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American Karma - Twilight of the Marijuana Gods [Kindle Edition]

Doug Shear
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Book Description

It's the summer of 1971.

The Vietnam War rages on.

Nixon declares the War on Drugs.

Jim Morrison dies in a bathtub.

But all a nice Jewish boy from Miami wants to do is escape
Paradise and find Utopia.


Doug is a 17-year old hippie who sets off hitchhiking with
Nixon, his closeted gay, openly black friend. They leave in search of a
mythical, blissful commune, with no money and no map. Just a deep faith in the
benevolence of the Marijuana Gods.


Join Doug and Nixon on a psychedelic journey of free love and
cheap sex, wild dogs and escaped criminals.


Stay with Doug as he joins a busload of Jewish hippies, falls
in love, and chugs towards a hidden marijuana plantation to harvest a piece of
the American Dream.


Follow his quest for Utopia as he stumbles into the most
notorious get-rich-quick scheme of the twentieth century.


With the blessing of the Marijuana Gods, Doug attempts to transform
himself from a free-spirited, long-haired hippie into slick, super-salesman.
Instead, he discovers homelessness, alcoholism and a Satanic Cult that believes
Jesus is about to forgive Lucifer.


What did you expect from a bunch of Stoned Gods?


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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 392 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1441485260
  • Publisher: amazon.com; 2 edition (May 7, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028Y5WKO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars captures youth and freedom July 24, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny, interesting trip through the 70s... August 14, 2012
By Alex M.
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Told in an irreverent voice, American Karma is a coming-of-age story about a nice Jewish boy from Miami. Doug is a 17-year old pot-smoking, hippie wanna-be ensnared by the expectations that come from trying to find his place in society. You see, Miami is a prison in Paradise and Doug yearns for something free.

So, dragging Nixon - his skeptical black friend who much prefers having all life's essentials within reach - along, he hitchhikes to Utopia, a vaguely idyllic place of free food, free love and endless pot - an idea `sold' to him by someone who knows someone who says, 'Mary from Maryland' knows exactly where it is. It's a hilarious, circuitous expedition that traverses up the East Coast then abruptly shifts off-course on a `Go-West-young-man' adventure, only to end up right back where it began.

American Karma is an appealing merry-go-round, on which Doug encounters an array of often lively, always vivid characters - Bologna Jane, Big Arm, the Misfits, a con-man named Glenn to name a few - all of whom charitably share 'wisdom' with, often, earnest absurdity.

It's a charming, engaging tale about the hubris of innocence in the thinning shadow of the `60s Hippie subculture. Woodstock-laced love, rock `n' roll, solemn tributes to the Marijuana Gods amid drug-hazed days bookend this amusingly lighthearted poke at American stereotypes and youthful arrogance. Doug Shear is not only a master of `the dangling conversations' of Simon & Garfunkel, he's able to intone an artful whisper that invites us to join him on his excursion of comical escapades while he trudges over the `American Dream' only to run headlong into `American Karma.'

American Karma is a sunny read that often overshadows the hints of darkness that mark a boy's quest for maturity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, funny, irreverent, not enough words. January 25, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars twilight of the marijuana gods November 7, 2012
By jo
Format:Kindle Edition
good book! i enjoyed reading it. some parts toward the end were kind of slow, but overall i loved it! definitely a fun read, and the author writes like he is talking to a friend, so there is no extra unnecessary verbal fluff. quick read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a fun read October 21, 2012
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this is a fun read of a young man's struggle to find his independence & suffering some in the process. I'd recommend it for anyone who came of age in the 60's & is looking for something easy to read.
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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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