Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Review - Wings Unfurl

As Wings Unfurl by Arthur M. Doweyko
Genre: Science fiction, Fantasy
234 pages
Available at Amazon

Synopsis: Applegate Bogdanski returns from Vietnam with a missing leg, a Purple Heart, and an addiction to morphine. He stumbles through each day, looking forward to nothing and hoping it will arrive soon. When he attempts to thwart a crime, he is knocked unconscious and wakes up to discover that people are once again calling him a hero, though he feels undeserving of the praise.
Apple returns to work and meets Angela, a mysterious woman who claims to be his guardian. Immediately, he feels a connection to her, which morphs into an attraction. But he soon discovers that Angela is much more than she seems.
Apple and Angela are swept up in a conspiracy that stretches through time and space. Together, they must fight to save everything they hold dear from an alien race bent on destroying humanity.

To give a fair review, I’ve asked the husband to give his opinion.

He said:
I gave hubby this book in the morning and that same evening, he handed it back to me.
I said, “Whoa. Was it bad?”
He said, “No. It was really interesting.” He liked the twist on guardian angels and yetis. (Yes, Yetis! What a surprise.)
I asked, “Why are you giving it back to me?”
“I’m done,” he said.
“What? Is it that short?” I’m usually the one who flies through a book.
He said, “No. I  found it really interesting. When I find it interesting, I read faster.”
Hubby is not a man of many words. I should add he never put the book down until he finished it.

She said:
Needless to say I thought it would be a quick read. An afternoon or two at most. It was not. I took several days to read and it is only a little over 200 pages. There is guy lit and there is chick lit. I would say this falls under guy lit and I would be happy to recommend this novel for my book club next month as we will be reading guy lit.

With that said, I agree with hubby that the concept of guardian angels was an interesting one, albeit misleading. They were referred to as angels because they had wings. In reality, they were only watchers. It’s the little things that dragged me down in this story. The main character is named Applegate or Apple for short. I choked on his name every time I read it. I can not see myself calling a grown man, a veteran no less, Apple. (Forgive me, if you’re name is Apple). The man lost his leg while his comrades lost their lives in battle. He carries the guilt of being a coward. Must be a man thing as his actions were not that of a coward. Not in his actions that resulted in the loss of his leg or his actions in the storyline.

I did like the character, Applegate, and I wanted to stay with him. Unfortunately, we switch to the other characters view point. New characters join the team and it would have been nice if we got to know them a bit more, but we don’t. They pretty much show up, run and hide, and pop out for an occasional save the day. I hated their names too. My reading stuttered every time I crossed them.

The nitpicking set aside, I enjoyed the journey and at times was sitting on the edge of my seat. The story includes friendship, peril, and enough love to make you care, but not nauseated.

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