From the Publisher
We will look back on the Twentieth Century as the one in which we lost touch with the heroic. We are living in the era of technical special effects relying heavily on violence, whose heroes are generic video game figures that conquer by destroying everything in their paths. The question is being raised, where are the stories that do not depend upon violence and killing to hold our interest and what does this dilemma say about us? Surely we will find our new heroes at the heart of our current challenges. What challenge is more important than preserving our environment?
Whutaworld Book Company is dedicated to the preservation of the natural world. It is up to writers to offer our children heroic figures who reveal ennobling challenges worthy of confrontation. The author Cal Morgan has set a literary precedent in her book 10 Foolish Fortune Hunters. To take on the theme of our endangered planet is no easy feat. How do you make interesting the current tragedy occurring to the earth and the endangered creatures that live on her? How to you make this story illuminating without boring readers to death? Cal has solved this problem by craftily constructing a humorous, action packed true story interlaced with such things as global newspaper headlines, bits of Buddhism on cafe napkins, a dialogue with the moon, and a sardonic stance toward herself and the other nine foolish fortune hunters in the book. Only after one has read the book does one realize a message has been delivered that has struck at the heart dead center. This is not a pro or con marijuana book, not a counter cultural last hurrah, not about the noble and self-important human being in any one of its masks. It is a book upon whose heroine we all depend: our earth home.
About the Author
Cal Morgan is the pseudonym for the author Cynthia Morgan. Other books by her include: If You Love Somebody Who Smokes: The Confessions of a Nicotine Addict (also offered here at amazon.com), The Unconscious Conspiracy, and, The Other Side of the Mirror. She has chosen a pseudonym for 10 Foolish Fortune Hunters because it is a true story and, as stated on the copyright page, all the character's names have been changed to protect the guilty. In 1984 she was busted by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department for growing half a million dollars worth of marijuana. Figuring she couldn't be tried for the same crime twice, she sat on this story for many years thinking about how to present it in book form. What has emerged is a tale more than the sum of its many daring escapades and the individuals who played out their parts. The author finally concluded that the strongest element to survive the counter culture revolution was the concept of "wholistic" as reflected in the ways in which we have begun to focus on ecology, medicine, psychology, and spirituality. She has therefore made the theme of this story not so much about what one woman learns on her hinterland journey, but about all of us and how it is we lose sight of our responsibility as caretakers of the earth we trod. She is currently finishing a novel that takes place in Amazonia.