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I've never read a book quite like Stunt Road.  It is fascinating, depressing, joyful, cynical, provocative and even deadly, all at one go.  Quite an undertaking for a first novel

...a whirlwind tour, at once hilarious and chilling, through a modern American landscape of spiritual yearning, intellectual laziness and corporate greed. --Frank Mundo, LA Books Examiner 10 June 2010

"At once thought-provoking, incendiary and wickedly funny, Stunt Road manages to challenge the intellect without challenging the reader's attention span. As a result, Mose has crafted a thoroughly enjoyable novel." --JP's Books, writing in Le Forty Six

About the Author

Since Gregory Mose left his native Los Angeles to study English literature at Harvard, he has taught in Greece, practiced corporate law in London, and worked in West Africa for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He now lives in a small village in southwestern France with his wife and son. Stunt Road is his first novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Gregory Mose (July 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615306632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615306636
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,611,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregory Mose was born in 1970 in Los Angeles. He graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1992 with a degree in English and American Literature and then took a year off to teach English in Athens, Greece. He returned to the US to study law at Duke, where he specialized in public international law and institutions before accepting a two year contract with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Conakry, Guinea.

While in Africa he worked primarily with Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees, helping to ensure their continued protected status under international law and facilitating their resettlement in special cases. During that time he witnessed first hand the fallout of Sierra Leone's vicious coup and civil war in which thousands of civilians were murdered or mutilated.

In 1998 he moved to London to join his fiancee and worked for three years as a corporate securities lawyer for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before quitting to become a stay-at-home father. In 2005 he moved with his wife Sophia and son Sebastian to Montcabrier, a small village in southwest France, where they own and operate Domaine de la Dolce, a niche baby-and-toddler-friendly holiday cottage complex.

Stunt Road is Mose's first published novel. He also blogs about life in rural France.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betty Gelean on March 17, 2010
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Stunt Road by Gregory Mose

Gregory Mose takes the reader on a whirlwind ride into the world of the obscure, enlightening, mystic, and colorful world of Horokinetics. Never heard of Horokinetics? Oh, you will in this book, and enjoy the journey. Unemployed Pete McFadden, along with his old college friend and mathematician Emily, and childhood friend and psychologist, Susan take on a project thrown out almost as a challenge by the person Pete has been trying to get a job interview with. He is promised an interview if he can produce a program "as good as" astrology but based on science, a program which he and his friends have successfully produced based on pure math. Something profound, dedicated, prophetic and insightful.

When his challenger reneges and doesn't even return his calls, Pete is devastated. He takes a long drive up into the mountains, gets out of the car and gives in to memories and self-deprecation over his apparent latest folly. He is so deep into his thoughts that he doesn't realize he is not alone. A man on horseback has come up the trail behind him. Both begin to talk and it appears that both are soul-searching and currently unemployed. Jake does not laugh at Pete's program but seems very interested in it and soon has turned Pete's thoughts to positive ones.

The journey of selling his idea and program begins as Pete finds himself at a table with his program and Jake at a "New Age" fair, a place he never dreamed of being at any point in his life. The book begins to take on an entirely different, and yet still similar forward movement. Over the next several chapters there is mystery, suspense, mythology, corporate greed, mistrust, and many more elements and switches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Celia Hayes VINE VOICE on February 1, 2010
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"Stunt Road" is a novel - almost a roman-a-clef - which examines a fairly simple and straight-forward experience, what I called the `Oh-s**t!' event. At the top of a steep, snowy mountain, a small child casually makes a snowball and starts it rolling - and then watches in absolute horror as the snowball gets bigger, and bigger as it rolls down the mountainside, gathering mass and density - until it reaches the bottom of the mountain, where it swiftly derails a train, bounds across a highway, sending automobiles and trucks flying every which way, and finally smashes into the outskirts of a city below, wrecking houses and still heading toward downtown, getting bigger and even more destructive. Less imaginative people might call it a narrative of unintended consequences - most of them very, very bad, especially for the relatively innocent person who set the snowball to rolling.

In "Stunt Road" the snowball is started off on the journey of destruction by Peter McFadden, once a designer of computer generated imagery, now unemployed and reduced to living in his increasingly resentful girlfriend's condo. He can't seem to find a job in the field that he loves. His oldest and dearest friends - Diego the movie director, Emily the math teacher and former girl-friend he has never gotten over, and Susan, his oldest friend and now psychologist - are worried about him. They are also relieved when a chance encounter at an up-scale party affords him a challenge which might lead to gainful employment. Peter must create - from whole cloth - a system to tell fortunes, make it all up, every detail. A pinch of astrology, a touch of Scientology, a scoop of pseudoscience, a sprinkling of practical psychology and there it is: Horokinetics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joy H. on November 27, 2009
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I really enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful, quick paced and kept me guessing. It's tempting to try to finish it in a single day, but you should probably drag it out, since it's difficult to find books with such an engaging combination of humor and drama.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Deguere on October 19, 2009
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Not only did I found Stunt Road to be engaging from the very first paragraph, but I never came to a place in the novel where I was not waiting to see what would happen next. The fact that I was constantly surprised by how the plot unfolded was not only refreshing but delightful. I loved how the story was both fantastical in the plot's evolution yet managed to feel very real, modern and utterly plausible. Strong writing, heady moralistic battles laced with sharp wit, and a cinematic feel make this a very enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Vermolen on January 15, 2010
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Story is interesting (especially as I am reading Infinite Possibilities - Mike Dooley, at the same time).

Part 1 of the book contains a lot of facts and information on how the invented system of Pete will work. With the help of Jake, Emily and other friends, he creates this spiritual believe that has to "wow" a potential employer. Well, the employer never returns his calls but Pete's adventure into the spiritual world doesn't end there. In part 1 you see him more as the follower and Jake as the leader and the creator of the soon-to-be-movement. Part 2 was fast paced, very captivating and reveals some true natures.

The ending? I thought it was a shame Pete had nothing left in the end, no company, no dignity, no reputation. The moral of the book is important and reaches back to moral and values. It did feel though like Jake and "other sharks" got away with what they wanted.

In short: I loved the book. I liked the setting, the description of the characters and their evolvement over time. The story is current wether you're a believer or not
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