By Lynn Boston Editions: ebook, paperback Published: July 27th 2011 Genre: Adult Mystery / Historical Source: review copy
Clay has been regressing people for years. He gained access to temporarily declassified Past Life Regression protocols when he worked at the Stanford Research Institute, and since then he has set himself up as something of an armchair treasure hunter. He takes his roaming parapsychology practice direct to his subjects and then guides them through their past lives, coaxing out information about lost valuables or hidden treasures along the way. The subjects remember almost nothing of their sessions, so the rewards are all Clay’s for the taking.
Despite his success, there is one treasure that continues to elude him. He thinks it could be the big one. He has only heard whispers about this collection of “hidden writings” that may have ties to some influential and famous figures in history. But no matter what he tries, he can’t get any of the souls he has regressed to open up about it. The secret remains heavily guarded.
Determined to uncover this elusive prize, he sets off around the world with his full-time colleague and occasional girlfriend Shali. Together, they must make contact with the present-day people whose past-lives are tied to the writings and who could reveal more. But Clay and Shali soon realise there is a reason these writings have been hidden and protected for millennia: the knowledge contained within them could change the world as they know it, and there are certain groups who will use any means to ensure this never happens.
Bomy’s Flutter: interesting spins on a through-history adventure
World Building: This is one of those fiction-spin on historical events/personalities that you’d be tempted to call historical fiction, but it presents more as historical reveal.
Characters: Though I found the concept of them interesting, I can’t say I really got emotionally involved with any of them. Perhaps it was the heavy emphasis on larger then a person events that distracted me, but as you know for me the thing that will make me love something is character. Here though Shali and Clay had potential, for me they just didn’t come out of the page.
Plot: The historical spin was interesting, the ideas and theories the book advances were intellectually titillating, but for me these sort of stories work better as a documentary, and with that presentation of say 45 minutes of facts. I’m a fan of documentaries, but this story just didn’t engage me all the way, I’m afraid.
Writing: Solid third person narrative. Considering the story, the tone of the narrative is very adequate – this is not a ‘playful’ book. Keep in mind though, I’m a very big fan of narratives that have a solid sense of humor. That’s why I enjoy first person the most, and also go with third person as long as it’s a character’s POV.
Curb Appeal: The cover and blurb present the book very well, in my opinion. So I believe it will appeal to those that like this genre immediately; I’m not exactly one of them, though. So based on the vibe of the cover and blurb, this wouldn’t be an impulse buy. If it’d catch me in one of my very rare ‘food for thought’ reading moods, I might, but those are rare and going rarer for some reason – nowadays I want food for entertainment. 🙂
So, all in all this is a good book, but I feel it’s addressed to a specific niche. If you’re in it, you’ll love it, if you’re not, you might be better off looking for something else to read. I’m labeling it as adult because of the nature of the story and the themes it contains, but there’s nothing ‘mature’, it could be of interest to younger audiences.
I’m not saying it’s like that exactly, but to give you an idea of what I’d compare it to, this is somewhat similar to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code: historical facts with an interesting spin and some mystery adventure revolving around it. If you think you’d be into that, give it a shot.