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Skyfisher

A Novel

by Dan Dowhal

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list price: $19.95
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published: Sep 2010
ISBN:9781926577067
publisher: Dundurn
imprint: Blue Butterfly
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Desperately fleeing for his life, Brad Evans escapes Manhattan and hides in a trailer in the country. There he writes an expos of Phasmatia, the world’s first great Internet religion, and its megalomaniacal unholy messiah, Sky Fisher.

As one of the trio of ad men who schemed to concoct Phasmatia, Evans certainly knows where all the skeletons are buried, and is ready to tellprovided he manages to live long enough. His close friend and co-conspirator, Stan Shiu, whose technical genius helped spark the religion’s rapid rise, is already dead.

The whistle-blower recounts the religion’s genesis and its growth from a get-rich-quick Dot-Com scheme to the Next Big Thing, spreading like wildfire over the web and the planet. He also exposes the corruption and power lust that festers at the top, even while his hope for a potential new era of spirituality and faith burns brightly.

The events in this gripping digital-age novel could easily happen tomorrow. Our wired age of social networks, virtual worlds, and media manipulation is examined in the context of humankind’s timeless need for spiritual sustenance and divine hope.

About the Author

Dan Dowhal


Dan Dowhal is the author of two previous novels, Skyfisher and Flam Grub. Born and raised in Toronto, Dan was drawn to the North, and now lives in Dawson City, Yukon, where he is a fourth-line winger for the Dawson City Gold Diggers.

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a cult-classic

Skyfisher gives a new meaning to "cult classic." In someways I hope it sparks a new genre, the creepy cult fiction genre. Dowhal really tells a story that puts me in the story line, 3-D and surround sound. With great stories like this, why, oh why are we awaiting yet another Batman movie. Hey, I love Batman, but can't we move on?

Skyfisher is told in first person, so we're told the story by one of the lead characters. It has the drama of "Enemy of the State." It has the originality of "The Matrix." The narrator Brad Evans is as reluctant a hero/whistle-blower as one could imagine. He's Clark Kent without the Superman backup. This is the story of an Internet religious cult and Brad is up against a Tony Robbins with a gang of thuds. Good luck putting this book down or forgetting about it long after you read it.

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