Glenn A. Segal
“Psychedelic Prophet: Book One: The Messenger” by Glenn A. Segal is a gripping narrative that seamlessly blends elements of the supernatural and the ordinary. The story unfolds in a rural retirement enclave near Philadelphia, where a mysterious figure orchestrates a plan to save the planet. This figure, known as ‘The Messenger’ and later as Mathew Wells, initiates an enigmatic countdown, signaling the beginning of a profound journey.
Central to the tale are Bob Griffin and Lisa Holmes, whose ordinary life is upended by an extraordinary event. While driving through a snowstorm, they encounter a surreal experience involving ‘The Messenger.’ This encounter transports them to an otherworldly realm created by The Messenger, where they receive a cryptic message and instructions for a mission. This bizarre episode leaves them bewildered and questioning reality.
The story also delves into Bob Griffin’s personal life and background. Living in Northeast Philadelphia’s Castor Gardens, a diverse and changing neighborhood, Bob grapples with the oddities of his experience and its implications. His family, comprising his father George, younger brother Jimmy, and their dog Mo, is still reeling from the tragic loss of his mother, Sandy, in a car accident a decade ago.
In a surprising twist, Bob’s deceased mother appears to the Griffin family as a radiant apparition. This emotional and unexpected reunion brings both joy and confusion, further complicating Bob’s understanding of the events unfolding around him.
Lisa Holmes, on the other hand, is a student pursuing a master’s degree in sociology at Temple University. Her affluent background is evident in her lifestyle, marked by technological comforts and luxury, such as her high-end BMW. However, her academic pursuits and daily routines are disrupted by the surreal experiences involving The Messenger.
As the story progresses, Bob and Lisa find themselves drawn deeper into the mystery surrounding The Messenger. They follow his guidance, leading them to the Patterson Retirement Enclave, a grand and imposing location that adds another layer of mystique to the narrative.
Intriguingly, the character of The Messenger is portrayed as a wise, elderly figure with a commanding presence. His mysterious abilities and knowledge, which include the power to transcend natural laws, leave Bob and Lisa in awe and compel them to reconsider their understanding of reality.
The Messenger’s teachings challenge conventional beliefs and urge a reevaluation of truths held sacred by society. He emphasizes the interconnectedness of all beings and the journey towards enlightenment, suggesting a departure from traditional religious doctrines.
Lisa and Bob are subjected to a series of tests to prove The Messenger’s extraordinary control over nature and reality. These tests, which include manipulating weather and defying gravity, are designed to convince them of The Messenger’s authenticity and his mission’s significance.
Overall, “Psychedelic Prophet: Book One: The Messenger” is a thought-provoking and imaginative novel that explores themes of spirituality, reality, and the search for higher truth. Its blend of supernatural elements with the characters’ personal struggles creates a captivating and mysterious narrative that encourages readers to question their perceptions of the world around them.
– The Moving Words Review
Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2024