All writers craft stories from their own life experience, and this epic tale is no exception. In the tales are hints of summer vacations to the Catskill Mountains; long days spent swimming in crystal clear lakes and playing amongst the tall pine, oak and maple trees. The oaks were of course an enchanted forest, the bird high in the green boughs Merlin?s own owl, Archimedes. For Larry grew up in New York City with a healthy, overactive imagination. At the age of five, the boy?s great-aunt Dorothy presented him with a copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This was followed by A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin, and trips to the movies with his dad to see Fantasia, The Sword in the Stone, and Escape To Witch Mountain. By the time little Larry was ten, he was playing Dungeons and Dragons, and the World of Abydonne was taking form in his mind. Told by his mother to stop daydreaming in class and write his stories down, Larry opened a fresh spiral-bound notebook and began his career. Larry has penned the following manuscripts, which with Hashem?s help, will soon see print: Dragon?s Orb, the sequel to The Dragon?s Familiar; The Sword of Arakron trilogy; Wizard?s Crusade, a time travel story; Castle Ravenwood in the World of Calydon; and Odyssey, a Star Trek novel, among others. The cover art, entitled ?On a Dare,? oils over acrylics, was painted by the author.