Book review–Mixer: on a Strand

Visionary thriller destined to become a favorite among spiritual readers

Mixer: on a Strand metaphysical fiction spiritual novel visionary fictionRating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Many self-published novels promise a thrill ride with a touch of romance and spiritual insight, but few deliver. “Mixer: on a Strand” by Theresa Nash delivers like downtown Denver on the Fourth of July, excelling both as a multi-dimensional thriller and as an illumination of the nature of the cosmos. Fast paced and well written, the Mixer series is sure to become a favorite among readers of visionary/metaphysical/spiritual fiction.

Story: Secrets kill. Miracles go wrong. Just when you’re resigned to it, an ordinary life can turn…extraordinary. Merri s a moderately successful businesswoman with a pleasant life. But below the surface, nothing is as it seems. Family hides secrets, friends are foes, and dreams wait to awaken a long-forgotten truth. Once upon another life, Merri rode the Strands of life, threw miracles, and hobnobbed with Angels. Then a miracle went wrong, and she fell, and forgot, and became ordinary. Now she’s on the lam with her blind date and a police detective—and she doesn’t trust either of them. Mixer is Visionary Fiction for a new age, that illuminates the miraculous in the ordinary and explores the relevance of destiny in a world of free will.

Spiritual/metaphysical content: Medium. Nash sets up a rich and detailed ethereal dimension with Guides, Miracle Mixers, Angels, and a throng of characters both angelic and bedeviled. These light beings can influence the physical world, but the key is free choice, which is available to every sentient being in the cosmos. According to Nash, free choice is the only means for advancement, and the only means for decline.

Beyond the dimension of lightworkers, there isn’t much spirituality in the corporeal side of the story. Characters in the ethereal dimension spend a lot of time discussing the nature of reality: What is fate? Destiny? Free choice? The importance of intent? The will of the Creator? Nash notes that “Free will without context is just chaos. Souls need purpose.” She goes on to say, “Spirit wants to grow! But our measly little souls just want to contract, to huddle like frightened infants in the bosom of their mother.” I have certainly felt that dichotomy of existence–the drive to grow spiritually versus the need for stability and safety in the physical world.

Nash’s cosmology is thought provoking and easy to follow. And by placing all the metaphysical musings in the context of the parallel dimension, it frees her earth-bound characters from the need to preach in order to convey the spiritual theme of the story–a trap many spiritual/metaphysical/visionary authors fall prey to.

My take: Nash has conjured up a strong, sassy, and appealing heroine in Merri, a lightworker who accidentally incarnates on earth. Her character is outspoken yet endearing, and she outshines the male characters who try to save her but mostly get in her way. In addition to the earth and lightworker dimensions, this visionary novel also operates across time; Merri experiences a parallel story from the 1920s that holds the key to saving the cosmos.

It’s a bit too convenient that Merri’s kooky millionaire ex-fiance and best friend pops up with whatever it takes to bail Merri out of a scrape, whether it be houses with bullet-proof windows, cabins with trap doors, or conveniently located escape vehicles. However, Nash imbues the character with enough quirky detail and complex layers to save him from becoming a mere plot contrivance.

As an author, Nash has a light touch, leavening her scenes with dollops of humor. The few romantic interludes are touching, written with a sweetness and delicacy not often seen in thrillers. And a proper thriller this is, from the first door that gets bashed in to the fate of the seen and unseen universes riding upon an impossible goal. Mixer is an epic battle of good and evil that unfolds across multiple realities–the lightworkers against the darklighters, Merri and her friends against a misinformed police force–and across multiple timelines. The tension builds quickly in all three dimensions, prompting the reader to turn the pages faster and faster, until the multiple realities come careening together into an  explosive–and thoroughly entertaining–climax.

Details:

Mixer: on a Strand, by Theresa Nash
CreateSpace, 2012
Paperback, 365 pages
Buy at Amazon

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6 thoughts on “Book review–Mixer: on a Strand

  1. You know how fabulous it is to get a great review, and as I love your reviews in general, this is especially dear. I have to run for now, many tasks to get thru today. I have books to get off to the Tattered Cover, a contest to enter, and house cleaning, a spreadsheet for work, a blog entry… You know how it goes. If I’m a good girl and do all my chores, I won’t feel guilty working into the night on the next book!

    Talk to you soon!

    t./

  2. Pam – I just ordered this book for my Kindle, based on your good review, thank you!
    Question: under your “Story” section you usually reference from where you are quoting. But this time you don’t – did you write this yourself? It doesn’t sound like you, it sounds instead like a clip from Amazon. Maybe the reference is missing? (I like and trust your writing more than Amazon’s so I think you deserve credit if it’s yours instead.)
    – Karen

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Sometimes the marketing blurb is so long (or so meandering) that I rewrite it to be more appropriate; in those cases I don’t attribute Amazon or Goodreads. However, I always try to stay true to the source materials and keep the original flavor. I hope you enjoy your book!

  3. It’s hard to find thrillers like this. Ones that are well done that is. I am in the market for a good thriller as I just finished one, Blood Land by R.S. Guthrie (rsguthrie.com if anyone wants to take a look at it) and it was so well done that I hate to start another as it may not meet my now high expectations! But this review looks promising so I might give it a try. Thanks!

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