"In Mark Ristau’s brilliant psychological novel, Beyond the Threshold, a man grapples with his untreated childhood traumas."
"Our choices in life, and the power of forgiveness, are the themes in this absorbing bildungsroman."
"Mark Ristau's Beyond the Threshold is a provocative, enlightening read. [His] well-crafted writing takes both his characters and readers to the edge."
—Indie Reader Reviews
"Following in the footsteps of Charles Dickens, Mark Ristau takes a young man on an intense and magical journey, revealing what his life had been, what it has come to, and what it might be."
—Mary Logue, author of the Claire Watkins mysteries and The Streel
"Author Ristau deftly entwines memoir-like realism with a mysterious supernatural plotline. Vivid prose and deeply emotional scenes draw you in, and the mystical storyline sets the hook."
—Kevin A. Kuhn, award-winning author of Do You Realize?
Second Book in the Hero's Path Series
You're about to take a journey
beyond the threshold
and into the mind of an American terrorist . . .
"As clever as it is profound, Ristau's tale of violation, injustice, revenge, and eventual redemption grabs one by the wrist and won't let go. Prepare for a finale that leaves you dazed, mystified, and deeply moved."
—Charles Anthony Vilina, author of Subculture
A HERO DREAMS
First Book in the Hero's Path Series
You will soon find yourself at a threshold . . .
a threshold into another world—a glorious world,
one of infinite possibility . . .
You've just been called to break free
from the shackles of your past and begin anew.
But first, you'll need to face your greatest fear . . .
Are you willing to take the first step?
"Ristau's writing is dramatic and poetic . . . The work invites examination of universal themes . . . In the classic tradition of heroic adventures, Ristau richly textures the story with obstacles of sibling rivalry, peer pressure, and bullying, while paving the way for thematic explorations of good vs evil, love and hate, honor, guilt, and forgiveness."
–Foreword Clarion Reviews
"A Hero Dreams is a stunning blend of the all-too-real life of little Ricky, not yet ten years old, and the surreal world he creates for himself to survive . . . Beautiful images and scenes contrast with the hardness and brutality of real life to create a montage of what existence and survival is like for one, lonely little boy. A fine read for the drama, and the poetry will stay with you for a long time."
–Judith Koll Healey, author of The Canterbury Papers and The Rebel Princess and the forthcoming Becket: The Murder Book
"Mark Ristau has written a lovely book that tantalizes us with the line between reality and all that might be beyond."
–Mary Logue, author of the Claire Watkins mysteries and Sleep Like a Tiger