The Fourth Awakening

The Fourth Awakening

by Rod Pennington


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Penelope Drayton Spence made a choice years earlier, and picked marriage and family over a promising career as an investigative reporter. Now, divorced and with her children spread around the country, she is having second thoughts.

A mysterious call from the Managing Editor of the Washington Post, offers her a second chance at big time journalism. He has a story so sensitive that the President of the United States personally asked the Post to leave it alone.

With rumors of 30 top scientists missing and rich industrialist, Michael Walker, being held incommunicado in a prison typically used for terrorists, the story is too big to ignore. He quietly goes "off the grid" and turns to the only person he knows who is good enough to crack this story, his old college friend Penelope.

The moment she picks up the phone her life is turned upside down and she soon finds herself traveling cross country with the most wanted man in America looking for information about the top secret "Hermes Project."

On one level it is a straightforward suspense story with plenty of action, a healthy dose of humor and a pinch of sexual tension. On another it is a spiritual quest by a remarkable woman who meets an enlightened man the likes of which have never been seen in fiction before.

Thanks to Michael Walker she gets a "do over" that allows her to go back and select the path not taken. Over the course of the story she gradually grows to understand Walker and the amazing spiritual powers he possesses.

Penelope also becomes aware of the looming Fourth Awakening, and makes the chilling discovery that her reporting skills and ability to fight her personal demons may be the only thing that can save humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572420007
Publisher: Integration Press
Publication date: 06/12/2009
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 839,883
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Fourth Awakening 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Kelly_Larson_Yoga More than 1 year ago
There are so many people preaching ideas and ideals of awakening and enlightenment, and a thousand new age teachers delivering hopeful talks. But very few materials are available that tell truth like The Fourth Awakening. This is not hopeful marketing to make you feel better. This is truth woven into a great ride. I began it because I know Jeffery A. Martin to be a fantastic scholar and I thought it would be nice to see what he is producing in fiction. but then I couldn't go to sleep that night until I finished it. It is academically solid, spiritually sincere, an incredible story, and simply addictive. I couldn't stop talking about it, and I still can't. It's about time for something like this to come on the scene. As a Yoga teacher, a scholar, and as a human, I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone looking for the experience of growing into a more complete human being. Spiritual seekers and adventurers alike, you'll love it.
The_Mystery_Lover More than 1 year ago
A strong message gently wrapped in a fast paced suspense novel. This book works on so many levels it is hard to know where to begin!
Spiritual-Seeker More than 1 year ago
Imagine what would happen if the writers of The Shack, The Alchemist, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and The Celestine Prophecy could write like Dan Brown or JK Rowling...and you have this book. Unlike the others it is not only amazing and life changing, but also a genuine page turner that you just can't put down. It says it is the first book of a series and this left me wishing I'd found it later when other books were available. I can't wait!
GwendolynGrace More than 1 year ago
I picked this up and it was like bits of my life were jumping off the page. There are things that I know that I can't explain, and through this book I feel a little better about them. The authors have not only written a book that I can't seem to read enough times, but they have also touched on some aspects of reality that are uncertain but also exhilarating. Mostly, it's just addictive and inspiring, and I think everyone will enjoy it. But also there might be other people like me, where there are things that are a little too familiar, and it's so refreshing to know I'm not alone. The biggest feedback? I am so thankful, and am so excited for the next ones.... I feel like I'm learning as much as I am enjoying.
Cajun_Book_Girl More than 1 year ago
Interesting story. Realistic characters. Snappy dialogue. The book kept me glued to my chair while delivering an important message. Nicely done!
MagickMuffin More than 1 year ago
Very insightful and pretty easy to comprehend. The subject matters were very intriguing, government intervention / suppression of information that could be useful to the masses.  Research and experiments into the paranormal.  And out smarting the government! Of course it ended with a cliffhanger! So, I don't know how to interpret the Fourth Awakening. How does one go about using Non-Symbolic Language? Will only those who have some sort of awareness of "higher" consciousness be the targeted audience? I would have liked a more in depth theory concerning Timothy Leary's experiments during the early sixties.  His experiments had some good results, however, Leary's Mass Market approach hindered the research and "forced" the government to start their propaganda campaign.  Ken Kesey and the West Coasters had more to do with turning the government against LSD into the boogey man.  I think Leary's approach based on Eastern Philosophy had merit, in that it required one to go inside oneself and seek out their higher consciousness, and the death of ego. What would have happened if Leary had been successful in applying his early experiments to the Masses without government intervention? Would we have advanced to the Fourth Awakening at that time? Anyway these are my impressions.
born2b1 More than 1 year ago
a very nice read; This is the first book in a series (of two ( so far) Both books an enjoyable fun read. A bit of mystery, a bit of imaginary, a bit of love. uplifting!
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aj1758 More than 1 year ago
"The Fourth Awakening" is a well-written fantasy novel of what might happen to people in the future with the use of technology to alter moods and personalities, whether for altruistic or destructive ends. This Awakening follows the previous three awakenings of mankind, since man's development from hunters and gatherers to city planners and renowned poets. Although the concept appears more religious in nature than fantasy, I found the characters to be well developed, the dialogue realistic and the suspense plot fast-paced. The cat and mouse game which draws in Penelope leads to some startling discoveries in the technology used by scientists behind the elusive "Hermes Project". Penelope also discovers more about what "enlightenment" is according to the authors' beliefs in mankind's awakenings. In "The Fourth Awakening", the authors do a great job in capturing the details of the worlds of journalism and technology, while weaving together a story of intrigue, personal discoveries, ethical dilemmas and the potential use of science as a raw power.
SPRcom More than 1 year ago
Awakening – an event that has an intense change on humanity. So much so that it hits a 10 on the Rector scale in human evolution. When humans progressed from “hunting and food gathering tribes” to “agricultural homesteaders” – that was an Awakening. While not occurring overnight, an Awakening can take centuries to complete but the effect is dynamic. There have been three Awakenings so far. I found myself riveted to this story. What a wonderful blend of fiction and science! The science is realistic, the concepts simple enough for anyone to grasp, yet the fiction takes this one step further and we encounter possibilities that are not just plausible; they are believable. The ultimate in a fictional story is to be so realistic it defies the lines between fiction and reality, and the authors have hit this point. Yes, the science in this book appears to me to be very well researched and includes just enough fact to challenge the reader where the facts end and the fiction begins. But the story is just as enchanting. The protagonist, Penelope Spence is well worked out. She is a real woman, with real concerns, but isn’t one of those screeching, wimpy women. She is the heroine here. She investigates, she asks the tough questions, she takes all the unbelievable with a grain of salt till it is slice, diced, examined and proven. She is real as well. While being a pillar of strength, she has doubts, she has moments of panic. She is a very alive character. Michael Walker is the perfect mystery man. While we know who he is and what he is doing, we never get to really know him on a personal level. He remains an enigma. As this book is the first in a series, I am sure we will be able to explore this character further in future books, but in this book, he serves a very useful purpose… he is our introduction to the Fourth Awakening. And while we get an idea of what it is and what it will do, we do not fully understand it but we can follow it. Each character has a purpose and is essential to the story. They are well planned and executed. There is an original and captivating plot here, there are unexpected twists and turns. Things jump out at us and we are taken by surprise. This is the way a thrilling piece of fiction should behave. We can understand the concepts, we can even find them plausible, but we also want to be taken into the story and be in the “back seat” as the characters play their parts in the game. We want to be surprised, and we are. The authors have done a fantastic job of leading the reader right to where they want us to go. I am taken by this excellent piece of fiction. And it is worth five stars on its own. To be fair, I also looked at the entire package. Cover art is very well done, and shows nicely in a black and white format. I am not keen on the praise pages being put up front of the book, but that is just me. The formatting is flawless, very professional, and I have to say I did not once notice a spelling error or bad grammar or such that is usual with these kinds of files. Not that there couldn’t be any, but I didn’t notice. So, bravo for a very well delivered product! So, not having anything wrong with the product itself and being as how this story had me glued to the chair to read it, I will give this 5 out of 5 stars and a note to look for the second book in the series to get into as soon as I can. Thanks to the authors Rod Pennington and Jeffery A. Martin for a masterpiece of science and thriller.
ChicagoSlim More than 1 year ago
There are few books that I get excited about and this is one of those books. It doesn't waste time getting into things and reaches out and grabs your attention and keeps in through the whole book. The authors are very descriptive and their writing allows you to paint an incredible picture in your mind that really makes you feel immersed. I really liked that it easy to read and didn't contain a bunch of complicated jargon or wording. This is a very unique and interesting storyline that I really enjoyed. I'm sure that once you read it that you'll agree with me too!
shane4668 More than 1 year ago
Outstanding novel! I could not stop reading. If there is any book out there that should be read it is definitely this one.
Debby More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect about this book, based on the synopsis provided. But, since it was given to me, it was only fair to give it a chance. So, I started to read during my Thursday lunch break.and found that I could not put it down. Fact and fiction. Ideas, concepts, humor and intrigue. Government testing. Science. Creation. This book had everything required to keep me totally engrossed from start to finish. The characters were interesting. The storyline was clear, not to the point of being able to figure everything out, but so as not to be confused. The writing was smooth and continuous. The ending was nice, and definitely allows for future installments to what has been one of my better reads in the past 12 months. Ultimately, I would say that this is a must-read. Work not withstanding, I was able to finish this Friday afternoon. It was awesome.
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