Maxwell, a guitarist whose band is coming off the road under discouraging circumstances, has come to a crossroad. The minimal success his band, Road Craft, has had is being smothered by an era where bars are becoming discos, and live entertainment is being replaced by larger dance floors. They scored a small record deal years before, but the excitement has cooled, and they never got much radio play.
The only hope he has of financing his future rests in a book he hunted down using contacts and skills he learned from his father, who was an expert at acquiring rare occult objects. Max is not a believer in mysticism, but he knows what he has was hard to get, and should be worth thousands. When he's told it's too hot to sell, his dreams are crushed, and his wallet is left empty. He'll have to tell his band mates that his plan has fallen through, and they have come to the end of the road.
The members of Road Craft are set to return home during a Pagan summer festival called The Gathering, where hundreds of people gather to celebrate music, nature, and each other. The Gathering also puts him nose to nose with Miranda, a woman Maxwell knew when they were children, a veteran of the New York Rock scene and his equal.
He doesn't know it yet, but this is the event that will make him a believer in the occult, and he will have some choices to make. All the while, there are people who know he has the book, and they are determined to twist the knowledge it contains to a terrible purpose, to break the circle of life, making resurrections possible, to open the door between the living and the dead just enough to embrace forbidden power. Their selfish intent would disrupt the natural order enough to change the world, and not for the better.
Maxwell's music career is about to be the least of his worries.
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About the Author
Born in 1974, Randolph Lalonde has worked in customer service, sales, played drums for several heavy metal bands you've never heard of, dealt blackjack in a traveling casino, and serviced countless computers. He's also owned businesses in the design, printing, collectible and custom computer fields. He completed writing his first novel in the fantasy adventure genre at the age of fifteen and has been writing ever since. He self published his first novel; Fate Cycle: Sins of the Past in 2004 and after taking a break has begun to release his work again starting with the Spinward Fringe series. Randolph Lalonde's Ebooks have been legally downloaded over 750,000 times to date including free downloads. He has made just enough to keep writing full time from sales. He is deeply grateful for his following of readers and strives to improve his skills to better entertain them. The Spinward Fringe Space Opera series has proven to be his most popular offering. He currently resides in Sudbury Ontario where he's working on a new trilogy of Spinward Fringe novels as well as a Fantasy trilogy. The first offering in the trilogy, Brightwill, is available for free along with the first Spinward Fringe novel, Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another excellent read from Randoplh Lalonde. As promised by the author, a completely.different offering from his Spinward Fringe space opera series. Well written with characters that get your attention and keep you wanting to get to know them better. I was all in from the first chapter. A love story with a dark side. I hope we get to follow Max and friends down even further into the dark well of evil and up into the light.
Great storyline, good character development lots of room for more stories.