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ISBN13: 9780615306636
ISBN10: 0615306632
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It seems too good to be true. When Pete McFadden invents his own system of fortune-telling, he doesn't really expect anyone to take it seriously. He can't imagine that it will become Hollywood's next spiritual fad. And he certainly never dreams that Horokinetics could make him famous. But it does. And when his creation becomes the battleground between a manipulative cult leader and an unscrupulous corporation, Pete learns a simple truth. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Stunt Road is an intelligent, cynical and above all entertaining foray into the murky world of for-profit spirituality. If you've ever raised an eyebrow at self-improvement schemes, corporate marketing mania or the general gullibility of your fellow men, then this book is a treat. And if you haven't, then it is a must-read.

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brown_l_c, July 10, 2012 (view all comments by brown_l_c)
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. While Horokinetics did turn out to be a windfall for Peter just when he needed a windfall; it also showed him how deceptive, vicious, backstabbing and greedy people can be even when they are on a supposed enlightened path to help others.

I enjoyed this story completely it was well written and the characters were interesting and realistic in their interactions. The story moves at a great pace and takes the reader on an absorbing, witty and entertaining ride that makes you think outside the box about human nature. I would recommend this book for a great summer read.
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bgelean, March 17, 2010 (view all comments by bgelean)
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. The author combines fractals, chaos and philosophies in such a fluid way the reader won't find the sometimes obscure words difficult. The beginning of the book in particular is quite tongue-in-cheek humorous, but becomes more serious in later chapters. There is quite frankly a lot that can be learned about ourselves as a whole without effort within these pages. On the other hand, the book contains, and in some way combines, the unscrupulous with purity.

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. The range of characters really breathes life into the story. Without the strong characterizations, this would be a different book. The ending brings to mind Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" and the lines

"...Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

I am left to wonder, which road did Peter take when he came to the crossroad at the end of the book? 4 ½ stars
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780615306636
Author:
Mose, Gregory
Publisher:
Gregory Mose
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
306
Dimensions:
5.00x8.00x.69 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 306 pages Gregory Mose - English 9780615306636 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , It seems too good to be true. When Pete McFadden invents his own system of fortune-telling, he doesn't really expect anyone to take it seriously. He can't imagine that it will become Hollywood's next spiritual fad. And he certainly never dreams that Horokinetics could make him famous. But it does. And when his creation becomes the battleground between a manipulative cult leader and an unscrupulous corporation, Pete learns a simple truth. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Stunt Road is an intelligent, cynical and above all entertaining foray into the murky world of for-profit spirituality. If you've ever raised an eyebrow at self-improvement schemes, corporate marketing mania or the general gullibility of your fellow men, then this book is a treat. And if you haven't, then it is a must-read.
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