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The Man Who Didn't Die Paperback – 1 Dec 2011
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"There is one big problem with this book... I couldn't put it down! It's so well written it has the reader enthralled from the first paragraph to the last." -- Edith Fiore
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As anyone who has read his many other works will know, Ian Lawton has long been an astonishingly accomplished researcher with that rare gift of being able to pull together other people's findings and ideas and present them in way that both illuminates and brings new insights. I suppose it was inevitable that he should now turn his hand to writing a novel. Since humans first learned to string more than a few grunts together we have loved stories, not least because they engage, entertain and energise our brain in such an enjoyable way. Stories have long been the means by which important and complex ideas have been rendered more understandable and accessible, and Dead Man Talking does just that.
There are a number of scientific pundits who keep popping up on radio and TV these days, sadly seeming to take great delight in pouring scorn on anything that doesn't fit with their own reductionist and soulless view of life, death and everything. It would be wonderful to see them open their minds and engage in an honest debate with someone like Ian Lawton, so that they could seriously review the ample and impressive evidence that is presented in such an engaging way in this book. Well, I can but dream ... and in the meantime there are writers like Ian Lawton to light the way. Nice one !
I suppose that I am not an ideal reviewer, as when commencing the tale I had some insight into what I might come across in the story.
I had met Ian some years ago on his stand at a "Mind, Body Spirit" event. He had published non-fiction works already - "Giza - The Truth" and "Genesis Unveiled", and had just completed his original "Book of the Soul" - which is why he had taken a stand as there.
These works - based in traditional academic research which adopt the highest criteria of rigour, are packed with fascinating information give rise to many further questions.
Later Ian became enthusiastic about the idea of pitching his messages at a level which readers would then follow through to his other researches.
In subsequent years, via his web page, attending later events, I saw that Ian has explained his developing works initially on academic accounts of OBEs Out of Body Experiences, and children's memories of previous incarnations, and an increasing body of reported Regressions under hypnosis to the "inter-life" and "former lives", which developed into the concept of the "Holographic Soul".
Ian has summarised the main ideas of this works in "Idiot's Guide type" volumes which cut to the chase for those in a hurry (referred to favourably by other reviewers).
"Dead Men talking" has taken the project forward well. Despite fore-knowledge I was hooked into the story line because it worked well as a novel. As the main character became more "enlightened" I felt much more comfort, and as the story unfolded all the familiar ground of Ian's earlier works came together like a well-crafted jigsaw which "informed" as well as entertained.
This story will produce a level of interest and encouragement to feel rather pleased with the Lawton future scenario for human souls.
As Ian explains (on his website) - "One of the most important pieces of spiritual advice these days is that we should come 'from the heart, not the head', or allow the intuitive right brain to speak louder than the analytical left brain".
This book fits into this framework, and is a thoroughly entertaining story which may give reduce the dread of the "after life" for many not familiar with the body of research, and for those of us who have already visited that place.
Many thanks Ian Lawton!
Although this is a fictional piece of work all the years of Ian's research into the exisistance and nature of the soul are used when the main character has a life changing experience. The journey this character (and the reader)then goes on is extremely well written and at times, very emotional.
The end of the novel is both uplifting and inspiring with an important "scroll" message that everyone should read.
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