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Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money (Bloodsong, Book 1) Hardcover – May 23, 2008
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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
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Ms. Nathan has done a superb job with this book, especially with the spiritual elements. Her character development is so well-done I found myself feeling understanding and pity for some of the characters even as I despised their behavior. The desert setting for most of the book is beautifully brought to life and the writing style drew me in until I couldn't stop reading.
Not all plot elements are resolved at the end since this book is part of a series. But an excerpt from the next book is included and you will want to read on.
Frankly, I am a bit surprised by some of the negative reviews by readers. Some of them wanted ALL or most of the characters to have grown by the end of the book. I think that is plain unrealistic. One of the great things about this novel is how some characters grow and some don't, and it is all dependent upon where they see the solutions coming from (this novel suggests that the energy within will shape a person's future - ever so subtely). Contrary to what some others thought, I felt like some of these characters who clearly lacked any spirituality, seemed to be taking baby steps to growth that would pan out in future novels in the series.
I have two cautions. I thought that the opening scene of the story was difficult to understand and actually almost made me put the book down. Also, I think the scene through the canyon on the way to the Meeting was a bit long and tedious. Other than that, I really liked the connection between spirituality and corporate America - I definitely felt like the writer was on to something here. I found the author's understanding of spirituality and Native American and Eastern cultures was spot on. This is clearly an author who has done her homework.
I admit that I was surprised that it has been a while since this novel was written and that a sequel was not out yet. In the prologue, the author says she has nine drafts for nine books in the series. Some might be disappointed where this book ends in the series. However, all in all, it is a well-written novel worth a look see by those who might consider themselves to be on a spiritual journey.
I'm glad I didn't let my assumptions steer me. The story is intriguing (as in, stay up all night to see where this is going). The pacing and tone of the writing match the story perfectly, and the text is invisible as the story unfolds. The characters are well-drawn! Each one comes to life in credible fashion, they behave truly to themselves and their inter-relationships make sense. The plot is as far from predictable as possible, and I love some of the themes that seem to be emerging - this is no simple good vs. evil. It is a great book that happens to involve a spiritual theme, rather than the other way around.
Ms. Nathan has written a terrific novel! I'm afraid, seeing only 16 reviews, that people are passing it over because of how it's categorized, but this book deserves a much wider readership. If you enjoy fantasy, sci fi or just stories that are wonderfully imaginative, this is a good choice. And the best part - it is intended to be the first of many (I think she said nine?). I can't wait for the next one, and will gladly pay for it :¬))