Adrian, a hardworking and highly paid management consultant climbing the career ladder, is a Canadian living in Europe with his wife Hannah and their two children. Although on the surface his life appears settled, Adrian has skeletons in the closet from his university days and is frequently troubled by nightmares. While on vacation in Canada visiting his parents, he is tracked down after many years by an old enemy, Damian, in an encounter that almost costs him his life.

What happened on that fateful night? As Adrian tries to understand, he is confronted with more questions than answers: Was Ella his university girlfriend really stolen from him by a terrifying creature, or was the whole incident just one of many hallucinations in an acid trip gone horribly wrong? Is marijuana really a drug? And can LSD open a connection to another world, or just damage the user’s brain to the extent that he suffers paranoid flashbacks many years later?

The tragic murder of some of those closest to Adrian ultimately forces a final confrontation between Adrian and Damian in a manner that brings back the memories of lost love and the ghosts of Adrian’s psychedelic youth.

This is a story about professional burn-out, drug use and confronting ghosts from the past. The lines between reality and hallucination are at times blurred, and the use of psychedelic drugs is described in a vivid and titillating manner, bringing a taboo subject into the mainstream.

The novel is predominantly set in British Columbia, both in the present and in the 1990’s. There are many books which attempt to “capture the spirit of the 80’s, 70’s, 60’s,” etc., this book captures the spirit of the 1990’s. Vancouver is brought to life, both then and now.

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“Harry Potter Meets Twilight”

Five Star Review on Amazon By A. Kozdron

Arthur Andrews provides us a modern-day mash-up of Harry Potter meets Twilight. The story begins at its chronological end with a looming showdown between the protagonist and his nemesis. We then retrace the arc of events that began in the past but leads back to the present. Along the way the protagonist splits his time between memories of British Columbia from the early 1990s, mainly Vancouver and Terrace, and the current situation when he returns to BC from his new life as a management consultant in Frankfurt. I enjoyed Andrews’ recreating UBC and downtown Vancouver from the 1990s when I went to university there too. He uses this lush yet
gritty backdrop to explore his major theme of responses to catastrophic events. At its most basic, he asks if escape provides a healthy metamorphosis when confronted with death, be it physical or figurative. Or, like the psychedelic drugs that flavor the book, might such an escape be only a hallucination?

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