Exciting, Gripping and Uplifting, July 1, 2015

By Tigerlily64
This review is from: Talon, Flight for Life (Kindle Edition)

Gigi Sedlmayer has written the endearing and captivating Talon series. Having reviewed book 1, Talon Come Fly With Me, and book 2, Talon On The Wing, I was happy to review Gigi’s third book of the Talon series, Talon, Flight For Life.

For some background, Matica lives with her family in a remote area in Northern Peru near the Andes. Her parents, Crayn and Mira, are missionaries, who came to Peru from Australia. The Indians of Peru shunned Matica initially, because she has a growth disability; at age 10, she was the size of a two-year old. However, the Indians learned to respect and admire her when they saw her friendship with the condors. They were awestruck when they saw her ride on Talon’s back and fly with him.

Book 3, Talon, Flight For Life, is my favorite of the series. The writing flows easily, and the descriptions are very well written. It was easy for me to visualize being there in the scenes and feel a part of the story. It is also an exciting and rather scary adventure.

Matica travels with her dad, Crayn, to Cajamarca to buy medical and food supplies and pick up the tickets for the family’s trip to Australia. She is reluctant to go and leave Talon behind, but she is also excited about new adventures.

Matica and Crayn take off for what they think will be a five-day journey through grasslands and jungle. At times, Matica is spacey and in her own world; she is usually thinking of her condors. Talon has promised to visit each day and take her for some short flights, but Matica is worried he will not appear. Her father would like to have her as a companion and feels rather miserable when she is not attentive. Crayn tries to get her attention, and when he does, she is excited about the wonders they are seeing in the rainforest.

When she is present and aware of her surroundings, Matica wants to feel everything: the feel of the giant lobelia flower, the maple tree leaves, the rain on her face, a macaw’s feathers brushing her skin, and the feel of a spider monkey’s hand and fingernails as it takes bread from her.

Periodically, she is frightened. The jungle holds danger as well as beauty. There are spiders, snakes and pumas, as well as other scary creatures.

When they reach the town of Bambamarca, the children greet her as a celebrity. The word has spread about Matica and condors. She is the girl that flies on Talon. This is the village where Jonah, a little boy with a growth disability, was put out in the forest to die. Despite their knowledge of Matica and her condors, the parents had murdered their son. Later they ask for forgiveness and realize their mistake too late.
Crayn sees Jonah’s parents staring at Matica, but Crayn cannot make himself smile at them.

Onward they go to Cajamara and pick up the tickets for their visit to Australia. They meet Rolando and his tame puma, Chaka; Rolando had saved Chaka from the poachers. They learn that the poachers are asking about the condors. Matica is frightened when she hears the name “poachers” and is worried about the safety of her condor friends.

Matica is excited, and a little frightened, about staying in a hotel and riding the elevator. She visits a hospital and sees a woman who is being treated for a spider bite. This last experience turns out to be very important.

On the way home, Crayn is bitten by a poisonous spider and nearly dies. Matica calls for Talon, and a raven takes the message to her condor friend. All three condors take care of Crayn and comfort Matica. The condors know about a special healing leaf and bring the special leaves to Matica to put on Crayn’s bite. Crayn has to eat a couple of leaves as well. Talon finds paper in Matica’s home for Matica to write to her mother and notify her of the situation. Since night has fallen and Crayn cannot walk, they spend the night where they are, an area infested with huge, poisonous spiders. Thankfully, all ends well, and they are rescued.

Throughout this Talon series, I am struck with the love and respect that Gigi Sedlmayer has for animals. She also has a deep empathy for those with disabilities. Her books are uplifting, and heartwarming. Patience, love, faith, forgiveness and courage are strong elements in her writing.


A handicapped girl and her father embark on a journey of adventure

By Uvi Poznanskyon June 7, 2015

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

This book, Talon, Fight for Life, teaches me an important lesson: having a handicap may at first seem to hinder you, until you find a passion in your heart, something that drives you in inventive ways to overcome your difficulty. For Matica, whose body will always be trapped in the body of a two years old, this passion is her condors. We find her brooding at times, worrying about traveling to new places where she may be faced with rejection all over again, but perhaps a trip home to Australia may be an adventure. We have the confidence that she will overcome her challenge, “because without her handicap, she couldn’t do what she is doing now.”

I hear the author’s voice, whispering in the background of the story, if you have a disability, find a “condor”, a passion of your own. Given the author’s biography, her struggle with cancer, this is far from preaching, it is a model that she uses for her writing and her own life. The passion Gigi Sedimayer has for all animals—spider monkeys, pumas, chameleon, critters and even bugs—enrich this story with lively adventurous tales, not the least of which is the ultimate test of courage, when her father is bitten by a poisonous spider. I love the ever present closeness with animals, exhibited here by him: “But before he lay down, he rubbed the birds’ beaks and said to them, ‘Thank you for caring for me, for us. Good night, Mat.’ He closed his eyes.”

How will Matica save his life? Read the book to find out. Five stars.

I recommend this series as it characters are introduced in the …

By Alexia Janie Evanson July 20, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

“Talon Book 3 – Flight for Life” by Gigi Sedlmayer is the 3rd in the Talon series. It can be read alone or as part of the series. I recommend this series as it characters are introduced in the first book and the complexity of the story continues to this series. In this story Matica is journeying down out of the village to purchase supplies for her families vacation to Australia. She has some qualms about leaving the place that has become home and comfortable to her, and her condor’s.

This is a great book for children, and adults. The author does and amazing job bringing life lessons into the story that are great for anyone of any age.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Flight for Life by Gigi Sedlmayer is another great book. In this book
By Cocoon December 26, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

Given For Review

Talon, Flight for Life by Gigi Sedlmayer is another great book. In this book, Matica’s world grows larger. She and her father are off to the city. On the way back, her father encounters a grave danger. Will Matica and the condors be able to help him? The bond between Matica and the condors is so inspiring. This book as with the others is so good. It would make a great gift to give and would look good on your bookshelf. I gave it 5 stars but it deserves more. I highly recommend it to all.

Talented author – excellent story. Recommended.

By Eliza E. on January 5, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Talon, Flight for Life. Kindle Edition:

Matica and her family are planning a holiday in Australia. She and her father travel to Cajamarca to organise supplies and air tickets.
Her father is seriously injured on the way home after being bitten by a spider. Not knowing what to do, Matica calls to her condors for help. The wait until they arrive is difficult.

This talented author Gisela Sedlmayer keeps surprising us – check out e.g. reviews for the other books in the TALON series. Each tale stands alone, but they are also connected to a bigger story. These books – and this one, the 498 page TALON, FLIGHT FOR LIFE – are books for all ages. They bring life lessons into the stories. The author’s writing flows easily, descriptions are well written and it is easy to visualize scenes.

The narrative is uplifting, and heart-warming, and skilled wordsmith’s voice brings through the theme of hope.

Journey with Matica in this third book in the TALON series. Be with her through adventures, laughter and tears. Enjoy the feeling of friendship, love and camaraderie she enjoys with her condors, Talon, Tamo and Tima.

TALON, FLIGHT FOR LIFE is a moving and exciting story. The experienced author takes us on a fascinating journey, through descriptive prose and exciting adventures interspersed with important life lessons.

I looking forward to reading more in this TALON series. They are excellent gifts for the whole family.

A well-deserved five stars.


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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