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A rollicking true-crime adventure about a rogue who trades in rare birds and their eggs - and the wildlife detective determined to stop him.

On May 3, 2010, an Irish national named Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britain’s Birmingham International Airport with a suspicious parcel strapped to his stomach. Inside were 14 rare peregrine falcon eggs snatched from a remote cliffside in Wales.

So begins a tale almost too bizarre to believe, following the parallel lives of a globe-trotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors worth millions of dollars as race champions - and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, who’s hell bent on protecting the world’s birds of prey.

The Falcon Thief whisks listeners from the volcanoes of Patagonia to Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park, and from the frigid tundra near the Arctic Circle to luxurious aviaries in the deserts of Dubai, all in pursuit of a man who is reckless, arrogant, and gripped by a destructive compulsion to make the most beautiful creatures in nature his own. It’s a story that’s part true-crime narrative, part epic adventure - and wholly unputdownable until the very last minute.

©2020 Joshua Hammer (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Miami Lou
  • 28-02-2020

Nearly Interesting

Marred by a baffling commitment to facts and descriptions of EVERY component of the account, an interesting crime story does live inside this book. But, I found myself wondering half the run time why I needed to know the endless facts being recounted to me. With the help of a more ruthless editor—unafraid of chopping out the chaff—the tale could have been much better told.

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  • ABC
  • 19-07-2020

Just not into it

If I wanted an education aid falconry I would have boughten a book about it. Couldn't find the story line. It was boring. I don't know what the hype was. The narrator was fine. He did well with what he had to work with. It was a boring book and I didn't get past the 3rd chapter and I was trying to find something interesting - didn't happen....

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  • Ray Stewart
  • 14-05-2020

Egg Snatcher

Who know there were people that climbed trees and mountains to snatch the eggs of falcons and other birds of prey so they could sell them to other unscrupulous people? According to the "The Falcon Thief" there is a unique industry of people that deal in the selling and buying of eggs and birds for various purposes, including collections and contests. As a bird-watcher, I found the story engaging, but not quite as much as another recent book about birds, "The Feather Thief."

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  • jason a.
  • 09-04-2020

automatic sexy

The Falcon Thief gets a good rating from me and a recommendation for anyone interested in birds of prey. The story is about the dark existence of an international raptor trade and the story about a nest robber. The author presents an interesting story about aspects of Falconry, Hawking and egg collecting I had only just been aware of...

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  • Joe
  • 31-03-2020

What a crock of B.S.

The whole premise of the book is speculation and innuendo. There’s never a connection between the taking of raptor eggs and six figures sales to the Saudi’s. If the author knew anything about falconry he would know nobody has EVER paid more 30k for a gyr

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  • Boogerbusby
  • 27-02-2020

The Pablo Escobar of egg thievery

Lighten fast read. Would love to see this as a movie. Very much reminds me of The Feather Thief.

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  • JW
  • 26-02-2020

Read this if you enjoyed "The Feather Thief"

Good book and performance. Reminded me of The Feather Thief in the way it is structured and some of the characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-2020

Sad, but interesting look into a strange world of illegal trade in wild animals.

Evil comes in many facets in our world. This book tells the story of one man’s obsession with stealing and trading for profit various rare and endangered raptors, as well as describing others similar obsessions, and exposing the economic rationale for such exploits. It’s the same theme one sees in various illegal activity like theft, drugs, etc., and highlights why saving our natural resources is such a difficult and worthy cause. Jeffery Lendrum, the main character is tantamount to a serial killer of endangered raptors, primarily Perigean Falcons , and one has to wonder what the world would have been without this person ever being let loose to pillage such treasures. A sad, but important book that shines a light on this illegal activity and these beautiful birds. Very glad I was able to hear this story.

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  • Kaysi12
  • 24-02-2020

Fascinating

The positive Wall Street Journal review of this book ran the day after I had witnessed a peregrine falcon zoom down a narrow sandbar at low tide scattering gulls and shorebirds in every direction. I downloaded the title right away and have been spellbound by this story of obsession, history, and forensics. So well-written and with a very good reader, it’s my favorite listen so far in 2020.

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