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Under-Heaven by [Greaton, Tim]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 775 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Focus House Publishing (13 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D7JNDA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #601,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is almost two stories in one but they do converge at the end in an astounding way. On one hand we have Nate (9years old), newly dead - murdered in fact, living out his death in Under-heaven (a sort of pre-heaven where souls come to terms with their death). Then we have Jesse (5 years old), very much alive, but gets caught up in his dads and things don't go so well for him.

This was very much a poignant story. It started off slowly but I think that was essential as the two tales were being told simultaneously. It certainly picked up after about 15% and ran away with itself! Nate's story was one of indecision. He didn't know how to resolve the fact that he had been murdered. After many years, with the help of various relatives (as angels) he makes a momentous decision.

Jesse's story is profoundly sad, he loves his dad with a passion but sadly his dad is a terminal screw up and just keeps letting Jesse down. Where does this leave him? At first it was hard to see what each story had to do with each other but then -bang- it hits you between the eyes. The merging was very cleverly done and when I came to the dramatic end I was in tears.

I totally recommend this book. Under Heaven is a moving and well written story.
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Ive read nearly all Tims Books and he is a brilliant writer of books at that! The Santa Shop is one of my favourite books. This far surpassed that book as my favourite by him. This book Under-Heaven, tells several tales about various characters. They all die fatality usually by murder and all end up in what is known as Under-Heaven. Its what Religion would call Pugartory. All the characters move on to Heaven but DO get a chance to go back to the Earth and be born again as in Re-incarnate, it tells some heartrendering stories before they do as it features thier lives. The 3 main characters that are featured are Jesse Ricky and Nathaniel known as Nate. All youngsters.They meet up with thier relatives that have died. Its an intersting book ALL the way through n i couldnt put it down. Loved it. Would give this Book 10 stars IF i could! It flits from story to story Bit like a Tv Soap! Its all relevant to the overall plot-story. It can be difficult to follow at times but as long as you keep on top of story you will follow the story ok. You WILL love this book! RECOMMEND!!!!:-)
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This isn't the usual type of book I read. The sample intrigued me so I bought the book. I couldn't put it down. What an absolutely amazing story, at times it sent shivers through me. I don't usually read books again but this one will stay on my kindle. I cannot recommend this highly enough - everyone should read this book! It had such an impact that I don't want to start reading another book yet, the story stays with you. Just fantastic!
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"Under-Heaven" follows the paths of two boys' lives. You first meet Jesse, a five-year-old boy who lives in Boston with his mother. He comes from a troubled home and his parents have split up recently. This isn't easy on him as he has fond memories of the three of them as a family. Unfortunately, his father has become a drunk and drug addict which has caused a lot of problems. Jesse wants his parents to reconcile, as he loves his father a lot and misses him, but also knows his mother can't handle his dad under the current circumstances. In the boy's young mind, he doesn't understand why things have changed so much and he is willing to try anything to fix them. Unfortunately, it may be a task too great for his small shoulders to handle alone.

The other boy, Nate, also has a strong presence in the novel. He died at the age of nine in the 1940s and went to a place called "Under-Heaven". This isn't necessarily a bad place, more of a transition point for most souls. Yet Nate can't resolve the tragedy that happened in his past life to move on. For awhile, he can't even allow himself to remember it, but knows that unlocking the mystery behind his death is key to knowing what step he must take next in his afterlife. It is not something he is capable of for a long time, though, and the novel follows his experiences in "Under-heaven" and the other souls and angels he meets there who try to help him.

I must say this book was difficult for me in the beginning. It starts in a dark place for both boys and felt rather depressing. The multiple points of view also caused me some trouble until I got into the flow of the story, but I stuck with it believing it would get better. As it turned out, I was right.
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I alsolutely loved this book! The two stories being told were sweet, heartbreaking and funny. I couldn't put it down and just wanted to know more! I was very sad when it ended and was honoured to be able to join them both on their journey
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