Flight of the Piasa
By Raymond Scott Edge

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Soft cover / 5.5"x8.5" / 280pages
ISBN-13 : 978-0-9794737-0-8
Retail Price: US $14.95, CAN $18.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9794737-1-5
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Short description by author
Along the high cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River in central Illinois, a strange mural stares down from the rocky face. It is of the Piasa [pie-uh-saw], a creature of myth and legend that is more terrifying than any other found in Native American lore. It's very name means "bird that devours men." First described by French explorers Marquette and Joliet in 1673 and later called "America's most fascinating free roadside attraction," the Piasa is shrouded in legend, its origins obscured by time, with no known date of creation, name of creator, or purpose.

Dr. Edge's novel follows young Daniel French, an archeology major from Southern Illinois University. When French sets out for a romantic picnic under the mysterious painting, he unwittingly finds himself involved in an ancient tale filled with passion, sacrifice, love, and loss. As he seeks to unravel the mystery of pictograph, he will embark on an adventure involving ancient civilizations, one that spans two thousand years and covers four continents. As French digs ever deeper in his quest, he learns that there is definitely more to the Piasa than meets the eye.

Flight of the Piasa is the first in a three-book series that will explore the histories of regional archaeological artifacts. The next book in the series, She Who Remembers, is scheduled for 2008.

What readers have said about Flight of the Piasa:



Tragic, uplifting, suspenseful, fascinating - Flight of the Piasa is a page turner from beginning to end.


Flight of the Piasa seamlessly combines historical facts with believable fiction to create a timeless love story.


There was enough drama to keep you hooked and the historical references were fantastic.


I loved the way all the cultures were woven together. I found myself cheering for the heroes and saddened when they had difficulties.


I bought the book because I have seen the Piasa several times while driving along the Mississippi river near AltonIllinois. I recommend the book. It's a broad, fun, adventure with an interesting twist on history, and leaves you wondering; is this fact or fiction?


First let me say that I'm a sucker for all types of adventure stories and that the adventures contained in the Flight of the Piasa Bird are fun and hard to resist.


(Comments taken from Amazon Reviews)