“Congrats! This is a very appealing introduction. It’s got terrific readability. Your unique voice comes through clearly. Your reference to the “not that trusty” Landcruiser cracked me up!”
— Myrl Coulter, author of The House With the Broken Two, A Year of Days, and The Left-Handed Dinner Party & Other Stories
R.G. Morse’s literary works include The Mountains of Canada (Hurtig), Canada, The Mountains (McClelland & Stewart), Darkness at the End of the Tunnel (New Hogtown Press), Oregon, The Coast (Reidmore), and The Naked Mountain (Fleet Books).
An essayist and blogger, he is the recipient of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting’s 2014 Dalton Camp Award for his writing on democracy and the media.
Morse is currently working on two novels — Spike, and Dodge.
Spike is a coming of age story. The tale of a thoughtful, sensitive boy propelled into manhood and the world of the late 1960s/early 1970s by a sense of destiny, a longing for adventure, and a dollop of moral ambivalence.
Spike Santee is a perfectly normal boy growing up in western Oregon in the 1950s and 1960s. Normal, save for the fact he feels himself predestined for greatness, and wishes he were someone else, somewhere else.
Santee falls in love with a Norwegian high school exchange student and follows her to Norway. There he has a near-death experience, learns his first love vs. lust life lesson, and has an unfortunate run-in with a wealthy Mormon.
He flees Norway under cover of darkness for the relative safety of Stockholm, Sweden, where he encounters a drug-smuggling US Army captain, a singing liquor store saleswoman, has dinner with a Nobel laureate, forms a basketball team with Vietnam War deserters from Mississippi and Louisiana, discusses Steinbeck with a band of gypsies, goes to work for the Pakistani foreign service, helps create Bangladesh, avoids being killed by a jealous Finnish husband, nearly ends up in East Berlin with the sultry voice of Radio Free Sweden, and finally escapes back to North America, older but not particularly wiser, hotly pursued by a gangly gaggle of hitmen from Salt Lake City.
Spike is wry, funny, sexy, and more than a little thought-provoking. As American as apple pie, as exotic as surströmming, it delivers a juicily entertaining look at an era that shaped the 21st century as surely as fake news now elects presidents.
Early praise for Spike….
Delightfully irreverent… smart social and political commentary… rollicking pace… the who/what/when/where of the narrative deftly (and sometimes subversively) achieved… an absolute pleasure to read.
— Anne DeGrace, author of Flying with Amelia, and Sounding Line