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Walter is no ordinary pigeon. A direct descendant from the great war hero Cher Ami, he knows he is destined for greatness from the moment he flees his coop to escape from a dangerous wild cat. Now in the “wild”, Walter must team up with the more experienced birds to learn how to survive.

As winter fast approaches, Walter must find a human family to care for him- and as luck would have it, he finds the very best human for the job in a young college student named Kenny. But is it luck, or something more?

Traveling home with Kenny for Christmas break, Walter meets grandpa, the famous Sir Alfred Jerome, who seems to have known that Walter would be coming all along. A faithful student under grandpa, Walter learns a great many new things, including the fact that the world is in great peril. But what can a single scientist and a pigeon do about it? And can Walter do anything to help poor Dottie, Kenny’s little sister who is dying from cancer?

I’m sorry to say I was very disappointed with this book. What started off as a very cute and imaginative story about a pigeon quickly became a tangled mess of new age, eastern mysticism, interfaith, and mythology with a thin veneer of Christianity to slip it under the radar of unsuspecting readers.

This book totally crossed the line for me by saying that the Viking god Odin is another name for the God of the Bible (YHWH). As a person of Norwegian and Viking decent, I think I am somewhat qualified in calling this complete hogwash, but the thing that truly concerns me is knowing that young children will read it and not know any better than to believe it.

The shame is that this book seems to be more about these ideas than the actual plot/storyline, which is why I chose to give it only two stars. The author certainly has the right to believe whatever she wants, but I would advise Christians to keep this book away from their kids unless or until they have a rock solid foundation of Apologetics under their belts.

Rating: 2 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

About the author

S.A. MAHAN lives in the mountains of Colorado with her husband of thirty nine years. She has three children and six grandchildren and is a fiber artist and an avid outdoorswoman. CHRISSIE’S RUN was a 2014 Dante Rosetti finalist, and is a finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards. THE BABY SEA TURTLE was a finalist in the 2015 Colorado Book Awards.

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3 thoughts on “A Pigeon’s Tale by S. A. Mahan

  1. Johanna, I think you might need to re-read this book. Nowhere in it is Odin compared to YHWH. In fact, Odin, Old Dude’s idea of a god (and you can probably forgive him, he’s just a pigeon) is actually mentioned by Old Dude and then by Walter (the hero pigeon). Walter sees Grandpa Jerome as probably what old Dude’s Odin would look like. Pg. 137: ‘I (Walter) looked back at Grandpa’s strong, weathered face. He looked like the master of all things, framed in that black window. To me, he looked like my idea of Odin, Old Dude’s god.’ I could not find any direct reference of Odin to YHWY anywhere in this story. I would think that you would be more concerned about the Great White Stork. THIS IS A FANTASY! Remember the little girl in Adventures in Babysitting who believed in Thor? I really don’t think you should take the religious beliefs of pigeons so seriously. Great White Stork! I personally loved this book and I thought that it had an excellent plot!

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    1. Hi Dex, thanks for the comment. I appreciate your point of view regarding the story, however I stand firm in what I said. In the final pages of the book, Walter made reference to Odin being “another name for God” (I would give you an exact page number but I no longer have the book). The issue here is that this ideology is literally taking over YA literature, and that was the point of my dissertation. If you don’t agree, that’s fine, but it doesn’t change my opinion. Fantasy / YA, and pretty much any other literary genre, can (and does) do quite well without delving into new age and pushing the whole interfaith agenda. It’s just not necessary to the plot, however if an author wishes to include it in the book, I wish they would just briefly mention it in the book description so that readers can be properly informed before putting hours of time into a book they would otherwise not be interested in.

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