Sacred Mounds

Cyclonic hordes of insects and a telepathic despot are just a few of the surprises Salvador Samuels encounters when he finds himself swept back to pre-colonial times walking in the moccasins of a blind Native American who, in turn, has been transported into Salvador’s body in present day America.

Four hundred years apart, they’re bound by a common mission to rescue our world, aided by the mysterious presence of the mounds. Thousands of these ancient earthworks once dotted the landscape of North America. We still don’t know why they were created. Sacred Mounds suggests they are as important today as when they were made over a thousand years ago. Sacred Mounds, a first novel of magical realism and historical fantasy, weaves the stories of two strangers in  strange lands. With the help of two remarkable women, they must find a way to save our planet and return home.

Jim Metzner studied acting at Yale Drama School and enjoyed a brief career working as a singer-songwriter in London. He has been producing sound-rich audio programs since 1977, including Pulse of the Planet, which has been on the air since 1988 and is now heard widely as a podcast. For many years, Metzner produced features and commentaries for All Things Considered, Marketplace, Weekend Edition and other public radio programs. He has recorded all over the world and received major grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Grammy Foundation. Stories about his work have appeared in Audio Magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic, Today Show and CBS Evening News. His 40-year archive of sounds is now deposited in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. A beekeeper and avid fly-fisherman, Metzner resides in New York’s Hudson River Valley with his wife Eileen. ◊

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