The Secret Root

This blog is devoted to the YA thriller THE SECRET ROOT by D.S. Cahr, released by Green Flyer Press. The official website with a link to buy the book is at

Sometimes time is not on your side, and 15 year-old Jared Garber is about to find that out the hard way. Without warning, the entire Garber family is ripped from their Kansas home, separated, and transported into a distant and perplexing future. Disconnected from everything he understands, Jared must quickly learn how and why he was taken from his prior life.

Back in Kansas, news of the Garber family disappearance has spread like wildfire. When Edie Boyd receives ominous notes in her school locker that ask difficult questions about the nature of time, she knows they have to be about the Garbers. Whoever knows the truth is trying to let Edie in on the secret. But when she and her friend Meg investigate they are sent to a time when their own families believe them dead, their friends are all adults, and the world has been radically transformed.

Stuck in a time that is most definitely not their own, they can’t just click their heels three times to return home. Instead, Edie and Meg are forced to make a dangerous journey across the country to confront the man who sent them into the future. Meanwhile, Jared must help Edie learn the truth about their world and come to terms with the frightening reality of who they really are.

With action in cyberspace and reality colliding through parallel worlds full of vibrant characters and thrilling suspense, The Secret Root is a dramatic ride through mind-bending dimensions, wild technology and unfamiliar territory that stretches to the ends of time…and beyond.

Available through Amazon and your local independent bookstore. ISBN-13: 978-0615581286
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My friend’s current reading list…perhaps my one time underneath Joan Didion!

In light of the Ebola outbreak (of course) I’m re-reading Stephen King’s classic pandemic nightmare, “The Stand.” The verdict: I’m frankly amazed at how well it had stood up to the test of time, and how it has insinuated itself into our perception of threats like the Ebola virus. Also, any of us who write fiction in any genre should look to this book as an example of how someone explodes popular expectations and creates an enduring work of popular culture.

This is a gigantic book composed in 1978 by a guy dismissed at the time as a hack genre writer, about a pandemic that wipes out 99.4 % of the world’s population, but it doesn’t feel dated at all. Instead, you realize that King cares more about the characters than the plot - its like Charles Dickens writing horror - and he makes you care, too. Moreover, you rapidly realize that (a) “The Passage” is a total rip-off of Stephen King, (b) everyone from Jennifer Egan to Neal Stephenson to JK Rowling was hugely influenced by Stephen King, (c) cocaine and alcohol can make you write really long books with an unrelenting lunatic intensity, (d) Stephen King was heavily influenced by late 19th and early 20th century realists (!), (e) the guy can write. Even when he’s completely over the top, and can’t stop himself from falling into a rant about something that he believes a character would care about, but that you don’t, or disagree with, he pursues his thought to the end, and you follow him because you have to. Is this is “best” book? Probably not - I think “11/22/63” is probably his masterwork. But this is a remarkable novel that’s only superficially about a pandemic, and only superficially about an apocalyptic battle between good and evil. It is really about America, and about the people who make it their home, and it will probably be the Stephen King book that everyone remembers.

YA writers/lawyers can also rock out when necessary…at the Green Tie Ball with Ryan from Windy City Live, playing with Dr. Bombay (warming up the crowd for Perry Farrell)

A scene from book 4 of The Mesh Chronicles…?

Proof that I’m working on book 2 - white boards covered in scrawls and timelines. But what does it all mean?

Proof that I’m working on book 2 - white boards covered in scrawls and timelines. But what does it all mean?


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The last book I read was “The Secret Root” by D.S. Cahr. I’d recommend it to anyone who loves time travel as I do. The ending was a bit vague for my liking, so I hope the next book in the series is out soon.

I’m always asked to recommend books - and it’s actually one of my favorite things to do. I read a lot, and I have at least twice as many opinions as are strictly necessary, so this is pretty much my sweet spot. In any event, while I have all sorts of specific recommendations for specific types of people, here are the books I generically have been recommending to everyone recently. They aren’t the “best” books I’ve read, or even the best books I’ve read over the past decade (FYI, best book: 2666 by Roberto Bolano), but they are some of the most entertaining books and/or the books most useful to get a sense of what types of things are good these days and what’s going on in the culture:

1. The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
2. Enclave, by Ann Aguire
3. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
4. Cryptonomicon, by Neil Stephenson
5. Angelmaker, by Nick Harkaway
6. Lexicon, by Max Barry
7. Graceling, Kristin Cashore
8. The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson
9. The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
10. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
11. Turn of Mind, by Alice LaPlante
12. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
13. Halting State, by Charles Stross
14. The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud
15. Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
16. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
17. Wool, by Hugh Howey
18. NOS4A2, by Joe Hill
19. The Naturals, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
20. Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo

The highly praised YA time travel thriller The Secret Root is free (!) on Kindle but only from July 29-August 2. This special Amazon promotion ends soon, so download your copy now!

Over 3500 people downloaded it yesterday alone (that’s like 5 a minute!), and it’s now the #1 young adult action adventure download on Amazon! So what are you waiting for - get your copy now!!

Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Action & Adventure

So what are you waiting for - download it now!

Thank you to the (literally) hundreds and hundreds of people who downloaded the special free promotion of The Secret Root yesterday - I’m thrilled that so many people will soon be sharing in the adventure! But tell your friends - the promotion lasts until tomorrow, and then everything goes back to normal!

For a limited time (February 19-21 only) Amazon is giving away the Kindle version of the awesome YA time travel thriller The Secret Root for free! That’s right - $0.00! This special Amazon promotion for the first volume of The Mesh Chronicles will end soon, so don’t delay - share this message and tell everyone!

So I have a problem - I have too many books to write, and too many books to read. I have five (!) books in process, and I keep getting pulled back to a different one, resulting in none of them getting finished (I have a “real” life so I only have so much time…). On the other hand, I have about 2 dozen books that I want to read, with almost that many of them already loaded onto my Kindle, and I can’t decide (do I want to read a serious bit of literature, a dystopian fantasy, or a brutal mystery? I don’t know!)

So do I work on the book that seems most likely to sell? The book that will be the best one in the end but that will take me ages to finish? the one that’s funny and entertaining? The awesome sequel to The Secret Root?