“Parker, Deborah's spiritual advisor, came in with a group of his
followers, shadowed by a half-cocked security guard.
Wearing a long, loose caftan of un-dyed linen, Parker appeared to be all of a single non-descript color. Neither white nor blonde, his hair was a shade somewhere in between and cut so short it was almost shaved. His skin -- the color of sand. And his pale eyes -- not quite green, blue, or gray. It seemed that in the mystic void created by his presence, color simply drained away.”
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A Far Strange Country: Banquet of Choices - is set against the backdrop of social unrest, the rise of the drug culture, upheaval and assassinations. Like postcards from the past, cinematic description and crisp dialog bring elements of 1968 California to life in this tightly-written, fast-paced novel. The smoke clears with a story that is absent of the platitudes normally associated with the era.
“It's much like the movie, On Golden Pond meeting Psych-Out. But I was adamant that the novel not be filled with hippie clichés and cheap shots about a time and place of monumental significance that changed our nation forever. I did, however, want to include California lore, and nostalgic bits and pieces that were once familiar, but now almost forgotten.” - Arielle Hunter -
Thrown into the mix are Buck and Pauline Harper, a staid couple who are riding out the upheaval tucked away on their ranch in the Sierra Nevada foothills when they receive a telegram. Their estranged son, Steven, a Viet Nam veteran, has been hospitalized in San Francisco from a drug overdose.
At the same time, Donatello Dragghi a notorious Italian actor and film director has been sent to live with his uncle in California to avoid a Mafia hit. He is waiting in his suite at the Beverly Palms Hotel for a phone call. The call sets in motion a series of events that take him in a direction he never dreamed possible.
And then there’s Parker, the pop-culture guru, suspected of murdering a follower to acquire a property in Big Sur.
The two-book series takes place in San Francisco, Berkeley, Napa, Los Angeles, Big Sur and the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. Hippies, ranchers and film stars illustrate the central theme: actions have consequences.
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