by Arthur M. Doweyko
Science Fiction and Fantasy thrive on the imagination and creativity of the author. To tell a compelling tale one often looks to a variety of sources for inspiration. One of those is cryptozoology—the study of cryptids. This branch of science focuses on creatures that have thus far eluded capture and therefore cannot be proved to exist. Logically they cannot be disproved to exist either. And there’s the rub, and the fun.
You are probably familiar with the most famous of the lot—cryptids like the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Sasquatch, and the Yeti. A casual search of the Net will reveal that there are actually hundreds of such cryptids scattered around the world—from Ahools (giant man-eating bats in the rainforests of Java) to Tatzelwurms (lizard-like creatures that are supposed to inhabit the most isolated regions of the Alps). There are even a few Nessie-like creatures lurking about in North America (Tessie in Lake Tahoe, California and the Ogopogo, a water serpent said to reside in Lake Okanagan in British Columbia). I have to admit that while on a recent visit to Scotland I did indeed stop by the Loch Ness, and of course spent some time searching the waters for something other than floating branches.
As Wings Unfurl introduces a novel character who is both a reluctant hero and happens to be a cryptid. Although the main characters are a Vietnam vet down on his luck and his supposed guardian angel, the introduction of a novel pair from Tibet provides a counterbalance to the relentless tension of pursuit and survival by sprinkling in some humor and sympathy. The fact that such creatures might exist makes them so much more plausible. What better way is there to illustrate humanity or the lack thereof than by seeing ourselves through the eyes of someone very, very different?
As Wings Unfurl by Arthur M. Doweyko
Genres: Science Fiction
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.
About the author:
After retiring in 2009, Arthur M. Doweyko took up writing fiction. His novel Algorithm garnered a 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award. He has also published a number of short stories, many of which have been selected as Finalists in the Royal Palm Literary Award contest, and two Honorable Mentions in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.
Arthur was awarded the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for his contribution to the discovery of Sprycel, a novel anti-cancer drug successfully brought to the marketplace in 2009. He has authored over one hundred publications (papers, abstracts, patents, book chapters) and has been an invited lecturer in a number of drug-discovery and computational venues.
Arthur lives in Florida with the love of his life, Lidia. When he’s not writing, he’s happily wandering the beaches.
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