A Pigeon’s Tale
ISBN: 9781514136539, Gross Mountain Press, e-book by S. A. Mahan.
Plot: A young Homing Pigeon is the only escapee from invasion of the flock’s roost by a wildcat. He barely makes it to town where he joins a group of ‘ordinary’ pigeons on the telephone wires. Here he is taken almost literally under the wing of wily ‘Old Dude’ who, through his knowledge shared by all birds, is aware of the yearling’s heritage and gradually teaches him basic survival tactics along with introducing him to children at grade school where he begins to learn basic elements of ‘human learning’. At Old Dude’s urging, the youngster travels south with a migrating flock of geese, becomes attached to Grandpa, an extremely intelligent and highly educated human, who along with his six well-educated brothers, is preparing for the cataclysmic fate that he predicts will befall earth. Grandpa teaches him more basics and some advanced technics and works with him and his natural ‘bird instincts’ to aid in the preparations he, his brothers and several other intellectuals are making to survive the predicted coming disaster. The story gradually unfolds to end most interestingly with a strong message of hope.
Discussion: To quote Old Dude: “This ain’t no ordinary pigeon story. ‘Course how could it be ordinary? Pigeons ain’t ordinary at all!” This statement is followed by extremely interesting facts about homing pigeons (with more provided in the author’s notes at the end). The story itself actually is an amalgamation of scientific facts not only about pigeons but also of the earth’s magnetic field, the relationship to our Solar System, the importance of ‘dark matter’, Nano-technology and even a resurrection of the now seldom used Morse code. All of these elements are joined in a charmingly written sci-fi fantasy extolling positive thinking, never ending hope and an unshakable belief in an all-powerful deity.
Conclusion: The author has provided a sci-fi fantasy containing much factual material written in a most charming elevating manner that in some ways conjure up poignant thoughts of people and a way of life that no longer exists. This book should appeal to many readers of varying age and regardless of genre preference.
5* Charmingly written sci-fi fantasy containing factual material, positive thinking and belief in a deity.