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Bodyswitch: (multi-racial, split personality thriller) Kindle Edition
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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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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...
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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.