Wayne Grover met the real-life Ali in the mid-1970’s when he was in Saudi Arabia for his job.
A lifelong mountain climber, he wanted to explore the deep rifts he’d heard about along the western edge of the Arabian desert.
As he explored, he came upon a remote village deep in a rift larger than the Grand Canyon and befriended the village chief and his family.
Ali and the Golden Eagle is his fictionalized account of his friendship with Mustafa and Ali, and his desire to reciprocate the friendship with an extraordinary gift.
This book is about cross-cultural friendship, the art of falconing, and the unintentional end of a traditional way of life.
Highly recommended for ages 8+.