A bucolic coastal California town without a tax base is presented an offer to bottle the town’s water. Mayor Roger Trent wants more study, but the town overrides his hesitancy and accepts the offer. With dollar signs in their eyes, citizens cannot foresee the devastating consequences. Many locals soon see their lives spinning out of control.
Filled with realism, sex, murder, and suspense, The Fifth Device turns on the wiles of corrupt greed merchants using insidious devices to corral unimaginable wealth. Meanwhile, a prophet helps locals discover innovative devices to fight back.
Who will prevail?
The Fifth Device is author Gunther Boccius’s second novel. His first, In Apparent Contradiction, is a story still valid. Both stories are about characters confronted with conflicts, seeking opportunities and searching for identities. Gunther prepared for writing with a degree in economics, followed by government and business careers. Writing on the Lake Tahoe’s shores, he skis, kayakcs, runs, bikes and hikes the pristine lake basin.
The lessons of trial and error and the accountability of Shakespeare’s to thine own self be true allow Gunther a happy life. He is single, a doting grandfather of three girls.