The Bird Saviors-William J. Cobb

The Bird Saviors

William J. Cobb

Unbridled, Jun 12 2012, $25.95

ISBN: 9781609530709

 

Ruby Cole knows the world has gone wrong when the government pays hunters to kill birds she loves to count.  They rationalize the kills on a deadly flu fever blamed on birds, but do nothing about dust storms, fires and deadly felonious activity.  Her Colorado no longer has room for a Moon Bird or for that matter her. 

 

Meanwhile her dad “Lord God” the disabled Forsaken Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints preacher gives his daughter Ruby Cole two untenable choices.  She must give up her baby Lila or marry Page a man her dad’s age who has two wives because Lord God received a heavenly vision.  Deciding to not honor her martinet father, Ruby selects a third option when she decides to run away with Lila.  Her seemingly isolated act of defiance turns into a butterfly effect on Widower Ward Costello and other people involved in aviary population and criminal activity.

 

The Bird Saviors is a fascinating low-key character driven thriller starring a young woman who decides to take a chance on living instead of dying a slow domestic death.  The storyline starts slow as the world around Pueblo and the key cast are established during a difficult recession.  Once done, chaos theory takes effect as one thing leads to another in a world that seems to have gone mad.  Readers will enjoy Ruby’s impact as she becomes a bird savior while searching for a good happy life for her and her baby.

 

Harriet Klausner

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