Set in Almaden, California in the 1850's, young Jacob Smith is viewed as an outcast by his schoolmates and, following an attack by bullies, his family is forced to make a choice that will change his life forever. As the years pass, and the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Establishment industrializes the town, Jacob feels a strong connection to the land until one day he meets an ancient Native who reveals a mystic secret. Now, with the town endangered by a violent gang of outsiders, it is up to Jacob to harness the powers of spiritual Mount Umunhum and confront a destiny much greater than any boy could dream off.
An American Storyteller Born in and native to San Jose, California, Julian was raised in a town called "Willow Glen." His art of storytelling began during his childhood through the visual arts. The first story he made was a picture stylebook called The Rabbit that Knew Kung-Fu. Julian focused his college studies on art, history, philosophy, art history, and design. Heavily experienced in the arts, his style focuses mostly on surrealism. Later, Julian had a major interest in movies, especially in the thriller/horror genre. As a kid (as early as five) he would watch horror movies with his older cousins. After being engrossed with movies Julian founded Silent Eye Productions. He was inspired and completed an independent film called Hicks Road. After the movie was privately released through various film festivals it received rave reviews. However, his decision not to show his film to the public has been a mystery. When his beloved wife, Roxanne, came into his life she realized that Julian had something special with his movie and said to him "you should make a book about this; tell the whole story you've imagined" and thus gave birth to the beginning of this story-Hicks Road: Jacob's Story. That was his spark, the key that opened him to a world of storytelling on a greater scale. The book is based on the actual mountain called Mount Umunhum, which has a road called "Hicks Road." Many locals from generation to generation have heard stories about this road and the urban legends that involve it. When he was a kid Julian himself experienced this legend firsthand. Until this day teens and enthusiasts drive to the road during the night to see it for themselves... When he isn't writing Julian is a lover of wine, art, food, gardening, the outdoors, socializing, watching movies, and reading (of course with some wine). You can follow him at the button underneath his profile picture and you can also go to his production company's website at www.silenteyeproductions.com for social media and updated news, stories, and historical information.