By Vincenton March 6, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

This author has a talent, and I already noticed that from the previous books. She knows how to put emotional, soothing, heartwarming stories into a good-looking book series. This time, the inspirational message lies in several factors, among others that we are all connected with our family, and the way the world works, in a sense. Gisela has definitely thought things through and raises questions and comes up with thoughts that have entered my mind as well when I ponder the meaning of life. Again, very well written.

By Tigerlily64 on July 17, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

Gigi Sedlmayer asked me to review her wonderful Talon series. Previously, I have reviewed Talon, Come Fly With Me, Talon, On the Wing and Talon, Flight For Life. Talon, Connected is the 4th book of the story of Matica and the condors.

If you have read the previous books (which I recommend) you know that 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 in their village 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 amazed when they saw her ride on Talon’s back and fly with him. By book 3, Matica had become a celebrity and her fame had spread to other villages.

Book 4, Talon, Connected, continues where book 3, Talon, Flight For Life, left off. Crayn, Matica’s father, is at home recovering from a poisonous spider bite. He is in bed and cannot walk. The condors, Tamo, Tima and their son, Talon, visit him and bring him special healing leaves every day. Only the wise, elderly village leader, Elcano, has ever heard of the leaves of the “healing tree”. The leaves are to be put on the wound. Crayn must eat one of these extremely bitter leaves every day, as well. Soon Crayn is wel,l and the birds pronounce him fit to walk again. He can even resume teaching his students at the village school.

If you remember from book 3, Talon, Flight For Life, Matica and her father had been on their way home from Cajamarca where they went to buy medical and food supplies and pick up the tickets for the family’s trip to Australia. They walked through fields and rain forests where they saw many exotic plants and animals. Some of these creatures were beautiful and harmless; others like the puma, snakes and spiders were dangerous. A huge, poisonous spider stalked them. Crayn was bitten and almost died. Matica’s condor friends, Tamo, Tima and Talon, saved Crayn’s life.

Crayn thought the condors were ugly when Matica first befriended them. When Matica first flew on Talon, he had started to love Talon, for he had been so happy for his daughter to have a friend. Now Crayn knows the condors have saved his life, and he is overwhelmed with love for all of them. He is also very grateful for the love and attention the condors continue to give him. He feels very loved by them and tells them he loves them very much.

Mira, Matica’s mother, also learns to love the condors, and the condors reciprocate. Aiken, Matica’s little brother, was afraid of them initially. However, on his sixth birthday, the condors hug and kiss him. Aiken loves them and sobs with joy. He almost feels like he has become a condor when he is in their embrace.

We learn that the poachers are planning on killing Talon, so the book is not without suspense. Matica is horrified at the thought of losing Talon. The poachers are even sighted coming towards Matica’s village. However, this is a slower-paced book than book 3. This book is more about caring. There is plenty of physical affection, warmth and love. There are lots of hugs throughout the book.

This book has many themes running through it: friendship, love, trust, faith in God, patience , courage and respect for those with disabilities.

Primarily, however, Talon, Connected, is about connection, as the title implies. This theme is repeated throughout the book. The connection is of humans to each other as well as the connection to animals. Matica’s family becomes connected to the condors. The Indians in the village are connected to them. Matica’s brother, Aikon, is even connected to Elsa, a chicken, as well as to the condors, his family and the villagers. On his dying bed, Elcano, the wise village leader, tells Matica that “we are all connected”. The poachers will be defeated and put in prison. Matica’s friendship with the condors was God’s plan to connect the people with the condors. He asks her to watch over his people with her friend, Amos’ help. His son, Pajaro, is to work closely with them. Even Aiken will have a role to play in the future, Elcano says.

Will the poachers kill Talon? Will the villagers catch the poachers? We’ll find the answers soon. Gigi has a 5th book coming out in the near future, TALON, ENCOUNTER.

By Uvi Poznanskyon July 2, 2015

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

The Talon series, and its fourth volume in particular, is an inspiration for all ages.

Talon, Connected opens with a connection to the ordeal Matica coped with in the last volume, which moves her mother to think, “You are as strong as I thought you would be. I’m so proud of you.” This sets the tone for the coming adventures, where the girl’s bravery and passion for animals drives her to overcome her handicaps. Even in weakness, she is strong-willed.

Summoned to Elcano’s hut, it is with mixed feelings that Matica recalls “his look, his eye, his stare,” which make her ponder about his frail condition, “Why is his body failing? His mind is so alert, so watchful and vigilant. She experiences grief, but learns to frame it within the notion of a celebration of life.

The word ‘Connected’ in the title is of great importance. Matica expressed it best, with profound simplicity: “Dad said it, Mum said it, and Elcano said it just before he passed away… We are all connected, with the condors as well.” This bond, this togetherness underlies the writing of Gigi Sedimayer, allowing her characters to soar. “Talon placed himself in front of her and Matica leaned against his back, his wings already spread out… and soon they were in the air.”

By Crystal Mary Lindsey (Author)on July 6, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

This is an interesting story and anyone who loves animals and birds will enjoy this read. We have a close loving family and condors who come to visit and help. Wouldn’t we all love to have a relationship like this, where we can talk to one of these gigantic birds, with them understanding and responding back. Gigi Sedlmayer is a special lady to be able to write in such an endearing fashion. Read the story and be captivated by family love and unselfish desires.

By Alexia Janie Evanson July 20, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

“Talon, Connected” by Gigi Sedlmayer is book 4 in her Talon series. It can be read alone or as part of the series. I, personally, enjoyed reading the whole series and I recommend it highly. In this story we learn more about Matica and her life in the Indian village of Pucara. Matica is growing up and we learn more about the people in the village.

Perfect for an child 8 or older, and adults. Adults can read it to younger children, but the story deals with issues that some younger children may not understand.

By Eliza E. on December 25, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

Talon, Connected. Kindle Edition:

The TALON adventure stories are more than just children’s stories. Under in the skilful hands of German born author Gisela Sedlmayer these narrations come alive and teach about growing up, friendship, and challenges of moral choices and respect. Author Gisela now lives in Australia and devotes much time to furthering her writing craft and presenting us with new and ongoing TALON/MATICA adventures. Each tale stands alone, but are connected to a bigger story.

Enjoy this fourth book in the TALON series as we again meet with the main character Matica and her friends, the condors Talon, Tamo and Tima. Learn to love and identify with them.

In this ably written 378 page book, Matica – the main character – speaks in her own voice. She is an especially enabled special needs child with a growth disability. At this stage, she is stuck in the body of a two year old even though she is ten years old (when the story begins in the first book of the Talon series, TALON, COME FLY WITH ME).

Ms Sedlmayer does an excellent work of bringing the narrative and the characters to life. The author skilfully weaves profound and beautiful messages throughout her works. Readers are left satisfied.

TALON CONNECTED is heart-warming and inspirational, and intended for readers of all ages.

Buy it, gift it, share it. Enjoy. You’ll be glad to do.

A well-deserved five stars.

TALON 4, real cover


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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