DENVER, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Only separate city-states maintain some semblance of civilization. So Grimoire of Stone is a fantasy but because it grew out of a science fiction experiment in alternate history, it feels at times like a western, steam punk, science fiction, an epic fantasy, or sword and sorcery.
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Imagine a world where Moses Stern, spy and gunslinger is on a mission serving the Vatican north of the Rio Conco, when he falls prey to vampire witches and Coyote, a shape-shifting trickster. The witches are searching for a human champion to rid the earth of dragons, and, when they capture Stern, they realize they have found their man. All they have to do is persuade him to travel to the dragons' realm, discover why they have come to earth, and figure out a way to send them home. He agrees. But once there, he finds four elemental realms in turmoil, beset by tyrant kinds and terrible demons. He also learns that returning home may be nigh impossible. So when a demon offers him unlimited power and a way back, he makes a Faustian bargain. Earth and Stern may never be the same again.
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About the Author:
Keith Harvey is the author of four novels, "Vogel Flies South," "Vogel and the White Bull," "Cave Gossip" and "Grimoire of Stone;" two books of poetry, "Petroglyphs," and "Sea-Snails on a Black Chow's Tongue or, a Castaway's Poems in a Bottle;" a slew of short stories and hundreds of poems.In addition to writing, he practices international law and divides his time between his offices in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Dallas, Texas.
In 2009, his fantasy novel, "Okeanus," was a semi-finalist in the Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough novel contest.
He is currently writing short stories set in an alternate history and finishing a young adult science fiction novel, based loosely on Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
Review of his previous novel, "Cave Gossip," from Kirkus Reviews:
"A mild-mannered scholar confronts his woman problems by delving into the mythic landscape of the south of France in this searching psychological novel.
Karl Wisent, a 30-ish German man living in Paris in the early 1990s, is writing a book about Nietzsche, but his life couldn't be more un-Nietzschean. He's thoroughly under the thumb of domineering women, from the censorious nuns at the Catholic girls' school where he teaches to his estranged wife Heike, who lives in Berlin and has denied him sex for years. He finally takes–or rather is taken by–a mistress, Helene, who is firmly in charge in bed and out. She makes it clear that he's just a "contingent lover" for once-a-week trysts to relieve the tedium of routine sex with her live-in boyfriend. Weighed down by feelings of passivity and alienation, Karl retreats to a chateau in the countryside near Avignon, where he's surrounded by symbols of an older, more authentic way of life. He takes in Stone Age cave paintings, communes with a peasant family and helps out with farm chores at a local monastery. He's soon swarmed by a cosmopolitan group of semi-invited houseguests, including Heike and her new boyfriend, and finds himself the odd man out in their sexual roundelay. But he does participate fully in the party's endless informal symposium, which ranges across such brow-furrowing topics as Greek, Egyptian, Icelandic and Hebrew mythology, the evolution of consciousness, the immortality of the soul and the sublimated cannibalism rite we call Christianity. As Karl applies all this lore to his anguished psyche, the book sometimes reads like a cross between Joseph Campbell and Freud. (One bevy of latter-day maenads advises Karl to project â€œthe spirit of the bull" if he wants to satisfy a woman.) But Harvey writes with a subtle, evocative realism that keeps the ruminations grounded in the characters and their everyday travails.
An absorbing tale in which the quest for self-knowledge packs a lot of emotional resonance."
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