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The Last Penitente

northern NM Magic Realism

 

The Spaniard, Antonio De Vargas, had been born two-hundred years ago, east of the Río Grande, in the land of sun, silence, and adobe. When Michael, a young Gringo boy, first spotted De Vargas in a remote village in 1970, it was during the 'Festival of the Dead'. But it was not this strange village celebration which had summoned De Vargas from the nether. That's because, in all these centuries, neither De Vargas's colony nor his secretive brotherhood had ever truly been gone. Some purpose had thrown together the boy and man who lived in very different New Mexicos. But up here, in the north mountain vastness of the forty-eighth state, who could say whose New Mexico was real–and whose was not.

 

Chapter 1: The Last Penitente

 



Sand Castle Sand

The tale of Ancient Ones that built their castle of sand. "...the hollows of the rocks were filled to the brim with the mingled blood of conquerors and conquered, and red veins of it ran down into the cañon"

Why did every single Anasazi village abruptly abandon what had been their home for centuries—never to return?

Chapter 1: The Old Ones

 



Lesser Known Path

Saga of the  the lost city of Choquequirao: the lesser-known route to Machu Picchu.

 

"Scaly brown ankles and permanently blackened toes showed through X-crossed leather sandals…There was a single stained tooth left in his smiling head, and from his stuffed cheek oozed a wad of coca leaves."






Riders of the Gulch

A glimpse into the cowboy past of the Richard Wetherill–discoverer of Mesa Verde.



 
A Tree Fell in the Forest

 

Forrest Gump meets the Aldo Leopold Wilderness




Sea of Forest

 

... prose




Fifteen Seconds

 

... prose


 

Road Signs (novel)

After a near-fatal climbing accident, David tries to return home. But the road he’s on is no longer what it seems. He’s pursued by a terrible secret that will turn a simple dream into the greatest of human struggles. The road leads David into the past, the future, and back to a present truth he sought desperately to escape.

The stark beauty of Utah’s Canyonlands, followed by the desolation of the Mexican Sonoran desert, become the setting for one man’s inner and outer journey—on a mysterious road that connects people, desire, places, and time. Road Signs will have you seeing your own reality with new eyes, and a new heart.

“…compassion, insight and hope for the human condition… transform this story of an ordinary life into an extraordinary reading experience.”—Amazon.com 

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Breathe


A moment in the practice of an ancient art form, by an aspiring novice. (One Complete Breath in Yoga [Yogic Breath] )




Jay Archer David


e-stories:
The Last Penitente

Sand Castle Sand
Lesser Known Path
Riders of the Gulch
A Tree Fell in the Forest
Sea of Forest
Fifteen Seconds
Breathe




ROAD SIGNS

by Jay Archer David

 

Novels of the magical realism have come a long way in the past few years, but perhaps none will take the reader quite as far as Jay Archer David’s ROAD SIGNS. Subtitled, A Book of Practical Magic, there is indeed a magic in these pages.

After a near-fatal climbing accident, David tries to return home. But the road he’s on is no longer what it seems. He’s pursued by a terrible secret that will turn a simple outing into the greatest of human struggles.

-novel at Road-Signs.org