- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Lascaux Media (October 22, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692260544
- ISBN-13: 978-0692260548
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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About the Author
Glenn Cooper has a background in archaeology from Harvard and practiced medicine as an infectious diseases specialist. He was the CEO of a biotechnology company for almost twenty years, has written numerous screenplays and has produced three independent feature films. His novels have more then sold six million copies in thirty-one languages. He lives in Gilford, New Hampshire.
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He concludes that this is proof of an afterlife and proof of God. Of course, as anyone with a halfway analytical mind will see, it is far from proof of either. All it proves is that a drug targeting identical neurotransmitter activates archetypal memories of a river (common in many cultures) and a person they’ve been thinking of. Even if this afterlife exists it certainly doesn’t follow that there are gods behind it all, just as it doesn’t follow from our mere existence that there are creator gods. To put it another way, even if consciousness survives death it doesn’t equal god.
Some people who take the drug are so excited by the “certainty” of an afterlife that they commit suicide. I guess this shows that their faith wasn’t too strong if it took drugs to make them really believe. The suicides also disregard the inconvenient fact that most religions regard suicide as a cardinal sin.
I found the ending rather anti-climactic and more than a bit improbable. Given the devotion of the Bliss acolytes it would seem that they would do anything to follow the Doctor’s directions and pursue Bliss.
May be he is a psychopath, may be his NDE (near death experience) in his childhood had driven him to explore the concept of "after death", Alex turns his knowledge as a biologist to experiment. His first attempt to extract cerebral fluid at the near death moment using himself as the guinea-pig is soured and leads him to continue his experiment by killing others.
Cyrus the FBI Agent and Emily the psychologist team up to find the killer and Cooper has spun a great web captivating the reader and keeping him spell bound from start to finish.
The greatest tribute to the Killer is the epilogue!
I am so happy I read this unforgettable book, one of the greatest novels which deserves a good 10 stars and more ***********