Ticket to Ride

General Fiction

By Philip Wikel

Publisher : Julian Day Publishing and Design

ABOUT Philip Wikel

Philip Wikel
About the author:As the publisher of SALT magazine, a regional ocean sports magazine, Philip has gained something of a following in Southern California. He has also been published in Blue Edge magazine (which included an interview with Jack Johnson), The VC Reporter, The Surfer's Path (UK) More...



A story of hope, promise, and love, Ticket to Ride is a timeless tale of two writers coming-of-age. While it is set in the late 1970s, the story is as timeless as Homer's Odyssey.

Ten years of war in Vietnam, a "sexual revolution" filled with mixed messages, and a wide distrust of politicians, the government, organized religion and anything considered to be part of the "establishment," produced a social climate wherein our youth found it difficult to define their world. Enriched with allusions to literary and early rock 'n roll classics, readers of Ticket to Ride will see Morgan and Livy moving from being innocent 17-year-olds to becoming fully realized adults and, like America, anxiously redefining the ideas of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

★★★★★ 5 Stars, Midwest Book Review – “Very Highly Recommended”

Dear Readers,

Following is the full text of the review of Ticket to Ride as reviewed by James A. Cox of the Midwest Book Review. The Midwest Book Review is a prestigious reviewer of books connected to “Cengage Learning, Gale Interactive (published four times yearly for academic, corporate, and public library systems), as well as such book review databases as LexisNexis and Goliath.


“Adulthood wasn’t easy when everyone around you wanted you to destroy what adulthood was. “Ticket to Ride” is a novel telling the story of Morgan and Livy coming to adulthood during a time where revolutions of all types were coming ahead and so many messages were going around, no one knew who to follow or believe. “Ticket to Ride” is an exciting read with its own take on the 1960s and 1970s, very highly recommended.”