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Chapter I - A Raging Storm, A Cold Dark Lake

Chapter I - A Raging Storm, A Cold Dark Lake

Saul, an old bird, is trapped in a cage and drowning in a stormy lake. He is joined by a boy marooned in a sinking boat. Together they use a special problem solving method to save themselves.

Chapter II – From Darkness and Despair to Visions of Greatness

Chapter II – From Darkness and Despair to Visions of Greatness

Trapped in a forest pit, not knowing how he got there, who he is or how to escape, a boy is close to giving up. To go beyond, to grow, one always needs a better reason. It is provided by wayward bird Saul who teaches the boy, Wilunitus, to envision a grander life. It is the energy that will set him free. It will lead him to adventure, inner strength – and love.

Chapter III – The Deep, Dark, Creepy Gorge

Chapter III – The Deep, Dark, Creepy Gorge

We can all be imprisoned by fear. It can steal our future and shut down our dreams. We need to feel fear for what it truly is. We need to see it, embrace it, outsmart and defeat it. Together Wilunitus and Saul device a plan to cross a great gorge with only a rope bridge. Fear stalks them. Is it real or imagined?

Chapter IV - Little Body – Big Brave Heart

Chapter IV - Little Body – Big Brave Heart

Birds face danger every day of their lives. Yet, with the gifts of flight and great instincts, they survive. Wilunitus marvels at his friend as he uses both to complete the rope bridge. Curious hungry eyes watch it all from the depths.

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Chapter 1

Wilunitus: Will of an Eagle Heart of a Dove
On the edge of a dark, rain-soaked forest a bright flash of lightning revealed a lone bird fretting in the night. The creature was frantic and feared for his life as the old cage he was trapped in, plunged down the side of a steep embankment. Careening off stumps and rocks the cage and petrified occupant tumbled to the bottom and stopped. The bird took a deep breath and attempted to lick his wounds.
The flow of rainwater shifted the cage as it slid in the greasy mud and it spilled over another cliff. The fall was short but the landing sent shock waves through the bird’s entire body. The cage has fallen into water! Deep water! Fast-moving water!
The bird was terrified as his cage became swamped. He wrapped his wings around the bars and rode the stream to its mouth where he was dumped into the frosty waters of a lake. He bobbed up and down in the darkness and strained to catch his breath. Suddenly, something rammed against his cage. What now? He wondered. Is that a boat?
His first thoughts were of rescue but then came the frightening conclusion it might be – Them! When a second boat slid by he knew he was right. Through flashes of lightning he watched the transfer being made. One boat departed, the other remained.
As thunder struck, lightning illuminated the ghostly outline of a solitary boat. It wallowed cruelly in the waves and the lone occupant seemed doomed. Another flash brought the poor boy on board to his senses. He began to cry anxiously into the night as if his lost friend could hear him.
“Saul! Saul! What have I done?” He pleaded desperately as his eyes intermixed with tears and rain. “I was wrong Saul!” He continued. “I was wrong to doubt you, and now I fear I may have killed you. What have I done?”
“Never mind what you’ve done!” screeched a phantom voice. “I need help now!”
The boy’s heart jumped. “Am I hearing things?” he asked himself in a shivering voice. “Could that be Saul’s ghost, out there in this mess?”
“Well, don’t just sit there,” the voice continued, “Lend a hand boy! Help me out of this water before I am completely swamped.”
As the boy peered cautiously into the darkness, a great clap of thunder triggered an explosion of lightning that lit up the entire lake. There he was! A lone bird, in a wooden cage, bobbing recklessly in the spiteful waters. As his mind rapidly asked a thousand questions as to how the bird could possibly be here, the voice spoke again.
“By the Great Eagle, boy! Get over here and help a frazzled bird! I’m losing the battle!”
The boy paused, then quickly decided to start rocking the boat to manoeuvre it in the waves. It worked! Somehow he was able to get close enough to grab the cage.
“Saul!” he cried out. “What are you doing out here? Are you all right? I am so glad to see you, old bird?
“Humph!” sputtered the bird, “You and I have a lot to talk about!”
“Oh, I know Saul. I am so sorry. I was so wrong… I…”
“Never mind boy!” The bird interrupted. We have more pressing matters to attend to such as you appear to be sinking!
Sinking? So involved with the danger, the boy had neglected to notice his boat was taking on water. In desperation he sat down, head in hands.

Chapter 1

Wilunitus: Will of an Eagle Heart of a Dove
On the edge of a dark, rain-soaked forest a bright flash of lightning revealed a lone bird fretting in the night. The creature was frantic and feared for his life as the old cage he was trapped in, plunged down the side of a steep embankment. Careening off stumps and rocks the cage and petrified occupant tumbled to the bottom and stopped. The bird took a deep breath and attempted to lick his wounds.
The flow of rainwater shifted the cage as it slid in the greasy mud and it spilled over another cliff. The fall was short but the landing sent shock waves through the bird’s entire body. The cage has fallen into water! Deep water! Fast-moving water!
The bird was terrified as his cage became swamped. He wrapped his wings around the bars and rode the stream to its mouth where he was dumped into the frosty waters of a lake. He bobbed up and down in the darkness and strained to catch his breath. Suddenly, something rammed against his cage. What now? He wondered. Is that a boat?
His first thoughts were of rescue but then came the frightening conclusion it might be – Them! When a second boat slid by he knew he was right. Through flashes of lightning he watched the transfer being made. One boat departed, the other remained.
As thunder struck, lightning illuminated the ghostly outline of a solitary boat. It wallowed cruelly in the waves and the lone occupant seemed doomed. Another flash brought the poor boy on board to his senses. He began to cry anxiously into the night as if his lost friend could hear him.
“Saul! Saul! What have I done?” He pleaded desperately as his eyes intermixed with tears and rain. “I was wrong Saul!” He continued. “I was wrong to doubt you, and now I fear I may have killed you. What have I done?”
“Never mind what you’ve done!” screeched a phantom voice. “I need help now!”
The boy’s heart jumped. “Am I hearing things?” he asked himself in a shivering voice. “Could that be Saul’s ghost, out there in this mess?”
“Well, don’t just sit there,” the voice continued, “Lend a hand boy! Help me out of this water before I am completely swamped.”
As the boy peered cautiously into the darkness, a great clap of thunder triggered an explosion of lightning that lit up the entire lake. There he was! A lone bird, in a wooden cage, bobbing recklessly in the spiteful waters. As his mind rapidly asked a thousand questions as to how the bird could possibly be here, the voice spoke again.
“By the Great Eagle, boy! Get over here and help a frazzled bird! I’m losing the battle!”
The boy paused, then quickly decided to start rocking the boat to manoeuvre it in the waves. It worked! Somehow he was able to get close enough to grab the cage.
“Saul!” he cried out. “What are you doing out here? Are you all right? I am so glad to see you, old bird?
“Humph!” sputtered the bird, “You and I have a lot to talk about!”
“Oh, I know Saul. I am so sorry. I was so wrong… I…”
“Never mind boy!” The bird interrupted. We have more pressing matters to attend to such as you appear to be sinking!
Sinking? So involved with the danger, the boy had neglected to notice his boat was taking on water. In desperation he sat down, head in hands.

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“It is no use, Saul,” he gasped. “We are doomed. I see no way out!”
“Get a hold of yourself, boy!” scolded the bird. “Help me out of this cage!”
The boy tried desperately to open the cage but it was no use. He could not budge it with his cold, numb hands.
“Maybe I can jump on it, Saul,” the boy suggested.
“That won’t be easy in your predicament,” replied the bird. “We need another plan and we need it now!”
“Can we reverse this Saul?” shouted the boy.
Reversing was a method both had used in the past to solve problems. It involved looking at the situation from a different angle to find a solution.
“My, my boy, we really are getting mileage out of this reversal business are we not?” suggested the bird. “However, I must confess it has given me an idea. It is a long shot but we may have no choice. You have to trust me now as time is running out.”
“What do you want me to do?” he asked.
“Start rocking this boat!” Saul bellowed. “Rock it back and forth with the motion of the waves!”
The boy did as he was told. He was too cold and wet to argue. However, as the boat began to rock aggressively it appeared certain it might capsize.
“Why are we doing this?” shouted the boy. “If we go into the water we are for it. This lake will swallow us up.”
“It will swallow us anyway, boy!” countered the bird. “Don’t you see? This boat is sinking! Now trust me boy this is our only chance. Rock this boat and when it rolls over grab the cage and jump into the water!”
By rocking the boat and with help from the cresting waves the vessel took on its own energy and swayed violently beneath its terrified occupants.
“I hope you know what you’re doing bird,” screamed the boy, “Because here we go!”
The boat rose rapidly and toppled over throwing both boy and cage into the icy waters. They disappeared leaving nothing but swirling wet darkness. Then all at once, both boy and caged bird exploded to the surface, gasping for air!
“Swim for the boat, now!” sputtered Saul, spitting out water. “Don’t lose the boat.”
As more flashes lit up the lake, the boy could see the boat had capsized but was still afloat. He knew if he didn’t get to the craft quickly it would drift away. Dragging the cage beside him, he swam to the boat and grabbed on. He was breathing hard and sputtering water but the bird would not allow him to rest.
“Listen carefully and trust me!” screamed Saul. “Push my cage beneath the water, across and under the boat. Do it quickly in one motion with as much force as you can?”
“But Saul, I don’t understand,” the boy pleaded.
“Trust me, please!” demanded the panicking bird. “We won’t last much longer. When you have me beneath the boat, duck under and join me.”
At first the boy did not get it. Fear gripped him with momentary paralysis yet he knew they had no choice! He plunged both bird and cage through the water forcing them under the boat, then held on to catch his breath. As the cage disappeared beneath the waters the boy was overcome with loneliness and panic but he knew he had run out of options. In he dove!

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Lightning struck again illuminating a most dreadful scene. An overturned boat at the mercy of a ruthless lake on a night not fit for any living being. Yet, under the abandoned craft, things could not be more different.
The boy could not believe it! It was quiet, peaceful and even a bit warm. Stranger still though, was they could breathe under there. There was a trapped pocket of air!
“How can this be, Saul?” he demanded. “There is air under here!”
“Yes, there is boy,” replied Saul, “and no storm. I am not certain how long we can stay here, but it buys us time. Now see if you can climb up and position yourself under the middle seats. You may be scrawny enough.”
The boy was able to get his head and shoulders up through one seat and lifted his legs up on to the other. Completely out of the water, he relaxed for a moment then called to his friend.
“I am there now, Saul.”
“How is it?”
“It is a little uncomfortable but better than the cold lake.”
“You now are the furnace in this little establishment boy,” the bird explained. “The boat will trap a little body heat from you, so we can warm up a little.”
After a moments silence the boy spoke up again.
“How long can we stay like this?”
“No telling,” answered, Saul. “Try and rest a little. I will stay awake and keep watch. If it gets too stuffy I will wake you.”

The boy could not see the bird but in their own little world beneath the boat, there was a certain relief in hearing his voice. So much had happened to them over the past few days that even the small comfort of this bizarre port in a storm had its merits. Though the boys exhausted body became motionless, his restless mind drifted far beyond the cold lake, away from the relentless storm and back to where this had all begun – not that many moons ago.

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A boy is lost. An old bird coaches him to visualise a better life and together they embark on a journey to find an imaginary Kingdom that has no King.

Yet, everything is not as it seems. Fear inside the boy manifests itself in terrifying ways and only when he connects to the energy of his heart, is he able to find himself. Slowly, a King, a Great Master, begins to emerge. This a spiritual journey. A battle against inner turmoil and outer challenges. Mind over matter harnessing the mysterious energy of the heart, the inner soul. The story is one adventure but the message is for life.

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About the Author

Introducing Bruce Charles McPherson

Author biography

Bruce Charles McPherson has been a writer forever but is just starting to share his brain storms with the world. “Will of an Eagle Heart of a Dove” is his first Novel. Book two is already in the works. With a background in sales and coaching and motivating of young athletes, McPherson has a good grounding in those subtle inner qualities required to be at our best. “When you are motivating yourself or others there is a certain special undefined place in all of us that needs to be reached. All of life is a journey but it is the magic inside that pushes us to make our dreams come true. This is what the story of Wilunitus is about.”

Book Features

What you will learn from this entertaining story.

Instructs while it entertains.

In order to teach life lessons that need to reach a very deep part of us, the metaphor is often used to entertain the conscious mind while the sub conscious absorbs the true meaning behind the story. Wilunitus' wonderful journey instructs while it entertains.

Goal setting and visualization

It is not some strange magic that today’s modern athletes use visualization to rehearse success in their minds before an event. Everyone uses this at some point even though they may not be beware of it. Wilunitus holds the vision of his goal in his mind’s eye throughout his adventure and goes there often.

The fear within.

There are many real things to fear in this world yet many people are paralyzed by fears of “what ifs” rather than “what is.” Wilunitus finds that many of his fears are not real yet in order to uncover this he needs to face them and reveal the truth.

To start from nothing and rise to greatness is a common theme.

We all love the rags to riches story but for many it is a dream that may never come true. Wilunitus is special and those that help him know that. No man rises to greatness by himself. Where the will is there, the means will materialize.

An Eagle is one of the noblest of birds.

The USA National Emblem and a Spiritual icon in First Nations lore. It is a strong willed, majestic being nesting at great heights and reigning as a formidable hunter. The dove on the other hand is a symbol for peace and love. A gentle bird with a quiet elegant beauty. Before Wilunitus is ready to become a King and great Master he needs to learn to have “The Will of an Eagle” and “the Heart of a Dove.”

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