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The Body Departed MP3 CD – 8 Oct 2013

4.2 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews

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Product details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480555797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480555792
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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About the Author

J.R. Rain is an ex–private investigator who now writes full-time in the Pacific Northwest. Chronically creative from an early age, he first fell in love with writing while making his very own Choose Your Own Adventure books as a child, and has since written thirty-three novels and five short-story collections, as well as screenplays for Paramount Pictures. Rain was born in Southern California and has lived up and down the West Coast. He currently resides just outside of Seattle, living in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie, who has more energy than Robin Williams.

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Hmmm - if I'd known this was about Christian redemption, complete with bleeding Christ pulling himself free from the cross to offer a chance of eternal salvation,I'd never, ever have selected this book for review. The blurb gave me the idea it was a whodunnit, a murder mystery, and as it's listed, on my Amazon at least, with other urban fantasy books, that's what I was expecting - a sort of ghostly Sam Spade. This is not, however, urban fantasy as I understand and read the genre. It's a Christian ghost story with a feel-good God-forgives-just-about-anything ending.

I thought the idea of someone solving their own murder had potential, but there's no real mystery here, the back story emerges with very little sleuthing, and the 'hero' takes only one truly decisive step that I can recall, otherwise others do the work for him, or just tell him the stuff he needs.

There's a red herring murder of sorts - although it was that murder that led to James and Jacob meeting, and ultimately climbing the crystal stairway to heaven (cue Led Zeppelin!) - so you might say she was sacrificed for their greater good, poor soul.

So I am, as is probably clear from the tone of this review, annoyed by this book. If feel-good christianity is for you, then you'll enjoy it. If it isn't, avoid this book. And if you're after an urban fantasy Sam Spade mystery, this isn't that either! In its defence it's tightly written, not too long and easy to read.
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Hmmm strange ghost story about remorse and redemption. We are introduced to the ghost of James, who has been murdered. He has trouble remembering why he is dead or who he was. In essence the story is about the ghost coming to terms with his actions during life before he can be at peace in the afterlife. I thought the discovery of his past was done well and the concept of us having to be accountable in some way even when we are dead is a good one. I found some of the scenes a little jumbled, but Rain tends to have a lot of creativity floating around and wanting to be ingrained onto paper, so it was a little busy at times. It is a mystery, murder, ghost and somehow even a story about spirituality all rolled into one.
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Although once again, the editing in this book is not the best, I found this a very enjoyable book from a writer I had not previously experienced. It is not the longest of books, but well worth the read and I have gone on to read 2 more of J R Rain's books, in the Vampire Series and am awaiting release of the next one with anticipation. Would definitely recommend this one, even with the poor editing.
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The book, I found, was well written but I couldn'd really get along with. I persevered for for several chapters but I'm afraid I did what I hate doing and gave up on it. That does not necessarily detract from the author of the book, particularly as I hate feeling negative about a book but the subject just failed to maintain my interest.

However this will not stop me trying new, at least to me, authors, as I see the opportunities to do so as presented by Amazon, as one of the biggest advantages of owning a Kindle.
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A nice gentle story about a ghost told from the point of view of the ghost. It covered issues such as innocence, love, forgiveness and loss. I found it to be well written with a lot of thought provoking moments. It was fairly lengthy (a good few hours of reading) and flowed easily.

The end was a little mushy with Jesus and Heaven mentioned, but not at all in a preachy way. It was all very open-minded about belief and spirituality and the reader can make up his own mind about the meaning. I really liked it, well worth a read.
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By S. Broadbent TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2013
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James is the ghost of a murder victim seeking answers as to who and why he was killed.
With the help of a conveniently situated medium James begins to unravel what happened.
It's a mystery novel with a spiritual message. Well written but no Pulitzer prize winner, it is a tautly worded tale that is never boring.
It is ideal long journey material. The key is that it engages the reader, you want to find out what happens next.
The only disappointment is the lack of character depth which turns this from a great book into a good read.
I would bet that `The Body Departed' ends up a movie one day and that I am also looking forward to.
This is my first J.R. Rain novel but it won't be my last.
I'm off to listen to `Unchained Melody'.
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I just started reading this and my god I'm in love with it. The story line is so good (I'm not giving anything away). Hopefully the author does more books like this, because this is slowly becoming my favorite book ever
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I haven't read a jr rain story I haven't enjoyed and this is no exception. It has the trademark mystery to unravel,although in this case it is the protagonists own death, a touch of humour and a little of the paranormal. I love the conversations some of his characters have with deity and this novel has a touch of the little world of Dan Camille about it. However this is probably one of his less satisfying works for me, because the central character has much less presence ,kind of inevitable being a ghost ! His friend the medium however looks like she has a lot more stories to tell. Is there another series coming on Mr Rain ?
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