Talon, Encounter

Children - Adventure
387 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2016
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Author Biography

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 drafts person 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, creating 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. After eighteen years they moved to Australia in September 1992.
Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. Then still among the living, her brain started to work again, and decided to do something good with her life.
Remembering the time she wrote short stories, she got inspired again.
Albert taught her how to use a computer and so the Talon series began.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

In an interesting and adventurous story targeted at young adult readers, Talon: Encounter, the fifth book in the Talon series by author Gigi Sedlmayer, readers will again be taken on quite a journey. Continuing the story of Tamo, Timo and Talon as well as their protector, Matica, the narrative again leads the condors into the treacherous realm of the poachers who are willing to do anything to harm them. Our heroes know that they must capture and stop the poachers before they can do more harm than they already have, but it seems an almost impossible task. Will the condors be saved? You'll have to read the book to find out!

I very much enjoyed Talon: Encounter. Author Gigi Sedlmayer has done a very good job in creating characters that her readers will be able to connect with, relate to, and care about, even though many of the characters are not human. If that isn't a hallmark of a good author, I'm not sure what is. The story is full of action, as well as positive underlying themes of the importance of protecting the environment, animals, and our natural resources, and the importance of protecting and caring for our friends. Both young adults and their parents will appreciate this book. I am pleased to recommend Talon: Encounter for any young adult reader looking for a good, adventurous read. I look forward to seeing what author Gigi Sedlmayer has in story for her readers next. She is a very promising new voice in the genre of young adult fiction!