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ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: SURREAL ADVENTURES is the second novel in the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE novel series. The projected release date is late fall of 2019 and will be the first sequel to ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT which was published in spring of 2018. Details of the hard copy or eBook may be viewed online at Amazon:
The plot of SURREAL ADVENTURES continues where THE SUMMIT leaves off. The narrative becomes even more intriguing with its interwoven themes and delightful complexities. The pace picks up momentum as James, the narrator and central character continue along this strange adventure towards some unknown destiny. The promise of romance is not far away, as some very peculiar events and surreal encounters begin to occur in his alternate dimension of reality.
In the months ahead, readers will be updated on this post with the details of SURREAL ADVENTURES publication. Updates will also be posted on FACEBOOK: ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE NOVEL SERIES.
Here's a short teaser from Chapter Two. James and his two companions teleport from their retreat on a mountain in the Andes to visit London where his body lies in a coma in a hospital room.
SHE SEES THROUGH ME
And there she was... suddenly sweeping onto a Shakespearean stage to rendezvous with her Romeo, bedpan in hand. Can it get any more romantic than that?
I had no way of knowing if this was Julianne anymore that Juliette, and yet I felt it was. I hadn’t seen a woman in a very long time, let alone one such as her. Yes, yes, it had to be her! I looked at Eli as he nodded with a big grin. At once, her presence seemed to brighten the stark and sanitized room with fresh light and vitality.
‘Holy smokes Eli; you didn’t tell me!’
‘Oh, but I did. What were you expecting?’
We stood there in silence, observing her perform her menial tasks. As I’m sure she had done hundreds of times before; she checked the pulse, intravenous bag, various monitors, and then, of course, attending to the catheter. How humiliating, I thought, especially on my first date!
I wanted her to remain in the room for as long as possible so that I could watch her every move. Indeed, he was exceptionally attractive, even in her frumpy uniform. Though she had little or no make-up on, that wasn’t necessary since she had plenty of natural feminine allure just as she was. Also, her happy and efficient demeanour seemed to accentuate her outwardly appealing features, as if she cared about what she was doing.
And yet, she seemed to be in a rush; perhaps because she had to return to the Emergency Ward. Considering how far I had come and how long I waited these last months, I was disappointed I didn’t merit more of her time and attention, hoping at least to receive a pat on my fall guy’s head. But what happened next in the whirl caught me completely off guard! It was most extraordinary!
I had been standing at the end of the bed when suddenly she turned and, in a flash, stepped directly towards me on her way out the door. Before I could step aside, she passed right smack through the middle of me, leaving me shocked with her delightful intrusion through my body.
I’m sure it’s difficult to imagine what that might be like in literally occupying the same space as her. Not that I experienced anything erotic in that moment; it was more of a... I’m not sure what to call it; perhaps a thrill and yet something more than just that. Considering all my past encounters with women, I had never been so intimate with anyone before.
It wasn’t just about close; I was actually inside her as she was in me, at one with her whole body. It was something I would often think about; kind of exciting even if it was rather weird. Had I needed any more proof that I was a spirit, this certainly would have done it!
I looked at Mo and Eli in bewilderment, as they chuckled, relishing the look on my face. Eli, in particular, seemed rather pleased with himself, as if say, we told you so Mr Sceptic, now do you get it… really get it? Likely he contrived the set-up, positioned himself where I was standing so she could pass through me if she quickly turned around to leave the room. It happened so fast, I didn’t anticipate this happening, but I’m sure Eli did. I would expect no less from him.
‘She can already see through you,’ he said with a laugh. A most prescient young woman… didn’t I tell to be on your best behaviour?’
‘She’s a seer alright,’ I said, ‘most aren’t able to do that until the second or third date!’
Just before stepping out the door, Julianne stopped to look into a cupboard for something. I wanted to do or say something that would cause her to stay longer since I had no way of knowing if she’d be returning this evening. However, I couldn’t think of how to do that. Still feeling a bit giddy after our intimate encounter; I called after her, saying the first stupid thing that came to my mind just as she was going out the door.
‘Whoa baby – don’t leave me! Let’s do it again, real slow this time… we’ve got all night. Besides, I know you’re into me as much as I’d like to be into you.’
Whatever the innuendo, I didn’t care, she couldn’t hear me. Or so I thought!
Suddenly she stopped on the way out the door and turned around slowly, looking back towards the fall guy a bit startled and perplexed.
Oh god, no! Did she actually pick up on that? Even after she’s been working to keep the fall guy alive all these months, I have to sabotage our relationship by behaving like a lout. Who else could do that, even while sober?
She stood there at the doorway for a moment, looking about the room. I felt naked, as sometimes happens when feeling exposed in my dreams about something. I’m not sure what she was thinking, but she looked a bit spooked. Maybe she reads minds, I thought, or at least mine. After walking out the room very slowly, I heard her pace quicken down the hall as if she was about to run.
‘What’s with Julianne, I asked, ‘do you think she heard me? I’m not able to project sound waves from our dimension… am I?’
Eli seemed amused. ‘Who needs sound waves; ever hear of a woman’s intuition?’
‘Of course,’ I said, ‘but this wasn’t that.’
‘Are you sure? Let’s just say there’s considerably more to Julianne than you realize.’
We then walked out of the room since the fall guy was making me feel even more uncomfortable now, as though he might lunge out at me for having scared off his best friend.
OVERVIEW OF THE ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES
The series will involve five Elysium narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.
After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding about life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.
An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality and our ultimate destiny.
The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.
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INTRODUCTORY VIDEO TO THE SERIES
Elysium's Passage Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXpzFH6VNMQLOtqOK2SrXpg
PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
With the exception of the last novel, the other three have been written but still require more editing before publication.
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows:
THE SUMMIT is now available
SURREAL ADVENTURES spring 2019
MYSTICAL ROMANCE fall 2019
HE ELIXIR spring 2020
THE RETURN sometime in 2021
CONTACT AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Neil Meyers: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The following comments are among the first Amazon reviews of Elysium’s Passage: The Summit. All are Five Stars! Others reader reviews are included below, along with excerpts from two professional reviews. To read full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on this blog sitel.
"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture and humour; Mr. Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”
"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…"
“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging that takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing, but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”
“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting, yet calming, experience that is not to be missed."
"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters, kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."
“N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."
"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"
“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”
“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous thought provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humor together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”
“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”
“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.
“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr. Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”
“The Elysium’s Passage series challenges and excites the reader while taking him into parallel quests for truth with the hero, James. It can be a fast fantasy read or a longer deliberation about what is reality or illusion; veracity or platitude. Take the journey!”
“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)
“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.” (CLARION REVIEW)