My Kindle Select Novel Desert Chimera introduces psychic tracker and visionary Luke Stone; the book also explores the same relationship as the Oscar nominated film The Master.

The book will be offered throughout the day for three consecutive days beginning Sunday, February 17th, and continuing on Monday, February 18th, and all day on Tuesday, February 19th.

Desert Chimera was first envisioned as the play Desert Wolf, and presented at the Interact Theatre Company, directed by Dave Florek, and starring Dave Florek in the role of Luke Stone with Greg White as Armand Jacobi, Tina Carlisi as Mack Starr, Ivonne Coll as Consuelo Arroyo (later replaced by Denise Blasor due to Ivonne’s demanding schedule), Bette Rae as Eppie Falco, and Jeris Pondexter as Leo.

After a very successful performance at the Interact, I decided to adapt the play to a novel to delve more deeply into the tantalizing relationship between Luke and his nemesis the black magician Armand Jacobi, the man who picked him up off the streets of New York City as an urchin run-a-way, healed him, and tutored him in the occult arts.

Desert Chimera explores the master/student relationship as does the Oscar nominated film The Master that stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the teacher and Joaquin Phoenix as his student.

When I first began developing the material, ironically, I read biographies of Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard who many say the Hoffman character is based upon. I also read biographies of Church of Satan leader Anton LeVay. Both of these larger-than-life figures inform the character of Armand Jacobi.

As the student develops, though, especially a student of strong will and talent, the only type of student worthy of devoting so much time and energy, the relationship between master/student warps and bends. Who has dominion? Eventually, who possesses ultimate control?

Desert Chimera also delves into Luke’s paranormal universe, his psychic visions, and his power of healing, as well as his budding romance with one of the fellow travelers he finds at Eppie Falco’s Desert Inn and Cafe: the beautiful Consuelo Arroyo. To exert his will and power over Luke, Armand holds the travelers hostage in the Desert Inn.

Throughout the book, throughout his journey both in the physical and on the metaphysical plane, Luke struggles with the concept of good versus evil, and perhaps with the even larger question: why should he choose good?

Not unlike the question ordinary people face every day, but on a rather magnificent scale. Luke struggles in the heart of Death Valley as torrential rain strikes, and as Armand Jacobi holds the fate of fellow travelers and his newly beloved in his twisted hands. As the battle builds between the rivals, Luke is confronted with the full horrors of his past, horrors he’d thought he’d escaped from seven long years before.

But, Luke learns. no one can run from his past.

No matter how far or how fast you run, your past will always be there– whether it be just around the corner up ahead, at the tip of the next rocky mountain peak, or in a cafe in the heart of Death Valley– to meet yOU.

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