Eye of the Diamond-T
ISBN 13: 9780615948782
Word Count: 55,000
The eyes are only one way of seeing. The power of myth lies in ways of seeing that don’t always use the power of sight.
Starting with its explosive first chapter, Eye of the Diamond-T takes you along on one man’s quest to see with more than his eyes. Nick Pente is the Chicago-born son of a Greek optician and a beautiful, Irish alcoholic. Though he doesn’t remember, a part of his soul was stolen at summer camp in Winnetka in 1937. The “little blackouts” he’s suffered in the years since have shaped his life. After a hero’s welcome upon his return from Europe after World War Two, his life was turned upside-down. Nick still believes the mysterious Dr. Kultra set him straight. But did he, really? When Nick awakens after a horrendous roadway truck accident in Northern Arizona, he’s in the care of an Indian shaman and his beautiful daughter -- and he’s blind. It’s only through being struck blind that Nick can finally begin to see.
Eye of the Diamond-T has something to delight, disturb, anger, and overjoy almost every reader. It combines the mythologies of old and new Europe and old and new America. It’s a retelling of the Orpheus legend combined with Native American folklore, set against the mythic backdrop of Route 66 in 1957; A starkly honest farewell letter to “The Greatest Generation”; A realistic look at real life in 1950s America, and an indictment of CIA mind-control programs. It’s a love story, a survival saga, a tragedy, a pulp-like crime novel and a comedy all at once. And chances are, the ending will not only make hearts swell, but tears fall.
Start seeing with more than your eyes.
Early Praise for Diamond-T:
“Bill LaBrie has crafted a lyrical hero’s journey, with rich characters and vivid descriptions worthy of Stephen King at his best. Eye of the Diamond T is a magical and thrilling adventure that spans the years and ventures into the depths of human consciousness.”—Sean Ellis, author of Fortune Favors
“The plot is excellent as are the sub-plots. The dialogue is engaging, intriguing, and well written.”
“This is one of those novels that is intense, thrilling, beautiful, sad, and gives the reader a great sense of escape into another world. Not all books can pull this off so well, and I really felt a part of the world you’ve created.”
“There are a lot of great turns of phrase that made the excerpts — of them — delightful to read.”