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“There is no such thing as magic.” That’s what the mysterious lady named Cassandra tells Bobby after helping him escape from the men who surrounded his house. Less than an hour earlier, the fourteen-year-old from the LA suburbs ended his middle school championship basketball game with a miraculous shot. Now it seems like the whole world has gone crazy. His parents are inexplicably missing, Cassandra claims to know the grandfather he hasn’t seen in years, and strange, seemingly magical things keep happening.
So begins Bobby Ether and the Academy by R Scott Boyer, a blend of young adult urban fantasy and spiritual fiction that takes readers on an epic adventure from indoor forests to vast archives, from a labyrinth of jade mines to encounters with a mother bear turned spirit guide and the secrets hidden deep within her lair. Along the way, Bobby learns that, while there may be no such thing as magic, there is powerful energy within us all. In fact, the entire universe is connected by energy, and he has the rare ability to control it.
Join Bobby and his best friend Jinx as they avoid school bullies, a suspected assassin, and meta-human henchmen alike to unravel the mysteries of the Academy, an ancient and secret monastery in Tibet where kids with extraordinary potential are sent to study. But is the Academy really what it claims to be?
A mysterious locket given to Bobby by his clairvoyant grandfather may hold answers, but first he and his friends must figure out how to open it. Their search uncovers not just answers but a trail of lies and deception. The Academy’s leader, Headmistress Grayson, secretly tests each student, looking for the genetic triggers that make their powers possible. Behind her actions lurks a shadow organization seeking to create a new breed of humans born with innate meta-physical abilities.
Bobby must learn to use his powers in order to achieve his own goals, but doing so will play right into the Headmistress’ plan. Can he find a way to avoid falling prey to her nefarious scheme and still achieve his destiny? In the exciting climax, Bobby and Jinx find themselves on the run searching for the fabled Spine of the World, a mystical tunnel hidden within the monastery’s jade mines alleged to lead to whatever a person most desires. With tunnels collapsing all around them, it’s no longer just their lives, but the fate of the entire Academy at stake. A fun, fast-paced adventure story, Bobby Ether and the Academy is a mind-bending, page-turning foray into a super-charged spiritual world full of excitement and wonder.
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About the Author
Scott Boyer grew up in Santa Monica, CA and graduated from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 1996. In 2008, he became fascinated with the idea of blending young adult fantasy with new-age/spiritual fiction and spent the next six years crafting his first novel, Bobby Ether and the Academy, which won critical acclaim for blending Eastern spiritual philosophies with a fun, fast-paced adventure style.