The Mystics

The Mystics
A Novel

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The Mystics by Katherine Cecil Thurston

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1904

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The Mystics
A Novel

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The story is quick and sharp and deep; moving swiftly to its climax, unhampered by any waste pages of descriptions or useless talk of characters. Its blend of weird mystery and forthright elements is singularly effective.

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ck on the mantel-piece struck ten. The sound had an oddly hollow and chilly effect in the bare, carpetless room; and unconsciously he raised his head and glanced about him. His ideas, still stirred by his adventure, were more prone than usual to the suggestion of outward things; and for almost the first time since his arrival, he felt drawn to study his intimate surroundings. With a new curiosity he let his eyes wander from the severe book-shelves to the ugly iron safe that stood in the most prominent position in the room; and from the safe his glance turned to the revolving bookcase by his uncle's favorite chair, in which lay the volumes that were in daily use. Following an impulse he had never previously been conscious of, he crossed the room, and drawing three books, at hap-hazard from the case, studied their titles.

The Indissoluble Essence, he read; The Soul in Relation to the Human Mind; The Mystic Influence.

He stood for a space gazing at the sombre covers, but

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To gain an inheritance he believes is rightfully his, a man masquerades as the anointed prophet of a mystical religious cult. This is more a novelette than a novel and as such is perhaps somewhat less rewarding for the reader than it might have been. Reduced to twenty pages it could have made a good magazine story, or expanded to twice its length with the addition of plot elements, the elaboration of characters and situations, or a look at his ten years of preparation which were passed over here without a word, it might have made a decent full length novel. As it stands, it is an interesting look at what the author considered plausible circumstances and situations in a time when traditional religion was losing its grip on Western society with the introduction of eastern mysticism and the rise of a middle class searching for meaning in the slightly aimless years preceding the Great War. Mostly harmless and a mild, easy reading experience.
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FEATURED AUTHOR - Eleanor Chance is a writer of award-winning suspense, thriller, and historical women's fiction. She cherishes books that influence her writing and her life, and hopes to create the same experience for readers. Her debut novel, Arms of Grace is a finalist in consideration for production by Wind Dancer Films, a silver medalist in the Readers' Favorite Awards, and a recipient of the B.R.A.G. Medallion. Eleanor has traveled the world and lived in five countries.