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Stunt Road Paperback – July 29, 2009
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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 --reviewthebook.com
...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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Peter has seen better days, he graduated from UCLA and was gainfully employed as a CGI animator but a twist of fate had him joining the ranks of the unemployed and much to his chagrin he winds up living off of his girlfriend Susan and his semi - retired parents. He needed a way to change his life and soon. Peter had to find a job but wanted the type of job that suited him. While he was making no headway on the job market he decided that if he were to impress some potential employers with the fact that he could dispel conventional systems of predicting the future and invent his own system of predicting the future, it would assure him a place of favor and therefore lead to job or at least somehow make him some money.
Once the system was created but did not get the initial desired results, Peter while a little downtrodden about his situation meets a stranger on "stunt road" and by confiding in that stranger he gains some insight into which direction he should go into with his creation. Following his friends advice Peter's system takes off in popularity it eventually becomes an issue with other prominent spiritual factions while getting promoted to a cult like level by his supposed new friend. Peter soon finds that his "friend" is not the man he claimed to be and his friendly intentions were not so friendly after all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What fun to see a skeptic face the unintended consequences of trying to debunk astrology. I enjoyed the accurate skewering of New age wackos in Southern California. Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by Yarnwriter
This was an unusual and entertaining story. I read it in one day and couldn't put it down. I liked the premise of inventing a system of divination just to show it can be done (and... Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by C.
Story is interesting (especially as I am reading Infinite Possibilities - Mike Dooley, at the same time). Read morePublished on January 15, 2010 by R. Vermolen
"Stunt Road", simply put, makes you REALLY think. I read books by Jack London, Henry David Thoreau, Oscar Wilde, and Orson Welles because they also make me think and ponder life's... Read morePublished on October 10, 2009 by Jessica Mccue
Stunt Road is a novel of ideas wrapped up in the guise of a thrilling read. Peter, the main character, gets sucked into a world of his own creation, but it gets out of his control... Read morePublished on August 26, 2009 by D. Matlock
I love the idea of someone accidentally starting a cult. There's brilliance in the prose. At first, it reminded me of a modern day, more accessible version of Umberto Eco's... Read morePublished on August 9, 2009 by Jehan G.