This is a 60,000-word near future academic thriller taking place in the Adirondacks.
In the future of 2035, the ravages of climate change and the subsequent economic and political decline have caused the U.S. to be broken up into six separate republics. Jasper Stone, an out-of-work archeologist, receives a cryptic message from his friend and former colleague, Riley Collins, about an ancient alien artifact that he believes is hidden inside the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York State. Riley believes the artifact may contain an urgent warning from an alien civilization, but he disappears before he can tell Jasper any additional details. Jasper, who is searching for some meaning in his life after the murder of his mother, honors Riley’s request and continues the search for the artifact to help his friend and to find some spiritual respite.
The key to the location of the artifact lies within the transcendental writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and his time in the Adirondacks. Jasper employs the help of his former love, Ingrid Black, due to her knowledge of Ralph Waldo Emerson and her curation of his archives. Together they embark on a quest through the Adirondacks in the Northeast Republic of the U.S. The newly formed Southern Republic theocracy, worried about how the reveal of this potential message from the artifact could threaten their evangelical fundamentalism, sends former domestic terrorist and corrupt pastor Joel Robertson to stop them. Jasper and Ingrid are forced to fight off his thugs and survive a violent and cold-hearted world.
The struggle to find the artifact, and stay ahead of the Southern Republic theocracy, climaxes with a final boat chase on the waters of the degraded Lake Champlain. Jasper and Ingrid’s success could decide the fate of the artifact, the fate of Riley, and perhaps the fate of the world.
This story will appeal to the fans of the thrilling pace and religious intrigue of Dan Brown books and the exciting archeology finds of books by David Gibbons.