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InA Nation of Mystics, author Pamela Johnson deftly explores the youth subculture in San Francisco and Berkeley in the mid-1960s, with all its initial goodwill and naiveté--its dedication to free speech, promise to end war, commitment to racial equality, new art and music, and the exploration of spirituality based on mind-expanding hallucinogens. In this epic story of int InA Nation of Mystics, author Pamela Johnson deftly explores the youth subculture in San Francisco and Berkeley in the mid-1960s, with all its initial goodwill and naiveté--its dedication to free speech, promise to end war, commitment to racial equality, new art and music, and the exploration of spirituality based on mind-expanding hallucinogens. In this epic story of intimacy, metaphysical exploration, and coming of age, the Haight-Ashbury becomes home to genuine and unforgettable characters: Christian Brooks, haunted by a fiery riot in India, leaves the ministry for a new path to God. Kathleen Murray arrives seeking to change the world and exchanges picket lines for a more direct method of altering consciousness. Brilliant young botany student Myles Corbet must choose between prison and betraying his oldest friend. Jerry Putnam, seeking knowledge through science, instead discovers the shamanic calling. Opposing them is drug agent Dolph Bremer, who vows to crush the counterculture movement through any means necessary, while attorney Lance Bormann carefully walks between worlds to defend his young clients. Book One, Intentions, is the story of the communal family's growing commitment to the creation of a new culture--to social action, expanded awareness, new insights into the nature of mind, and the courage to make change. Although set in the 1960s, A Nation of Mystics is strikingly relevant, addressing conflicts between political idealism and the old order, violent police overreach, and the beginning of America's War on Drugs.


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InA Nation of Mystics, author Pamela Johnson deftly explores the youth subculture in San Francisco and Berkeley in the mid-1960s, with all its initial goodwill and naiveté--its dedication to free speech, promise to end war, commitment to racial equality, new art and music, and the exploration of spirituality based on mind-expanding hallucinogens. In this epic story of int InA Nation of Mystics, author Pamela Johnson deftly explores the youth subculture in San Francisco and Berkeley in the mid-1960s, with all its initial goodwill and naiveté--its dedication to free speech, promise to end war, commitment to racial equality, new art and music, and the exploration of spirituality based on mind-expanding hallucinogens. In this epic story of intimacy, metaphysical exploration, and coming of age, the Haight-Ashbury becomes home to genuine and unforgettable characters: Christian Brooks, haunted by a fiery riot in India, leaves the ministry for a new path to God. Kathleen Murray arrives seeking to change the world and exchanges picket lines for a more direct method of altering consciousness. Brilliant young botany student Myles Corbet must choose between prison and betraying his oldest friend. Jerry Putnam, seeking knowledge through science, instead discovers the shamanic calling. Opposing them is drug agent Dolph Bremer, who vows to crush the counterculture movement through any means necessary, while attorney Lance Bormann carefully walks between worlds to defend his young clients. Book One, Intentions, is the story of the communal family's growing commitment to the creation of a new culture--to social action, expanded awareness, new insights into the nature of mind, and the courage to make change. Although set in the 1960s, A Nation of Mystics is strikingly relevant, addressing conflicts between political idealism and the old order, violent police overreach, and the beginning of America's War on Drugs.

59 review for A Nation of Mystics/ Book One: Intentions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    A Nation of Mystics by Pamela Johnson is a unique, flash-back to the past. This historical fiction novel is set back in the 60s, which is one of my favourite decades to read about. The "swinging sixties" with epic tunes, hippies and the best outfits I've ever seen (well...the 80s had some great clothes too, but let's forget about those for the time being). I perked up instantly when I got the chance to review a book about my favourite decade, but I think I over-hyped this book too much. This story A Nation of Mystics by Pamela Johnson is a unique, flash-back to the past. This historical fiction novel is set back in the 60s, which is one of my favourite decades to read about. The "swinging sixties" with epic tunes, hippies and the best outfits I've ever seen (well...the 80s had some great clothes too, but let's forget about those for the time being). I perked up instantly when I got the chance to review a book about my favourite decade, but I think I over-hyped this book too much. This story follows our leads throughout some drug dealing insanity but at a very slow pace. As the characters learn about religion, meditation and the way of the world, we get to become enchanted with their environment. The detail Pamela puts into this book is amazing, but this book felt like mostly descriptions. It wasn't fast paced enough to keep my attention, unfortunately, but it was a wildly well written book. Pamela Johnson is ridiculously talented. Book One: Intentions really picks apart all of the sixties: the drugs, religion, spirituality, "hippie culture" and war. As a character or decade study, I think this book does extremely well. Even the character studies become an impressive feat as we watch them grow, change and experience life. What happens when they try LSD? What happens when they deal with the war? What happens when they face life's troubles? It's such a unique take on a character study (with many characters). Unfortunately, this book just wasn't written for me. I can 100% appreciate the beauty of this book but it didn't attract my attention. Hands down, this book will be on the top of my recommendations list for descriptive novels! If you want to take a trip back in time and dive deep into a descriptive world, this book will be perfect for you! Two out of five stars. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    Well-written, clever and imaginative.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pretty Peony

    This book is about a few individuals and their lives during the mid to late 60's. It surrounds the use of what we've coined as illegal drugs. Apparently, in the 60's the use of these drugs were legal in some places. However, the author did show that the police were cracking down on users. This was an era of American history that society tends to wash over but this book really paints a clear image of some American lives during the Vietnam war. It wasn't a war story but the impact of the war was fe This book is about a few individuals and their lives during the mid to late 60's. It surrounds the use of what we've coined as illegal drugs. Apparently, in the 60's the use of these drugs were legal in some places. However, the author did show that the police were cracking down on users. This was an era of American history that society tends to wash over but this book really paints a clear image of some American lives during the Vietnam war. It wasn't a war story but the impact of the war was felt. I enjoyed this story. It was well written and paced steadily. What I didn't really care for was the constant mention of drug usage. I think I was expecting something a little more extreme like a death from an overdose (which I'm sure happens more often than not). I really liked what happened to Kathy. That's what made the story real for me. Note: I won this book in a giveaway but the review is my honest opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lirazel

    I received a free Kindle copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. DNF. I wanted to like this book. I'm very interested in the counterculture of the 60s and 70s and haven't found enough novels on the topic to satisfy me. Unfortunately, this one didn't satisfy me either. Johnson's writing style is not for me (too many adverbs and adjectives stacked on top of each other, too much showing and not enough telling, no flow or rhythm to the prose at all, the dialogue is heavy-handed and doesn't s I received a free Kindle copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. DNF. I wanted to like this book. I'm very interested in the counterculture of the 60s and 70s and haven't found enough novels on the topic to satisfy me. Unfortunately, this one didn't satisfy me either. Johnson's writing style is not for me (too many adverbs and adjectives stacked on top of each other, too much showing and not enough telling, no flow or rhythm to the prose at all, the dialogue is heavy-handed and doesn't sound like real people talk). An excellent editor might have really helped shape it better and guided the writing in a stronger direction. Perhaps there was a really good story here, but the lack of skill in telling it kept me from wanting to find it. I set the book down after only a chapter or two and don't feel the desire to continue.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lavender

    Placeholder I won this book via Goodreads Giveaways.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    10/1965, San Francisco, CA. U of California Berkeley. Matt (19, student, roommate) was asking Christian Brooks (student) if he was doing OK. He was having a nightmare of running after Nareesh his BMF in the streets of Punjabi, Amritsar, India. Lisa was their new roommate. She offered them some weed, Jerry Rubin started the campus Vietnam Day Committee. There was also the War Resisters League. She taught them how to sort/weigh & bag the weed. Sales were quite lucrative for the 3 of them. Lisa didn’t ca 10/1965, San Francisco, CA. U of California Berkeley. Matt (19, student, roommate) was asking Christian Brooks (student) if he was doing OK. He was having a nightmare of running after Nareesh his BMF in the streets of Punjabi, Amritsar, India. Lisa was their new roommate. She offered them some weed, Jerry Rubin started the campus Vietnam Day Committee. There was also the War Resisters League. She taught them how to sort/weigh & bag the weed. Sales were quite lucrative for the 3 of them. Lisa didn’t care much about the profit just acquiring new friend’s such as musicians, artists, etc. Jacob was their source/supplier. He also had LSD, Acapulco Gold, & other drugs. Kevin (23), another customer lived in San Francisco, CA. Haight-Ashbury. In December Matt & Christian dropped out of college. Now they might be drafted. Lisa had dropped out of Santa Cruz U quite sometime ago. Laguna Beach, CA. Bob (22) was a newly acquired customer. He enjoyed LSD also. 8/1966, Ananda Shiva Ashram, Santa Monica, CA. Lisa had left & joined up with an Hindu religious cult. Krishna told Christian to wait & she would go get “Kali”. He really didn’t want to join nor be Lisa’s lover Christian just wanted to expand his drug business from the other members. 8/1966, Laguna Beach, CA. Sunrise Restaurant. Bob (Lisa’s ex-lover), & Julie, invited Christian back to their place. Dharma Laguna (surfboard builder/sales), gave Christian some pharmaceutical LSD & then he had sex with Amy (Julie’s BFF, Oceanside U). Sandoz informed the group LSD was now illegal so he stopped selling it. Oakland Induction Center 6/1967, Baton Rouge, LA. Kathleen “Kathy” Murray (18, LSU), & Marcelle “Marcie” Arceneaux (Kathleen’s BFF, LSU), were thinking about going to San Francisco, CA. for the summer. Jim Barnes (Kathy’s lover) who ran the Student Liberal Federation & was being investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). He told Kathy he was leaving. Colonel Nunes (U of California Berkeley; ROTC CO) told Myles Corbet (son, U of California Berkeley; ROTC) to report to his office. Lieutenant Max Wilkes (U of California Berkeley; ROTC) had ratted him out for selling MJ to the other cadets. Lieutenant Hanson (Berkeley PD), & Supervisor Dolph Bremer (40+, Northern CA Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement) are her to take you away. Myles was given 2 choices. 6 officers from the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement & the Berkeley Police Department came with a warrant to arrest Jerry. He was tried/convicted & sentenced to 3 months in Santa Rita County Prison. Myles was somewhat home free. 6/1967, Berkeley, CA. Christian went to see Lance Bormann (29, son, lawyer, Boalt School of Law). 6/1967, San Francisco, CA. Felix Ringer (musician) & the Fillmore Auditorium. Brotherhood of Eternal Love musical group had the crowd mesmerized. They opened for Janis Joplin & Big Brother & the Holding Company. Tony (band mgr.) led Kathy backstage. Honey, Debbie (Kevin’s old lady), Morning Star, Marcelle “Marcie” Jacqueline Arceneaux (18), Greta, Merlin, & Kevin were already back there. Myles Corbet (informant) had the Berkeley PD haul Wade Tillich in. Dolph Bremer (State Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement Supervisor), & Lieutenant Frank Hanson (Berkeley PD, narcotics squad), were doing the interrogation. Corte Madera. Christian came to see David & Michelle (PG old lady). David, Christian, & Joe were waiting on Mick Crogan (drug dealer) to contact them about the goods. 2 drug raids turned up nothing. 11/1967, Fairfax House, Marin Co. CA., Richard Fairfax (21, Marcie’s old man), Marcie, Greta, Merlin, Kevin, Debbie, Alex, Honey, Mark, Teresa, Mary Ann (mom), Levi (8), Abigail (6), Ansel (4), & Keith were enjoying their new-found commune drug lifestyle. I’m glad I’m still alive. Cambodian Red, Hash, Acapulco Gold, Thai weed, straight unadulterated LSD, Orange Sunshine, East eggs, blotter acid/postage stamp, Pink Hearts, Black Beauties, White crosses, just to name a few. Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written hippie culture book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great 60’s hippie movie, or better yet a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; Goodreads; MakingConnections; Making Connections discussion group talk; Stone Harbour Press; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    I received a free Kindle copy from the author through Goodreads. Having grown up in the 60’s I was eager to read about the Summer of Love and what it was like to be in Haight Ashbury during that time. The novel fell flat for me, however. While it gave a good depiction of what it must have been like to take the drugs of that time, I found that the writing did not flow well. It seemed that once I got interested in a group of characters, it suddenly switched to someone else. It was not easy to keep I received a free Kindle copy from the author through Goodreads. Having grown up in the 60’s I was eager to read about the Summer of Love and what it was like to be in Haight Ashbury during that time. The novel fell flat for me, however. While it gave a good depiction of what it must have been like to take the drugs of that time, I found that the writing did not flow well. It seemed that once I got interested in a group of characters, it suddenly switched to someone else. It was not easy to keep the characters straight. I’m not sure if I will move on to the next book in this series of three.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I found the topic and historical period of interest but the multitude of characters confusing. It seemed that every time I started to care about a character it was on to a different character and story line. However, by Book 2 I felt that I had bonded with the characters enough to be able to track their various adventures and found myself eagerly anticipating when their lives would intersect. Book 1 is definitely just the beginning of the adventure. You need to read the trilogy to get the full i I found the topic and historical period of interest but the multitude of characters confusing. It seemed that every time I started to care about a character it was on to a different character and story line. However, by Book 2 I felt that I had bonded with the characters enough to be able to track their various adventures and found myself eagerly anticipating when their lives would intersect. Book 1 is definitely just the beginning of the adventure. You need to read the trilogy to get the full impact of the story. The trilogy is a fascinating look at what life must have been like during the 1960's.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Jensen

    Set in the drug haze of the sixties the reader is lead through the lives of several people, mostly all dropped out of university. Their drug use leads them to be dealers, are high most of the time and are convinced that the world would be full of love if everyone used acid. They were sometimes lucky and escaped where they were living, minutes before being raided. Some weren't so lucky and ended up being a snitch and even betraying an old friend, to stay out of jail I received this book for free t Set in the drug haze of the sixties the reader is lead through the lives of several people, mostly all dropped out of university. Their drug use leads them to be dealers, are high most of the time and are convinced that the world would be full of love if everyone used acid. They were sometimes lucky and escaped where they were living, minutes before being raided. Some weren't so lucky and ended up being a snitch and even betraying an old friend, to stay out of jail I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Cain

    Well written. An amazing story intertwining the members of a "family tribe" during the height of the hippie movement in California. The first installment of a series, this book explores the rising drug trade and religious/ political enlightenment of the time. Characters may seem a bit difficult to follow at times. There is an appendix listing the characters and relationships along with a glossary. I also had to leave the book a few times while reading which may have added to my confusion. I won Well written. An amazing story intertwining the members of a "family tribe" during the height of the hippie movement in California. The first installment of a series, this book explores the rising drug trade and religious/ political enlightenment of the time. Characters may seem a bit difficult to follow at times. There is an appendix listing the characters and relationships along with a glossary. I also had to leave the book a few times while reading which may have added to my confusion. I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna Bresnak

    I received this book for free from goodreads I was interested in the storyline and wanted to like the book I really did. however I am 27% into it and it is a chore to get through. I don't like any of the self-indulgent characters who profess to be self-examining and seeing spiritual enlightenment, but who are actually narcissistic psychopaths. the men all treat the women like property or worse. the women seem to have no self esteem. I may try to finish the book, but it is just so awful I cannot b I received this book for free from goodreads I was interested in the storyline and wanted to like the book I really did. however I am 27% into it and it is a chore to get through. I don't like any of the self-indulgent characters who profess to be self-examining and seeing spiritual enlightenment, but who are actually narcissistic psychopaths. the men all treat the women like property or worse. the women seem to have no self esteem. I may try to finish the book, but it is just so awful I cannot bring myself to waste more time on it than I already have.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    I enjoyed this book. An easy read that takes you back 40 years to a far different time. Reading this book really reminded me how much has changed in that time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    April

    Amazing writing, a good plot and great characters kept me reading until the end. I would really recommend it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    A novel of the 60s of sorts. Received a complementary copy via #GoodreadsGiveaway

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Explores life I didn't like it was a story about things that happened in the 60's such as women's rights, gay prides, drugs, sex Woodstock etc.. Explores life I didn't like it was a story about things that happened in the 60's such as women's rights, gay prides, drugs, sex Woodstock etc..

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    I can’t rate this book because I didn’t finish it. Not too interested in reading about a lot of drug use. I know that was huge in the 60s but I don’t want to read a book where that is constant.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Kay

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Stoeckel

  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hamm

  22. 4 out of 5

    Honey

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Dohar

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael Clarke

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  26. 5 out of 5

    J.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Claire

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kymberli Ward

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leah

  30. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  31. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  32. 4 out of 5

    Siu

  33. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Cole Marie Mckinnon

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    Pam Mooney

  35. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  36. 5 out of 5

    Daryl Moad

  37. 5 out of 5

    Erica Carver

  38. 4 out of 5

    Carla

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    Ted

  40. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

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    Cal Littlehales

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    Kelly

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    Debbi DuBose

  44. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Heare Watts

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    Samantha Gunning

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    Alan

  47. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Fantom

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    Stella Clarkson

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    Jeffrey Stevenson

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    Betty

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    Christina West

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    Debbie Kennedy

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    Rachel Hall

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    Todd Rumsey

  56. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

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    Donna

  58. 5 out of 5

    Julie Guteridge

  59. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Wilson

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