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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

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: #5,430,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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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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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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Stunt Road by Gregory Mose proved to both an intriguing and stimulating read. This is the first novel by the author and it does indeed make a great impression as the story deals with greed and betrayal stemming from of all things, predicting the future. The main character Peter McFadden becomes famous for creating a system of prognostication, he calls Horokinetics.

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.
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