An Eagle's Sky: My Life as a Birdman: How I Helped a One-winged Eagle Fly Again

An Eagle's Sky: My Life as a Birdman: How I Helped a One-winged Eagle Fly Again

by John L Stokes


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615833248
Publisher: John L Stokes
Publication date: 07/08/2013
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

John Stokes was born in New Albany, Mississippi, the same birthplace as William Faulkner. He spent the first ten years of his life in Meridian, Mississippi. He lived a short period of time in Nashville, then moved to Memphis, eventually back to the Nashville area, then to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Lompoc and Ventura, California. He now resides outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife, Dale. He has been involved with hang gliding since 1975 and has worked with birds since 1977.

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An Eagle's Sky: My Life as a Birdman: How I Helped a One-winged Eagle Fly Again 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
FlyingCat More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down until the end! John writes his life, passions and determination in such an honest, humorous and brilliant way that he lifted me up with him, through the good and bad times; sometimes crying, other times laughing.  Knowing John from the hang gliding community, I have a lot of respect and am grateful for the pursuit of his dream to fly in an era when sex was safer than hanggling! John is also very generous of his knowledge about birds of prey. I won't look at them the same! I wish everyone could read it and get an appreciation of how vulnerable life balance is and how determination in realizing one's dreams is key to making the sky the limit. A must read to give new wings to more living beings than solely Osceola! Thank you John Stokes for this great book! When is the next one?
falconer1 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. Once I started it was hard for me to put it down.
Cousinplasma More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a story about the determination of a man to make his dream come true, then you must read this book. John has always wanted to fly and he has always loved birds. His story shares honest feelings about his life - the good times and the bad times. You will feel the difficulties in achieving his dream. You will laugh at the light situations he got himself into on this journey. You will cry at the many heart aches he had along the way. But, you will see how it all played out in helping a one-winged eagle named Osceola take to the sky again. You will also feel the love and trust between bird and man. When you finish this book, you will feel as though you shared this special journey with them. How proud I am of both of them. How lucky that they shared their story with me. Thanks, John.
k9mum More than 1 year ago
I became friends with John when he worked with the American Eagle Foundation.  I really enjoyed his booked.  I learned a lot about John that I didn't know.  Reading about his journey from the beginning was very inspiring.  I couldn't put this book down.  It's a must read for.
TrikeMike More than 1 year ago
I am a ultralight flight instructor.  This story is so compelling, that I buy a copy for each of my student pilots and give it to them when they solo.  Such a remarkable story. One I will never ever forget.
TinaT2 More than 1 year ago
This is one story I truly hope the entire world gets to read. This book taught me so much about our beautiful birds of prey. John Stokes is an inspiration to all! He takes the reader on this amazing journey with him! Your heart will swoop and soar through the struggles and successes as both bird and man spread their wings. I will never look up at a bird flying in the sky without thinking of Osceola, the bald eagle. You will laugh and cry. Amazing book! A MUST read!
Gwaihir More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The compassion that John Stokes has for this disabled eagle, Osceola, is heart-warming and uplifting. Share this adventure with John and Osceola as they sail through the sky - with Osceola snugly secure in a special harness so he can once again experience "flying."
clbhappy More than 1 year ago
This is a really cool story about a man who loved birds and loved to fly - and still does.  John writes an entertaining account of his adventures and misadventures with flying and rehabbing birds of prey.  I thoroughly enjoyed the read.