Return From Avalon (And Points West), by Rusty Rhoad


Road trips can go off road, but they should NEVER go into parallel worlds.

Fueled by discontent and odd dreams, middle-aged Arnie Penders sells his used bookstore and goes on a road trip. He’s driven—literally—toward something . . . but what? Unsure of his destination or his destiny he journals his trip in a group of letters to his ex-wife.

This mild mannered bookseller with self-deprecating wit transforms into a man of action with a length of rebar during a mugging. A series of encounters with ghosts and offbeat women mark the ongoing road trip—including a potty-mouthed-waitress-turned-Baja-racecar-driver, and a new age enthusiast who takes him to a tarot card reading. A deck has only one of each card in it, and yet the King of Swords turns up twice.

Haunting dreams, a guiding apparition, and a 200-year-old book of bad poetry herald the reincarnation of King Arthur in the 17th century. Driven to find the fictitious King Arthur in the poem, Arnie makes his way to Wales, reputed to be the location of Arthur’s return.

Can Arnie decipher—and survive—what the legendary King Arthur, the ghostly apparition, and the King of Swords want from him?


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