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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.”

 – Kurt 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 bookstore.


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.