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Cooper's Hawk [Kindle Edition]

Victor J. Banis
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If love is truly eternal, what lasts beyond the grave -- and what form might it take?

Mike Patterson loses his life-long partner, Adam Cooper---and soon thereafter, a hawk appears and seems to hang around with him. Is the hawk a message from Adam, from beyond the grave -- or might it be Adam himself, come back to offer solace. A bittersweet tale that will resonate with all who love deeply, a story of the sharpness of grief, the pain of loss -- and, ultimately, a story of never ending love.

Product Details

  • File Size: 121 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MLR Press,LLC (June 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DYOY4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful story, told with simple elegance June 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Four days after the death of his lover, Mike sits at his rural home grieving for Adam. Mike and Adam's children flew in for the funeral, and they--two men and two women--do their best to comfort Mike, but there is no comfort for someone who has just lost their soul mate. Strangely enough, a Cooper's hawk begins flying around the farm, bold as brass and seemingly unafraid of Mike. I say "strangely" because Adam's last name was Cooper. The children believe Mike is loosing his marbles, associating the bird with his dead lover, but that bird leads Mike directly to the bank on the creek where Mike and Adam first made love. Coincidence? You be the judge.

This is a tale of a man dealing with great sorrow, yet it is a story of unlimited joy. Kahill Gibran once said: "When you're sorrowful, look in your heart, and you'll see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." Yes, the joy of this story came earlier, in the thirty or so years leading up to this tale. The reader catches the memory of a prodigious and honest love between two men.

Banis describes a love so real and so spot-on with such simple, straightforward language, that I found it mesmerizing. It is a beautiful story, told with simple elegance, and so real that I realized that my husband and I would someday experience the same emotions, the same path--at least I hope so.

As with all Victor Banis's works, I can highly recommend this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Hearts: Vic Banis is a master storyteller! September 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Victor J. Banis - Cooper's Hawk {Reviewed by Don @ Hearts On Fire Reviews}

Vic Banis is a master storyteller from his days of writing some of the earliest gay pulp fiction to his works today.

He is one of those few writers that actually has enough life experience to pour emotions into a story that stirs the reader whether it's a comedy or a western or a beautiful bittersweet short like this one. Mike Patterson and Adam Cooper were married in every real sense of the word. As soul mates they raised five children together, loved a passionately and completed each other. Adam died four days ago and with him most of old Mike died also. The grown children take turns keeping an eye on Daddy Mike but is Adam somehow watching over Mike too? I loved the character Mike and cried with him, felt his amazement at seeing the hawk and identified with his independent, crusty exterior.

Not many people find that forever kind of love that Adam and Mike shared but those few of you who have found it definitely need to read this excellent story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cooper's Hawk by Victor J. Banis February 16, 2014
By Elisa
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a short story, but very moving. A very much believable story too, about two long-term partners: Adam and Mike are simple men with a very ordinary life; both widower with young sons, 3 boys Adam, 2 girls Mike, they found each other and raised their kids together. Just like that, not fancy ceremonies or legal fight, they were both daddies to their five children and shared a good life together.

But love cannot do anything against old age and death, and Adam preceded Mike; that was just few days ago, and now Mike is simply waiting for the time when he will be able to reach Adam in whatever paradise they are allowed to share. It can be sad to think, especially for your children, but actually Mike is old, and frail, and Adam was his shield against old age; now that Adam is gone, what is the reason for Mike to stay? Sure his children love him, even Adam’s children love him like if they were his own, but in a way, it’s right, and better, for Mike to be forever with Adam again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review by Brandilyn July 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
5 of 5 Stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

24 Pages. That is all it took for me to fall in love with the words of Victor J Banis. Cooper’s Hawk is a beautiful tale of timeless love. It is a tale of grief and survival. It is a story of two men who found each other and never wanted to be apart. It is a story that will have you in tears from the opening to the closing words.

As with many shorts, there is not a lot I can say about the plot of this book. I loved Mike. Even in a few short pages, Banis was able to give us a rich character for whom you wanted the best. In the end, that is exactly what Banis gives us. Yes this tale is bittersweet, but it is so full of love and beauty (yes I know I have already said that), it really is a must read.
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More About the Author

I've been writing all my life, but professionally for half a century, with more than 200 published books and many shorter works. Publisher's Weekly credited me with "the master's touch in storytelling." I was born in Pennsylvania but the family moved to Ohio when I was a baby. I grew up in a small town there but lived most of my adult life in California, both Southern (The Los Angeles area) and northern (San Francisco) - but now I live and write in West Virginia's beautiful Blue Ridge.

At age 75, I'm in a sort of semi-retirement, but still do the occasional story when ideas pop into my head - the most recent was Cooper's Hawk, available on Amazon, a bittersweet story of long time love. I'm presently working to get my backlist uploaded to Kindle and some of the books on audio.


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