“Ali and the Golden Eagle,” by Wayne Grover

“Ali and the Golden Eagle,” by Wayne Grover is an interesting novel based on the authors real life experiences in the remote highlands of Saudi Arabia.

Most of the story takes place in remote village at the bottom of a massive canyon. Separated from the outside world for decades, the villagers are intrigued when the main character rappels down the cliff and visits them.

This first visit, though, leads to a friendship. The villagers show Grover their unique skill with birds of prey, which they use for hunting. Soon, Grover is involved in a plan to capture and tame the grandest bird of all: a golden eagle. After Grover gets a eagle chick, the son of the village chief, Ali, works to train it as a hunting bird.

As the eagle is trained, its power and skill expose the small village to the eyes of the outside world. “Ali and the Golden Eagle,” focus not only on the story of a small boy and a large bird, but also on the changes that occur as the villagers start to learn about modern technology and the wonders of the outside world.

All considered, “Ali and the Golden Eagle,” has an interesting plot. Grover’s writing could hardly be considered exceptional, but it can still serve as adequate entertainment.

This book is now out of print. You may still be able to find a used copy, however.

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Inkweaver Review 2008-04-24T09:17:00-05:00

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Anonymous said...

This book is interesting because it gives you insight into another culture as well as falconry, rappelling, and hang gliding. It helps you understand what it would be like to see the modern day world from another time period. I recommend it!