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Product Details

  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Vilasa Press (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976280949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976280941
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,985,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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NUMENON is superbly written, and beautifully weaves a treasure-trove of spiritual and intellectual wisdom into the story. I am totally enthralled. Where's the sequel? ----ILENE DILLON, MSW. Host, Full Power Living

FIVE STARS! A fantasy set in the real world to draw readers in and never let them go, NUMENON is highly recommended to readers seeking modern fiction with fantastical elements. -- MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW


The collision of commerce and spirit, the world's richest man and an ancient Native American shaman, a global corporation larger than any other and the quiet strength at the core of the natural world this is thriller and metaphor and life lesson in the hands of a writer who has journey'd through both worlds. --GERALD DiPEGO Screenwriter, Phenomenon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Winner of 17 National Awards for her four books Stepping Off the Edge, Numenon, The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy, and Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could, Sandy Nathan has led a multi-faceted, multi-career life that expanded her view of her inner self and the outer world. Sandy grew up in the hard-driving, competitive culture of the early Silicon Valley.

"I've known people like those in my books since I was a child," she says. She holds master's degrees in economics and counseling and was a student in the doctoral program at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. She has been an economist, negotiation coach, and businesswoman. She is a writer, a rider, a wife and a mother of grown children. Sandy lives and writes on her horse ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara, California.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading the next installment.
Enrique Torres
The plot twists are unexpected and kept me hooked- I could not put the book down until I was done, and I can't wait for the sequel.
Carol Pepper
Ms. Nathan has done a superb job with this book, especially with the spiritual elements.
L.C. Evans

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: Join author Sandy Nathan on a revelatory journey of self discovery as she leads the reader along two divergent storylines; one revolving around Will Duane, the richest man in the world and his massive financial empire functioning under the name "Numenon". The other half of the tale concerns a Native American Shaman and visionary known as Grandfather who is about to present his sacred teachings in one last gathering, or pow-wow at an ancient Indian sacred site in Tucson, Arizona.

Will Duane and his "best warriors" ("a warrior is a warrior" even in a business suit) are on an unprecedented excursion to this sacred gathering to meet with Grandfather for reasons only known to Will and Grandfather. A clash of Spirit is about to occur, something ordained by powers beyond the control of either man. Whatever happens will be of monumental significance and the Powers of Light and Darkness will have their say before all that is to be is brought to fruitition.

Critique: The new release `Numenon' by Sandy Nathan is one of the most superbly developed, intensely riveting and profoundly moving works of fiction I've read in quite a long time. The author's attention to detail, in-depth character development and cohesive, constantly evolving storyline will keep the reader transfixed from beginning to end.

Even more impressive (if that's possible) is the fascinating spirituality so beautifully and intricately weaved throughout this wonderful first volume of `The Bloodsong Series'. The spiritual teachings constitute the Story behind the story and introduce the reader to potent, invisible energies and beings flowing around and through physical creation.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on June 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It was with some hesitation that I started this novel. I've been approached to review too many obviously hack-written potboilers that superficially exploited spiritual themes to just make a buck. Certain people had even approached me to write such books. That was why I felt such relief and growing wonder as I quickly saw the true nature of this work. This book is something totally different from what I feared- it is the "real deal." It is obviously a work of true inspiration as related by the author in her foreword. You can't fake something like that. This book also had something else that I've learned to take as the hallmark of a genuine work of real worth, namely, synchronistic "hit" after "hit" with my own life...

As for the quality of the writing itself, I found it to be the equal (if not superior to) a King, or a Barker, or a Rice. The story just flows so smoothly and rapidly to draw you along almost against your will. The character development is also superb, for I came to recognize these people from my own lifetime of experience. However, what really jumped out at me was the spiritual substance woven into the story. It has a deeper meat and meaning which separates it from the vast majority of modern work- especially fiction. I remember Mircea Eliade stating that some more subtle topics were best transmitted by incorporating them into literature fantastique- the sacred hidden in the profane.

As for the character of Grandfather and his teachings, this is no rip-off of Native American culture. Grandfather may be from an unnamed tribe but he clearly represents a type of holy man found in all traditional societies around the world- and throughout time. They transcend time.

I've also got to comment on the design of the book itself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Leading Numenon, the largest and most powerful corporation on the Earth, Will Duane carries a secret. Haunted for years by the memory of his demanding and verbally abusive father, Will compensates by driving for ever greater success at all costs. Ethics, faithfulness, relationships, all take a back seat to his overriding lust for power. But the success he achieves leaves him empty. Forever stalked by a dark presence creating a pall over everything in his life, Will finds solace by retreating within himself by physically punishing his body through excessive exercise. Nearing exhaustion, something special happens. A heightened state of awareness occurs through a glowing column of light beginning at the base of his spine. Will achieves what mystics call - Kundalini - here he is safe; here is where he finds peace; here is where he finds answers.

From his lean-to in remote New Mexico, a Native American shaman-known by many names but by his followers as "grandfather"-senses the gathering of evil. It will be at the annual gathering of his spirit warriors, simply called "the meeting", where this darkness will descend and collide with grandfather's spiritual forces and the corporate power of Numenon.

In Numenon, national award winning author Sandy Nathan takes the reader through the parallel journeys of two very different worlds - that of corporate deals and greed juxtaposed with that of Native American Indians on the reservation. Alternating between these two realities, Nathan explores each of the characters histories - their lives, choices, and experiences which have led them to the present conditions.
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More About the Author

I was born to be a princess. I was a princess, for a while. My parents overcame the poverty of their youth by becoming extremely successful. My hometown was one of the most affluent places in the country. I spent my time showing horses and water-skiing behind my dad's obscenely overpowered boat.

My life as a princess ended when a drunk driver ran into my father head-on in 1964, killing him. Not instantly, though. My dad's death was the stuff of horror movies and plunged my family into years of darkness.

My old life vanished. I lived at a below poverty level income for a while. What happened in the following decades opened my eyes. I've seen and lived the over-privileged existence I describe in the Bloodsong Series. I've seen how it can warp those who are lost in it. I've seen how the power of money can mask mental illness and allow evil to ruin lives.

Want to know why a San Francisco-born, Silicon Valley-raised woman is obsessed with Native Americans? After I'd drafted a few thousand pages of the Bloodsong books, I had this giant Ahah! At least half of the characters were Native Americans. Why? I don't think I'd ever seen an Indian.

I realized that they had lived the lite version of what happened to Native Americans. They had the kingdom--the entire continent--and lost it. I knew how that felt. They were treated abominably for centuries, and had the worst abuse hurled at them. I know about that too.

My writing has a bite. My life has had a bite. Recovering from what happened to me took many years. And I have recovered. What was legitimately mine came back to me, along with the fruit of my own labor.

Now for my "regular bio": I've been in school a very long time and have two advanced degrees. I've had prestigious careers. My writing has won twenty-six national awards. I'm very happily married; my husband and I have been together forty years. I have three grown children and two grandchildren. We live on our California horse ranch and love it. And I still get on a horse occasionally and love that, too.