Enlightened Ones

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A literary novel that reveals the secrets and personal stories of the members of a powerful, brainwashing cult. More

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About Lacey Reah

Lacey Reah has worked as a teacher, a fitness and yoga guru, a healer, an actress and a writer. She has traveled the globe, living in major cities such as Manilla, Sydney, Los Angeles and New York; working odd- ended jobs such as retail sales and being a paid physic. Wherever she went, she has taken the opportunity to track every key point of her life and document it. So much has happened in her life and with heavy bouts of sleep apnea that it is difficult to discern the reality from the fantasy. She is on a lifetime search for truth.

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Review by: Pel Abbott on June 30, 2013 :
Religious cults only manage to suck people in who are vulnerable in our society. ((Like almost anyone is at some point.))

This book takes you inside a cult in a gripping way, and makes a good answer as to "why" anyone participates.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Amber Osborne on May 27, 2013 :
This was such a great read and I am glad I was able to get an opportunity to read it. (and I am going to try and write this in a way that doesn't give too much away). I ended up reading this book in one day because I was so engrossed and looking to see where the story went and where the characters take me.

"Maggi is finally an adult and no longer a high school student, but she soon realizes she has no idea what to do with her life. Her best friend is leaving for college and she is faced with an uncertain future of being alone. Maggi soon discovers a community that she originally scoffs at, but soon comes to see them as the answer to everything, including her need for a sense of family. As Maggi is drawn deeper and deeper in, things are not what they appear in this happy family and soon things take a dark turn"

The author did an amazing job with the research and incorporating it all into a wonderful novel. There are a lot of emotional charged issues in this novel: abuse, neglect, homosexuality, loneliness, brainwashing, etc. The book handles them nicely and keeps the readers interest in all of the characters throughout the book.

Some of the characters present surprises along the way (which I don't want to give anything away!!), but I like how each of them had their own opinions on the assimilation into the group and the changes that were occurring and what it meant. While we see first hand Maggi's inception into the group and her progression through it, we are also treated to how some of the other members, including some that had been there since the creation, see the group and what it is doing and what it really takes for some people to gather the courage to stand up for what is right and how far they can go before they realize they have made some mistakes.

I really liked that each of the characters have their own distinct personalities and trials to go through. This is very much a character driven story and we are not disappointed by the different view points and thoughts of them. And while there are certain characters I was not found of, I appreciate that the author did not back down and try to make everyone likeable once inside their heads but at the same time giving other characters a chance to show their flaws and basic human-ness in this situation.

It really is a great story on the human condition and how we are all looking for the same things, acceptance, togetherness, peace, but some people twist that to their own making and lose sight of why they started on that path and become something more dark and sinister and use those ideals to thier own making.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Weston Kincade on April 30, 2013 :
Please note: I edited this novel for the author. I do not receive remuneration based upon sales.

When I read The Enlightened Ones, I was both disturbed and pleasantly surprised. Maggie's story was thrilling, and I found myself muttering at times like most people do in horror flicks where the scantily clad teenager runs into a room and locks the door rather than escaping. While not a horror novel, there were certainly times when I could fully understand Maggie's decisions, but from personal experiences I wanted to shout out "Don't go there" or something similar, as though that would make a difference. Each event led to another more disturbing, continuing on and on into a brainwashed world of people striving to make the world a better place. But how to go about that? That's always the question, isn't it? Whose idea of a perfect world is right? What would you sacrifice to gain safety? Maggie's tale is one of struggles and self-discovery, and while editing I was able to relive her well-woven story with her and her friends.

If you enjoy characters that feel like companions, pulling you into their world to help them overcome life's difficult choices and obstacles, are fascinated by cults and how they successfully taint the innocence of our world, or wonder at times what things would be like if only society could change, then this is a book that deserves to be on your shelf and in your hands.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Weston Kincade on April 30, 2013 : (no rating)
Please note: I edited this novel for the author. I do not receive remuneration based upon sales.

When I read The Enlightened Ones, I was both disturbed and pleasantly surprised. Maggie's story was thrilling, and I found myself muttering at times like most people do in horror flicks where the scantily clad teenager runs into a room and locks the door rather than escaping. While not a horror novel, there were certainly times when I could fully understand Maggie's decisions, but from personal experiences I wanted to shout out "Don't go there" or something similar, as though that would make a difference. Each event led to another more disturbing, continuing on and on into a brainwashed world of people striving to make the world a better place. But how to go about that? That's always the question, isn't it? Whose idea of a perfect world is right? What would you sacrifice to gain safety? Maggie's tale is one of struggles and self-discovery, and while editing I was able to relive her well-woven story with her and her friends.

If you enjoy characters that feel like companions, pulling you into their world to help them overcome life's difficult choices and obstacles, are fascinated by cults and how they successfully taint the innocence of our world, or wonder at times what things would be like if only society could change, then this is a book that deserves to be on your shelf and in your hands.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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