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  The Terrors of Wonder

The Terrors of Wonder

A tragicomedy about leadership, identity, and truth.

318 pages.

First Published
on March 15, 2017

Synopsis:  A prominent young child with disturbing visions must overcome an intimate enemy or be lost forever.

One of the world’s most prominent heiresses is about to celebrate her 3rd birthday.  A well-mannered and very
precocious child, she is a delight to her parents and their entire household.  

Every year a party of historic proportions is thrown, this year the largest celebration yet.  The party, now as before,
is being held in the statistically safest country in the world.  As many gather from around the globe, however,
a series of curious crimes slowly begin to disrupt the regular tranquility.

These crimes have been designed to–among other things–rob this girl of her inheritance,
placing enough power to rattle the world into eager and willing hands.

Yet, as a consequence of these crimes, someone else begins stalking the girl…someone with an even darker purpose.




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Library of Congress Registration # TX 8-478-249

ISBN (Softcover): 978-0-9859964-4-4
ISBN (Hardcover): 978-0-9859964-8-2
ISBN (PDF Ebook): 978-1-947052-98-7
ISBN (EPUB Ebook): 978-1-947052-05-5

"Daniel Strasel’s THE TERRORS OF WONDER is perhaps one of the quirkiest books
I’ve encountered in this year’s contest, and certainly one of the most original.

A mere summary of the plot (someone is trying to steal a young heiress’s inheritance) doesn’t
do justice to the book’s odd structure: it’s made up of narrative, graphs, charts, footnotes, and appendices.

All of this helps to lend the book a sense of verisimilitude—we feel as though we’re reading
a collection of documents about an actual event. Strasel calls the book a tragicomedy, and it in fact is:
there’s a great deal of humor in the book, but it’s about rather a serious topic.

Much of the writing is quite good,
and the verve of the book comes from its structural oddities.

Strasel is to be applauded for the innovation of his work, and the sheer
imaginative guts and playfulness with which he’s infused his book. "

-        Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

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