Item description for Stonecypher Road by Warren Longwell...
Ida Jo Canfield, having come from childhood poverty, has now returned to her old hometown to care for a dying mother. When her husband, Morris, returns from a week of speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats, he tells of a mysterious artifact found half-buried in a remote corner of the vast salt desert a replica of a human skull carved in crystal. Using a computer access at the small local public library, he searches the Internet for possible clues to the origin and history of the relic, unaware that powerful government supercomputers are at work screening Web traffic to look for the same thing. Following their own instincts and ideas, Morris and Ida Jo undertake a quest to decode information ingeniously hidden within their crystal relic, even as they try to decide on its proper disposition. They have now set themselves on a journey that will take them to the great museums of Manhattan, and deep under New York City into abandoned tunnels where the mole people give them a taste of first contact with a hidden society.
Nancy and Warren Longwell have drawn on their 30 years of global travel and high-adventure exploration to write a stunning and literate debut novel that always keeps the reader wondering how much of the story might be true.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher Invisible College Press, LLC
ISBN 1931468230 ISBN13 9781931468237
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Make a nifty movie, but should've been ghostwritten May 15, 2006
Secret societies. Crystal skulls. Islamic terrorists (in the background). Spanish conquistadores. Pedophile priests. Political leftism. Shoulders with chips. Cranky Canadians. Wifely jealousy. Funerals in small-town. A visit to the library. This book has lots of appealing stuff. Well, my review will differ remarkably from the others. This book consists primarily of dialogue between an old man and his old wife. Actually, it's mostly the old man lecturing his wife, who plays Gracie to his George, in a non-comedic way. Near the beginning we are introduced the woman, an Iowa native; the man, who likes to drive a fast car on the Bonneville Salt Flats; and some scientists at Los Alamos. For all intents and purposes, that's the last we ever encounter the scientists. Except for ten boring pages of the old lady reminiscing about her even older mother (who has just died), nearly every page of the rest of the book is a conversation -- or a lecture, depending on your point of view. And there was entirely too much "What the heck does THIS have to do with the story?" (answer: nothing. Just authors who want to read their own words). The information imparted in the droning pedantics of the old man should have been incorporated into prose action sequences, possibly given to the scientists (who should have had a larger role). In terms of literary style, because it's mainly lecture-cum-dialogue, the book is crap. However, in spite of all my criticism, in general I enjoyed the book. Maybe because I've lived in New Mexico, Utah and Iowa :-) I think it would make a good movie. I gave it two stars not for the premise or the plot, but because it really should have been written in a different style or handed off to a ghostwriter to modify. The ending is a let-down and the title is almost a non-sequitur (not really, because the skull itself is the stonecypher, but why 'road?'). And the authors plan on another book, judging by the constant references to a golden disk. ""... a stunning and literate debut novel..." my eye. Sorry, folks. It isn't a well-written book at all. But more than half of it is a fun read.
Takes cross-genre to a whole new level Oct 30, 2005
To say that Stonecypher Road crosses genres is an understatement. First of all, it's literate. But then again, it's also a pulp novel, and pulp adventure thrillers don't usually read like literary fiction. The subject matter is even more of a paradox. Crystal skulls and The Holy Grail and "mole people" are preposterous to the point of being tacky, and yet in the hands of these two authors, these cliches seem totally believable. Maybe even mundane.
With this book, it's hard to know what's real and what's fiction. That sense of reality stems partly from the rich dialog. It's exceedingly conversational. Again, this is something not normally found in a pulp novel. It is perhaps because of this believability growing throughout the pages that the ending achieves its shock value. And shocking it is! I defy any reader to say they see it coming.
This book is either a brilliantly-plotted novel, or a confusing enigma. I've read it twice, and I'm still perplexed by it. Whatever it is, it's certainly unique.
Dual story lines work well Oct 28, 2005
Stonecypher Road- the debut novel from co-authors, Warren and Nancy Longwell-has a tone and style that's remarkably literate for a potboiler. But, then, this isn't an average potboiler. If you wonder, as I did, how a married couple would go about the process of co-authoring a book, the answer becomes evident as two stories are combined seamlessly in this work. The death of a mother and the confrontation of childhood poverty (Nancy's story) blends with the cat-and-mouse intrigue of an ingeniously-hidden code and an ancient prophecy (Warren's story) into a believable tale with an ending that is truly stunning. I can enthusiastically recommend this book for its multiple-story-line plot.
Both the prose and the plot are smart Oct 21, 2005
The one word that best describes Stonecypher Road is intelligent. The prose is as good as the plot, and both are superb. If these two budding authors have any more stories up their sleeves like this, I predict a bright future for them in writing.
Unfortunately, this praise doesn't extend to their publisher, ICP. The book is riddled with typos, and frankly, this writing deserved better treatment. Nevertheless, the novel is well worth the effort of wading through the publication errors in order to savor everything else.
Fanciful topics make for a fabulous read Sep 27, 2005
Crystal skulls? Subterranean mole people? This isn't exactly my cup of tea since I tend more toward the literary end of the spectrum. It was, therefore, a rewarding and pleasant surprise when I read Stonecypher Road on the advice of some friends. First time authors, Warren and Nancy Longwell, have cooked up a little gem of a book, with a plot that's intricate and richly patterned. And they've liberally sprinkled it with passages written in my favorite language-Pulitzereeze. What a true delight!