Absentee Bidder by Miguel Lamiel

Goddesses are in his pocket. Women are in his heart. Doubt lives in his soul. The world weighs on his shoulders. He is not alone.

Paul is a grounded antiques dealer whose only trouble, until now, has been balancing an estranged wife, and the odd mistress. After buying three crudely carved figurines at an auction, he is plunged into a mission relayed from Neolithic times. This purchase could unleash events so potent as to change our collective consciousness.


No longer will he be rooted in a material configuration, but rather in those tense vibrations of things to come. With the help of Fox, an improbable acolyte, Paul's quest draws him to Canada, France and India. Bloody corpses stain his shadow as he attempts to unravel the Grand Awakening. "Mother, will you come back?"


'Absentee Bidder' weaves through millennia of blood, intrigue and revelation.










  • Classification: Moderate
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  • First submitted June 15, 2010
  • Last updated June 15, 2010
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  • Patientman's avatar
    Patientman wrote 3 years, 8 months ago
    This drew me in effortlessly, reading through the first five chapters without realisation, and still intrigued. The flow and story supercede any criticisms, because after all this is a novel, and the only test is 'is it an enjoyable read?' And this certainly is. I'm already guessing at the plot and found myself searching for answers, but happy to find more questions. Not usually a fan of this kind of book, which is further testament to what you have created. ...
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    billysunday [Retired] wrote 3 years, 10 months ago

    Really liked this. Your dialogue is your strong point. Terrific job w/Shelly-I think I know her! Liked the antique business you use for both plot and setting. Great job and highly recommend.
    Dina of Halo of the Damned and Last Degree

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    sisteroficarus wrote 3 years, 10 months ago

    I'm so impressed with the first chapter, and can't wait to move forward. There is a special place in my heart for books that take place in Vermont, since I have grown and lived and rooted here. My mother's family has been here for more generations than can be counted. I look forward to reading more. I will do so soon.

    -A

  • elmo2's avatar
    elmo2 wrote 3 years, 10 months ago
    this is an engaging story, i read the first few chapters and wanted to read more, was a little put off at time by the concise style, and oddly enough wanted it to be a little ,more talky, for instance instead of 'it can snuff out one's soul' i think something like 'it can snuff out your soul', would give it a more personal tone and involve the reader more, though i understand this particular phrase is part of a ...
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    Helianthus wrote 3 years, 11 months ago
    I read what you have posted here over the past couple of days. The writing is good, obviously, and the story is intriguing. It's not a genre I would usually read, mind you, but I think it has a lot going for it. One point troubles me. You have a scene where the guy accidentally brushes his hand against a used tampon in the kitchen trash. I'm having difficulty imagining a scenario where an unwrapped tampon would appear in the ...
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    bexy-lou-c wrote 3 years, 11 months ago
    Hi there Miguel, You had me at your title...I work for Christie's so I was really excited to see this! I think you story is rather entrancing! I read straight to chapter 8 and lost myself completely before I realised I had to get back to work. Paul is a completely engaging MC, I cannot pretend to know much about marriages but I found his relationship with his somewhat zany wife completely captivating and realistic! Your dialogue is much better ...
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    Red2u [Retired] wrote 4 years, 1 month ago

    wonderful dialogue...pulls you right in have placed yours on my watchlist in hopes of reading more...love a good thriller ..keeps you on the edge...

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    carl horton wrote 4 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Miguel, thanks for backing Change of Circumstance. I hope you enjoy reading it. I have read a couple of chapters of Absentee Bidder and i like what I see. I,m getting behind with my reading so, for now, it's gone on my watch list and i'll try and read some more soon. Best of luck with it. Carl

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    carl horton wrote 4 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Miguel,
    Thanks for backing Change of Circumstance. As a newcomer to the literary world, it's very satisfying to have your work recognised without any preceeding form. I've taken a quick look at Absentee Bidder. Looks like it's going to be a great read. I shall try and comment when I get further into the story.
    Carl

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    Rhonda9080 wrote 4 years, 2 months ago
    Wow! Your opening rocks!!! Love the Jung quote. It pulls some weight in keeping with the theme of the book, and is not just a dressing. I also liked the way you enticed us with the immediacy of present tense then made a (VERY!) smooth transition to the third person. This was well done! Bravo and hats off! Paul is an immediate and compelling character, whom we get into the VP of from first page, so we're in the story ...
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    rb101182 wrote 4 years, 3 months ago

    thanks so much for backing my book, I just backed yours as well, cant wait to read it!

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    B A Morton [Retired] wrote 4 years, 3 months ago

    End of ch3 (or was it ch2?) anyway, Liliane...wasn't expecting that!...what about all the blood in the snow? or maybe the continuing snow covered it up...you've got me thinking now..
    ch4... she's got to be in the wardrobe!
    Loving the pace of this and the realistic dialogue, likeable rogue of an MC and unique plot.
    Got to find out what happens...high starred and on my W/L
    Best of luck with this
    Babs

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    femmylovecraft [Retired] wrote 4 years, 3 months ago

    Miguel, I can see you are a very experienced writer, both dialogue and narrative flow effortlessly from your pen. The story is a bit 'gritty' for my romantic taste but it certainly suits your style and it reads quite easily. I have no doubt, therefore, that you will also be able to publish this book and find a wide and devoted readership for it. I've starred it and wish you the best of luck. Femmy

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    Renaud wrote 4 years, 3 months ago
    The author has real talent. This is a good story but I am not sure that it is a book. As I started to read it I could see it play out as a film or a TV series. The dialogue reads very like a script and what prose there is exists only to set the scene for the next bout of explosive conversation. Rather like characters in a TV series we know just enough about the characters to move ...
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    jey wrote 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Miguel. Just read your pitch and that's the kind of book i'd pick out without a second. Let me get into the pages. I doubt i will get disappointed. Please check out mine as well.

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    beegirl wrote 4 years, 3 months ago

    I backed this under the old system and I want to back it under the new. Great story and great writing.
    Barbara

  • mscynthia's avatar
    mscynthia wrote 4 years, 3 months ago
    Hi Miguel, The flow of your prose is easy and pleasant to follow. I couldn't help but feel sorry for Paul in your first chapter. Shelley's insecurities really get the best of her at times. She seems to exhibit some erratic behavior. Paul's passion for his antiques business seems to keep him grounded. There is also some symbolism to your novel. I wondered if the day May 3, 1743 was a typo or the actual date they married (as in, ...
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    ChristinaN55 wrote 4 years, 4 months ago

    I read the first couple of chapters and I'm amazed that Paul didn’t pack up Shelly and auction her off to the lowest bidder!
    When a woman cuts off her hair like that and has to be told that she’s loved all day long means she needs therapy. Maybe Doctor Proctor could help her!
    I’ll get back to the rest of the story soon, but so far its an enjoyable read.
    Muy bueno señor Miguel

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    Surabhi [Retired] wrote 4 years, 4 months ago


    Beautiful writing and crisp conversations.

    I'm sure this will make a fine book. Shelved with pleasure.

    Many stars to you!

    Voices in the Valley.

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    Old3 [Retired] wrote 4 years, 4 months ago


    Chapter 1's opening paragraph is great. I'm having problems with the tension between Shelley and Paul, though. I don't feel it. It sounded pretty mild to me and I'm thinking that you could introduce more description so that we get the idea. "Okay, go," Shelley screamed, beginning to lose her balance . . . (or whatever.) Give us some hints of what Shelley and Paul physically look like.