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An intelligent and mysterious read about friendship between Jake, a smart young man who likes astrology, and an older man, Phaedrus, who is both wise and pleasantly peculiar, a genuinely nice person. They meet by happenstance at a time when the world as we know it today is about to change dramatically. The plot is all too real, although some incidents seemed a bit of a stretch. I love this book. It defies categorizing, so I'd describe it as Indie -- something wonderfully different.

The story includes a lovable old dog, astrology, a bit of music, history, religion, ham radio and computers, and touches lightly on gay issues. Mostly it's about an easy friendship that takes place at a small, isolated property, the tense situation in the world today from several perspectives, secrets that Phaedrus must keep -- some involving world issues -- and an intelligent young man's search for truth and meaning.

The reader is pulled into the story early on and the mystery continues throughout the book amid ordinary days and events. The book covers so much philosophical territory in such an easygoing way, that it seems a good read for many different reasons. After you've read it, you will think about it for awhile.

I received the book through Goodreads with the expectation of review. The story will appeal to a variety of readers. I'd read anything this author writes in the future. This book is movie material.

For publishers, where are the proofreaders these days? They're sorely needed. This is a finished novel and I found well over a dozen errors, either typos or simply wrong words, etc. It's sad that this is the norm now. I'm always pleased to read a book with old fashioned quality editing and no wrong words. They seem a thing of the past, another symptom of the malaise of society today.

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Jake is young, and his life seems boring. Phaedrus is old, and his life seems empty. Phaedrus seems to think that a nightmare is about to happen. Jake just wants to go on dreaming. Does Phaedrus really know something? Or is he just a broken old man? Jake must choose. If Phaedrus is right, then Jake's life is going to change, and Jake will have to rethink everything he ever knew.

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