Author Peter Sandel’s New Book “Rimrock: The Illumination Stone” is a Spellbinding Window into a Natural World of Secret Animal Societies Hidden for Ages from Human View

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Recent release “Rimrock: The Illumination Stone” from Page Publishing author Peter Sandel is a riveting adventure into a world unseen by human eyes until Walter Prudy, a newly-retired attorney reconnecting with the nature he loved as a boy, meets Teek, a golden-mantled ground squirrel willing to risk everything to get the help his colony needs.

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Peter Sandel, an avid outdoorsman, former firefighter, and communications professional who lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area before returning to his native Oregon to start his own company, has completed his new book “Rimrock: The Illumination Stone”: a warm homage to the beauty and complexity of the natural world.

Teek gives Walter Prudy the surprise of his life. He speaks to him—surprising because Walter is a human and Teek is a ground squirrel.

As the now-aging Walter revisits the canyon of his boyhood days, he slips off the trail, rolls down a steep slope and into Teek’s world. Regaining consciousness, Walter notices a ground squirrel perched on a rock, peering down at him. Teek’s penetrating stare re-awakens in Walter a dormant power that he had first received from another ground squirrel when he was young—an enhanced perception of the natural world and the ability to communicate with creatures.

Teek lives in the colony of RIMROCK, hidden in the cliffs of the canyon. The Illumination Stone, the most mysterious of all things, is situated in the center of the Great Hall of the colony village. It is central to their culture. At certain times of the year, the entire village gathers as the elder receives age-old stories from the Illumination Stone and recites them to the colony. But now the stone has been stolen, and RIMROCK has been exposed to an encroaching world of humans and predators. Colony culture is eroding, dividing families. Fear and distrust result. Teek organizes a search for the stone. As his adventure unfolds, he and his band of travelers uncover the canyon’s hidden secrets and learn to depend upon a community of creatures.

Reunited with his granddaughter, Sofia, Walter Prudy introduces her to the squirrels of RIMROCK. She is awakened to the same abilities her grandfather possesses. As Walter’s and Sofia’s destinies merge with Teek’s, Sofia discovers and develops her own connection and love for the canyon and its creatures.

Peter Sandel grew up inspired by natural places. From his experience fighting forest fires to more tranquil times hiking and fishing, his study of natural history included spending many a day observing the behavior of golden-mantled ground squirrels.

RIMROCK The Illumination Stone is a novel written for humans of all ages but particularly for middle-grade readers.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Peter Sandel’s mesmerizing book offers an enchanting connection between the human and natural worlds for readers of all ages.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Rimrock: The Illumination Stone” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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