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A Novel

Barry Maher

312 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Lindisfarne Books


Published:  December 2004


  • “Near the end of a long day of site evaluation, the archaeologist discovered the door. He wasn’t surprised when it started talking; he’d often said that, just as surely as primitive civilizations surrounded their cities with walls, ‘more advanced’ peoples surrounded themselves with machines that talked. His old fingers fumbled briefly with the familiar switches on his computer before he managed to activate it and it began translating . . .”

This contemporary cult classic ranks with the best, most imaginative, and most inspirational novels of the genre. It has been favorably compared to Dune and The Postman (the books not the movies). The story takes place in a decaying city of the future, a city that is in the process of devouring itself. The heroes—a young man and woman—escape their rough lives on the streets only to be trapped between a parasitic government and an insane satanic netherworld. The only way for the young woman to triumph is to penetrate what cannot be penetrated. The only way for the young man to survive is to become a god.

In this futuristic, post-apocalyptic novel, the author convincingly portrays one of the major elements of so-called spiritual fiction—an imaginative presentation of self-discovery amid life’s hindrances and limitations, out of time and place.

Read this book, and you’ll understand the enthusiasm of those who know and love it!

  • “An entertaining allegory about wholeness and unification of the self.” —John Shirley, author, The Eclipse Penumbra

From the Author:

I was commissioned to write "Legend" for a series that Garber Communications was packaging. It began as a simple project but I soon got sucked into my own story and it became an all-compassing two year adventure. "Adventure" may be the key word, for Legend is an adventure story. Though Garber Communications tried to market their series as "spiritual fiction," Legend is spiritual only in the sense in which all self-discovery is a spiritual experience. This is an adventure story, and I hope an exciting one.

I make no larger claims for the book. I appreciate the sincerity and the enthusiasm of those who do—though perhaps not when that enthusiasm is manifested in 3 a.m. phone calls. I am amazed and delighted that a book with such a limited release has generated such a devoted following. I'm thrilled by the wonderful things people have said about the book. But please, this is an adventure story—an entertainment. A myth. I made it up sitting in my apartment in Santa Barbara; there were no burning bushes in sight.

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