AS REVIEWED BY: www.stuff.co.nz The mindfield of visionary fiction since the genre took off with Richard Bach's Illusions can be difficult to traverse because there's far too much poor writing mixed with silly ideas and gobbledegook to be found among the real pearls of wisdom. Fortunately, New Zealand author Louise Beker has the literary skills, imagination and real life experience to weave a tale that takes readers on a journey that is unmistakably insightful and entertaining at the same time. The Bright New Dawn is a parable for our times. Its central character Isadora and her best friend Jules are both victims of dysfunctional relationships (who isn't) and Isadora's desperate search for love and meaning in her life when all seems lost is, to paraphrase a Ken Keyes quote about the Celestine Prophecy, "as enchanting a map of spiritual growth as I have read." Central to its plot is the mystery of the pyramids but to reveal more would be to give too much away. Suffice to say this is a must-read.