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Bodyswitch [Kindle Edition]

David Callinan
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Product Description

So you think your body belongs to you – think again!

Jack Madigan has the perfect life. He runs a mission in the Bronx helping New York's poor and homeless, the lost souls of the city. His wife Kerry works on a campaigning newspaper. They are not rich but they are fulfilled. And they are about to have their first child.

Sadistic sociopath Ernie Mason is released from prison; the poor black kid from the Bronx brutalised by a lifetime of abuse, drugs and crime until he becomes a killer; a walking time-bomb. He gets drunk, steals a car and goes joyriding in central Manhattan.

Jack says goodbye to Kerry after a routine medical examination and she crosses the busy street.

Ernie Mason hits Kerry full on, killing her instantly and killing himself.

The bottom falls out of Jack Madigan's life. But then he is made an offer no other human being has ever received. The chance to say a final goodbye to Kerry on 'the other side'.

But there is a price to pay.

He must allow a recently departed soul to occupy his body while he is in spiritual limbo to be given one last chance of redemption.

That's when the cosmic switch clicks and a dark soul enters Jack Madigan's body.

Guess who?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1250 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00629VTBM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #751,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Callinan (http://www.davidcallinan.com) is a novelist and musician/songwriter. He is the author of the sci-fi classic 'Fortress Manhattan' and has recently released the first of a thriller series featuring ex assassin, ex cop and ex monk, Mike Delaney titled 'The Immortality Plot'. Other near-the-knuckle thrillers include: 'Knife Edge'; 'An Angel On My Shoulder' and 'Bodyswitch'.

He has re-released the bestselling holistic guide to health, wealth and happiness 'The 10-Minute Miracle'.

He also writes for young adults and children. The first of his scientific/magical, dystopian trilogy 'The Kingdoms Of Time And Space' has been published' 'Kingdom Of The Nanosaurs' and also the first in a chapter book series for 7-10 year olds 'The Weather Kids And The Rainbow Superhighway'.

David Callinan is Anglo-Irish, born into a family from Limerick in the west of Ireland who grew up in the UK. After busking all over Europe he rediscovered Irish music and formed The Spalpeens playing all over the UK, Europe and Ireland touring with The Dubliners, Sweeney's Men, The Chieftains and many others.

He appeared in films such as The Lion In Winter (Peter O'Toole, Katherine Hepburn) and Sinful Davey (John Hurt) and scores of television advertisements (was even directed by the late, great John Huston).

Later, he formed Urban Clearway, touring and performing with artists such as Elton John, Billy Connolly, Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry.

He co-wrote a Celtic rock opera for the Edinburgh Festival. 'Pucka-Ri' starred a young Pierce Brosnan and became one of the hits of the Fringe, before transferring to the Arts Theatre in London.

Latterly, an earlier spacey, folk-rock album, 'Freedom's Lament', recorded by Callinan-Flynn, has emerged as a highly sought after title on the Internet - and new wave Irish chanteur Sean Tyrrell has recorded a number of his songs on recent albums.

All David's books are available via his website as are downloads of recent music tracks and earlier, 60s, material.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bodyswitch 3 Dec 2011
By Joo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
The first text of this book is "BODYSWITCH a paranormal erotic psycho thriller" which startled me as I didn't think it was quite that from the description on Amazon.
Luckily (for me) it wasn't too paranormal nor too erotic, but plenty of psycho and thriller

The paranormal bit was that the protagonist visits a "half-way land" to say goodbye to his recently deceased wife. This didn't seem out of place, it seemed like a nice thought about the interim afterlife. There wasn't a lot of sex, just some encounters that mostly moved the story along. I didn't particularly like the character of the psychiatric consultant, she seemed a bit unprofessional.

This seemed a long book. It wasn't "un-put-downable" but I kept going back to it to see what happened next. It's not a masterpiece by any means, but certainly an enjoyable read with some good ideas and plots.
I will probably check out some more books by David Callinan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hits you with a bit of everything 23 Feb 2012
By Mumbles
Format:Kindle Edition
I was reminded of the film Ghost by this book for some reason. Very emotional in places and well written so you really feel the grief....but there are humorous elements in there as well to make it not too heavy. Quite a web of paranormal and being in between lives and so on. Very compelling read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quirky thriller 19 Feb 2012
By LW
Format:Kindle Edition
This writer has a very distinctive style. I have read some of his other books and have to say I think he is a fresh voice. When many thrillers are so samey, David Callinan seems to deliver unusual, challenging reads and Bodyswitch is no exception. There were parts I loved, parts that knocked me back in my seat and parts I had to take a deep breath to believe but the point is this book takes you on a kind of spiritual thriller journey that you just cannot stop reading. Issues such as racial stereotypes are very prominent just now but you don't feel the black guy who wakes up white is in any way connected with race. They are just two people who happen to be of a different colour. It's the way they spark off each other and the fact that both experience a kind of redemption as well as the sheer intensity and drive of the prose that gets you in the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Callinan Takes You To Places You Can't Imagine! 17 May 2012
By Glenda A Bixler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
David Callinan was a new writer to me, so when I got a brief statement that Bodyswitch was horror/thriller, I thought ok...even though the only description included was, "So you think your body belongs to you? Think again." But I was willing to take a chance...One problem I do have with downloading e-books is that there is no blurb, which is the first thing I read (the back cover) on a book...so I went cold into each of Callinan's books.

Bodyswitch reminded me a little of Dean Koontz. When I first started reading Koontz, I quickly realized that I could never know what his concept would be. Callinan, of course, has his own style and excellent writing, but his ideas are just as weird, wild and wonderful as Koontz, who quickly became a favorite author for me. The concepts for Bodyswitch are remarkable!

Readers meet Jack Madigan as he's preparing for his biggest project of the year--Christmas and providing food and shelter for as many homeless as his shelter, The Refuge, could handle.

Being the head of a charitable organization required most of his time in seeking funding, while others volunteered to cook, provide spiritual support, etc. Jack was able to take a modest income and he and his wife were expecting their first child. Jack was ecstatic--he loved his wife so much and was looking forward to starting a family.

Meanwhile at Stirling Penitentiary, Ernie Mason had just been freed. His girlfriend, Marcia, had promised to come get him in three years and she was there. She told him he looked good, then added that she hoped prison had improved his temper...

Ernie had always been a cruel man but he quickly grinned and claimed he was reformed!

While he was in prison, he had even taken up art and, surprisingly, after he had left, a small group was touring the prison and saw the paintings he had left behind. Brilliant was the word an art-loving delegate declared. But Mason was out and needing money and he only knew one way to get it quickly--returning to his former life! He discovered, however, that his old crowd were not anxious to see him return. He had to seek support for now, until something changed and wound up heading to the Refuge...and briefly touched some of the lives there...

Was it fate that took a hand at that point? For before long Ernie Mason was driving when he bashed Kerry Madigan. Jack found out and went into a deep depression, loving his wife so much and never being able to see her again or say goodbye...

And then he talked to Abraham...a man who volunteered at the Refuge...

I wish I could go ahead and tell you what happened! Let me just say that you will never, in my opinion, guess, or even think of the story except through the hint of the title... and even then, the pieces are so uniquely tied together, with ramifications that go beyond imagination that they go directly into the supernatural realm. I loved it! A different type but a little bit of Ghost Whisperer, with a dash of John Saul's horror, and a great deal of romantic mystery and suspense are all just a few more hints. I enjoy paranormal in any genre and found David Callinan's mixture delightfully blended into a surreal escape into what would be possible if only...we believed it were...

Don't Miss This One!

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Most did not even see each other. They moved around wrapped in colored auras." 28 May 2013
By Amelia Gremelspacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Jack has entered the Limbo of afterlife, and the other souls often do not see each other. His wifeKerry has died,killed by a reckless driver, Ernie, who was also killed. Jack and Kerry's baby has survived. Callinan has been able to portray jack, the struggling head if a shelter as a good man without being reduced to simpering sweetness. And Ernie, well Ernie isn't. He is brutal and cruel. A third character Abraham is a mysterious avatar of the life force of the universe. These three characters embark on a wrinkle in the laws of the universe so Jack can say goodbye to Kerry. This makes Ernie the placeholder for Jack's body,; and as with all exceptions, large issues ensue.

This book creates a complete world in which each soul must be purged of his previous life before proceeding to the next layer of life to draw closer to the light beings. This is not classic Buddhism, although it is quite similar. The fabric of the system is complete within its imaginings. The three people whom I have mentioned are fleshed out in full dimensions with insight into variances within each one. Secondary characters are also extensively explored.

The plot has a great momentum that fits with the characters and themes. My single comment might be that parts of the drama run a bit too long for me. That is not to say it is boring, just maybe needing a touch of pruning. With only that caveat, I would recommend this book to you. I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I will buy and read future books by this author. . Universe building is a difficult task for an author, but this book achieves the job.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quirky thriller 26 Mar 2012
By LW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This writer has a very distinctive style. I have read some of his other books and have to say I think he is a fresh voice. When many thrillers are so samey, David Callinan seems to deliver unusual, challenging reads and Bodyswitch is no exception. There were parts I loved, parts that knocked me back in my seat and parts I had to take a deep breath to believe but the point is this book takes you on a kind of spiritual thriller journey that you just cannot stop reading. Issues such as racial stereotypes are very prominent just now but you don't feel the black guy who wakes up white is in any way connected with race. They are just two people who happen to be of a different colour. It's the way they spark off each other and the fact that both experience a kind of redemption as well as the sheer intensity and drive of the prose that gets you in the end.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has a bit of everything 24 Feb 2012
By Mumbles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was reminded of the film Ghost by this book for some reason. Very emotional in places and well written so you really feel the grief....but there are humorous elements in there as well to make it not too heavy. Quite a web of paranormal and being in between lives and so on. Very compelling read.
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