With great imagination and spiritual insight, J. R. Archer imbues his beloved animal characters with enlightened personalities and telepathic abilities stemming from their unconditional love. Through a profound connection to human beings, these dogs teach us about the real nature of life and death. Anyone who has ever felt close to an animal companion will gain a new understanding of this relationship by reading Archer's novel, and all of us will benefit from the wisdom the dogs provide about the human journey through the school of life.
~ Leslie Kean, New York Times bestselling author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Go on the Record and Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife.
In his debut novel, J.R. Archer offers a warm and whimsical meditation on life's meaning and the soul's journey, as understood by the more advanced souls among us - our canine companions. I only hope that someday I can be as wise as the four-legged heroes of A Dog's View of Love, Life, and Death.
~ Michael Prescott, New York Times bestselling author of Skin in the Game and The Street.
Generally, I read for enlightenment, not entertainment. Thus, I rarely read fiction. However, because I know the author and also because I was intrigued by the title, I decided to read this novel. I'm glad I did, and I can honestly and objectively say it is both enlightening and entertaining. In fact, it is the most entertaining book I can recall reading.
~ Michael E. Tymn, Editor, Journal for Spirituality and Consciousness Studies
If, like us, you feel that your dogs were brought into your life to teach you spiritual lessons, you will absolutely love this wonderful book. J. R. Archer takes us on a roller coaster adventure through New York with a cast of characters across the social spectrum who are dealing with everything that life can throw at them. Supporting them all with brilliant spiritual advice are two fur angels, Rosie and Rags, who are able to connect telepathically with the humans, and other dogs, who cross their paths. Fast paced and full of action, this is a book that will resonate with lovers of animals and all those who have ever wondered if there is anything beyond this life.
~ Victor and Wendy Zammit, co-authors of A Lawyer Presents the Evidence for the Afterlife and The Friday Afterlife Report.
A Dog's View of Love, Life and Death by J.R. Archer is a multi-layered book that on its surface is a collection of stories of man's best friend and how we interact with our canine companions. Below the surface is a complex dissection of the roles animals play in our lives and us in theirs, coupled with philosophical and ethical questions that the reader will answer for themselves. There is the premise in the work that animals communicate telepathically, not only with each other, but with humans who may or may not realize it. The author is able to provide the "voices" of the animals in a way that makes sense, and the way the dogs communicate ranges from seemingly basic and instinctual to intellectually evolved. These are animals who are at once in our service but also portrayed as more advanced, and more at peace. The themes in A Dog's View are heavy, and the reader should expect to run the full gamut of emotions during their journey. Evoking the deepest of existential quandaries through the eyes of our four-legged friends, Jonathon Archer has crafted a tale that will be easily relatable while making you ask the tough questions.
The book is well-written and well-edited, and the characters are well-drawn. The humans in the book are at varying stages in their lives, and each is facing a conflict or personal struggle of some kind. The role that dogs play in their lives is different for each, but the dogs often take on the position of empathetic but removed observer, asking spiritual questions and pontificating on the motivations and fears of their "masters". I put 'masters' in quotation marks because, as mentioned before, this is a book that will make you ask who the truly evolved life form is. The setting compliments the chaotic nature of the humans' world, and Archer paints a New York City that is bustling and unforgiving. The stories move along at a quick pace and it was easy to get through several vignettes in a sitting. While the subject matter is tough, the book itself is very digestible. This is a book that will grab your attention, but refuses to hold your hand. While each characters' story arc ends in a satisfying conclusion, the reader will find that many of the queries the book raises will have to be answered by the readers themselves. While this book will appeal most to animal-lovers, there is something in here for everyone, and A Dog's View of Love, Life and Death is easily a 5-star read.
~ Awesome Indies
... a metaphysical brain teaser and an indictment of excess in all its forms.
~ Publishers Weekly
From the Back Cover
In A Dog's View of Love, Life, and Death, human beings, content they know the answers to life's big questions, continue making the same mistakes time and time again. Dogs, being their closest non-human companions, and knowing a little more than humans think they know, assist them discreetly with their evolution of consciousness.
After spending twelve years paralyzed from the neck down, Seamus McGarry can't quite believe he's communicating telepathically with a dog named Rosie.
Millionaire Will Roper is living the life and feeling in control of his destiny. But his anger issues are landing him in hot water. If that isn't enough, Saddam Hussein, his dead mother's dog, and a man living in a doorway have all crossed his path. Things will never be the same again.
Old-timer Lennon, a Harlequin Great Dane, New York, born and bred, feels life is passing him by. That is, until a dog shows up at the shelter and helps him understand his existence here isn't quite what it seems.
Dolores Fanon, a recovering addict, has been clean and relatively serene for 3 years. However, life's just dealt her a low blow. She's struggling to cope, and when a psychic working for the N.Y.P.D. appears in her life, secrets from the past come flooding into the present.