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Review Of The Laughing Falcon By William Deverell

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Review of The Laughing Falcon by William Deverell

"The Laughing Falcon," a novel by William Deverell, is about a middle
aged woman by the name of Maggie Schneider, who wants no more than a
two weeks vacation in Costa Rica. The story begins with Maggie's last
day of work, before her Christmas vacation, at CSKN-TV where she works
as a copywriter, despite her desire to be a fulltime writer. It is the
company Christmas party and she is only thinking about her long flight
out of the cruel winter of Saskatoon, to the relaxing tropics of Costa
Rica. The following afternoon Maggie is on her way to San José, very
uncomfortable because of her immense fear of flying. When she lands in
San José she goes to book a hotel, and then heads to a library where
she reads about some Costa Rican history for her new novel, "The
Torrid Zone." While in the library she meets a Hispanic man named
Pablo Esquivel, a historian at the university, who she finds very
attractive. After talking Pablo asks Maggie out to dinner and she
immediately accepts. During dinner Pablo says to Maggie that he has to
go the washroom. After about five minutes of Maggie awaiting Pablo's
return she starts to worry, then realizing that she is missing 800
American dollars from her fanny pack, Pablo took it while they were
kissing. Depressed, because of her poor luck, for the next two days
she awaits her retreat to the Eco-Rico lodge, where she will be
staying for the next week. When Maggie gets their, she is amazed to
discover that fellow guests are none other then Senator Chuck Walker,
his wife, his campaign manager, his media advisor, a reporter, and
several agents. Maggie immediately makes friends with the Senator's
wife, Glo (Gloria-May,) who is celebrating her wedding anniversary.
One afternoon, while at lunch, the dinning lodge is invaded by six
masked revolutionaries. They quickly take control of the lodge. After
discussing amongst themselves for several minutes, they take Glo and
Maggie hostage, leaving the rest tied together. The revolutionaries,
along with their hostages, then make their way through the dense
jungle, being led by a man called coyote who clears a path for them
with a machete. Maggie is able to determine that the leader is a man
named Halcón. After wandering for several days Gordo, one of the
revolutionaries, shots himself in the foot while trying to kill a boa
constrictor who had wrapped itself around him. They group then
traveled for a few more days, at a very slow pace because of the
injured Gordo. They then arrive at the continental divide, the
Pan-American Highway. Halcón leads them across without being seen, and
then takes them to a farm about a mile away from the road, where they
spend the night. At the farm Maggie writes a note that she hope the
rescue team will find. The note says that her and Glo are...

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