Soul Afterlife: Beyond the Near-Death Experience, by Bud Megargee, is the author’s journey of spiritual self-discovery. The book is an account of the authors opinions and experiences while figuring out what happens to an individual’s self and soul after life. Many concepts are introduced throughout this book that explain what a soul is and how it is affected throughout many lives. Some topics discussed throughout the book include reincarnation, becoming human, and transcendence. One important concept discussed throughout the book is awareness. You must have awareness of yourself and your actions and how they affect your soul in this life and the next. The author’s purpose was to explore his self and soul through this life and the next, and I believe this goal was met and depicted in an interesting way throughout the book.
Megargee has a writing style that is comforting and relatable. Throughout the book, Megargee offers his own opinions and feelings about a soul in the afterlife. There is dialogue between the author and a channeled soul guide “Laz”. The dialogue present helps the reader understand the concepts being introduced throughout the book. Megargee has a way of exploring spiritual ideas that are foreign and presents them in a way the reader can understand.
I was able to easily get into this book and gain a deeper understanding of my own soul. I felt it easy to connect with the author and it was easy to engage in his spiritual journey. The reader never feels like an outsider looking in and instead you feel as though you are side by side with the author applying the knowledge to yourself to find your own truth.
Soul Afterlife: Beyond the Near-Death Experience is one book worth giving a chance. The writing style was comfortable, and if you enjoy this genre, this book will be an enlightening read. If you enjoy concepts in spirituality, a personal writing style, and looking within this book is for you.
Pages: 235 | ASIN: B085GM3HNP
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The Futility of Vengeance is the second book in the Many Worlds series which follows Gary Jackson through a multitude of realities. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the key things that you need to know are that the Many World series is a science fiction/crime series that follows protagonist Gary Jackson through alternate realities. The series second installation, Futility of Vengeance picks up right where Wordlines left off. In one world, Sinead and Gary Jackson are about to become husband and wife, where alternately they are simply friends, and there is another Gary who sits in prison planning revenge on the Gary that killed his girlfriend. Additionally, as Gary explores these Worldlines, he aims to explore more worldlines as we see his obsessiveness continue to grow throughout the book.
Like the first book, the use of alternate realities is an entertaining plot device that can be enjoyed by a variety of readers, myself included. However, compared to Worldlines, Futility of Vengeance explains the science fiction elements better and we go deeper. For example, we can visit the future of one Gary and then the past of a different Gary. Expanding beyond real time, there is a lot more we get to see in the second novel which I enjoyed immensely. While I liked the idea of additional Worldlines I felt that they were sometimes hard to follow.
The supporting cast of characters continue to be interesting, Gary Jackson’s character goes through a drastic change. In the first book, I found myself rather sympathetic towards Gary, but in this book he’s less likable. This could likely be attributed to the events that are taking place, as I felt that the way he treats the people in his life in Futility of Vengeance can be cruel at times. This gives a different dimension to his character that I was not expecting. Author Adam Guest continues to expand his creative sci-fi world in the second installment so that it is even deeper and more complex, and will appeal to hard science fiction fans.
The Futility of Vengeance has a story that is fascinating and takes readers in unexpected but entertaining directions. The story has a lot of substance, with a storyline that is intellectually invigorating. This is a story that has the potential to be massive in scope. Fans will be thrilled to continue the Many Worlds series and see the story go in some very intriguing directions.
Pages: 320 | ISBN: 1913777057
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Adam Guest’s Worldlines: A Many Worlds Novel invites the reader to consider the idea of the multiverse and the consequences of actions that take place across multiple timelines. This science-fiction novel stars Gary Jackson who is passionate about the Many Worlds theory and exploring these parallel universes. However, things quickly go awry as Gary gets caught up with crimes committed by alternate versions of himself through lucid dreaming. The results of all these mechanics is a thrilling sci-fi novel that raises some big questions for its readers.
Although this novel focuses on a somewhat complex scientific plot device Guest has written a novel that is accessible and enjoyable for a variety of readers. I found the theories that contributed to the plot highly entertaining. Another way that Guest provides an ease of access for its readers is by providing a color association for each timeline. Considering this simple but effective method, I found myself getting lost in all of the twists and turns Guest was creating in these worlds. All of the versions of Gary Jackson’s struggles were slowly becoming struggles I experienced alongside them.
As a crime story fanatic, combining science-fiction and criminal activity was extremely fun to read. Dealing with parallel universes that contain multiple versions of yourself is one thing, but when those versions are committing crimes on your behalf, there is a new added sense of depth and urgency. Ultimately, it raises the question of what separates the unconscious and the conscious, and are our dreams just an extension of a different reality?
The anchor throughout the novel is the role of friendship and relationships. I genuinely enjoyed the role of Sinead and Michelle. I also enjoyed their stableness presented throughout the novel despite whatever version of Gary Jackson was in control of the plot. Both Sinead and Michelle are likeable, and they are good friends despite the actions that Gary Jackson takes, which leads into another big theme in the novel. As the reader experiences these alternate versions of Jackson, they are invited to think about having the choice to decide who we are despite all of the events that happen. This was by far the most interesting aspect of the novel. Although Gary’s life takes drastic turns, and the course of events have changed him, he ultimately is in the driver’s seat of who he is, which I believe is reflected in his friends.
By creating a story that is rich with intriguing questions and uses a unique plot device the book is the most unique read for me this year. The world building, plot mechanics, and characters were bursting with life. I felt as if this was a story with recognizable people experiencing unreal problems.
Although Worldlines ends abruptly without answering many of the novel’s big questions, I am eager to read more from the series. I think given more time to ponder the big questions that Guest presents in Worldlines, readers will have an excellent series that will leave them pondering the possibility of alternate realities. Worldlines is a visionary science fiction novel with an intriguing storyline and engaging characters.
Pages: 349 | ASIN: B089G7YCDD
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The Essential Revolution gives readers an inspiring story that reveals the possibility of human awakening. Why was this an important book for you to write?
As I started this book four years ago, I knew what was coming and felt compelled to write this due to the situation we are in right now. To be honest, I couldn’t not write it. It was as if I was being pushed every day to get it done.
I enjoyed the stories you shared in this book. What were some themes that were important for you to focus on in these stories?
It felt important to include themes that surrounded the struggles all of us go through in daily life. By doing this, my hope is that it has helped those who read it move through those struggles in a more efficient and smoother way.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
That they are responsible for the level of joy and contentment within their lives, or lack thereof, and that their perception of what is happening, happened, or might happen, is key to the experience they will have. Equally important, is that they understand that their perception can be altered (by choice) at any time once they step into a new way of speaking to themselves internally. NO ONE else can do this for them, as they must be at cause for this shift to occur within. Once they get clarity around those universal truths, they have not only already changed themselves, but have shifted the world. It’s that easy.
Do you plan to write more books on this topic?
I am putting together the rest of the story right now. There are two more books in this trilogy. As well, there are some workbooks that are being formed in my mind, so stay tuned.
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Into the Macrocosm by Konn Lavery is a collection of thought-provoking short stories about an unknown character who is the observer of 22 deaths. At the beginning of this intellectually invigorating collection readers are given intriguing theories on life after death. Konn Lavery addresses these theories in multiple ways, all of which are fictional in nature but spiritual at heart. Although the character is more of an observer in these stories, I like how I can still feel the personal connections while reading along. It was easy to get entangled in these insightful stories and there was a sense of adventure that was consistent throughout these stories. I also appreciated the subheadings in this collection because it helped me keep track of special events that lead to the plot twists.
Into The Macrocosm has so many fascinating stories that it will be impossible for readers to find at least one that speaks to them. None of the stories are overly horrifying, nor would I put these stories in the horror genre, there is just an ever-present ominous feeling that permeates these stories, enough to give you goosebumps rather than frighten you outright. This is a metaphysical exploration that leaves you with thoughts that are hard to shake. The way spiritual transformation is portrayed was enough for me to set the book down and ponder the implications for a bit. I loved that this collection used these dark stories to highlight the importance of self-awareness. I also loved how the author showed how much the darkness within us and around us can weigh us down.
Konn Lavery’s Into The Macrocosm is an exceptional short story collection that explores some provocative ideas through a darkly imaginative lens reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe or H.P. Lovecraft.
Pages: 420 | ASIN: B08SLM9DRX
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In his latest book, The Essential Revolution, Michael McGinnis gives us an inspiring story that reveals the possibility of human awakening. In a world filled with hatred, violence and hurt, The Essential Revolution is here to invite anyone who reads it to learn how to live life with love, compassion and peace.
Marcus Ogabi is a black American cop going through a divorce and financial problems. In a tragic event that will change his life forever he meets Dimitri Tanomeo, a young adult that despite growing up in some terrible circumstances seems to have a secret knowledge, one that he wants to share with the entire world so humans can finally evolve and reach a new reality, one filled with truth and love. Through what Marcus experiences throughout the novel, the reader is shown the teachings of Dimitri. The same teachings that change the characters’ lives for the better are available to each reader to change their lives as well.
Most of the story develops inside of a prison. It is there that Dimitri Tanomeo will start his spiritual revolution as he tries to change the perspective and attitude of each of the inmates, an act that will be recognized to be the greatest rehabilitation experiment ever. Human awakening is possible, and in this book you have the chance to learn how to achieve it.
I truly enjoyed the way the author shared all of the problems that humans around the world are currently having, showing, at the same time, what are the steps that the collective need to make to finally get rid of them once and for all and find healing. Spirituality and its importance in everyday human life are explored, giving us, the readers, the chance to learn more about what we need to do to live more spiritual lives and why we should do it.
The characters that McGinnis created are endearing and easy to connect with from the very beginning. They portray struggles that we all have to deal with as humans regardless of our different circumstances and upbringing. The story is gripping, feels very real and will probably resonate with a lot of people. Prepare to be challenged to change your life for the better and to question everything. Leave fear behind and learn to do what is right with this book, change is in your hands.
As fiction meets reality, I was able to learn more about myself through this story, and will surely apply many of its teachings in my life. The Essential Revolution is a story that showcases the importance of love, compassion and forgiveness, and encourages everyone to live authentically. This is your invitation for awakening, so get ready to be the change you want to see in the world.
Pages: 484 | ASIN: B08MYBCN8R
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CONSCIOUSNESS AND PERCEPTION: A Part-Fictionalised Reflection On Humanity’s Struggle To Know Reality
Consciousness and Perception by Tony McKay, is a fictional story revolving around a family of central characters who grew up amidst incredible hardships. However, the message that the book conveys is deeply real and personal. Ninian and Paul are brothers and although they are related by blood their lives are completely different. They both face dark realities and personal demons throughout their life. However, one brother copes with the darkness by taking the path of a missionary while the other brother turns toward drugs to cope.
Two stark realities, one common problem – life. Tony McKay delves into life’s hardships and how different people will resort to different solutions to deal with them. He writes with depth and intelligence in a story that is intriguing and breathtaking. Author Tony McKay realistically explores the themes of substance abuse, mental health issues, detachment from family, emotional struggles, and how all these affect the people around you. The book is captivating because of its portrayal of real human struggle. There is only one thing that separates this shared experience of pain and that is an individual’s perception and internal faith. The author has aptly combined fiction with reality. You feel connected to the characters. The characters, with their distinct traits, are very well written. The book provides a glimpse into a dark reality but also depicts how life gives you the strength to move through grave moments. The author makes you reflect on life and the people in it.
A critical aspect of the book is that it makes you look at different perspectives of life and how people under one roof can be so different. It shows you the first-hand experience of people fighting their demons and surviving through it. Some turn to God, some turn to their inner selves but the aim to fend off darkness remains the same.
Consciousness and Perception brilliantly connects you to the characters through common struggles that always feel authentic. Conversations feel real, although I felt that the words were a bit confusing in certain places, but it rarely detracted from the enjoyment of the novel. While I enjoyed the deep dive into various topics, I felt like there were moments where the book was heavy on the details.
With all of that said, I highly recommend Consciousness and Perception as it effortlessly explores family and humanity through a unique lens in a consistently intriguing way.
Pages: 321 | ASIN: B07RV78LVQ
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The Calla’cara Gambit is a high- fantasy science fiction novel by author Robb Bartlett. It is the sequel to the award-winning novel The Turing Revolt: The War Against Infinity. Starting with the prologue, Lilith Morningstar´s plan goes awry when she is shockingly defeated and sent to an unknown planet by a powerful and mysterious man, identified as the “Chosen of the Adversary”. As she is discovered and forcibly escorted away by two individuals, she silently plots revenge against everyone who ever wronged her. Milo Sapphire finds himself in a difficult position, after being blackmailed into helping the Sentient Ships emancipate from the Empire and killing Lilith Morningstar (or so he thought), he’s aware of being targeted by three groups: the Lotus Eaters Society, the Khan of Calla´cara, and the Emperor himself. When one of his lovers is captured by the Empires ambassador, who threatens her should Milo do anything against the Emperor’s agenda; he must find a way of getting the job done before the deadline without risking the lives of his crewmembers while navigating a harsh political climate.
The Calla’cara Gambit is a space opera that combines the best elements of science fiction with elements of epic fantasy to create a consistently riveting novel. I enjoyed the detailed political and financial climate that the story exists in. I felt like these types of details made the world feel real. The story is mostly narrated in first-person through Milo Morningstar, a witty and sarcastic yet charming man who feels elevated because of his past actions, which have proven him to be the one chosen by the creator of the universe. The way the story is narrated through his point of view helps the reader form a deeper understanding of his character, his decisions, and his way of seeing the universe. Milo is cunning and therefore overconfident, which at times can be annoying but ultimately makes for a complex character and an interesting read.
The universe the story takes place in feels vast and is formed by many different worlds and planets, particularly Calla´cara, an exotic planet ruled by intelligent reptiles who seem to have their own agenda. The writing is unique, alternating between Milos first-person narration with third-person POV´S from different characters, this makes for a refreshing break from the main character’s monologue. Sometimes the mixture of genres can make the tone feel inconsistent, but that’s just a very minor concern.
The Calla’cara Gambit has a unique plot that is helped along by an engaging protagonist. Fans of Star Wars or space opera’s will have plenty to enjoy in Rob Bartlett’s dramatic novel.
Pages: 454 | ASIN: B08FWV5TBQ
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