The Fifth Stage by Richard Stachler

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"a thightly bound thriller..." --KIRKUSSomething wonderful has happened to Kelly Moore, an EPA microbiologist, since she was treated for depression by Dr. Jack Connor. Her melancholia improves after taking Remtoril, a novel antidepressant, but it's not that simple. She's experiencing an unexpected side effect--wonderfully vivid dreams which lead to a curious enlightenment. But the drug is a Pandora's box. Remtoril has rerouted and rewired her neurochemistry. Kelly's unique "knowing dreams" come at a price--frightening rebound episodes follow the dreams. The subsequent sleep study findings are revealing, but gain the unwanted attention of a black ops agency.    With the rebound episodes threatening Kelly's health, Jack is on a mission to find a cure for the woman he has come to love. Their journey will lead them through a shadowy world of blackmail, corporate conspiracy, and covert military operations. And as these forces bear down upon them with a lethal determination, Jack has a flash of insight. Kelly's cure may very well exist--in the past. Journals written by Kelly's great ancestor nearly two centuries before, hint of a cure. Jack and Kelly's epic quest is a poignant and perilous journey, one that leads them to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, the murky backwaters of Mississippi, and to a barrier island where they  discover the secret of a pre-Civil War fort. There, they finally come face to face with the deadly force tasked with protecting a covert agency secretly exploiting the mysteries of the fifth stage.  
Intrigue. Romance. Mystery. Dreams. 
THE FIFTH STAGE-the stuff that dreams are made of.
 

About Richard Stachler

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Born in the middle of America, in Dayton, Ohio, Richard Stachler was brought up in what he considered an idyllic middle-class family where he was one of nine children. Early interests included drawing, painting and photography, and he built his own black and white photo lab in his parents' home. While in high school he and his brother Herb experimented with 8mm stop action movie making and they both became certified scuba divers. His musical interests began to flourish after he taught himself guitar while working as a parking lot attendant. Eventually he began writing songs and recording original music in his home studio. While still impassioned with art and music, he developed a keen interest in science and eventually chose a career in medicine. Richard received a bachelor's degree in Biology from Wright State University in 1978 and began working on a master's degree in Human Physiology. He received his medical degree from WSU Medical School in1984, and completed residency training in Internal Medicine in1987. He has practiced medicine for 26 years and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He practiced medicine in Ohio and Sacramento before relocating to Florida in 1991. For nine years, Richard dodged hurricanes and practiced on Pensacola Beach before settling into his current medical office in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Drawn to exotic and off-the-beaten-path destinations, Richard's travels have taken him to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. His favorite dive trips include sites in the Caribbean, Oahu, and Tahiti where he dove with sharks. He has toured Germany with his family, driven in Rome during rush hour and lost his way in Greece, as well as the South of France. He has three sons and lives with his wife Karen, his in-house editor in Gulf Breeze.
 
Published December 1, 2012 by SIXofNINE. 487 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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