As Wings Unfurl
By Arthur M. Doweyko
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
Using a quote before the prologue, the author hints
at the plot.
“If there are such things as angels, I hope that
they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.”
Vonnegut, Jr. The Sirens of Titan
In the prologue it’s 1975 where readers meet Jason
MacKenzie at his investigations office located in Newark, New Jersey, learning
he is a friend of Saul Wharton, the owner of a bookstore.
The next day, in chapter one, Apple Bogdanski, the
protagonist of the story,back from serving in Vietnam, now
with a prosthesis for one of his legs. He has a part time job at Wharton’s
Chapter three introduces the other protagonist Angela,
who stops by the bookstore at a coincidental time. As readers gradually learn bits of her
connection to Apple, the main story develops.
Secondary characters Shilog and a Yeti, both from
Tibet, initially seem unconnected from the story, confusing readers. Once past this confusion, and with patience reading
on, the involvement of the two becomes understandable and relevant to the plot.
This fantasy stretches the imagination in a unique
fashion that helps suspend disbelief when readers become caught up in the
faster moving action of the story as it progresses. Overall, it is a very good read that will
reward readers with a thought provoking story.