Ezekiel A Novel

Disguised as chaotic debauchery, a disquieting creation story begins. The multi-layered story is a quirky blend of historical fiction, travel, and sci-fi, lightly seasoned with a pinch of religion and a splash of politics. Think if Carl Hiaasen, Dean Koontz, and Dan Brown books managed an illicit affair among the lonely stacks and their collective DNA produced an offspring. The Ezekielnovels would be those adorable, marginally misshapen, love children.

Caution: This is a politically incorrect story, chock full of heretical ideas (including personal responsibility) and unlikely conspirators and is not for snowflakes in need of safe places to avoid exposure to alternative concepts. The salty characters curse a lot and egads…the author writes from a conservative perspective.

The reader will laugh a lot, think a bit, and maybe even shed a tear or two along the way following Zeke and his zany crew from the beaches of Jacksonville, Florida, to Amsterdam, Positano, Pisa, Pompeii, and ultimately, to Florence, Italy.

The book features humorous interactions among the richly developed characters layered on to the ominous, yet discreet, paranormal plot. The story is a first-person account of Zeke, a mentally unbalanced and functioning alcoholic, who has been haunted since puberty with peculiar visions. With the guidance of a mysterious vagrant (Hobo), Zeke reluctantly takes on a chaotic investigation into a suspected conspiracy.

Hobo is a small, freakish looking man, preferring pinched women’s clothing (he does his clothes shopping “…from unattended beach towels”). Hobo is wildly eccentric and places Zeke and his crew into a series of unlikely but amusing scenes.

Zeke’s wife, Rose, is a much younger, beautiful, lawyer for an international corporation. Sam is the new neighbor and is a conservative family man. He and Rose serve as stable platforms to reflect the lunacy that is Zeke and Hobo. Sarah is Zeke’s cousin. She is an overzealous C.O.P, “observe and report,” law officer with a brother on death row. She is determined to make her mark in law enforcement and sees the investigation as a pathway to that end.

Ruth, Zeke’s prodigal sister, is kidnapped by Hobo from a Mexican brothel. Ruth is an exotic beauty without the benefit of normal boundaries. She is the eccentric sister everyone adores but secretly prays their daughter never, ever emulates. Zeke’s mother’s eleven peculiar, but gold-hearted siblings, also make cameo appearances, featuring Frank. He is a Vietnam Vet that was once married to a Puerto Rican lesbian. Frank prefers mowing his yard dressed in combat boots and little else.

The plot’s facade is the group’s reluctant, bumbling investigation into the suspected conspiracy to influence the U.S. presidential election by an unlikely and diverse alliance of wealthy and powerful men. During their investigation, Ezekiel and his misfit pals uncover a more sinister plot by a radical Islamic organization that has possible, inadvertent, apocalyptic results. Zeke, encouraged by Hobo and his visions, eventually comes to believe he may have the insight to stop that disaster; if he can only discover the key.

The subtle, yet structural plot (for those paying attention) questions our relationship to God. To what purpose did our creator create such flawed beings? Was he/she/they just bored late one Monday afternoon and decided to make some curious playthings? Or perhaps, do we have some real, yet undiscovered higher purpose to serve? Then again…do we really exist at all?