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About the Author

Doug Shear is the author of Rhubarb Culture, a futuristic novel set in a Miami, where a Survivalist and his suicidal girlfriend attempts to survive while dodging police, corporate thugs and a New Age suicide cult. 
American Karma: Twilight of the Marijuana Gods, his second book, highlights Doug's real-life hitchhiking experiences through America in the 1970s and his unwitting involvement in one of the most notorious 'Get Rich Quick' scams of the twentieth century. 
In addition, Doug has written 'Saint Peter at the Gate' a stage play produced in Toronto, ON and Boca Raton, Fl. Saint Peter at the Gate spotlights four car accident victims as they attempt to convince St. Peter to allow them entry through Heaven's Pearly Gates.
He's also written and performed, "A Loophole in Law of Karma" at the Life Out Loud event in Ybor City, Fl. and "Nitro and Glycerin" at the Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables, Fl. 
To blow off steam, Doug often performs stand-up at seedy local clubs that he'd never visit as a patron.
His work has also appeared in the Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and the Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: amazon.com; 2 edition (May 7, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028Y5WKO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I was ten years old I wrote a short story about a little boy who enters into a magic book at the school library and is transported to the time of the dinosaurs. Eventually I escape back to the library, the tooth of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in my little hand as proof of my adventure. My teacher was so impressed she said I should be a writer, and I've been writing ever since, although I may have peaked at ten.

I'm the author of two books. The first one, Rhubarb Culture, is about a Survivalist and his Suicidal Lover who match wits with the obese Leader of a New Age Suicide Cult, a demented Businessman and local Police who believe they are serial killers. Which is understandable given what they find in their apartment: a dog cage furnished like a baby's crib, dozens of wallets with the ID's of missing people, a box of live Scorpions and an unfinished manuscript entitled: The Apocalyptic Cookbook - How to Catch, Kill and Cook Everything.

My second book, American Karma - Twilight of the Marijuana Gods, in a memoir, of sorts, that chronicles my transformation from a hippie to an pyramid scheme salesman to a panhandler who finds redemption in a crackhouse of Satan-worshipping heroin addicts.

I'm also featured in a compilation of Lip Service Stories spoken word performances in a book called BadAss.

Just recently, my monologue Escort Wanted was directed and performed by two different directors and actors at the New Theatre Festival in Miami.

My stage play, Saint Peter at the Gate, was produced in Toronto, Canada and Boca Raton, Florida.

I also wrote and performed A Loophole in Law of Karma at the Life Out Loud event in Ybor City, Florida, as well as My Big Fat Greek Dick, Nitro & Glycerin and Mudfishing at the Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables, Florida.

I've done stand up comedy, but it's not my passion. And it's brutal. Lot of respect for those who do it.

I've also written a few screenplays, a novelette called Slow Boat to Heaven that I need to edit and publish, and several other pieces that defy labels. I study Blender animation, have an amazing garden, and I'm going to produce NO PICTURES PLEASE if it kills me.

Which, hopefully, it won't.

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MARIJUANA GODS is a vivid portrait of being adventurous and delirious in America.

Doug Shear captures the abandon of being young; the urge to create our own fate, to connect with everyone we meet, to make each experience valuable.

Shear's book is a tantalizing blend of humorous encounters and serious reflections... how do we love our old fashioned parents? What kind of work is fulfilling? Why do we need to leave home to discover ourselves? How can we choose between lust and love?

I read many memoirs--and am now writing my third.
Doug Shear is a master at this genre: he is fearless and candid; he invites us into his poignant quest for meaning in our crazy world.

Again, try this book: it is vital and unique. The satire and the wisdom make the whole karma worth the trip.
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This is an autobiography of amusing, poignant, heartbreaking youthful folly. A book all ages can read, from age 80 down to today's savvy teenager who thinks they know everything. They are not quite as unique as they thought. Everyone can relate to conflicts with parents, and family that knew what was best for us. When Doug told me he was going to write about his wayward youth, his Satanic Cult and the marijuana filled days. I laughed, "How could you, you can't remember it, you were stoned most of the time." But I was wrong he researched the places, the friends and the states they had lived in, and produced a great book. I think he has written a wonderful, intimate, funny sometimes sad story. It's timeless. Any age group can read it. I urge everyone to download or purchase this book and laugh, cry and remember. Valorie Grant
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I wasn't alive in the 70s so I can't say that it brought back any memories, but I can tell you that the book was a great read. The author paints a great picture of life in the 70s, and was also really quite funny. American Karma is a really fun read and I would recommend it to anyone. It doesn't slow down or become ludicrous at any point. Go for it, its an entertaining read!
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This is a poingnant yet really funny autobiography of the author's "hippie" days. Escaping the violence of the Miami schools, a teen of the seventies (the time known as "the sixties") runs away from home with his best friend and experiences the trials and tribulations of the drug culture, bigots, con artists, and spurned love. His adventure doesn't work as he hoped, so he goes back home and tries again--running away to the free and easy "hippie" life as he misconstrues it. Completely hilarious, a moving snapshop of youthful folly in one of most interesting of historical times, American Karma is a book on the hippie era that is a must read.
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OMG A friend of mine who happens to be a friend of the author recommended this book to me and I have to admit, I had to read it twice becuase it was way too funny, it is the story of a young man turning to a man and all the pitfalls that come with it, told in a hysterical manner you just cannot put it down, I will not reveal much of it but the Dog was great LOL, worth the price and if you were raised in the 70's you will have a laugh while going on a trip down memory lane.
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If you missed the 60--as I sometimes feel I did--this memoir made me appreciate that era without the serious stuff. All hilarity, but with sincerity and bite.

I loved this book. You got to love the characters and their crazy, believable humanity.

And if you want another clever and insightful book, you'll love the author's novel, Rhubarb Culture. It is wry and "makes you think" at the same time.

Enjoy this author's wit.
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By G on August 13, 2012
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If you were born a little late (or even a little early) to experience the 60's, this is a must read. It's the kind of wild ride that makes you wish for days when people had that kind of freedom while simultaneously being glad that they're gone. Doug shear uses bright imagery and a sardonic wit to keep you turning the page. I recommend this book to anyone with a thirst for adventure and a sense of humor.
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This book is a personal and intimate, sometimes painfully, but always a joy to read. I love the colorful, free spirited, hippie counter-culture. I was part of it, and I can confirm that American Karma is an accurate portrayal of time. It didn't turn out quite so bad for me as it did for the author, but that was his Karma. Maybe he should have made more sacrifices to the marijuana gods.
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