emulate typical Anglo secret agent mythology, or just setting the scene of Spanish chauvinism typical for the period? In any event it was a little difficult to stomach- hence the 3-stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chumba Tribes

    Entertaining, a bit on the light side, focusing on the adventures of a soldier of fortune during the Spanish civil war. Falco sounds a lot like a shallow version of Corto Maltese, without the sophistication and fighting on the wrong side. Good enough for beachside reading

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Meeh... it was easy to read but it’s DEFINITELY not mystery. I’m not really into the Spanish civil war so... I’m really doubting to even READ the second because this one wasn’t intriguing at all. I only read it so fast because I waited like three hours straight and had nothing else to do.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Michelle

    It was so boring and inacurate

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vitaly Dubrovner

    Not the best, but good enough for Perez-Reverte

  22. 4 out of 5

    John

    Page-turning suspense highlighting the chaos and brutality of the Spanish Civil War... and it just SCREAMS sequel--which appeared in November 2017.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    A fun ride but that's it. No surprises, everything very linear and predictable. Though, a lot of fun with the historical background that Arturo Pérez always uses to melt his novels with reality A fun ride but that's it. No surprises, everything very linear and predictable. Though, a lot of fun with the historical background that Arturo Pérez always uses to melt his novels with reality

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Easy to read and keeps you engaged and cuisine to see how the storyline will evolve. Great holiday or train type of read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sean Bivins

    A little cheesy/predictable as far as the plot was concerned, but still was a page turner and enjoyable. Think Spanish James Bond

  26. 4 out of 5

    Xara Zafeiratou

    3,5 stars.Very entertaining book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carolina Gonzalez

    Written just like a classic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Matilde

    4.5 it was such a good surprise!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stan Metheny

    This author is a long-time favourite of mine. As in the Capitán Alatriste series, he delivers a well constructed story line with a rich texture of historical detail woven throughout.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Willo Font

    Reverte has come up with a new character that I hope he uses again in some new adventures. Lately Spain has been successful in adapting book to a limited series for television . Tiempo Entre Costuras, La Cathedral Del Mar are good example of these. Would love to see Falco turned into one of these. Eva is hoy real hoy .

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