The Unseen ~ A New Novel by Mike Clelland

Mike Clelland–author of The Messengers, Stories from the Messengers, and Hidden Experience–has just released his first novel, The Unseen.

I’m so excited to review this book, but before I do, I need to disclose that I edited the manuscript. That said, I feel honored to have done so. This is a brilliant offering on so many different levels. I’ve watched it transform from a comic book to a novella into a full fledged novel that I’ve compared to Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. I’ve read that book a dozen times and hold a Masters degree in English Language and Literature, so this is no light comparison.

Mike has a special ability to write about emotions. This book ranges from the depths of despair to mystical heights, and the tenderness with which he treats his characters astounds me. Even minor figures come to life as real people grappling with paranormal events and more universal themes of love, grief and complex relationships. I would say the characters “make” the book, except so many other things stand out, too.

In addition to showing the nuanced paradox of spiritual awakening, this novel also conveys a tangible sense of place. Most of the book occurs in the Southwest, and Mike’s decades as a professional wilderness guide allow him to bring us right into that environment. As readers, we see, feel, taste, touch and hear the magical desert. We dive right into the charm and grit of a forgotten town. We experience the pulsating joy and sorrow of NDE’s, OBE’s and other difficult to explain things. I’m no stranger to strange events, and I know how tricky they are to convey. This story hits home in ways that only a fellow experiencer and researcher could bring to life.

It also goes way beyond a paranormal thriller. Yes, psychics, synchronicity and dreams play big roles, as do murky behind-the-scenes controllers. But this is also a love story, a tale of friendships lost and found, a hymn to the creative process, and a deeply healing narrative. We long to find our own Trail’s End Café, to listen to Tony’s mix-tapes and drink some of that amazing coffee.

While editing, I’ve read and re-read the entire book so many times that I’ve lost track. During all those reviews, I never once grew tired of the story, scenes or the characters. I actually miss reading it each morning and will probably begin again very soon. It’s the kind of book that rewards multiple readings, because so many subtle details reveal themselves with each new journey through its pages. I love this book, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

An instant classic, available in paperback and Kindle.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cynthia on May 20, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    Well done…to all the hard working writers! What’s OBE? I’m only just watching The Messenger on the ABC TV channel in Oz.

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    • OBE=Out of Body Experience. I’m not familiar with that show or movie. It’s not the same as The Messengers book, which you might actually appreciate a lot. That book’s subtitle is “Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee.”



  2. Timely. Everybody I know is doing personal magic right now and feeling it come out right.

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  3. Posted by eat2evolve on May 23, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    I ordered this book yesterday! Will read it after I finish “The Choice,” Book 3 of Nora Roberts’ Dragon Heart Legacy. ❤️

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  4. This video has Mike Clelland and Sharon Hewitt Rawlette discussing his novel. Two of my favorite people! This is a great conversion with great chemistry between them. Sharon has a PhD in philosophy, and she was the first of his beta readers to finish the book.

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