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A Woman's View: Book review: 'The Pleiadians' leaves readers pondering powerful ideas

Published: Saturday, April 21 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

"THE PLEIADIANS," by William A. Guillory, The Center for Creativity and Inquiry, 360 pages, $10.99 (nf)

Some ideas are more easily received in fiction than nonfiction. “The Pleiadians” is a novel filled with such ideas — ideas so simple it is easy to dismiss them, but their simplicity is part of their power.

Ideas like “this planet values knowledge more than wisdom.” This was a line spoken by a character named John who came from the planet Pleiades to help the people of Earth figure out how to live together in peace and harmony before humanity moved, as it seemed to be, inevitably toward its own destruction.

John appears to a character named Dr. Bill Bradley, who has a doctorate in chemical physics — one of the many things he has in common with the author, Dr. William A. Guillory. Bradley becomes a critical instrument in communicating the message of change to the people of Earth through provocative blogs.

His blogs advocate positions like personal responsibility, something that doesn’t seem monumental until you imagine people actually embracing the concept en masse. His blogs also argue for valuing the collective welfare, an idea that seems to produce discomfort in some.

As Dr. Bradley’s blogs begin to move a significant number of people, including the president of the United States, they are brought to the attention of a secretive group of powerful individuals known, appropriately, as The Billionaire Club. The club’s attempt to assassinate the president drives the latter half of the book in compelling ways that will leave you unable to skim.

“The Pleiadians” reads like “Conversations with God” or “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” and morphs into a Tom Clancy pulsating plot. There is no gratuitous or graphic violence or sexual content — only minor uses of hard language. All in all there is nothing to detract from the overall spiritual quality of the book.

The novel reads with a simple beauty, suggesting that as a nation we might “win in our foreign policy by what we do to help others — with no agenda — rather than attempting to convert them through money and power.” (Wait until you see the key role the Senator Orrin Hatch-like character plays in this regard.)

Dr. Guillory, the author of "The Pleiadians," is the author of seven other books, including “The Living Organization — Spirituality in the Workplace.” Dr. Guillory makes his home here in Utah, having moved here to take a position at the University of Utah. He is the founder and executive director of the Center for Creativity and Inquiry, based in Salt Lake City.

Amanda Dickson co-hosts "Utah's Morning News with Grant and Amanda" on KSL Newsradio and hosts "A Woman's View" on heard Sunday mornings.

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