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A Charlatan's Orbit - A Novel (Pre-release Review Copy)

A Charlatan’s Orbit – A Novel. Now available in print and on Kindle.

A Charlatan’s Orbit – A Novel
by Zireaux
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
424 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1482019278 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1482019272
BISAC: Fiction / Literary

On September 15, 2009, the chairman of a major New York publishing house is found shot to death in his bedroom. Nearby, in the chairman’s study, lies the manuscript of A Charlatan’s Orbit, by one of America’s most successful and prolific novelists — Randall Ray.

The manuscript, Ray’s 98th and final book, is unlike any of his previous works. Part memoir, part confession, it describes Ray’s curious life — from his charmed childhood in California, to the strange cruelties of small-town India, to the financial and artistic pressures of New York City, and finally to a mysterious island where he now lives with an antique pistol, defending himself from angry natives.

But most of all, the book reveals the surprising truth behind Ray’s stardom — a truth which not only changes his legacy forever, but which exposes his passions, his duplicity, and ultimately the series of murders that have allowed A Charlatan’s Orbit to be written and published at all.

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Res Publica, Book One, by Zireaux (Pre-release Review Copy)

Res Publica – A Novel in Rhyming Verse (Pre-release Review Copy)
by Zireaux
With an introduction and footnotes by Bernardo Winson, Ph.D.
Paperback, 288 pages
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Res Publica is the story of “seven years and fifty weeks” in the life of Arcady Robinson, an intelligent, gifted, recently married — and recently disillusioned — young poet who one day makes a revolutionary discovery at longitude 175 58′.35E, latitude 36 16′.10S, off the eastern coast of New Zealand.

Kamal, Book One, by Zireaux

Kamal, Book One, by Zireaux

Kamal – A Novel in Rhyming Verse (Pre-release Review Copy)
by Zireaux
Paperback, 352 pages
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Told entirely in rhyming verse by a middle-aged poet, Kamal is the story of Kamal, a teenage boy who couldn’t be happier with his life. Kamal loves his family’s beautiful estate in Bel Air. He loves to paint and chase butterflies. He loves his parents. And he loves his teacher, who encourages him to pursue happiness above everything else. But Kamal has one love which surpasses all others — and when this love causes his paradise to fall apart, the distraught Kamal begins an epic journey across modern America, true to his teacher’s philosophy, always pursuing the “greater happiness” wherever it may lead him.

A Note about the Transcription of Zireaux’s Work:

The works published by Immortal Muse were recovered from a box of 198 small, red-covered, 100x160mm spiral notebooks and transcribed by the publishers.  The leaves of these notebooks, fifty per book, are neatly ruled in blue (21 rules per page) and Zireaux seems more or less frugal with space, only occasionally skipping lines. A typical Zireauxian stanza of just 12-14 lines, however, can end up scattered across 15 pages or so in a tangled wreckage of arrows and scribbled deletions.

To further complicate one’s attempt to rescue these lines, whatever text survives — often circled or starred or just laying there quivering beyond the crash zone  — is further crippled by Zireaux’s difficult penmanship. And even then, even once a stanza is compiled and stretchered to safety, Zireaux rarely composed his verses chronologically, forcing one to decipher his unique numbering system in order to rehabilitate the stanza to its correct position within the larger context.  Two more books, Kamal, Book Two and Res Publica, Book Two are still in the process of transcription.


If you’ve appreciated my work, I do hope you’ll make a contribution. Each dollar, and the precious time it affords me, is indispensable to my art, which I think you’ll enjoy; but even if you don’t, I think you’ll be surprised how little money — the smallest patronage — it takes to acquire this author’s immortal debt of gratitude. – Zireaux