By Jim Dodge
A brief yet outstanding existence leads wizard-in-training Daniel Pearse to the "junction" (entrance) of the mythical philosopher's stone, yet no longer ahead of this novel chronicles his awesome schooling. Daniel's unwed mom, Annalee, increases him in a shack that serves because the hideout for an historic counterculture society, the Alliance of Magicians and Outlaws (AMO). Annalee falls for AMO poet Shamus Malloy, whose plot to thieve plutonium leads to her violent dying. younger Daniel, in pursuit of his mother's betrayer, joins AMO and discovers a school that incorporates Wild invoice Weber on meditation and survival; rancher Mott Stocker on intercourse and medicine; Willie the press on safecracking; and undesirable Bobby Sloane on poker. Daniel desires to research who betrayed Annalee, yet is distracted by means of the duty of stealing a sparkling, completely round diamond from the White Sands Proving Grounds, a simple proposition for the well-schooled formative years. yet rather than relinquishing the stone to AMO chief Volta, as he had sworn to, Daniel surrenders to overall obsession with its mysteries. Aptly subtitled "an alchemical potboiler," and well crafted, Dodge's ( now not Fade Away ) 3rd novel should be his first cult vintage.