An Eagle's Sky: My Life as a Birdman

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This is a true story of a man, John Stokes, who wields his lifelong passion for birds and flight to overcome adversity to ultimately free himself and a one-winged Bald Eagle from its earthly bonds. More

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About John Stokes

I was born in New Albany, Mississippi on April 6, 1956. I spent the first ten years of my life in Meridian, Mississippi. We lived a short period of time in Nashville, then moved to Memphis, eventually back to the Nashville area, then to Gatlinburg, Lompoc and Ventura, California and now reside outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee with my wife Dale. I have been involved with hang gliding since 1975 and have worked with birds since 1977. If you want to learn more about me, check out my's an autobiography.

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An Eagle's Sky, My Life as a Birdman
This is a video that corresponds with my book, An Eagle's Sky, My Life as a Birdman. The video chronicles the events that led me to take a one-winged Bald Eagle flying again through the sport of hang gliding.


Denise Finning reviewed on Feb. 4, 2013

I have been friends with John for 13 years. I used to see him and Dale perform when they were at Dollywood. I had the opportunity to meet him in 2000 when I wrote a poem about Osceola. I really enjoyed his book and learning about his life. I didn't want to put it down while I was reading it. It is a must read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Philip Morgan reviewed on Dec. 28, 2012

John did a great job writing his life story. I enjoyed reading about the bird rehabilitating and hang gliding portions of his story. I saw a show by John and Dale a few years ago at Rock City and they did a great job. It is easy to imagine that his presentations have been perfected over many years. His style of writing is quite good and I hope that he finds other things to write about in the future.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Stella Gallagher reviewed on Dec. 6, 2012
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My family and I have known John for over 25 years, which hardly seem possible. He lived in Memphis when we did, he flew with my husband, Jerry, and gave our daughter her first "birds" and our son one of his first nicknames! He, Dale and Oseola are near and dear to our hearts and his book is a treasure. Lovely work and he is a blessing to all feathered creatures and those of us who are always looking up! Stella Gallagher
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Christina Holmes reviewed on Nov. 24, 2012
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I took today and finally read your book. I laughed and cried and cheered throughout. Great story sir! What a wonderful story about challenges and adversity and the accomplishment of a lifetime of passion for these birds. Lucky are the folks who know the author and grateful are the avian with whom he works and plays. Keep up the great work and write more stories as well!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Patrick Nelle reviewed on Nov. 23, 2012
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Couldn't stop reading! I am also a hang glider pilot, and bird lover. Many flying sites, and a few folks I know around Arkansas, where I live, are in the book. So, it connected with my passions also. However, not even knowing these facts, the reader has to be envious of John's passion for connecting so intimately with nature, and her creatures. Some of us can only read about it. He dedicated himself to it, and lived it!
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Wanda Randle reviewed on Nov. 17, 2012

Excellent book! I had seen John Stokes’ raptor program at an elementary school so before I started reading his book, I expected it to dive right into how he works with birds. It is so much more, and when you have gotten to the end, you will feel you know John very well. As he tells his story, you almost feel that you are there. Humor and even a little mystery is threaded throughout the book but in the end, it is how his hang gliding merges with his desire to give a gift to a bird. Anyone who starts reading it had better allocate some time, because they will find it holds their interest.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Tish Gailmard reviewed on Nov. 12, 2012

Great read! This one is a page turner! John writes a beautiful story of his quest to work with birds of prey and ultimately to help his one winged friend, American Bald Eagle, Osceola, to fly again - with John in his hang glider! John's kind, caring and funny personality is refelcted in his work. I laughed, was intrigued, angered and excited. This story is not written just for birders; it is appealing to all with John's antecdotes of his personal life, work life and learning to hang glide when hang gliding was in its infancy. Put this one at the top of your reading list!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Tina Theeke reviewed on Nov. 10, 2012

I found this book to be absolutely compelling! This is one of the most heartwarming true stories I have ever read about. I immensely enjoyed the humor, the educational aspects, and even the tears I shed as John Stokes shares his amazing journey fighting for and caring for nature's beautiful creatures. The story of the spirited one winged bald eagle, Osceola taking flight with this amazing man and his hang glider is absolutely incredible! I highly recommend this book to everyone! It will uplift and inspire! -Tina Theeke
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

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