The Unholy, a novel by Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D.
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“A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.”
Have you ever thought that something other than yourself has a hold of your mind? Meet Claire, a young curandera, in the mystic land of Aztlan who struggles to overcome the forces of evil and claim her inner inheritance.
The Unholy is a riveting novel about the dark side of religion, cultural prejudice throughout the Southwest, realms of mystic happenings, folk healers, native shamans, and signs from the spirit world. It is a psychological thriller, supernatural journey, and neo-gothic horror.
The Unholy lures the reader into a twilight realm that pits two old worlds against each other — the indigenous medicine ways versus institutional religion. Natural magic and the dark side of religion each play a role as healer confronts slayer.
“Paul DeBlassie III has brought us a richly imagined supernatural thriller set in the high mountain desert of Aztlan, where Claire Sanchez, an herbalist and medicine woman, has come to reclaim her healing heritage and uncover the secrets of her mother’s death. The book digs deep into legend, folklore, and the author’s own imagination to paint a stirring picture of a traditional curanderismo pitted against the oppressive forces of institutional religious power. Make sure you have lots of time; once you start reading this book, it will be hard to put down.”
-—Stephan V. Beyer, author of Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon
“The Unholy, an excellent novel by Paul DeBlassie III, keeps the reader engaged throughout in mystery, suspense, and church politics. In addition to vividly depicting the beautiful landscape and culture of New Mexico, it exposes and strengthens the traditional work of the medicine women of the Southwest. I am looking forward to Dr. DeBlassie’s next book.”
—Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, author of Curandero: A Life In Mexican Folk Healing, professor, and university administrator
Review of UnHoly
Whew! What a read! I ended up staying up late reading, way past my bedtime on this one. I also found myself waking up early (it was family day, no school or work, and we all sleep in) and running for my tablet to finish it.
Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D uses some great adjectives that send you into the story with him. You’re able to picture each line as you read it. There were a few parts that were slow and he almost lost me in the beginning, but I was intrigued enough to read more. As I read on, I found that it was a only a slow part before the tidal wave on excitement ahead.
The main character Claire has such a strong will. It’s a great girl empowered book and it was written by a MAN! The setting of this grand book is Aztlan, which is the southwestern United States. Claire is not only faced with a life changing decision about being a medicine woman, but she is also faced with fighting an evil Archbishop. Chasing answers, she soon finds herself in a battle over good and evil.
This is a novel that is of course not real but this book leaves you feeling as though you just watched one of those true enactments in your head. I suggest you purchase a copy today! It’s a quick read, only 200 pages. Head to Amazon (or the other guys), the link is at the bottom of the page, and download it today, you too could stay up late trying to finish it!
Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychologist and writer living in Albuquerque who has treated survivors of the dark side of religion for more than 30 years. His professional consultation practice — SoulCare — is devoted to the tending of the soul. Dr. DeBlassie writes psychological thrillers with an emphasis on the dark side of the human psyche. The mestizo myth of Aztlan, its surreal beauty and natural magic, provides the setting for the dark phantasmagoric narrative in his fiction. He is a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
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