Title – As Wings Unfurl
Author – Arthur M. Doweyko
Genre – Science Fiction
Publication – July 2016
Pages – 234
My Rating – 3/5 Stars
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.
This book follows Apple.. he’s not had the best of times but he’s always managed to keep going.. and in this book we find out why. Angela has been with him.. watching..protecting as best she can.
After a murder and a robbery Angela is forced to reveal some truths to Apple. Angels exist and not all are intent on doing good.
It’s a good versus bad tale. We get introduced to some interesting good guys, one such is a Yeti! I loved the Meh-Teh and Shilog, They have a side story which converges with Apples and this is one part of the book that I really enjoyed.
I don’t want to give too much away but there’s a plot out there to remove humanity and start over..There’s a biblical feeling to events whereby one of the higher beings watching over us and our every movement has decided we have failed to live up to expectations and it’s time for a do over.
I really liked the bad guy in this tale. I can’t spoil it but clearly they have some obvious issues, you never really know what you’re going to get with the character, like they could do anything and I loved the unpredictability of it.
The battle between the forces of good and bad was done pretty well, not graphic in details but the end fight had me hooked as to how things could end.
So you’ll want to know why it’s only a 3* star for me. Well it’s the relationships between the characters, mainly Apple and Angela. I know we are told Angela has been with Apple for years but as this is a fast paced tale I don’t think we had enough time to see or feel the relationship grow itself without it being pointed out to us.
The major plus for this book is the plot itself along with the writing. It’s very easy to read and enjoyable and the plot keeps you hooked with multiple perspectives.
This book is perfect if you like the idea of a good versus bad Fantasy/Science Fiction vibe tale with fast paced writing. An enjoyable quick and interesting read. Enjoy the ride.
My thanks go to the author for the chance to read and review their work.