the short novel with the million-dollar mojo

The “Vedas” are among some of the most ancient texts in the world.  The oldest scriptures of Hinduism, the Vedas are also strongly referenced by Buddhist and Jainist cultures.  The Rig Veda is one of the most powerful Vedas, offering ancient prayers for prosperity, hymns praising the divine, and lyrical accounts on the origins of the world.

In this classic culture, a benevolent gift is referred to as a dana (pronounced “donna”).

In both ancient and much of modern Hindu culture, classes in the caste system are discrete, offering no opportunity for changing position on the hierarchy.  What happens then, if a monumental lay gift – a $14 million dollar dana is presented to an obscure homeless man by a dying millionaire?  In America, class distinctions may root in religion, but are unquestionably a part of its culture.   Can one man’s gift to another transcend socioeconomic stigma and change how we see the world?


What if the gift, the dana, wasn’t just for one man – but for you, too?

SYNOPSIS:  Collier County, Florida, teems with the homeless.  Who is Rig Veda, and why has the late Max Andalus chosen him for an heir?  As Max’s friends Melvin and Ginny get to know Rig, they soon discover that there are others interested in the homeless man, too.  When Rig Veda is kidnapped, it’s up to the aging Melvin, with his eight year-old daughter in tow, to get him back.  The chase takes Melvin north into the Adirondack Mountains, and draws to a conclusion that Melvin would have never expected, leading to a choice that will change his life.


“Max (Andalus) is more than a cookie-cutter ‘eccentric millionaire’; he comes alive to the reader as an enigmatic force of nature, larger than life but uniquely human and interesting…Perfectly woven into the story and perfectly expressed(is) Melvin’s love for Molly.  Not a simple storybook love, but real parental love, as complicated as it is pure, as ever-changing as it is constant…The Millionaire Rig Veda has the strongest conclusion of any of (Brearton’s) works I have read; Surprising, clever, succinct, and complete…love it.”

– Adam Gardam, Multimedia Designer


Review by Adirondack Center for Writing in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise


Read the review from David Press, author of The Worst Writer Ever and English Professor at Paul Smiths College.



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