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Publication date: December 13, 2022
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
Retail Price: $18.99 Trade Paperback
Genre: Fiction, Humor
Page Count: 464
Danchik’s debut is a rollicking ride into the unknown as an unlikely group of allies set out to save the universe. With the new eternity approaching fast, rabbi Benjamin and his son must unite with an unlikely group of strangers, including a vampire, a teraphim, a demon, a cat, and a belly crawler, and save the universe. But to achieve their goal, they must reach the Hidden Room in the Sacred Mount and pass three impossible hurdles. The world Danchik has created is exceedingly immersive, filled with wry humor, weird situations, amazing romances, and endearing friendships. From the oblivious rabbi Benjamin, to the sinisterly beautiful Viila, Barnabas the demon, Queen Pharaoh the original cat, and Jasper the belly crawler, each member of the misfit group of heroes is a skillfully crafted outcast seeking human connection. With a large cast of characters and several mini plots, the storyline becomes confusing in the beginning, but the action ratchets up exponentially in the surprising middle part. The multiple subplots all come together in surprising ways, making for a thoroughly satisfying culmination worthy of the tale that preceded it. This deliciously readable tale about courage, perseverance, friendship, and human connection makes for a must-read.