||Sept 23, 2008
She has spent twenty years searching for a mythical gateway to another world. Now archeologist Sandra Adams has her first solid lead. An undisturbed archeological site that appears normal. But looks can be decieving and she is soon in a race against time, crossing the country to locate the hidden gateway. With an old colleague trying to derail her quest, the only question is, what will she do if she finds it?
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Four Paths to Forever
It was a bright spring day, the kind of brightness that hurt
your eyes even when you weren’t looking at anything in
particular. No clouds were visible and only the slightest breeze
could be felt if you were to stand still long enough. The
temperature was already in the mid nineties and it promised to
be over one hundred before the day was through. There was a
silence that hung in the air as if the entire world was waiting
for something to happen. The wait wasn’t long.
If there had been anyone around to observe the event, they
would have thought their world was coming apart. In the
middle of the four spires the air began to shimmer, almost like
the heat from the surface of the ground. Almost, but not quite.
Unlike the heat, the air pulsated, growing and shrinking as if it
were breathing. With each breath it grew larger and denser, a
mist that was solidifying, until the entire area beneath the four
spires was involved, 100 feet in all directions. Suddenly, in the
very center of the spires, a gap began to appear, starting at the
top and working its way to the ground. As the tear reached the
ground the sides began to pull apart like a set of curtains at a
theater. And from behind the curtains stepped the actors.
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Reader Reviews for "Four Paths To Forever"
|Reviewed by Glenda Bixler
|What would you do if you had heard that there was a secret gateway into another world? Would you set out to find it? Then this new book is for you! What an adventure! I thoroughly enjoyed Four Paths to Forever by Richard S. Lucas!
When Sandra Adams was just a little girl, she often traveled with her father, one time visiting the ruins in Canyon DeChelly in northern Arizona. There, their guide, Joe Eaglefeather, shared with them the story of the “Sipapu.” At the age of ten, she eagerly asked what it was. And then learned about “the gateway from the Inner World to the Upper World.” A gateway that you could only go through once and never go back! A legend? A story told to delight a young child?
What it did was create a life-long goal for Sandra—to find the Sipapu! Her career choice was in fact selected to help her; and as a professor of archaeology, nearly 25 years later, she was asked to take over and head up a dig that had been found in Kentucky. Her boss, Dr. Julius Weather, who was head of the archaeology department, was quite open with Sandra—this was her last chance to prove herself as a faculty member. Many had heard of her “hunt” for the mythical gateway and considered her an “embarrassment” to the university.
The group was small, two civilian volunteers; but as she worked there in Kentucky, she could not help but notice Tom Bentley—as more than a team member. Indeed, they soon acknowledged their mutual attraction. Tom revealed an important secret about meeting her. In fact, he had once enjoyed meeting Joe Eaglefeather as a guide himself!
As they worked the new site, there were many things that did not fit with their earlier expectations; i.e., that it was once the home of Adena Indians. However, when Sandra needed to present their findings to the University, she was both ridiculed and fired. Her primary opponent was Professor Jerry Sims, who had originally been assigned to the site but had been unable to go. But Tom had already offered her another job—and now she was free to accept!
According to legend, the gateway to the Upper World had first occurred in 2000 BC. At that time a group of individuals, named the Kulato, had come through at the command of their gods. They were to meet the people across this land and share with them their knowledge and teach them how it could be used. The 200 that came through had been divided and sent in four directions, according to maps and instructions that had been provided.
Lucas moves back and forth from the past to the present so that readers are able to see the historical perspective of the story, as well as what happened as Sandra, joined by Tom, and others decide to determine whether the sipapu was real or not. Led by dreams, spirits, and the intelligence of those finally brought together, an adventure of a lifetime begins—to find the gateway—and, yes, if it was real, to go through into the other world!
Lucas has weaved a beautifully crafted story that will speak to the very hearts of readers who look for adventure—seek that buried treasure—or follow their fate! Were they successful in finding a gateway? Is there an inner world that those who are seeking may find?
I, for one, certainly hope that a sequel is already in the works! We want to know the end of this lifetime adventure! In the meantime, I highly recommend that you take your first step—read Four Paths to Forever!
G. A. Bixler
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