Celestial Mesa 2012, by Sharon Delaney, is provocative, exciting, informative, and just a little scary. Called by her best friend and Cherokee tribal elder Running Dog Paxton when the Cherokee Nation is sued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Sue Benson and her search-and-rescue dog, Edgar, embark with him on a journey to discover the truth of their tribal history and prove their innocence. Their investigation leads them through the ancient history and religions of several tribes who abandoned their cities, including the Mound Builders of the southeastern U.S., the Olmecs, the Mayans and the Aztecs of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Anasazi and Hopi of the southwestern United States. What they uncover reflects the extensive research done by Ms. Delaney, reveals little-known facts about the connections between the ancient Mesoamerican tribes and several in what is now the United States, and raises more than a few questions about the way Native Americans have been treated through the years.

And then there are the prophesies.

Who among us is unaware of the prophesy about the end of the world as we know it in December 2012? Throughout this fascinating and riveting story, Ms. Delaney shares the ancient beliefs of multiple tribes that coalesce in this prediction.

“In the end days we will turn our backs on international war and crumbling highways and the power grid,” explains Running Dog’s Uncle Frank, echoing what Paxton and Benson had heard from experts on the ancient tribes and prophesies.… “We will lose all our fancy toys to the end of the age of electricity and technology and succumb to sunspots that will devastate communications.”

“Some people in 2013…will survive. Some people will wallow in grief, and they will never make the shift to the new age, the new Mayan calendar year…. I’ve never had much to speak of, but I’ve always been happy. There are people alive today who will never be happy again.”

“The prophesies have always been there for anyone to see. In the end days we will go back to the land for survival…. When the New Year rolls around on 2013 we will be much wiser, and we will be more content. We will live in smaller, more sustainable houses, and we will walk out our front door to watch the sun come up and hear the birds contribute their morning song in the meadow. Sunrise will mean more to us than just watching the streetlights go out.”

More than a few times, while reading Celestial Mesa 2012, I thought of ordering books on a self-sustaining lifestyle from Amazon and buying up a large supply of canning jars while we still can!

Far from doom and gloom, though, this glimpse into a possible future through the review of the ancient past left me with a sense of peace, a sense of the karmic winning of right over wrong, and of the rise of values that date back to the Golden Rule.

Don’t miss Celestial Mesa 2012, and make sure you don’t keep it to yourself!

About Dawn Essegian Lajeunesse

I, like so many others, am a novelist struggling for recognition. My last three novels, THE EYES HAVE IT, IN HER MOTHER'S SHOES and STAR CATCHING, are available in e-book format through Amazon and other formats by request here or on my website. AUTUMN COLORS was my first novel and is still available through Amazon and B&N in multiple formats. My early writings are women's fiction, one also suitable for YA. My work-in-progress is a historical fiction about the Armenians who settled in Troy, NY in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Come visit me at my website:
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