Stephan Schwartz's superbly crafted tale illuminates perhaps the greatest illusion of our age: that consciousness is confined to an individual brain and body and the present. The Awakening challenges this limiting belief, and reveals ways of knowing that are already erupting among humans. This masterful story conveys an urgent, implicit message: our future on Earth likely depends on the degree to which we honor our intrinsic connections with one another." Larry Dossey, MDAuthor: One Mind From Kirkus ReviewsWhile the spiritual and the political are often seen as mutually exclusive, Stephan Schwartz's "Awakening" is an inspiring fusion of both and an urgent warning to a species at the crossroads on this gift of life, our lonely endangered planet in a vast universe. Ian Masters -- host of public radio's *Background Briefing*Stephan A, Schwartz, one of the world's preeminent authorities on consciousness research, turns his formidable creative talents to fiction. I can't put this one down! What begins as an otherwise ordinary Freedom of Information Act petition in a Federal Courthouse in Washington D.C. leads to mind-blowing revelations about what our government knows and doesn't know about extraterrestrial intelligence and the alien invasion of our planet. Whether the setting is a wood-paneled Congressional hearing room, a swank Sushi bar on D.C.'s fashionable Wisconsin Ave, or a break-away race to cross the Gulf Stream to the Grand Bahamas Banks, Schwartz writes as if he's been there--and he has. He asks the big questions. Better still, he answers them. Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, best-selling author of *Edgar Cayce, An American Prophet*, and co-editor of* Venture Inward* magazine.