By Jim Dodge
A brief yet awesome existence leads wizard-in-training Daniel Pearse to the "junction" (entrance) of the mythical philosopher's stone, yet now not earlier than this novel chronicles his outstanding 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 scouse borrow plutonium leads to her violent dying. younger Daniel, in pursuit of his mother's betrayer, joins AMO and discovers a college 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 study who betrayed Annalee, yet is distracted by way of the duty of stealing a gleaming, 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 ( no longer Fade Away ) 3rd novel will be his first cult vintage.