A Novel

The latest thriller from Sam Polakoff 

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Rave Reviews Book Club - June 2020

See what readers are saying about Shaman

“It had that indefinable addictive element that sets some books apart from the crowd.”


“Shaman really pulled me in and after a few chapters wouldn’t let me go.”


“Engaged from the get-go.”


"Polakoff does it again."

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Dan Alston questioned his sanity. A successful businessman and US senator, his entire life had been plagued by strange voices and visions. The episodes were ambiguous and easily ignored. But on his 50th birthday, during a climb in the Andes, Dan Alston is involuntarily transported on a spiritual journey and shown something horrifying; an environmental apocalypse.


Dan learns he is experiencing episodes from another lifetime, a lifetime from which he has been reincarnated and once lived as a shaman during the Inca Empire. His chief of staff, Talia Clayton, tries to help him understand the meaning of his experience and to fight his demons, both real and perceived.

While he struggles to make sense of his predicament, Dan and Talia cross paths with ancient forces reborn to hasten the Earth’s destruction by weaponizing climate change. In a race against time, Dan Alston must summon his innate courage to save the planet from an apocalyptic end.


Shaman is the story of a man who thought he knew what serving his country meant until he discovered his true purpose and the power required to fulfill it.

Notebook and Pen

"There is no greater agony
than bearing an untold story inside you."

Maya Angelou

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