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I'm pleased to receive the first reader reviews on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. So far they are each Five Stars!!!!! Thanks to the reviewers. Also, I've included other reader comments along with excerpts from two professional reviews.
"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…"
"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture and humor. Mr. Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page as he draws you into his exceptional world. His portrayals of a student learning from teachers in another realm are fascinating, especially as you begin to see that the "teachers" allow the student, as well as the reader, to draw their own conclusions. Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next.
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."
Amazon.ca Reader Reviews
"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."
"The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"
"Elysium’s Passage is a book about the conversation each one of us may well have once we’ve left this world and arrived at the next. 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.
Largely written in a conversational style between the protagonist, James, and two travelers he encounters following a near death experience, the book engages the reader in a wonderful non-religious conversation about the philosophical, scientific and spiritual insights that currently inform a knowledgeable understanding of the afterlife.
I found the book to be a great read for both the irreligious and the religious as everyone benefits from a deeper understanding of the growing body of evidence that increasingly points to a very real and vibrant afterlife.
The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives in this world is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."
Other Readers’ Comments
"I have done nothing else since your book arrived. I will have a "novel of notes" by the time I finish book one. The humour you interject 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....which is how l respond to this deceptive world, seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real...... rarely have been without your book for over a week."
"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 extremely thought-provoking read. N.G. Meyers is to be congratulated not just on the breadth of his research and scholarship, but on his engaging dialogue and characters. Although this book is a fantasy it touches on many spiritual perspectives and stimulates one to contemplate their own beliefs and reach their own conclusions."
"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."
Excerpts from BLUEINK REVIEW
A fusion of philosophy, fantasy, and spiritual speculation, N.G. Meyers’ novel is comparable in theme and tone to Carlos Castaneda’s landmark books. In Elysium’s Passage, the first installment of Meyers’ Elysium saga, the narrator is James Phillips, a London philosophy professor.
After a fall nearly kills him, his spirit embarks on a journey that ultimately leads him to his divine Self and existential enlightenment. Ever the skeptic, Phillips at first finds his “new reality” hard to believe. While his comatose body is back in a London hospital bed, his essence is at the Summit existing in a log cabin with two enigmatic beings, Eli and Mo, who are teaching Phillips about the true nature of the universe and his unique place in it.
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…”) ultimately lead Phillips to accept his situation. This is a deep read—in other words, a novel not to be tackled quickly. Readers who enjoy their literary escapism mixed with a heaping helping of philosophy and allegory, will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.
Excerpts from CLARION REVIEW
This first book in a series raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages but whose answers remain elusive. Elysium’s Passage: The Summit by N. G. Meyers follows a philosophy lecturer’s physically challenging and mind-bending climb up a mountain in search of wisdom.
Two mountain guides, Mo and Eli, mysteriously appear; they offer food and lodging while raising critical points about self-discovery and the importance of leaving mistakes in the past. Written in a confessional style, the book focuses on the James’s world weariness. At the conclusion of this book, enlightenment remains elusive.
In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed through the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are—and whether we are truly able to find contentment. During his surreal free-fall into a new level of consciousness, he discovers that fear of failure drives his swagger. With the promise of a new woman on the horizon, upcoming books may determine whether James can find greater happiness when his spirit is reunited with his body.
“FIVE STAR” REVIEW
N.G. Meyers’ Elysium’s Passage: The Summit by Dr Nancy-Angel Doetzel, Professor of Sociology, Mount Royal University
"In this provocative, educational, entertaining and enlightening piece of writing, Elysium’s Passage, Mr. Meyers can definitely spark readers into viewing themselves as spiritual beings having a human experience. He demonstrates through an interesting and well-articulated philosophical fictitious story that there is an innate calling within us to synergize our hearts and minds to experience our full potential selves and true love, before crossing into a spirit realm.
"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. By portraying the universe as a giant hologram containing both matter and consciousness, the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body. Readers can gain new visions of their possible place in the cosmos as they identify with the characters and observe the birthing of romantic love through a new lens. Presenting such a remarkable spiritual way of viewing the universe and love, helps explain some unsolved scientific puzzles. Thus, readers may be convinced they are reading a non-fiction story, based on research and fact, especially when examining Mr. Meyer’s credible foot notes.
"Within this story, the main character, Dr James Philips, takes on a believable role as a university professor who has embracing limiting beliefs. He is obviously ruled by his pride of having a doctorate, being attractive, and holding power to influence students’ perception of reality. His dialogue throughout the book indicates he is strongly affected by the flatlands of many scholarly teachings, which ignore the spiritual part of existence. Such university teachings commonly focus on critical thinking in a linear fashion, which dichotomize elements of existence. When Dr. Philips could no longer come to terms with any notion that he was functioning in a spiritual mode, it became evident his university education had not informed him about any spiritual paradigms. He faced moments where he was neither here, nor there… just in limbo, having neither departed nor arrived.
"Mr. Meyer’s incredible story, introduced in Elysium’s Passage: The Summit takes the reader on a journey that may challenge limiting paradigms and belief systems. It could help readers discover their own blocks and issues by inspiring them to move toward to transform unhealthy beliefs. The characters’ dialogue might awaken readers’ hearts by challenging the ego towards self-examination.
"Readers may question why they have been living their lives and seeking love, while ruled by false consciousness and untruths. The many valuable lessons found while going through the book pages, reminds readers they cannot take their physical appearance, material possessions or degrees with them when they pass on to a spiritual realm. They may be shocked if they awaken in spirit form still believing they exist in their earthly lives with their possessions.
"Elysium’s Passage: 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 a valuable gift to share with friends, peers and relatives."
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SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
This the first in a series of 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.
To read a sample press review at: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
The Summit, is now available for purchase on www.Amazon.com and www.Amazon.ca
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
I took this picture a few years ago from Tent Ridge in Kananaskis, Alberta. Rather like how the sun was shining on it just then.