Colleen’s 2018 #Book Reviews – “The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars: Bird of Prey, Part Three” by Author, Lorinda J. Taylor
Amazon Author Page: Lorinda J. Taylor
Publication Date: October 18, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Literature
In the Author’s Words
Wounded physically and mentally by the disaster aboard the Darter, Capt. Nikalishin struggles in Part Two of this biography to overcome the aftereffects and find fulfillment in a life where his dream of flying to the stars has been lost. With the help of many friends, he achieves success as the Captain of a Mars ship, but still he remains lonely and dissatisfied, unable to cope with the secret phobias and misunderstandings that haunt his existence.
When the woman of his dreams abruptly re-enters his life, he woos and weds her, in sequences that are filled with both comedy and pathos. The Captain was hoping to find a soul mate to assuage his loneliness. Will this radical alteration in his life really be the answer to his difficulties? Or will the marriage turn out to be a disastrous and even tragic mistake?
Meanwhile, unknown to Robbin Nikalishin, a movement is afoot to resurrect the interstellar program …
“Bird of Prey,” is the third book in The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars series which the author has penned as a biographical novel of the starship captain, Robbin Nikalishin. I have read and reviewed part one, “Eagle Ascendant,” HERE and part two, “Wounded Eagle” HERE.
In book three, our flawed hero, Captain Robbin Nikalishin finds his life has changed for the better as he learns to cope with the loss of his best friend, Kolm MaGilligoody. Robbie is flying missions again and seems to have come to grips with the PTSD symptoms that plagued him in the second book. However, even with all of the captain’s successes, he finds his life has become lonely. He can’t shake the feeling that life has somehow lost meaning.
At his most recent awards ceremony, Robbie spots an interesting woman named, Fedaylia High Feather in the audience. His prior encounter with her only lasted a few hours but she proved to be someone he couldn’t forget. Without a second thought, Captain Robbie pursues the junior officer with the intent of marrying her. This decision leads the captain down an entirely new path on his life journey.
Fedaylia is flamboyant and quite taken with the famous captain. In fact, she seems more interested in his fame than she is in him as a person. She insists on calling him, “Rob,” a name totally out of character for Robbin Nikalishin. A wedding of epic proportions is planned, and the captain is spun up into a whirlwind of activity which leaves him totally out of his realm where Fedaylia becomes the bird of prey and Robbie is left like a defenseless rabbit to fend for himself.
One realization becomes perfectly clear from the writing. The closer to Fedaylia that Robbie gets, the more he loses himself. Nightmares haunt his dreams and the captain takes to drinking again looking for a way to cope with his new life choices.
As his future wife exerts more control over Robbie, he is forced to deal with some uncomfortable realizations about his mother. There is an explosive scene where Robbie and his mother disown each other setting into play another deep scar that the captain must learn to deal with.
I feel that this third book deals with Robbie, the man, trying to grapple with the unresolved psychological issues he has had with his mother, and women, in general, for his entire life. He is also learning who he is and what makes him happy. Relationships play a central theme in the series and especially in this third volume.
The ending leaves the reader with a whopper of a cliff-hanger which the author has strategically placed as a lead-in to the fourth book of the series. Believe me, it was a real jaw-dropper!
I’ve enjoyed this book and the series because of the clear and concise writing. In addition, the science fiction elements lead the reader to faraway lands and planets filled with fantastic sights and sounds. These books are long but the story and characters are satisfying. You can’t help but cheer on Robbie, the flawed hero. In the end, I still feel a motherly pull to his character hoping he eventually finds himself and true happiness.
If you love science fiction with strong characters you will love this series. Make sure to take a look at the book’s cover art. Lorinda draws and creates her own covers. Each one is striking and different.
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies
*I follow the Amazon Rating System*
About the Author, Lorinda J. Taylor
I’m a retired librarian who worked in academic libraries as a cataloger, and I live in Colorado Springs, CO. Besides my MLS, I have a BA and an MA in English, and some work toward a Ph.D. As a child, I was always making up imaginary worlds, but I didn’t start writing fantasy until I read “Lord of the Rings” in 1969 and discovered that even serious scholars like J.R.R. Tolkien can continue to create such worlds far into their adult lives. I never was successful in getting published in those early days, however, and then family considerations forced me to take a hiatus from writing from 1983 until 2000. Since then, I’ve written a novella and several novels, and have begun to self-publish since I doubt that I can live long enough to go the old-fashioned route!
My interests include almost anything literary, scientific, or speculative — science fiction and fantasy, mythology, language (I write conlangs for my books), poetry, cosmology, astrophysics, anthropology, archaeology, entomology, ornithology …
Philosophically, I call myself a spiritual humanist.
Among my favorite authors are Ursula K. LeGuin, Tolkien (of course), Evangeline Walton, and many poets such as Robert Graves and Dylan Thomas.
Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at http://termitewriter.blogspot.com
(You can find free chapters on her website of Volume I of the Termite Queen).
Twitter – Lorinda J. Taylor @TermiteWriter
Facebook – Lorinda J. Taylor (Termite Writer)
Google+ – Lorinda J Taylor
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