“Diabolical forces are formidable. These forces are eternal, and they exist today. The fairy tale is true. The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.” ~Ed Warren

The Game of Shepherd and Dawse is a refreshing look at humanity's evolution through the origins of good and evil. The book offers a unique perspective into why some people seem full of love, while others seem weighted down with darkness. Why are some people bullies and others are bullied? Why do some people work as hard they can, while others prefer a more idle existence? The Game of Shepherd and Dawse offers a visionary and original perspective on where We came from and also where humanity is headed!

Charlie Clark is the 8-year-old neighbour and unsuspecting student of Mr Joe Sadsoul. Joe is a friend to Charlie but also a father figure and grandfather rolled into one. Joe teaches Charlie many things over their short time together, but the day Charlie really starts to evolve is the day Joe shares a story about a place and time called Shepherd Wood.

Shepherd Wood is a bygone era where everyone lives a more peaceful, gentle and harmonious way of life, a place of utopia and unimagined tranquillity where everyone is at peace with themselves and with their surroundings, a place where the power of love flows freely.

Aman is the beautiful daughter of Sasha and Aiesha, who live in Shepherd Wood in harmony with the rest of their community. Little does Aman know that events soon to unfold in her life will change and shape the whole of humanity. Little does Charlie know, the events soon to unfold in Shepherd Wood would mirror events unfolding in his own life – events he would come to know as The Game of Shepherd and Dawse.

Much like The Alchemist or The Celestine Prophecy, The Game of Shepherd and Dawse can be read on many levels by a wide variety of readers, each taking away the lessons appropriate for them. The Game of Shepherd and Dawse includes elements of humour and wit, suspense, insight, wisdom and personal transformation – all told with a fable-like simplicity reminiscent of Roald Dahl.

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"I absolutely loved this book. Very thought provoking. It made me smile, laugh sometimes feel sad. I resonated with it completely. Very well and cleverly written. Very spiritual but a lot if truth about how the world is today and how we all need to learn to live ourselves for a better more peaceful world. Cannot wait for the next book."

- annemariekla, via smashwords.com

"Wow. What a great read. My only complaint is that there was not more of it. This really is one of those books where you just keep thinking "just one more page and then I'll get on" Can't wait for the next book from this Author."

- Dman666, via smashwords.com

"What a great book. This is one of those books that stays with you for days, weeks and months after you've read it. Like the main character in the book, I also looked forward to hearing the adventures of Shepherd Wood. Now I can't wait to read it to my boys. They need to know which side of the game they are on: Shepherd or Dawse."

- Brian Cox, via smashwords.com

"Talk about a roller coaster ride. This book had many stories happening at the same time but they were all related. I spent late nights reading this book because I couldn't put it down. Tales of the past were to a young boy by an elderly gentleman. This book is spiritual and mystical. The folklore of the past meets the present time in a wonderful rollercoaster of a ride. Looking forward to more from this couple of writers!!!"

- trichc, via smashwords.com

"I enjoyed the Game of Shepherd and Dawse so much I couldn't put it down! Not only is it insightful and thought provoking, the enjoyable story telling is a great way of explaining what could be a complicated philosophical notion, in a very readable and relatable way."

- Jennie Morrish, via smashwords.com

"This book is fantastic and a wonderful read. I love how it challenges me to see which path I am choosing to take on any given day. I recommend reading it slowly and savoring whatever arises!!!"

- Krista Leaman, via smashwords.com

"The Game of Shepherd and Dawse: The book was fantastic, so gripping. Read it with great enthusiasm, from start to finish. I had the feeling you get, when you've read a good book, you can't get it out of your mind."

- Hudd75, via smashwords.com

"The Game of Shepherd and Dawse is a thought-provoking fable of good and evil in our world. Each of us can find parallels in our lives, based on Aman, Nettie, Juju and the other characters of Shepherd Wood. A fun read which leaves you thinking about the characters and the book’s premise long after the last page."

- dhopstetter, via smashwords.com

"This is a modern fable about the origins of good and evil in our world. The story within a story really draws the reader in and keeps one captivated. There are unexpected twists and connections between the stories. A thoroughly enjoyable read."

- Laballard, via smashwords.com

"What an amazing book. It's well written, will have you hooked from the minute you start reading it. It goes into a lot of detail & not only is it a great read but it gives you lots of insight & much more to ponder over too. The only problem you'll find with this book is that you won't want to put it down until it's finished!"

- Pebs12, via smashwords.com

“This book is very cleverly written, describing several complex issues, including rape, death, bullying and the very nature of what it means to be human, all in a shining new way. As a teacher, bullying is important to me. I am hopeful to use this book in my classroom, as I have several ‘Nettie’s’ in my charge and far too few ‘Charlie’s’. I especially like how the book illustrates that bullying can be overt (school boys taunting and tripping Nettie) or more covert and insidious (Sally Sour.) And what a magical place Shepherd Wood is–also a shining example to us of how we all could live in harmony with each other and nature–definitely a direction the world is headed.”

- Book Angel, via smashwords.com


- Katherine, via smashwords.com

“Starting with the tale of an enchanted woodland the authors great skill sets an atmospheric scene of a secret utopia magically bathed with light of love and nature which becomes confronted with the darkness of evil and greed.A compelling collection of tales set throughout time ,written with simplicity and warm humour. I was captivated by the unfolding of the stories the charming characters all connected in the unfolding of an even bigger picture . I really enjoyed reading this book .”

- Natasha, via smashwords.com

“This is honestly the best book I’ve read in a long time. Simple to understand, yet so profound. The Game of Shepherd & Dawse explores the motivation behind people’s actions and behaviors, what makes them the way they are. There most definitely are good and evil forces at work in our world today. This book illustrates how these forces play out through real life situations and characters who are easy to identify with. I highly recommend it.”

- Beta43, via Smashwords.com

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