The Pigeon: Come Fly with Me by Joseph Verola

The Pigeon: Come Fly with Me by Joseph Verola
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (69 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

The Pigeon a fantasy adventure story of courage and survival of the fittest.

To be or not to be, a pigeon? Judy, a veterinarian and Bobby, an undercover detective will be racing their beloved pigeons in a grueling and hazardous race, where they will encounter storms, cell towers, hunters, predatory falcons and pirates.

While preparing for the race they will be staying with David, whose ancestor attempted to create a transporter; a predecessor to those used in Star Trek for transporting people. Unfortunately, while attempting to try it on himself, a fly found its way into the transporter and during the transfer of atoms Andre’s head was transferred to the fly and vice versa, though he kept his mind. As a result he died and his story was later made into a film called, The Fly.

David, believing one’s man’s failure is another man’s success, he tries to convince Judy and Bobby to enter his transporter pods, so that they can temporarily become pigeons, with their heads, then fly with the thousand pigeons in the race; thereby documenting the race and all its obstacles for the benefit of the safety of all pigeons in future races. An opportunity that’s almost too hard to resist.

No one has ever seen this kind of race before, so nobody knows what to expect from it.

The dialogue was nicely done. I was intrigued by the fact that Judy and Bobby spoke so similarly to each other. There were other signs that they had a loving and happy marriage, but this was my first clue that they really enjoyed each other’s company. I liked the fact that Mr. Verola left small hints like these about what their life was like before they decided to temporarily become pigeons. It made the plot even more fun to read than it already was.

The narrator in this story spent a lot of time telling the audience what was happening instead of showing it to us. This was especially noticeable when it came to the characters’ personalities. For example, one of them was described as “likeable, but a little out there.” I was fascinated by that description. With that being said, I was also disappointed that I didn’t get to see some tangible examples of what a nice but also eccentric person would look like in this universe. It would have been helpful to have a few mental images of how that character would behave in certain situations.

My favourite part of this tale was the pigeon race itself. It was a dangerous and exciting experience for Bobby and Judy. There were a few times when I accidentally started holding my breath for a moment while waiting to find out if they’d survive the latest obstacle in their path. The stakes were high, and there was never any assurance that a human mind trying to operate a pigeon’s body would do well in that situation.

I’d recommend The Pigeon: Come Fly with Me to anyone who has wondered what it would be like to be a bird.

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