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Journey To A Far Away Place (afterlifenovels) (Volume 5) Paperback – November 9, 2015
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Gary J McCleary has worked as a Mathematics teacher since obtaining his Science Degree majoring in Mathematics and Physics from Sydney University in 1970. More recently he has been a Head Teacher of Mathematics with TAFE NSW and a part time university lecturer in Engineering Studies. He retired in 2004. He has always had an interest in works of science fiction and more recently has undertaken research into spirituality with particular reference to the ‘Near Death Experience’. Since retiring he has tried to explore both of these themes in his novels.
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I read this book with much excitement and much anticipation. I was not disappointed at all. From the first page, the story unfolded very easily. It is fast-paced for me and not at all boring. Victoria Wells, the main character, moved Heaven and Earth and went straight to the center of Hell itself just to save his husband who was tricked into giving up his immortal soul. I enjoyed how the author tackled this story. It is truly an exercise of a very creative mind. I could not put this book down. I am so eager to know everything that happened next. His descriptions of the novel's conflicts, of Hell or the Lower Astral Plane, all details in the book are done so eloquently.
Despite the fantastic premise, I see this novel as a beautiful love story, a story of love so great that a person would go beyond what is expected in order to save her beloved. This novel put a smile on my face as I read because I cannot help but sympathize with Victoria Well's position. I also have loved someone so much that I am sure that I would do anything for him. Giving any more details of what Victoria Wells had undergone in this very enjoyable novel will be sinful. I highly suggest that you should grab a copy yourself and find out! Truly this is a read that I cannot forget! I hope to read more works by this author!
In the story, Tommy, our lead character, has to choose between his soul and the souls of his son and wife. He obviously choosing to save them, and in their stead, signs his afterlife over to eternal torture in the Underworld.
I get that and it happened pretty much at the beginning of the story; however from there is where it starts to get drastically different. When his wife "wakes" up from being dead, she is in a complete other solar system, on a completely different planet. I am not much for science fiction and this story is dripping in this type of genre. Many of the explanations made me think of Star Trek, especially with the replicator for food. (I do know that was from Star Trek )
I tried my hardest to get into the characters, to feel something for them, but I just couldn't. The dialogue seems forced, it is too proper and just isn't very convincing for me.
I was bored with this story halfway through and really had to strive to finish it.
I do know that the protagonist, Tommy, cared very much for his family and was willing to risk everything for them. I did like the fact that they portrayed that undying love; but overall, this just wasn't the story for me.
I had to give it 2 stars. The sacrifice Tommy makes is sweet and so I had to give it that extra star just because of that, but I just couldn't feel connected with the characters at all.
The story's basic idea is afterlife which is explored by Tommy, his wife Victoria and their infant son, with particular attention given to the lower regions which are sometimes called the Lower Astral Plane or "Hell". The dramatic plot of the book starts immediately in the prologue, and through 168 pages it was interesting to absorb the way author was developing his idea. The story is told in a simple way, with many diverse and interesting characters that deal with sorrow, love and humor in a very human way, allowing the higher aspects of "humanity" to show even in a place like Hell.