Miami, FL, December 24, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The Midwest Book Review calls Rhubarb Culture “brilliantly written, hysterically funny.”
The 1997 Apocalyptic Book Rhubarb Culture, originally published by Authorlink Press, is a futuristic tale about a Survivalist and his suicidal Cuban Girlfriend who try to escape the crumbling city of Miami. To do so, they are forced to battle the Police, a Demented CEO, and Members of a New Age Suicide Cult.
The Midwest Book Review summarized the novel as follows:
“Rhuella Barbara Smith (alias “Rhubarb”) has created a lucrative New Age Suicide Cult based on her channeling sessions with a six-hundred-year-old spirit. A deranged businessman kidnaps her to channel the most brilliant financial minds in history, forcing Rhubarb to confront the truth about her powers. Doug Shear’s debut novel Rhubarb Culture of two unlikely lovers kidnapping the leader of a new age suicide cult is a brilliantly written, hysterically funny story that draws from new Age themes and his own imaginative flair for creating memorable characters.”
Another book review, on Amazon.com, gives the book four stars:
“Rhubarb Culture is a haunting, humorous story. Shear vividly imagines a time--in the near future!--when American society collapses. The economy fails for many people; hordes of street freaks litter the city. People are depressed enough to join a macabre cult, one that reassures them that hell is not such a bad place, indeed it is far more pleasant than most people's lives.
Shear creates several vivid characters: the sinister scientist Ratman, the business tyrant Graye, and the charismatic Rhubarb who leads the cult. The narrative is full of pungent remarks about our insidious business life. It turns our notions of religion inside out, makes us wonder why we want to get to heaven, and if it is as fictitious as hell.
Shear sets his story in Miami--a diminished Miami, rotting in the tropical heat. He adds Cuban lifestyle, survivalist lore, and martial arts into a daring stew. The writing is clear and energetic. If you like visions of how our society may be going sour; if you like intelligence imbued with satirical humor; then you will want to enter this book.”
Prior to making Rhubarb Culture available on Kindle, Mr. Shear completed a screenplay based on the novel. The screenplay is currently being shopped. After adapting the novel into a screenplay, he updated the novel, rearranged some chapters and adding new material.
For example, a synopsis of the screenplay reads as follows:
“The Police rush through a crumbling city to a rundown apartment. Once inside, they find a dog cage decorated like a baby’s crib, dozens of wallets, frozen grasshoppers, a box of live scorpions and a manuscript entitled: The Apocalyptic Cookbook: How to Catch, Kill and Cook Everything. The Police are convinced the occupant is a serial killer, and possibly a cannibal.
Rhubarb Culture is available at the Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006OF7CD8. It is also available at KDP Select, which allows readers to borrow the book from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.
In addition to novel Rhubarb Culture, Doug Shear is the author of American Karma – Twilight of the Marijuana Gods, based on his real life experience as the victim of the most notorious scams of the twentieth century. His stage play Saint Peter at the Gate, was produced in Toronto, Canada and Boca Raton, Florida. It's about four victims of a car accident who try to convince Saint Peter to let them through Heaven's Pearly Gate.
Mr. Shear also performs comedy at several local venues, including the popular Lip Service True Stories presentation at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida, and LOL, Life Out Loud show in Ybor City, Florida.
His website is http://dougshear.net.
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