In the guise of a romantic adventure, The Shasta Gate embarks on a captivating exploration of love, consciousness and the nature of reality on California's legendary Mt. Shasta. Girl on a horse, guy on a motorcycle, passionate romance, deliciously wicked bad guys, and a mysterious Indian with possibly paranormal powers all catapult the reader into an unforgettable literary experience.
Author Dick Croy sees his novel as “a sort of mashup of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance with Joseph Chilton Pearce’s The Crack in the Cosmic Egg except that, in addition to much action and intrigue, The Shasta Gate is peopled with fictional characters embodying much of the essence of the philosophical ruminations in those books.”
The novel marries the mythical quest tale with a nitty-gritty contemporary love story in which a young man and woman are so powerfully drawn to each other they oppose the attraction desperately, sensing in it great and dangerous personal change. Their mutual struggle brings out the worst and, ultimately, best in each of them, culminating in a union which we have watched evolve slowly and painfully from selfish physical attraction, and fear, to selfless love.