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Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money (Bloodsong, Book 1) Hardcover – May 23, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Bloodsong (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Vilasa Press; 1st edition (May 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976280922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976280927
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,827,614 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

About the Author

Sandy Nathan writes to amaze and delight, uplift and inspire, as well as thrill and occasionally terrify. She is known for creating unforgettable characters and putting them in do or die situations. She writes in genres ranging from science fiction, fantasy, and visionary fiction to juvenile nonfiction to spirituality and memoir. Her writing has been compared to that of Orson Scott Card, Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, and Douglas Adams.

"I write for people who like challenging, original work. My reader isn't satisfied by a worn-out story or predictable plot. I do my best to give my readers what they want."

Mrs. Nathan's books have won twenty-two national awards, including multiple awards from oldest, largest, and most prestigious contests for independent publishers. Her books have earned rave critical reviews and customer reviews of close to five-star averages on Amazon. Most are Amazon bestsellers.

Sandy was born in San Francisco, California. She grew up in the hard-driving, achievement orientated corporate culture of Silicon Valley. Sandy holds Master's Degrees in Economics and Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. She was a doctoral student at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and has been an economic analyst, businesswoman, and negotiation coach, as well as author.

A lifelong horsewoman, Mrs. Nathan lives with her husband on their California ranch. They bred Peruvian Paso horses for almost twenty years. She has three grown children and two grandchildren

More About the Author

When you read the About the Author portions of books, they usually sound as though the writer is sequestered on the far side of the moon, leaving an all-knowing narrator to hand out propaganda. I'm going to tell you the real story, heart to heart.

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. Giant oaks, old mansions, and flashy cars surrounded me. I spent my time showing horses and water-skiing behind my dad's obscenely overpowered boat.

Princess Sandy died when a drunk driver hit my father head-on in 1964, killing him. Those words aren't enough. My father died of suffocation, as bloods clots from his massive internal injuries broke loose and lodged in his lungs.

My old life vanished. Through structures and systems I will not describe, I lived at a below poverty level income for a while. I could qualify for food stamps, yet I worried that I wasn't doing enough charitable work. My brain still thought I was upper class.

What happened in the coming years opened my eyes. I've seen and lived the over-privileged existence I describe in the Bloodsong Series. I've seen how ephemeral its rewards are and how it warps those who are trapped by it. I've seen how it masks mental illness.

Want to know why a San Francisco-born, Silicon Valley-raised woman is so 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 had lived the lite version of what happened to Native Americans. They had the kingdom--the entire continent--and lost it. I know how that feels. They were treated abominably for centuries, and had the worst abused hurled at them. They were asked, "What's the matter with you? Why aren't you doing better, you lazy bums?" I know all about that, too.

My writing has a bite. My life has had a bite. Recovering from what happened to me has taken many years. And I have recovered. What was legitimately mine came back to me, along with the fruit of my own labor. If your life echoes mine, you might like to see how I healed; it's in my books.

My writing isn't for everyone. I write about people getting better and the world working out, but its not always gentle and nice. A reviewer described my Mogollon as "equal parts horror, spiritual, romance, and action." If that's for you, you're my reader.

I write visionary fiction, which is about making the world a better place. Why that with the bio above? I have had huge spiritual experiences all my life, as well as gentler ongoing guidance. Whatever is behind them and this earthly life wants me to tell you about them.

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-four 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.

Customer Reviews

Numenon is a book I will read again.
Renanda
Not all plot elements are resolved at the end since this book is part of a series.
L.C. Evans
The author's writing style is excellent.
Steve Burns

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 Todd A. Fonseca 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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