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The Odyssey of the

Slingshot Man



About The Book...


What do you get when you cross a 1300-square-mile supervolcano with a middle-aged art professor? You get a midlife crisis in the middle of a near-extinction event.


Ian Cameron, separated from his family by a massive eruption of the Yellowstone volcano, sets out on a cross-country journey to reunite with them. It becomes an odyssey filled with danger, adventure, medicine men, spiritual advancement, and evolutionary change.


His family's Christmas gift was a snowshoe making class several hundred miles away from home. He had no idea this gift would change his life.


But sometimes gifts are not what they appear to be...

The Odyssey of the Slingshot Man is a book of speculative fiction. It is the first book in a series by the authors Van Eck.


You may ask,

"What is this book about?"


  • Some readers see a post-apocalyptic adventure of survival after the explosion of the gigantic Yellostone volcano.

  • Some see a story of a man's dedication to his family, a refusal to be separated from them by disaster.

  • For others, the book deals with Native American prophecy and spirituality, a vision quest with medicine men, spirit guides, and kachinas.

  • Still others see this as a guide to Eastern spirituality and practices, describing energy flows, chakras, and kundalini.


This is a manual describing the mechanisms of consciousness energy and evolutionary change.  It examines three coexisting species: those who use God consciousness, those who use earth magic, and humans.

When extinction is near, look to those who survived the last threat. What will we learn this time?


Like its hero, this story is still evolving.


Peter Van Eck Created Jacob's Ladder Gallery, a consciousness art and book store in 1970s Ann Arbor.  A prolonged "chance" encounter with Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi) on a California beach when he was a small child activated Peter's spiritual mission.  He started work on this book in 1966 while he was a student at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lani Van Eck taught for 30 years at universities as an anthropologist specializing in Native America.  She co-founded Wounded Knee: the Museum in Wall, SD.  She is contributing editor to Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy (2009: Gibbs Smith), an oral history written by Sitting Bull's only surviving great-grandson.

Jon Van Eck, BFA, has been a professional potter for over 35 years and is a former member of the Ann Arbor Potters Guild.  He is also a painter, sculptor, and woodworker.  As a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the early 2000s, he was a graduate teaching assistant in the fine arts program at Eastern Michigan University.  When he's not working he loves hanging out with his wife and five kids.

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