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The Flaw in the Fabric (Book 1 of A Travellers Guide for Lost Souls) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Lindsey
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Book Description

~ Nominated to Dan Poynter's 2012 Global eBook Awards ~

Cat McCallum wants her husband back. But
down-on-his-luck actor Raymond Kidd is nowhere to be found. In fact, he has
fallen through a flaw in the fabric of space and time to an earlier life as
Oliver Cole, sailing ship captain in mid-nineteenth century Halifax.


 

Cat does have help. Angle and Octave
Daggon, two ghosts from the basement of Raymond's seaside house, have come to
life again. Former school teacher Octave has a crush on Cat and former pirate
Angle once preyed on Captain Cole and wants to make amends. The three make a dedicated
crew, but they need yet more help to retrieve someone who no longer exists.


 

More help is available. The flaw in the
fabric is still open. Unfortunately, there's no telling what else might come
through it.


                                  

Evil loves doors.

Mysterious, perilous and haunting
Through a flaw in the fabric of time and space, Raymond Kidd is cast back to the past where he's a ship's captain fresh out of the madhouse. He returns to present-day Halifax as a man with a mixed identity, stuck with the responsibility, assigned him in his passage between lives, of serving as a guide for the lost souls of the in between. Along the way, in this first Lost Souls story, Raymond must play host to two ghosts who have come back to life after 200 years, get out of jail twice, fight off a gang of swamp spirits, rob a grave in the night in the rain with a broken shovel, and rescue a girl from a demon. The Flaw in the Fabric will take you places you have never been.
   
Time Travel with a Twist. Chock Full of Mystery & Suspense.
Jim Lindsey is a literary and brilliant new novelist. There aren't many authors out there that deal with death in a non-Christian way. Lindsey does so in a light-handed manner with no compulsion to believe this way or that. He just thinks about life and death from a different perspective. And, he has a knack for opening up the mind to what strange things can happen when time and space begin to unravel.

The Flaw in the Fabric starts out with lost souls Octave and Angle who are neither dead nor alive. There couldn't be two more different brothers. In their previous life, they sawed their inherited house in half! Next thing you know, they come back to life not in their time but 160 years into the future. They're just as confused as Raymond Kidd is to find them in his basement.

Not long after he finds Octave and Angle, poor down-on-his-luck Raymond wakes up in the nineteenth century, back when they had been alive. Raymond discovers he is a merchant sea captain with a lovely wife and daughter. He is still attached to Kit, even though she is divorcing him back in the twenty-first century. Kit decides she wants him back and so wrangles Angle and Octave who have returned to life to help. Angle then falls in love with Kit and isn't so motivated to help with this endeavor.

As the tale unfolds you feel somewhat like an older Alice in a much darker Wonderland. What was up is now down, what was past is now present and what was dead is now alive. What was dead isn't really dead either. Bit by delirious bit, Raymond begins to lose his identity, gets thrown in jail and is drowned by a demon.

The author is masterful at sustaining suspense, creating mystery, and developing a dichotomy of two disparate worlds. Many  a long night have I burned the midnight oil to finish this sweeping saga only to pick the book up again and reread to be sure I understood all the machinations.

If you want mystery and intrigue which is clever and entertaining, then this is the book for you. 
Lindsey's book is both a joy to read and to hear. The audiobook is available on Amazon, iTunes and Audible. In the companion poetry, the Lost Souls sing about what they've lost ([[ASIN:B006GI48OO Snapshots from the In Between, A Companion Volume of Verse for A Travellers Guide for Lost Souls]].)  



Editorial Reviews

Review

"Five Stars!" --Digital Book Today 
Best Seller - Literary Suspense --Amazon 
"The writing is enticing, the story multi-layered. I enjoyed falling under its spell. Well done. Simple. Draws you into the story from the first page."
--Judges for the 2012 Annual Book Awards, Bay Area Independent Publishers Assn. (BAIPA) 
"Witty, Ghostly, a Literary Tour de Force!" 
--Robbi Sommers Bryant, author of an Amazon #1 best-selling suspense 'The Beautiful Evil' (BAIPA Award Winner - Genre Fiction)
"Wildly imaginative black comedy. The gripping opening drags the reader into the nightmare of Raymond's brush with the supernatural, with the threat of  the invasive sea in the basement suffocatingly real. The details are surreal and horribly convincing. Lindsey has an enviable turn of phrase."
--Jean Gill, France
"How to write like a pirate! Superb writing style and a captivating story filled
with shining and disappearing characters, ghostly insights and laugh out loud
humor. Great read. I'm hooked. Bring on the sequel, prequel or any work by
this author. It's just that good."
--C. L. Sumruld, Nashville TN
"The style is unique, the colorful language and characters endearing. The gentle choice of words in intimate moments is both sweet and believable. The author connects with the thoughts and passions of both young and old. He has quite carefully and sensitively taken me in and stirred my heart."
--Judy Jones, Texarkana Texas
"Charming to horrific, tough to tender and elegant to brutal, all told by an author whose wit pops up in wonderfully unexpected places."
--Persia Woolley, author of The Guinevere Trilogy

From the Author

The background for the novel comes from the picturesque and wild Nova Scotia Granite Coast where I live in the seaside village of Prospect. When I arrived here over eighteen years ago from California, I began to hear the ghost stories and histories from the locals. Later I worked as a main character in a tourist attraction at the historical Keith's Brewery in downtown Halifax where I learned all about characters from the nineteenth century and how to talk like them. Combine that with my Buddhist orientation and love for all literature classics, like Alice in Wonderland, and you come up with what came to me in a dream 'The Flaw in the Fabric.'

The audiobook of The Flaw in the Fabric, will be available Summer 2012 on Amazon, Audible & iTunes.

I encourage to take a look at the companion poetry book to this series here on Amazon as well: Snapshots from the In Between, A Companion Volume of Verse to A Travellers Guide for Lost Souls. They are poems written by the souls who are lost in the in between; the souls for whom the hero of The Flaw in the Fabric must write a traveller's guide. This guide is commissioned by a monk who wants that hero to help those lost souls who are in the "in between" find their way onwards to the realm where they belong.

The In Between is the realm of lost souls, those who have passed from this life but not entered the next. Normally we call them ghosts, and think of them as scary, because they might haunt us, but really they are mostly normal people stuck in an awkward oblivion, one so close to their previous lives that they cannot help but be painfully aware of all that goes on there. 

Snapshots from the In Between are the condensed stories of a number of these lost souls, as transmitted to the author in a state of deep contemplation, in which they remember the particular circumstances of their unlikely incarceration. They have not been given a life sentence, or a death sentence, but an indeterminate sentence, one which, as far as they can tell, may never end. What is left to them but to sing of their predicament to anyone who will listen?

Website: JimTLindsey.com a.k.a. TheLostSoulsSeries.com
Twitter: @Jim_Lindsey
Facebook: on.fb.me/wkTT5V (/Jim.Lindsey)
Email: Jim@JimTLindsey.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 704 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: SeaStorm Press (March 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RWUD18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! January 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This author's craftsmanship with words and delightful imagination will keep you reading under the comforter long after everyone else is asleep! Step into another world and be supremely entertained along the Nova Scotia coast. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to write like a pirate January 24, 2012
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Superb writing style and a captivating story filled with shining and disappearing characters, ghostly insights and laugh out loud humor. Great read. I'm hooked. Bring on the sequel, prequel or any work by this author. It's just that good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly imaginative black comedy August 19, 2012
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The gripping opening drags the reader into the nightmare of Raymond's brush with the supernatural, with the threat of the invasive sea in the basement suffocatingly real. The details, such as the spectacles that won't come off Raymond's face and turn everyone he sees to a death's head, are surreal and horribly convincing. Lindsey has an enviable turn of phrase and this is excellent black comedy. The storyline has the classic fantasy themes of the dark forces versus the flawed human hero, and the alliances which develop in a world where magic is possible.

I think this would appeal to someone who likes the black humour of Neil Gaiman's fantasy novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flaw In The Fabric exceeded my expectations! June 14, 2013
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The Flaw In The Fabric exceeded my expectations in that it convicted me of having preconceived ideas regarding novels containing time travel. The Flaw sent all previous ideas sailing.

Set in mysteriously beautiful Nova Scotia, which itself seems to float somewhere between worlds, this work takes the reader zipping dizzyingly back and forth through centuries, on and under the surface of the sea, in and out of mischievous fog, bottomless puddles, haunted marsh, alluringly deceptive trees and so on through the author's acute, unpredictable imaginings. His touchingly vulnerable characters find their human predicaments complicated by irresistible forces and inexplicable events. This supernatural world is pierced by Mr. Lindsey's matter-of-fact sense of humor and encased in a sweetly poetic universe which draws the reader into her own time travail, as she rushes to relish the story but hesitantly approaches the end and finds herself caught in orbit awaiting the next excursion into The Flaw.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and exciting read April 2, 2013
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There is no flaw in this fabric. It is great to pick up a book by an unkown writer and be blown away by the quality of the story and writing. I see great things in the future for Mr Lindsey.
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