Numenon

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Will Duane is the richest man on the planet and makes more money with every breath.

Trying to win back the love of a mysterious woman, Will takes his executives to a Native American spiritual retreat lead by a great shaman. When their caravan becomes stalled, a vicious stalker strikes. Out of a horrifying attack, a new possibility is born ... And evil takes a new form.

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About Sandy Nathan

Sandy Nathan 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.

Sandy 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. The visionary part of her writing flows from her meditation practice and spiritual experience.

A lifelong horsewoman, Sandy is a wife and mother of three grown children. She lives on their California horse ranch.

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Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money
Head of Numenon, Will Duane was the richest man on earth. He has the looks, the women, and the money to be on top of the world. A force he could not identify pursued Will. Driven by his need to win back the love of a mysterious woman, Will takes his executives to a Native American retreat. The caravan becomes stalled & the stalker strikes. From a horrifying attack, a new possibility is born.

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Review by: Nathaniel Fisher on Nov. 08, 2009 :
What Pulitzer-winner John McPhee is to environmental fiction, Sandy Nathan is to both spiritual fiction and non-fiction. Nathan's fictional "Numenon" merges two parallel narratives (one centered on preparations for a Native American spiritual gathering, the other an unusual business trip via corporate RV) with a dramatic clash in the novel's page-turning final chapters.

In the process, Nathan's story-telling affords an insider's glimpse into the disparate realms of a Silicon Valley hi-tech tycoon and a Native American spiritual guru, and the historical events that bring them together...fictional histories replete with real life lessons for us all.

If the unusual combination of corporate intrique and espionage alongside pitched battle for the soul are not sufficient to keep the reader's attention, Nathan also continues to establish herself as an expert in another compelling category: equine fiction! Nathan knows horses, and their place in "Numenon" should be satisfying to both life-long horse-lovers and horse novices.

The only readers who may wish to proceed with caution are newly minted MBA's (this reviewer includes himself in this readership segment), as Numenon reads in part as a caution to those hell-bent on taking over the corporate world, and the damage such unbridled greed and ambition can inflict not only on others, but on one's soul.

The conclusion is that Sandy Nathan includes a little something for everyone in "Numenon," and in the process establishes herself as a must-read author!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: L.C. Evans on Oct. 26, 2009 :
Sandy Nathan creates a world where the giant Numenon Corporation and its founder Will Duane are seemingly all powerful. Will's people have learned that they bow to his wishes or they are out with no second chances. There is no middle ground and no limit to the greed driven ambition shown by Will's "warriors." But Will has a secret stalker as well as a mysterious woman in his past. He takes his people with him and goes on a spiritual retreat, a meeting, led by Grandfather, a Native American shaman. But reaching the site of Grandfather's retreat, The Mogollon Bowl, proves far more difficult than Will or his warriors could have imagined. Spiritual forces fight against evil and Will is nearly killed.

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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Todd Fonseca on Oct. 25, 2009 : (no rating)
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. Nearing the spiritually charged ground where the meeting is to occur, each of the characters feel the intensity of what they are about to experience and each must choose their path forward.

This is the first book in the Bloodsong series by Nathan. Those expecting a tidy closure to all of the plot's elements will instead find a continuously building pressure cooker leading to a climatic meeting of forces to be resolved in future volumes. This is a very enjoyable read and those interested in mysticism and Native American Culture will thoroughly enjoy Numenon.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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