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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tenacity Press; First Edition edition (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965605639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965605632
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,606,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews

Native American spirituality trumps Western science in this New Age thriller.
When anthropologist Tara Fairfield gets a cryptic message from her long-lost father, a tabloid reporter who specializes in alien-abduction narratives, she sets off for his last known whereabouts: Coyote Mesa on the Zuni Indian reservation in New Mexico. It’s an odd place, complete with spotty cell-phone reception and local stories of witchcraft and flying saucers. Tara is soon besieged by uncanny experiences: strange images on motel TV sets; mesmerizing lights and episodes of lost time; apparitions of Katchinas, the eight-foot masked bird-men of Zuni myth; and visions of Hollywood heartthrob James Dean telling her that “[t]he world you believe you have mastered is an illusion.” Tara persists in her stubborn trust in logical explanations while she copes with more prosaic concerns, including an ex-husband who may be illegally selling artifacts and sinister government agents who chase her. But as she investigates her father’s disappearance, delves into the history of secret shaman societies and attends a medicine-wheel ceremony, evidence mounts of supernatural phenomena that even her pig-headed rationalism can’t explain. Bennett (Zuni Fetishes, 1993, etc.) mixes and matches motifs from The X Files, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and his own work on Native American religion and New Age spiritualism. He’s a fluent writer: The first part of the novel skillfully builds suspense amid the eerie atmospherics of a haunted desert landscape while regaling readers with interesting Zuni lore...

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"Engaging right from the start...like a Tony Hillerman mystery shapeshifted to spiritual odyssey..." -- Angela Werneke, artist & award winning illustrator of Medicine Cards

"Takes us face to face with the invisible dimensions of our humanity...As enchanting as it is deepening and enlightening." -- Lynn V. Andrews, bestselling author

More About the Author

Hal is the author of more than 30 successful books--fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Most recent book is Backland Graces: four short novels.

Books in his writing series include:
Write Starts: Prompts, Quotes & Exercises to Jumpstart Your Creativity
Writing Spiritual Books;
Write From the Heart;
Writing With a Collaborator.

His fiction includes:
Spirit Circle: a Novel of Adventure and Shamanic Revelation
White Mountain Blues
Backland Graces

His spiritual non-fiction books:
Spirit Animals & The Wheel of Life
Zuni Fetishes: Native American Objects/Meditation, Reflection & Insight
The Lens of Perception: User's Guide to Higher Consciousness
Spirit Guides: Companions & Mentors for Your Inner Journey
Follow Your Bliss: Finding Your Right Livelihood & Calling
Inner Guides, Visions & Dreams: Field Guides to Inner Resources
The Well Body Book, with Michael Samuels, MD
Be Well, with Michael Samuels, MD
The Holotropic Mind, with Stanislav Grof, MD

Hal enjoys writing reviews of books,likes books on creativity, personal growth, Earth-based spirituality and is an avid mystery reader. He's a personal writing coach who teaches seminars throughout the U.S.

He is a graduate of the Creative Writing School at San Francisco State University and holds advanced degrees in Holistic Health Sciences and Psychology. As a writing coach, ghostwriter, editor and co-author he has helped over 200 other authors develop successful books, including many national bestsellers; his client list includes bestselling authors Phil McGraw (Life Strategies), Gerald G. Jampolsky (Change Your Mind, Change Your Life), Judith Orloff, MD (Second Sight) and Shakti Gawain (Path of Transformation.)

The author lives with his wife on a small lake in northern California with two cats and a large organic garden.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo Lauer on June 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dr. Tara Fairfield, a young anthropologist, is on a quest to find her father, renegade tabloid journalist, Drew Fairfield, who has missed most of her life, but most notably has been missing for the last two years. Tara has received a letter from Drew containing photos and artifacts which she believes might be proof of the existence of a secret society of shamans hidden deep in the New Mexico desert. Either this, or it is an elaborate hoax, perpetuated by her father, who is not above foregoing integrity for a good story. To uncover the truth, she leaves her young daughter and travels to New Mexico, where her search leads her through a shamnic journey to find her own soul. She meets spirit guides who shape-shift and take her to places beyond the tangible world she knows. An old friend of her father's who has returned to his Zuni childhood origins, teaches her the way of the Medicine Wheel. She is at once the teacher and the taught as she takes the reader on a magical voyage between worlds, all the while tripping over her own skepticism. With an old shaman, she journeys to meet the crone, Mongwa, who tells her "You are a messenger. You have no choice." Tara's mission is to bring back to her world the teachings of the "fifth world," where understanding the Spiritual Source eliminates all appearance of separation between time, place, and physical identity. Bennett's writing is visually stunning, taking the reader into the quiet beauty of the desert mesa and deep into the caves hidden high on the cliffs. A masterful storyteller, he weaves spell-binding adventure and spiritual revelation. This book begs for a sequel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a novel about Tara Fairfield who is an anthropologist at a university. She leaves her comfortable job to search for her outrageous, adventruous father who has been missing for 2 yrs. She travels to New Mexico to catch his trail and is caught up in a series of intriguing events that force her to confront her own identity. The professor part of Tara slowly surrenders to her intuitive self and she embraces a new, deeper vision of the meaning and purpose of her life. Essentially, she stops studying life and begins to live in a new way. Spirit Circle is a really classic shamanic story, told in an original, exciting way that brings out the mystery of the ancient mystical traditions of the Southwest. The heroine's adventure is an initiantion--she doesn't find her goal, she become it, and eventually recognizes and accepts her destiny. This is a fast-moving adventure story with great characters, which you don't find much in novels with spiritual themes. It has a surprise ending with a truly powerful message that reaches far back in time. What I particularly like is that this book teaches the basics of shamanism while it entertains. I'd recommend it highly for anyone who wants to find out more about the shamanistic traditions and actually experience what it can teach us about the inner truths of our lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
Spirit Circle -- a story of adventure and shamanic revelation -- more than lives up to its subtitle. Based on ancient prophesies and historical events, this exciting novel really IS an adventure and a revelation. It is the story of a young woman anthropologist who has long been intrigued by stories of an ancient, secret society of shamans. When her father disappears under mysterious circumstances, she travels to New Mexico to search for him. Her journey eventually takes her to what may be the site of that ancient shamanic society, and to the sorceress Mongwa. From Mongwa, she learns about the "children of importance" -- people whose spiritual values and sensitivities will lead us into the new millennium. A fascinating epilogue lists and explains the spiritual principles revealed in the story. If you enjoyed the spirit of The Celestine Prophesy, you'll LOVE Spirit Circle!
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A few months ago and quite by chance, I ran onto this author/writing instructor in the strangest way. I was surfing the Internet and happened to find this website for writers. It's a very informative website with a little bit of everything for everyone in the literary world. I clicked on the discussion board to see what was happening. I'm not one to join a discussion group because I don't have the time, but like I said, the website is full of writing information. The discussion group actually has comments posted by published authors, giving helpful information to the fledgling writers. In so doing, these published authors not only have my respect, they have my attention. After reading some of the informative posts by Hal Bennett, I was impressed with what he had to say. I sent him an e-mail conveying my compliments. Being a man of intelligence and good manners, Bennett thanked me via an e-mail, thus allowing me access to his website by his reply. I think I would have eventually found it anyway, but it saved me a lot of time. Bennett's book on "Write From The Heart" took my attention first and I ordered it. Very impressive. I concluded the man knew how to write a non-fiction book on the subject of writing. I rated him as being in the caliber of Brande, another great one. So, figuring he knew how to write non-fiction and hold my interest, I'd find out if he could write fiction and still hold my interest. I'm a romantic by nature, always have been, but I'll read anything that's well written, whether it's mystery, suspense, self-help, non-fiction, etc. For a long time, I've stuck with the really big name authors, but eventually I think we all live and learn. I'm pretty gutsy and I'll venture spending the price of a book by any author who has my attention and interest.Read more ›
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