New Novel “The Pocket and the Pendant” by Mark Jeffrey Released in Paperback and E-Book Editions Online - New Book Weaves Together A ‘Delightfully Odd’ Mix of Ancient Sumeria, Quantum Physics and Time Travel

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New sci fi/fantasy novel is released using print-on-demand-publisher . Combining the appeal of works such as Stargate, Harry Potter, Narnia, Snow Crash and ancient Sumerian legend, the novel is a fast-paced adventure sure to thrill young and old alike.

Mark Jeffrey announced today the publication and worldwide release of his first book, a novel entitled “The Pocket and the Pendant”.

The book weaves together a delightfully odd blend of ancient Sumerian artifacts and legends, UFO’s, a curious rogue planet in our own solar system, ‘magic’ Books which operate through consciousness and quantum mechanical principles, and a bizarre sub-time called ‘The Pocket’.

Focusing on a boy named Max Quick, who may be far older than he seems and not quite human, the story begins with Time mysteriously stopping during an eclipse – except for Max and several other children. As they resolve to discover how and why this has occurred, the novel follows their twisting and turning adventures across the landscape of a time-frozen United States. Strange UFO-like objects now riddle the skies; they discover odd Books which exhibit quantum mechanical reality-bending properties. When they finally discover the answer to the riddle of how why the Pocket has occurred, they find that their own true identities may not be what they thought they were, and they must answer an ancient blood-feud going back to the beginning of time.

“The novel is written for both adults and young adult readers alike,” said author Mark Jeffrey, 37. “I consciously wrote in a fast-paced and humorous style accessible to both audiences, yet didn’t want to create something ‘kiddie’. There is a lot of rich vocabulary, deep philosophy, science and a dense tapestry of ‘how things work’ in this book – especially focusing on the idea that thought itself is the ultimate underpinning of the universe around us, as both mystical ancient traditions and hard-boiled quantum physics maintain. Yet, if you don’t care to explore these ideas with me, that’s perfectly fine as well: you’re left with a page-turner adventure story which I’ve tried to make very surprising.”

One reviewer of the book posted to the site called it, “like Stargate, Harry Potter, Snow Crash and the old 'Land of the Lost' rolled into one.” Another reviewer said, “I give this a definite TWO THUMBS UP and I wait in eager anticipation for the next in series,” while a third enthused, “…Incredible. Brilliant stuff!”

The 220-page, 100,000 word book is available immediately in two formats: a high-quality glossy paperback edition for $13.95 and a downloadable e-book edition for $5.00. It is available for purchase at the book’s website, found at , or directly from print-on-demand publishing company ( After only a week of limited release on, the book has already become one of the site’s all-time best-sellers. The novel will also be available through and at the end of October, 2004, and is currently on the shelves of several leading Los Angeles bookstores, including BookSoup .

A free preview, including the first two chapters, is available in .pdf format for immediate download from both and . The website also includes cover art, news and updates about the book, a blog, and several reviews.

About “The Pocket and the Pendant” by Mark Jeffrey - ISBN: 1-4116-1323-6

From the back cover:

Max Quick was a very strange little boy indeed... But even he didn't suspect how strange -- until Time itself stops the world over. Now, he must unravel an ancient mystery drenched in magic Books, the lost Sumerian civilization, a curious rogue planet in our own solar system, and a bizarre, slushy nether-time called 'the Pocket'.

Racing desperately now against a clock that can no longer tick, Max struggles to recover a potent artifact known only as the Pendant. Yet, the closer he and his companions come to recovering it, the more they realize that their own true identities may yet sweep them into the machinations of the very adversaries they fight against...

About Author Mark Jeffrey

Mark Jeffrey has spent most of his life as an entrepreneur. "The Pocket and the Pendant", released in 2004, is his first novel. He has co-founded three online media companies, the most recent of which was sold to Barry Diller's IAC in 2004. His first project, The Palace, was backed by Time Warner and had an audience of over 10 million users, and was selected as one of 'The Best of 1996' by Entertainment Weekly. Mark has been named as one of Hollywood's '50 Creatives To Watch' by Variety magazine. Mark loves riding his Harley, working out at the gym and writing about cool things. Although he grew up in the northern wildwoods of New Hampshire, he successfully escaped The Land of the Ice and the Snow, and now lives near the beach in sunny Santa Monica, California.

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