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The Body Departed [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Rain
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Book Description

When a killer broke into James Blakely’s apartment and fired twelve bullets into his body, it was the end of James’s life—but just the beginning of his journey to redemption. Sentenced to burn in hell for a crime he cannot remember, James is given the choice to proceed immediately to the afterlife or haunt the world of the living in search of his killer. Electing to return to Earth as a ghost, he attempts to solve the mystery of his own murder, visits the living—starting with his daughter and ex-wife—and confronts the sins in his past that put him on the fast track to eternal damnation.

With the help of a world-class medium, James begins to make progress. Forgiveness is possible, it seems, for a good man who made some bad choices. But with the memories of his life on Earth fading out one by one and his ghost body rapidly disintegrating, James faces the very real prospect of vanishing completely before he learns the devastating secret that kept his soul from achieving its true potential.



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About the Author

J.R. Rain is an ex–private investigator who now writes full-time in the Pacific Northwest. Chronically creative from an early age, he first fell in love with writing while making his very own Choose Your Own Adventure books as a child, and has since written thirty-three novels and five short-story collections, as well as screenplays for Paramount Pictures. Rain was born in Southern California and has lived up and down the West Coast. He currently resides just outside of Seattle, living in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie, who has more energy than Robin Williams.

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  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611099382
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (April 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7X0RQM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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114 of 123 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Creative yet boring November 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
1) Technically, the book is well-written - a very pleasant reprieve from the hundreds of distracting errors in many free ebooks!
2) The plot is fairly unique, and at FIRST it seems interesting as we're offered a close look at death and becoming a ghost. If only the focus had remained there...

Those are 2 stars. Now for the 3 missing ones:

3) Nowhere in the synopsis is it mentioned that this is, for the most part, a Christian novel. A ghost story is advertised, but what's delivered is more theological than supernatural.
4) The repetition. This story could be shortened by half without losing anything. Well, except a lot of redundancy.
5) Characters! Where are they? It needs another character (or 5) to add some depth and round out a very flat environment.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!! May 22, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just "found" JR Rain and his novels, and I'm captivated! I first read Moon Dance, and it was good, but this was beyond GREAT! If you enjoy fantasy with ghosts and a little bit of theology mixed in..this is the book for you. I'm off to read more of Mr. Rain's novels...great job, and please keep them coming!!
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you laugh; makes you think! May 19, 2010
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I downloaded this book because it got good reviews, and also because the premise interested me.

It was a very entertaining read! Think "Ghost Whisperer" from the rather humorous vantage point of the ghost! ...I was caught up in the story immediately, and found it hard to put down. It certainly is a departure from the kind of book I normally read; but I loved every bit of it.

Long after the book was finished, I was still thinking about the ideas and metaphors about death and the hereafter, and so I started reading it again. I've told all my friends about it. Not often I do that!!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that has a "Sixth Sense" flavor January 1, 2011
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I had never heard of J. R. Rain before reading this book, but the synopsis of The Body Departed intrigued me so much that I downloaded it via the Kindle, and I was not disappointed. It was a very fast, short read that kept me in the deliciously in the dark and turning pages. Since it is written from James' point of view, the main character, we only know and see what he knows and sees. The way in which Rain wrote this book is very effective in keeping the mystery alive and the reader guessing. My only gripe was it was too short; however, I am a believer that if a story is done, it's done and the silly guidelines created by publishing houses these days that require authors to make their stories 100,000+ words or 300 plus pages is simply ridiculous. So, with that said, I commend Rain on not adding anything unecessary to the story. I never skipped a sentence, a paragraph, or chapter and that is the highest compliment I can give an author. To me, every detail, every sentence, and every word was pertinent to the story and moved it forward. Unlike many other authors who are forced by publishing house requirements to lengthen their plots, or add filler, Rain, does not. Also, I found very few if any typos in Rain's work. I can't say the same of other books. I enjoyed this story so much I bought other e-books by Rain and haven't been disappointed yet. Well worth the read - Rain is a very concise, creative, clean, writer!
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, intriguing storyline, fantastic finish. April 23, 2010
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
Looking for something inexpensive to read, i downloaded this and "Moon Dance." The Body Departed is a look at a troubled spirit who can't let go of his former life. He knows there is something unfinished. The author creates a believable story that will leave you crying - from the deeply moving ending to wanting more stories from this exceptional author!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like nothing you've read before... April 29, 2010
By RJ
Format:Kindle Edition
This was my third J.R. Rain book in 3 days. having just discovered him I can say he is not your typical writter. I am loosing sleep trying to cram his stories in. His strong imagination takes twists you dont see coming. Bringing Jesus to life for a spell was a bold move and a bit disconcerting, but I finished the book with tears in my eyes and a new possibility in after lifes.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pick up this book July 11, 2010
By Just Me
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James Blakely was murdered two years ago and ever since he has been a troubled spirit "haunting" the apartment building that he lived in. He gets to visit with his daughter at night while she is sleeping and he spirit is open to his. He is great friends with Pauline, the medium in the building who drinks a little too much, but who wouldn't dealing with the dead all day! James is convinced he is going to hell but maybe there is a way for him to change things around. Gotta read the book to find out how and if it works.

I fell in love with James from page one. He is a sweet guy who is confused in death. Watching him on his adventures is very heartwarming as are the scenes with his daughter. I think the author did a fantastic job in making you feel like you are right there. The characters are like your family and you find yourself routing for James throughout the book. There are surprises that all get tied together as the book goes on and the end will surely bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face.

This was my first book by J.R. Rain but I am going in search of more. I would recommend The Body Departed to anyone who likes a nice ghost story along the lines of Ghost. It's a nice, easy read.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me June 30, 2011
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I wish some of the previous reviews had mentioned there is a lot of theology in this book. Sorry, that is not for me. I gave the book two stars because the author is clearly a talented writer. I could not finish the book, but will try another by the same author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An overall great book. It escalated rather quickly towards the end, but had me interested the entire time.
Published 1 day ago by Kiley Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but darn good
This is a wonderful story. Opens your eyes and heart. A great lesson to be learned as well. So enjoy.
Published 2 days ago by joann
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well written. Never have I seen it explained so well. It is NOT religious mumbo jumbo. In fact far from it. Just a sweet story of redemption & forgiveness. Not gushy. Read more
Published 8 days ago by PamS
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want to put it down
This isn't usually the type of book that I read but I thought that I would give it a chance. I'm glad that I read it. It was very interesting. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars It has an excellent storyline and is a wonderful read
I can understand why this book is one of the author's favorites. It has an excellent storyline and is a wonderful read. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Published 12 days ago by Faye
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What an unexpected story.
This was a ghost story, but not a typical one. It was funny and emotional and a mystery too. It was hard to put down. I will read more by J R Rain!
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I did find the first part of this book a little dull. Didn't seem it was going anywhere then it finally picked up. I like J R Rain, especially his Samantha Moon books. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jorjie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful very good read
This book is a good read from the beginning to the end. Every detail is exactly what I believe. I cried at the end. Thank you for writing this book. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Carmen
4.0 out of 5 stars Rain is an excellent writer. Read many of his books and have ...
J. R. Rain is an excellent writer. Read many of his books and have enjoyed all of them.
Published 19 days ago by Sylvia Hardee
4.0 out of 5 stars The Body Departed
Ghost Whispered meet Body Departed. James is kill and he meet the boy he kill when he was a teenage. It you are a Ghost Whispered fan you love it.
Published 23 days ago by Cookie
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: J.R. Rain is an ex-private investigator who now writes full-time in the Pacific Northwest. He lives in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie. Please visit him at www.jrrain.com.

**Books by J.R. Rain**

MYSTERY/THRILLER
Winter Wind
Silent Echo
Lost Eden
Judas Silver
The Body Departed
Elvis Has Not Left the Building
The Lost Ark
Cursed

SCI-FI/FANTASY
Jack and the Giants
Glimmer
Dolfin Tayle
Bound By Blood
Dragon Assassin
Ghost College
The Vampire Club
The Grail Quest

VAMPIRE FOR HIRE
Moon Shadow
Moon Dragon
Vampire Sun
Moon River
Moon Island
Vampire Games
Vampire Dawn
Christmas Moon
Moon Child
American Vampire
Vampire Moon
Moon Dance

SAMANTHA MOON CASE FILES
Moon Bayou

JIM KNIGHTHORSE
Night Run
Clean Slate
Hail Mary
The Mummy Case
Dark Horse

THE WITCHES SERIES
The Witch and the Huntsman
The Witch and the Englishman
The Witch and the Gentleman

OPEN HEART SERIES
The Dead Detective

NICK CAINE SERIES
Pyramid of the Gods
Treasure of the Deep
Temple of the Jaguar

THE SPINOZA TRILOGY
The Vampire in the Iron Mask
The Vampire Who Played Dead
The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo

THE ALADDIN TRILOGY
Aladdin and the Flying Dutchman
Aladdin Sins Bad
Aladdin Relighted

THE WALKING PLAGUE TRILOGY
Zombie Mountain
Zombie Rage
Zombie Patrol

THE SPIDER TRILOGY
Spider Bite
Spider Web
Bad Blood

THE PSI TRILOGY
Speak No Evil
See No Evil
Hear No Evil
Flight 12: A PSI Novella

SHORT STORY SINGLES
Vampire Requiem
Ghosts of Christmas Present
Easy Rider
Dark Side of the Moon
Blue Moon
Vampire Gold
Halloween Moon
Vampire Dreams
Vampire Blues
Vampire Nights
Teeth
The Bleeder

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