Talon, Come Fly with Me

Gigi Sedlmayer

Book 1 of the Talon series.

Nine year old Matica lives in a remote village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru. She moved to Peru when she was five with Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents. Because Matica is trapped in the body of a two year old, her growth handicap has caused her to be rejected by the local people and they would not accept her into their community or allow her to play with the children.

With patience and a sense of adventure Matica befriends a pair of condors. A strong bond and love develops between them. Matica rescues the egg the condors, Tamo and Tima, are trying to protect from poachers and nurtures it to hatching. The egg hatches on her 10th birthday and she names the new fledging Talon.

Many adventures unfold, including her finally being accepted into the local community.

This is the beginning of many incredible adventures with Talon and Matica. It is a story of hope, determination and love.

 

AWARDS

BOOK 1: Talon, come fly with me
5 star Review by Readers Favorite,
Silver for BOOK COVER competition with Authorsdb,
Finalist with: BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD, 2017
Finalist with: IAN Book of the year award 2017 – The Independent Author Network
4 out of 4 stars review by Online Book Club

 

REVIEWS:

This review is from: Talon, Come Fly with Me (Kindle Edition)
Well, where to start. I had picked this book up and put it down again many times, unable to finish it, mainly because I kept getting interrupted or, to my shame, I found I had other things to do. I had promised the author a review, but wanted to do it justice as this book demands it. So I picked it up again, having read through quickly once and this time took my time, absorbing each chapter of this remarkable story and allowing it to soak into my soul. And what a journey this was.
This is in many ways a story about a young girl, too small for her age and too different to be like everyone else. But it is also a story about courage and inner strength and about one girl’s love for life and the animals around her.

 

High up in the Peruvian mountains and hills, on a vast plateau, Matica forms a bond with two Condors, Tamo and Tima. She observes them from a distance at first as she and her brother Aikon search for the carcasses of small dead animals to feed these majestic birds with. But it is in a special place Matica calls Ramah, that she gets close enough to the birds to finally be able to make contact. She eventually gains their trust and learns that she has the ability to understand their body language; even what they are thinking

To her family, Matica is a girl desperate for friendship and to the villagers she is an oddity, someone to be feared and even shunned. But to these two birds, Matica is their only close contact with humans, that is, except for the poachers who are desperate to steal the eggs from the endangered Condors. When the poachers almost succeed, Matica, with her father Crayn’s help, finds herself in a desperate race against time to protect the birds and their unborn young. So begins a tremendous story of courage, love, family and a beautiful friendship, culminating in some quite extraordinary scenes in the book.

There are moments in this book where I thought it more a myth brought to life by beautifully crafted narrative, full of believable dialogue. But there are other moments I thought this story was an environmental book as well, a cautionary tale perhaps, aimed at reminding us all of the fragility of our eco-systems and the horrible way some people treat our animals on this planet. In this respect, Matica is not only a courageous hero, but an environmental warrior who is willing to risk it all to protect the creatures she has come to love, even referring to as family

 

The book culminates in some extraordinary scenes, one of which near the end of the book, I guarantee will leave the reader breathless. This is by no means just a story for children or young adults, but a story for adults, who also love adventure just as much. With its short, punchy chapters and its unique dialogue-driven narrative style, this book is easy to read and understand. It is such a unique story I cannot even begin to compare it to anything else. It is not just a adventure, nor is it merely a story that everyone will love. It is more than that. It is an important book that teaches us respect for our wildlife and especially those endangered by our own stupidity.

 

 This is also a coming of age and has some real life lessons to teach us about our own limitations and that we should never let those limitations dictate our path through life, rather embrace them and put those apparently negative aspects to positive use.

Matica’s story invites the reader to see the world as she does, through the eyes of a little girl with a big heart and great challenges she must overcome. But when she does overcome, she takes everyone, her family, her village and the reader, along for this joyous and addictive ride.

I bought a copy of this book on my Kindle App. Paul G Day
East Moonta
Australia
 
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The Story of stories awaits you….don’t let it slip by you…fly on the wings of Talon.

This review is from: Talon, Come Fly with Me (Kindle Edition)

Yes, I love the written word, but only when those words are well written. I have discovered after reading hundreds and hundreds of books, that the main ingredients needed by an author are heart, mind and soul. If an author feels the story, then and only then can she transfer the full meaning; the sorrow, joy, pathos and deep down love, tenacity and hope that glues those words together ~ melding them into the magnificent literature that become the classics of our time.

Gigi Sedlmayer is just that breed of author.

Little Matica and her family move to Peru to live among the Indians, high on a plateau surrounded by the beautiful snow capped Alps. Matica is a 9 year old girl living in the body of a 2 year old because of a growth impediment. But the superstitious Indians treat her as a stigma, perhaps even a devil possessed person and shun her and do not allow their children to make friends with her. She is terribly lonely and decides to make her own friends….and so our magic carpet ride begins.

The Andean Condor is the largest flying land bird in the world and is endangered. So how did a tiny girl and a bird with a 12ft. wing span becomes friends? Follow along as this author leads you on a beautiful journey of love, forgiveness, reconciliation, hope and daring.

This is the first book of a ten book series and I am halfway through the second book. Although I am a fast reader, I will not read quickly now as I want to savour every nuance, every well chosen word of this exceptional work. A job well done! How special that you can read it to a child and also share it with your Grandma and both will be appreciative. There are beautiful thoughts, loving feelings and exceptional gently taught lessons to be gleaned from the author’s words.

Give it as a gift…you and it will never be forgotten.

Joymarie (Lover of the written word) “Lover of the Written Word”
Palmetto
Florida
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gigi Sedlmayer

 

Gigi Sedlmayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I started writing Talon, I knew it had to be set in Peru, as only can you find the majestic condors. I sat in the library for three full days, studying everything about the Indians, their culture and about the condors and their habits. At that time, there was not much available in Internet. Now, anything is easy to find.

I wanted to write a story about a handicapped or challenged girl to show others what they can achieve if they put their minds not to the negativity, but to the positivity. The story has turned into a ten book series.

As with Matica, I did not have an easy childhood and was always an outsider, keeping to myself. I love birds and I decided to let her have a bird. But then came, what bird? And then the idea went even further. What is if she could fly on the bird? That would be something. But to do that, she has to have a disability and be very small. But again, the bird has to be big as well. And there the condor came to my mind. I loved the condors. Amazing birds. They are the biggest land birds (vulture) on our wonderful earth. And so the story of Matica and Talon came to existence. I set the scene in Peru, close to the great Andes where the condors live and decided to let her family move to Peru as missionaries from Australia.

My motto was and is: “Teaching Children Self-Confidence through Service to Others.” Children today face immense pressure to fit in with their peers. This pressure is leading to record rates of depression among preteens and teenagers and this to suicide. Parents look for ways to build their children’s self-esteem; however, teens look to their peers and popular culture for acceptance rather than their parents. This puts parents in a challenging situation. Many children of this age group have issues with acceptance and this is explored and resolved in a positive manner within the storyline of the Talon series. Matica shows children and teens that they can overcome great obstacles with love, patience and a selfless attitude toward helping others and experience exciting adventure on the way.

 I wanted to let the world know that, when you put your mind to something and really want it, you can achieve it. Matica was rejected by the local Indians because of her disability. She hated it, but couldn’t do anything about it. As it is in real life. But, and there is always the ‘but’…

Matica was not always happy, even though she tried to be. And so she chose being kind over being right. She had to learn, but she learned it well because if you think that way, you will always feel good about what you do.

Because of my childhood challenges, I had to face being the hero in my own books. And as Mira, Matica’s mum says in my books, ‘Sometimes the worst and greatest problems in life cannot be solved. They can only be outgrown.’

Gigi was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up,  settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich.

Gigi lived in New Zealand for eighteen years then moved to Australia in 1992. Since then, and once her cancer was gone, her writing has flourished. Improving her English as she went, she entered many writing competitions, receiving back positive results.

She now spends most of her time writing, and researching new storylines. Gigi also loves 4×4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafts and reading. She also enjoys fossiking, or watching adventure DVDs or going to the movies.

Today, Gigi lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

 

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