A Nation of Mystics


Reviews for A Nation of Mystics

“A sprawling, epic novel of classic dimensions that vividly recreates the psychedelic sixties – the hopes, the fears, the naiveté, the knowing that was at the heart of those turbulent times.”

– Joel Selvin, culture and music columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; author, The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution


“In her exciting novel, Pamela Johnson has crafted a work of literature that conveys big-picture ideas through the most intimate of characters. A Nation of Mystics sings with the sense of wonder and awe that inspired a generation to change the world—one atom and synapse at a time.”

– Nicholas Schou, author, Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World


“The deeply insightful and knowledgeable presentations of spiritual practices in both Eastern and Western traditions and the grueling rigors of cleansing and renewal to attain the blessings of sacred plants, are dramatically documented. These quests are captivating. I would rank Pamela Johnson among the best of modern storytellers. She has the rare ability to combine valuable history lessons with highly entertaining portraits.”

– Jim Ketchem, MD, author of Chemical Warfare: Secrets Almost Forgotten: A Personal Story of Medical Testing of Army Volunteers


“I was particularly moved by the story because Pamela captured the feel of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. The book explores many of the facets of the scene, including LSD manufacturing and hash smuggling, from 1965–1970, both the sweet and the bitter, in a way that is very hard to accomplish in nonfiction.”

– Tim Scully, underground chemist, Orange Sunshine and subject of the documentary The Sunshine Makers (2015)


“In her trilogy A Nation of Mystics, Pamela Johnson, with a remarkable eye for historical detail, masterfully charts the beginning, middle and end of this era.”

– Peter Maguire, author of Thai Stick:  Surfers, Scammers and the Untold History of the Marijuana Trade


“Many thanks for giving me the privilege of reading this book…I never thought to see our original hope about such things be presented so openly because of the continued political backlash…A Nation of Mystics renewed my faith in our original dream of raising consciousness.”

– Jean Millay, filmmaker, co-creator of The Psychedelic Experience, with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert; and author, Multidimentional Mind: Remote Viewing in Hyperspace