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The Body Departed [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Rain
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)

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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.


Product Details

  • 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: #19,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 70 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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37 of 42 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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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you laugh; makes you think! May 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that has a "Sixth Sense" flavor January 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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35 of 42 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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16 of 18 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pick up this book July 11, 2010
By SenoraG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me June 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 Ghostly Good Read
I really enjoyed J R Rain's view into the spirit world. James was murdered, but is earthbound. He is afraid to cross over, fearing that to do so would mean he will go straight to... Read more
Published 10 days ago by PamelaJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
This novel is nicely written; interesting story. Author wove lines of story together beautifully. Flew through this very different book.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd love to see this as a Movie
This IF they could get it right.
Funny and thought provoking bit of paranormal. Who knew a dead guy would have "issues".
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Published 14 days ago by DA Elf
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
It is a rather bizarre story that is reminiscent of the movie "Ghost". He has a mission to accomplish before going on. Well, not a mission so much as a penance. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Carolyn N.
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgetful Ghost Redemption
This book was a quick one I picked off the Kindle. It turned out to be a cute little book narrated by a murdered ghost. James is not like your normal menacing ghost. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Paula Cadle
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I really enjoyed this book and it was a fast read. I was very interested how it would work out and although sad at times you feel for the characters and want to see it through.
Published 21 days ago by Amy J.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Body Departed
A good read! I really didn't know what to expect as I started reading it, but found it very interesting and engaging. I enjoyed it!
Published 22 days ago by Barbara Albert
3.0 out of 5 stars Be surprised
A lot of issues in this story. I enjoyed the read and was surprised with the storyline and the combination of fantasy and religion.
Published 22 days ago by Ronald J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars His series will catch your attention
I cannot get enough of this author! Always a different slant on paranormal writing. Edgy and unexpected twists to entrance the reader
Published 23 days ago by K. Tax
4.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK
This is a different type of story to read,very well written, with a little humor between the lines and possibly thought-provoking for some. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Georgie
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More About the Author

Latest Release: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Up Next: VAMPIRE SUN

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, who has more energy than Robin Williams. Please visit him at www.jrrain.com.

BOOKS BY J.R. RAIN:

STANDALONE NOVELS
The Lost Ark
Elvis Has Not Left the Building
The Grail Quest
The Body Departed
Silent Echo
Winter Wind

JIM KNIGHTHORSE MYSTERIES
1. Dark Horse
2. The Mummy Case
3. Hail Mary
4. Clean Slate

SAMANTHA MOON MYSTERIES
1. Moon Dance
2. Vampire Moon
3. American Vampire
4. Moon Child
5. Vampire Dawn
6. Vampire Games
7. Moon Island
8. Moon River
9. Vampire Sun

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