Smorgasbord Bookshelf – New Book on the Shelves – #Comingofage #Fantasy – Knuckleheads: Dreamer’s Alliance Book 1, by Dan Antion

Delighted to welcome Dan Antion to the bookshelf with his debut novel Knuckleheads: Dreamer’s Alliance Book 1 with book 2 available shortly.

About the book

Zach and Billy didn’t ask for the paranormal powers that were beyond their capacity to understand, or control. Zach, interacting with his lucid dreams, and Billy, “gifted “with shadowy glimpses of the future struggle to make sense of the world around them. Adults in authority in the nineteen sixties have no time for what they consider mental outliers of the baby-boom.

The boys are institutionalized, marginalized, and ignored. Zach’s father learns of the challenges they face as children and knows the dangers they will face as adults. With no way to comprehend how these boys perceive and move within their world, he must find a way to guide them.

If you like speculative fiction with a touch of technology, humanity and a bit of sarcasm shared among men, you will enjoy this book.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I am delighted to rate this book –five stars. I spent a good part of a Saturday enjoying its well-thought-out chapters from cover to cover. Below are the reasons for my five-star rating.In Knuckleheads, the first in the series: Dreamer’s Alliance, author Dan Antion prepares the reader for the prism through which the light of many other books in this series will gleam. Knuckleheads is a journey through the world of the two boys as they grapple with the challenges of those labels concomitant with their special giftings. Giftings that few around them understand; including the boys themselves.

The book chronicles the boys’ individual struggles from childhood to adulthood with a view to explaining their often rocky friendship. Particular attention was paid to the traumas of the boys’ childhood and to those people, places, and events that shaped their trajectory into adulthood.

The story is told from the beautifully crafted and heartwarming perspective of one of the boys (now an adult) sharing his life story with his daughter over a cup of coffee.
The trials the two main characters endured I found to be a relatable and often poignant commentary on society’s influence on its youth, the devastating effects of bullying, and the marginalization of children whose giftings do not comfortably fit society’s crisp labels.

Knuckleheads was successful in its premise, its storytelling, and its character development. Therefore, I believe that his first book sets the reader up comfortably to consume later offerings in the Dreamers’ Alliance series. I look forward to the next book in this series.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US –  And:Amazon CA –  And:Amazon UK – More reviews: GoodreadsBlog: Dan Antion – Facebook: D. AntionTwitter: @DAntion –  Instagram: Dan Antion –  Bookbub: Dan Antion – LinkedIn: Dan Antion – Youtube: Dan Antion

About Dan Antion

Dan Antion was born outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up and attended college in the area around western Pennsylvania. Dan has written and published the popular No Facilities blog since 2011. A lifelong interest in writing became a reality after he retired from a successful 42-year-long career in information management.

Knuckleheads, published in June 2022, is the first book in the Dreamer’s Alliance Series. This story introduces the main characters in this series, in which the next two books will follow in late summer and early winter 2022.

Dan lives in Connecticut with his wife, a few pets and all the wildlife they can feed.


Thanks for dropping in today and it would be much appreciated if you could spread the news about Dan’s book.. Thanks Sally.

69 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Bookshelf – New Book on the Shelves – #Comingofage #Fantasy – Knuckleheads: Dreamer’s Alliance Book 1, by Dan Antion

  1. Thank you, Sally, for featuring Dan today. I loved Knuckleheads and look forward to the next book in the series. Congratulations, Dan! 🎉

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  2. I’m following my long-held tradition of bypassing others’ reviews on books waiting on my Kindle. I like to come back afterward and compare notes to avoid being influenced by others.

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