Nicholas Dykes has recently joined OL. I am pleased to announce that he has written a novel.
It was just published today.
This looks awfully good.
More information to follow.
EDIT: Here's the copy from the back cover:
Jacques, an 18-year-old Anglo-French student, is plunged unwillingly into a life of mystery as the result of a hiking accident in a remote part of Scotland . Who is Nikolai, the taciturn foreigner with bright golden eyes? What on earth is he doing hidden away in such a God-forsaken place? Who is Catriona? What is she up to in her secret laboratory? What does Benevix mean? What do the letters BQLBV stand for? Instead of studying literature at Oxford University as planned, Jacques finds himself whirled away on a philosophical roller-coaster in which everything he thought he knew is first torn to shreds then gradually replaced by a dramatic new view of life. Adventures of the mind are intermingled with the forging of new friendships; with the ups and downs, and joys, of first love; and with physical predicaments so sudden and dangerous that Jacques is forced to draw on reserves of self-reliance and courage he didn't know he had.
"This is a very good book indeed. A major accomplishment …. The plot and characters are engrossing. These are real people, not cardboard cutouts, not flawless robots, but people. There is adventure and danger as well as warm affection and gentle eroticism…. The manuscript abounds with lively descriptions that transport the reader to the locales....
"The philosophical dialogues are a most entertaining way to present such radical ideas… very persuasive. Positively splendid commentary on both Marx and Popper, absolutely on target!
"Personally, I found the book quite inspiring, it gave a little spring to my step. I thought to myself, 'Damn, he's right, it can be done!' The book really is triumphant in its tone and message."
Larry J. Sechrest Ph.D, Professor of Economics, Sul Ross State University , Alpine, Texas
"Bravo! Quite delightful. Old Nick's Guide to Happiness is an engaging adventure on many levels: it captures the mind most of all, but weaves in suspense, diverse characters and humor as well. I enjoyed it immensely."
Peter Saint André, Editor, Monadnock Review, Colorado
"without a doubt the best book I have read since Atlas Shrugged .... An excellent exploration of Objectivist/Libertarian philosophical themes... and so gripping a story, so well-written and easy to read."
Professor Ken Schoolland, Hawaii-Pacific University , author of the world-renowned economics fable,
The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible, currently available in 43 languages
A recent reaction to Old Nick's Guide to Happiness:
Nick asked me to provide the following statement from him:
"a stunning achievement … so bursting with ideas it could spark a lively debate in a cemetery…. The opening is a grabber! All the action-adventure parts are very well done …. Nikolai …comes across as a real, larger-than-life character – he's the magister throughout … you have succeeded there. The alternation of the plot with the instruction seems very well paced…. It will be read, and read and read, I'm sure of it…. I admire it so much… well done, superbly done …."
Carol Jane Stuart, teacher and sometime literary critic, Toronto , Canada
"Anybody interested in further information about Old Nick's Guide to Happiness please contact Nicholas Dykes at email@example.com."
EDIT—IMPORTANT!: John Hospers simply gushed over the book. You can read it here in this thread, or click here.