Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Prelude by Cheryl A. Malakoff and Robert A. Clampett

A dispute over a recently unearthed inheritance, worth millions, pits a deceased woman against her elderly living children in a compelling trial that tests the implausible claim of reincarnation’s legitimacy in a court of law.

When psychologist Carol Klein’s previous life is revealed in vivid detail through hypnosis, she begins an arduous quest filled with twists and turns to verify her recent past as the heiress-activist, Iris Middleton Paulson. With the aid of an Asian physician-mystic and her skeptical, politically ambitious attorney-fiancé, this mismatched team builds a fact-by-fact case to prove her claim. A landmark trial sets off a firestorm as riveting testimony from authorities in science, medicine and religion puts our fundamental understanding of life and death at risk—shattering beliefs in a final mortality. The ensuing trial threatens to upend legal, medical and religious institutions worldwide.

More truth than fiction, Prelude is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the purpose of life.

Received for review

Once in a while I come across a book just so bizarre that I genuinely wonder if the author was high when he or she wrote it. This is one of those books.

Yes, you read that description above correctly - this is the story of a deceased woman who was reincarnated having a test of wills against her elderly living children. And yes, it’s just as whacked out as it sounds.

If one can get past the bizarre premise the story itself disappoints as well. The characters (living, deceased, otherwise) are boring and lifeless. The dialogue was stilted, the descriptions boring, and the setting bland. The only saving grace of the entire book was that the chapters were mercifully short at about five pages apiece so you could rest before diving back into the mess.

Overall, between the frankly outrageous premise and the bad writing I really cannot recommend this at all. Even picking it up for the “WHAT?!?!” factor is just not advised. Just walk on by. I would recommend using this as bird cage liner but I frankly wouldn't be that cruel to the poor birds.

☆☆☆☆ = Didn't Like It


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