Cryptids, by Arthur M. Doweyko (author of ‘As Wings Unfurl’)3 min read

by Arthur M. Doweyko


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Science Fiction and Fantasy thrive on the imagination and creativity of the author. To tell a compelling tale one often looks to a variety of sources for inspiration. One of those is cryptozoology—the study of cryptids. This branch of science focuses on creatures that have thus far eluded capture and therefore cannot be proved to exist. Logically they cannot be disproved to exist either. And there’s the rub, and the fun.

You are probably familiar with the most famous of the lot—cryptids like the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Sasquatch, and the Yeti. A casual search of the Net will reveal that there are actually hundreds of such cryptids scattered around the world—from Ahools (giant man-eating bats in the rainforests of Java) to Tatzelwurms (lizard-like creatures that are supposed to inhabit the most isolated regions of the Alps). There are even a few Nessie-like creatures lurking about in North America (Tessie in Lake Tahoe, California and the Ogopogo, a water serpent said to reside in Lake Okanagan in British Columbia). I have to admit that while on a recent visit to Scotland I did indeed stop by the Loch Ness, and of course spent some time searching the waters for something other than floating branches.

As Wings Unfurl introduces a novel character who is both a reluctant hero and happens to be a cryptid. Although the main characters are a Vietnam vet down on his luck and his supposed guardian angel, the introduction of a novel pair from Tibet provides a counterbalance to the relentless tension of pursuit and survival by sprinkling in some humor and sympathy. The fact that such creatures might exist makes them so much more plausible. What better way is there to illustrate humanity or the lack thereof than by seeing ourselves through the eyes of someone very, very different?


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As Wings Unfurl by Arthur M. Doweyko
Genres: Science Fiction


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.



About the author:

arthur doweyko

After retiring in 2009, Arthur M. Doweyko took up writing fiction. His novel Algorithm garnered a 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award. He has also published a number of short stories, many of which have been selected as Finalists in the Royal Palm Literary Award contest, and two Honorable Mentions in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.
Arthur was awarded the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for his contribution to the discovery of Sprycel, a novel anti-cancer drug successfully brought to the marketplace in 2009. He has authored over one hundred publications (papers, abstracts, patents, book chapters) and has been an invited lecturer in a number of drug-discovery and computational venues.
Arthur lives in Florida with the love of his life, Lidia. When he’s not writing, he’s happily wandering the beaches.

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  1. Iris on September 16, 2016 at 7:48 am

    It sounds so interesting! Your interpretation reminded me of recent bollywood movie who uses an alien as the stranger viewer of our social and religious conventions (in case you’re interested, it’s “PK”).

  2. Laveena Sengar on September 16, 2016 at 8:43 am

    It is so interesting. I totally loved it. It is like one of the movies I really liked in the recent time. A better version of course 🙂

    • Martha Nees Record on September 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      I really like the idea your idea of “books with wasted potential” I often feel that way after I read a book. We seem to have very different tastes in what we read but I do like your reviews and thoughts.

  3. Martha Nees Record on September 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    books with wasted potential…great idea.

  4. Tina von S on September 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I heard about the author before, but I think it is time I pick up one of his books finally and read it. Haven’t read in a long time to be honest. Sadly.
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  5. heidi williams on September 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I love Fantasy reads. Nothing like being transported to another world. Loved this review, I’ll definitely check it out.
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  6. Carola on September 16, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I love your introduction. I like cryptids a lot. So you got me interested immediately. I don’t know the author. But the plot sounds really great. I’m interested in how it will develop. And what you’ll read about the cryptid.
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  7. Sarah from Lavender Life on September 17, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Sounds interesting! I might read it once I’m through my current reading list.

  8. Hatsuharu on September 17, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Well it seems a great pick. It got my interest and surely I’ll check it out. I also happen to be writing a story now though just on Wattpad but hopefully I’ll be able to get my own book published in the future.

  9. Jon on September 17, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I’m not much of a reader but I think the plot of this book would make a great sci-fi film.

  10. Blair Villanueva on September 19, 2016 at 3:47 am


    Thanks for your recommendation. I think this book will help me to wander my sci-fi imagination and also might help me fall asleep at night. 🙂

    I’m excited!

    For Urban Women

  11. Dunja on September 19, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I’m not a fan on SciFi but this sounds interesting 🙂 Might read it after i finish the book i’m reading right now
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