“The GAIAD” – Introductory Trailer

In anticipation of a coming release, I wanted to put something together explaining some themes and a premise or two within “The GAIAD” – available soon on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback editions.  I’m beginning the audiobook production immediately after.  Take a look:

Video Script:

Hi, I’m Will Burcher.  I want to tell you about a book of mine, The GAIAD.

The title is a concatenation of two words – Gaia, and of course The Iliad of Homer.  The first refers to the Ancient Greek personification of the Earth, the mother goddess if you like, Gaia.  Some archaeologists think that ‘Gaia’ is actually the incorporation into the Greek Pantheon of a much, much earlier spiritual tradition, one that may have existed for tens of thousands of years – a span of time much greater than the entire span of recorded human history.  The second is the first real epic story that we have from a time when we were transitioning into who we are today.

The story is ultimately about us, our present, our past, and where I think we’re going.  It’s the first book in a series, one that touches on some themes I’ve been exploring in my own mind for some time now.

The main character is someone who feels, probably like a lot of us, that something is missing in the world today, that something is just not quite right.  In the beginning of the story she witnesses something horrific – and after digging a little, investigating, she comes across this group, this hidden group of people protecting a secret that is very, very old.  She ultimately learns this secret and experiences it for herself – in a pretty unique way.

There’s also a section of the book led by another character, a man who lived a very long time ago.  I wanted this character to represent what we were, what we could have been – and maybe what we’ve lost.  But really, the story is a positive one.  Despite all the violence, all the hatred, all the unconsciousness that we see in the world today, I’m still positive on the prospects for our future.  So, we fell.  We went from something natural and connected, to something different and separate, but we can return and in the process go further than we’ve ever gone before.  And this is the GAIAD, really.

Finally, there’s a premise built into the GAIAD, a pure proposition, that attempts to explain that feeling, that sense of awe when you’re out in the open air on a clear day and you come across something amazing, something natural – something that leaves you speechless.

Something kind of like that.  (Points to rock formation view, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado).  Thanks.


Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA.


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