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The Gopher King: A Dark Comedy

The Gopher King: A Dark Comedy

by Gojan Nikolich


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2021 American Fiction Awards Finalist

2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist

"Imaginative and often beguiling, like a mashup of Platoon and Gremlins scripted by William S. Burroughs." -Kirkus Reviews

"Nikolich's story shimmers with intersecting layers of identity and fantastical complexities." -Authors Reading

A suicidal former platoon sergeant, sole survivor of a Vietnam War jungle ambush, is haunted by what he perceives as his cowardly past. Debilitated by guilt and mourning the death of his wife, small town newspaper publisher Stan Przewalski lives in a PTSD-fueled world where it is impossible to distinguish reality from fantasy.

Returning from a Vietnam sightseeing tour, his suppressed memories resurface with a vengeance as he deals with a murder and a raging wildfire that threatens to destroy his hometown of Bull River Falls, Colorado. The overly medicated vet meets a magical creature who wears paratrooper boots and rock band tee shirts and commands a subterranean army that believes Stan is the answer to their fight against unscrupulous real estate developers.

While they sabotage cell phone towers and government buildings, these supernatural friends provide an unlikely path to Stan's redemption.

What could possibly go wrong?

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ISBN-13: 9781684335732
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 11/12/2020
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 994,557
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Gojan Nikolich is a former Chicago newspaper reporter, editor and public relations agency executive. He graduated with B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Literature from DePaul University, served as a decorated Army sergeant with both the 2nd and 4th Infantry divisions and worked as a journalist in Korea and Japan. He lives with his family in Colorado, where he and his wife once owned a weekly newspaper.

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