Artwork by Deacon Hart

A novel with hope for strange times

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Image created by Deacon Hart

The image above is derived from centruies-old aboriginal drawings and rock art found in caves and on cliff walls in the Arizona desert. The labrynth depicts a maze that is central to the legend of I'itoi, the creator of the Tohono O'odham people. The O'odham believe that each of us travels a path through life in search of I'itoi, the man concealed at the center of the maze. Our individual paths are often blocked by obsticles, and we frequesntly make wrong turns—There are many paths, but only one destination. This is the journey of REDMAN.

The introduction to REDMAN

I will always remember the month that war nearly broke out in Arizona. I can record a video to show you if you like—a video of my memories that is. Nemy was with me the entire time. There's no denying that she's why I wound up at the center of it all.

I refer to Nemy as "she" because I named her after Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess of memory—and because we've developed a personal relationship over the years. Nemy knows more about me than I know about myself. At least she can show you things about me that I'm not even aware of—not consciously

I prefer sharing with you the story of that fateful May the way I remember it without relying on a device to read my mind. There are some things I learned about myself I'd rather not share at all, but that was part of my problem. The whole time my world was falling apart, I thought I was in control. Until I admitted that I wasn't, I had been just wandering aimlessly through the maze of my life. My name is Devi Patel—one more thing about myself I had to learn to accept.

About REDMAN

I've been writing for many years—five musicals, more than a hundred songs, short stories, and numerous articles about technology and the future. REDMAN is my first adult novel. I call the story a social-political thriller with heart.

Here's the synopsis printed on the cover of the book:
REDMAN is a social-political thriller with as many twists as the legendary maze of Elder Brother, the O'odham god of creation and spirit guide of reluctant hero David Patel. Approaching life as a research scientist, David discovers that reason and technology aren't enough to defend a Native American nation against the forces of wealth, power, and politics determined to steal their ancestral lands and redefine American values. The memories he probes for his research reveal an alternative outcome.

The story of REDMAN came to me in 2016 on March 25—at 2:00 a.m. to be exact. That's when the story played out in a ten-minute dream. It started with me seeing the book jacket. It wasn't the same design I came up with later for the book, but it included the title and enough intriguing details to introduce the main characters and flesh out the basis for the storyline. I spent the next three hours writing down details from that dream, but I basically laughed it off if for no other reason than that there was a major plot hole in the story. Three months later, June 23 actually, the title character came to me in another dream and introduced me to his brother, who explained how there was a rational explanation that filled the hole in the plot.

The experience haunted me for the next month or two. Eventually, I relented and wrote the story the characters of REDMAN wanted me to tell.

The dreams
You can read the notes I wrote down immediately after the two dreams and compare what came directly from the dreams and how that evolved into REDMAN. WARNING: If you haven't read the book, reading these transcripts could spoil the story for you. I'm well aware that I have entered the crackpot zone, a label I would typically be the first to apply in similar circumstances. I'll let the word's of the story's hero, David Patel, stand as my only defense:

"I don't believe in mystical events, but I am open to the possibility that the human mind has an extraordinary capacity for intuiting possible scenarios—processing a multitude of seemingly unrelated data and merging that into a storyline with calculable probability."

I feel ya on this one, Devi. You might be kind of a geek, but I can live with that.