5.0 out of 5 stars We are all connected!November 4, 2013
‘When you have to walk further, wherever it might be, I beg you, never to go alone anymore. I think that as a lesson for us all. I believe it was a warning. If Dad had been alone, he surely would have died.’
I was deeply moved by this narrative describing the picture of a loving family, facing the everyday challenges together. The boy who loved his birthday presents, a couple of his favorite books, together with the love of his sister and parents, as well as their animal/condor friends was also a thrilling and touching scene.
Matica feels more responsible now, more mature. She learns to identiffy real and potential threats, be it poachers or speaking in front of an audience.
She also encounters the perspective of getting older and passing away concerning senior members of a family or community; especially when being invited to see Elcano, the father of the village elder Pajaro (meaning ‘bird’ in Spanish).
In a way, we should really stay connected and learn from our ancestors. Moreover, we should never neglect our friends, as we could rely only on them in difficult situations and progress or be successful together.
ByUncle Amoson 11 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My grandsons waited for for this new story from the Talon series
and they did not disappoint.
As the previous stories we are watching Matica’s adventures and her finding friends
along the way with the condors Talon,Tamo and Timy.
A great story about growing up, friendship, and the challenge of moral choices and respect.
The book is well written and all ages can enjoy reading.
By Uncle Amos ,author of :The Pacifier Tree
ByJacqueline M Piepenhagenon 17 March 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Author Gigi Sedlmayer’s book, TALON, CONNECTED tells the life story of how two complete “opposites” can come together and “connect” to build a beautiful relationship in life.
In Talon, Connected comes forth the beauty of life where animal and human can survive the odds by working together to help each other out.
A young girl named Matica, not of the Indian tribe finds that she has a special talent to communicate with a family of Condors that live in the mountains. Tragedy strikes the small village when Matica’s father is gravely injured. With the help of Talon, the young Condor and his family, they bring the healing herbs needed to save his life.
Life continues on in the quiet little village as the narrator described how the natives and Matica’s family live a simple life bonding and connecting their two different cultures together.
Matica learns many lessons in life. With the death of a village elder, Matica comes to learn how to grieve yet celebrate life. She learns to share a special moments like her brother’s birthday party without the need of expensive gifts. She also learns of the threats to humans as well as animals when the poachers are located in her mountain home.
I would recommend this book to all ages. The author skillfully weaves the ideas of friendship, loyalty, passion, inspiration and love. She sends a profound message that it is okay to be different and to be accepted for who you are.
ByDavid Broughtonon 11 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The fourth book in the Talon Series is a great read, no matter your age. Intended for the younger readers, the story is so well told that even a rather harsh editor/reviewer like me can enjoy it thoroughly. However, there is always a problem with reviewing books in a series. If the first one was great, the others have to be even better to be thought half as good. Talon Connected is like that. While it’s honestly as good as the first, second, and third in the series, somehow, it doesn’t seem like it. I think it’s because by now I’m familiar with the story, the characters, and even the fact that a huge condor associates with some people, seeming to care a lot about them, and they care a lot for her in return. By now, the condors seem as much full characters as the humans so cleverly fleshed out.
With this fourth book I slipped easily into the by now well-known world of Matica and her family… which seems to include the wild condors. I just read along, enjoying this new adventure in what is now a comfortable place to be. So, to give you a fair appraisal of this one work, whether or not it stands alone as it’s own, or needs to have the others to backstop it, I can’t honestly say.
If I hadn’t already read the other three books, would I understand the characters, would I feel as comfortable in this world as when you put on your favorite jeans? Don’t know, but it does make me wonder. That being the case, I highly recommend you start with book one, and work your way through the stories as they unfold before your eyes. It’s worth the time spent. You know, when it comes down to it, there’s only one question that needs to be answered about any book. Was it worth the time and effort to read it? Well maybe there’s another question, but it’s in the same vein, did you enjoy the time? I did, and I think that’s all that needs to be said.
ByAmazon Customer “John Reinhard Dizon”on 27 September 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Talon Connected by Gigi Sedlmayer is a heartwarming tale of family, inclusivity and environment focusing on incidents in the life of Matica, a native of an Indian village in Pucara. Her father Crayn and her mother Mira keep a watchful eye over the girl, knowing that their rugged environment can pose a challenge to a girl of her age dealing with her disability. Amos, a young boy in their tribe, is deeply attracted to the soulful girl and joins her in her mission to tend to the ailing village elder Pajaro. The shaman has an affinity for Matica and attempts to share his knowledge of their mountain world and its mystical qualities with her. Their love of the magnificent condors that abound throughout the jungles bring them closer together. Only her favorite, Talon, is the target of poachers from the low ground, and the village is joined together in dealing with this threat in Sedlmayer’s well-crafted tale.
In this day and age, the author’s message resonates with countless indigenous peoples across the planet. As industrial societies continue to encroach upon their ancestral lands, we find our forests and jungles threatened with annihilation on a daily basis. Although socialists adopt environmental themes in their ‘save the world’ agenda, native tribes deal with these threats as a matter of survival. Poachers have hunted many species to the brink of extinction, including many species of condors. Think of the birds that we feed and appreciate as they bless our property and our public land. Or even more specifically, imagine if someone decided to steal the pet birds of our families, friends and relatives. When it becomes a personal issue, we become far more concerned, and Sedlmayer’s novel will make you concerned.
Pick up a copy of Talon Connected by Gigi Sedlmayer. It’s something you can share with young children and older folk alike, just as its lessons are intended for audiences of all ages.