Talon, Flight for Life more Reviews



5.0 out of 5 stars More family reading at its best!January 24, 2015

By Jacqueline M Piepenhagen

Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Author, Gigi Sedlmayer’s third book in the Talon series, “Flight for Life” is a great read on its own!
Author Sedlmayer does a superb job at portraying Matica brooding about leaving the village where she lives comfortably with her family, the natives and the condors. She finally agrees to journey down the mountain to Cajamarca with her father to purchase supplies and the tickets for their family vacation to Australia.
While on their trek Matica experiences many of the wonders of Peru. Author Sedlmayer does a wonderful job weaving the tales of wild animals like spider monkeys, a puma, the chameleon and even a Tapir into this story along with a host of other critters and bugs. She adds known facts about the colorful birds, the Macaw and Toucan. Then she takes the reader on a walk with Matica among the Giant Lobelias plants and into the rain forest with its stifling heat and assortment of insects. She goes on to include the unique vegetation and trees that live in the mountains, plateaus and rainforest and creatures that live in the rivers.
Follow Matica and her father as she learns about the danger she encounters when one type of piranhas single her out as she wades in the river to cool off.
Talon and his parents are never far behind as they circle high above always within earshot. When Matica and her father exit the rainforest they enter the grasslands where they meet up with Talon and his parents.
Their travels take them to the village of Bambamarca where they meet the village chief and his people. Here they learn the true story of the condors as they watch Matica and Talon communicate.
Matica, her father and the condors continue on their trip as Matica wonders how many others knew of her relationship with the condors.
Talon and his parents check in on Matica and her father as they ride the ferry across the wide river to the city of Cajamarca. Once the ferry docks, Matica finds herself once again in a whole new world but finds that poaching is still a major threat to many animals and the condors as she learns of the story of Chaka the baby puma.
Fearing that poachers now know of the condors Matica wants to leave the big city. Preoccupied, Matica forgets about the dangers that lurked in the brush and trees of the forest.
Hours away from home, her father is bitten by a poisonous spider. Will Matica be able to save him? You will have to read the story to find out.
Although this is a rather lengthy story the author has done a superb job with vivid detail to make the reader feel as if he/she is on an adventure of a lifetime, I do recommend it.



5Flight and Fright

ByWerner Stejskal “Stesi”on 24 January 2015

Format: Paperback

She has done it again! Matica is experiencing both, exhilarating flight on her condor and extreme fright on her journey with her father. Lessons are to be learned and obstacles to be overcome. If you have read Gigi Sedlmayers first book then you will rightfully expect more of the same excitment. Enjoy!





Flight and Fight for Life

ByBoyko Ovcharovon 3 October 2013

Format: Kindle Edition

In fact, this amazing author keeps surprising me with her innocent narrative, first-hand accounts, lively description and positive outlook on life amidst terrible circumstances.
One thing that really struck me in her biography was her successful life struggle with cancer some time ago, which I profoundly admire, especially when reminiscing upon my late mother’s destiny.
I also deeply respect people who have seen a lot in their lives, travelled around the world and immersed themselves into various cultures. One could definitely learn so many things from their wisdom.
In that respect, I was intrigued to know more about fossicking and I certainly have found some treasures for myself in Matica’s adventures.
Finally, I am sure you will find yours here as well.


About Gigi Sedlmayer

Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer 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. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich. Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books. In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years. In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992. Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, 'Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life'. She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing. Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life. She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4x4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD's or going to the movies.
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