The Other Side of Life Kindle Edition
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About the Author
While Andy’s writings have appeared in The Huffington Post and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Other Side of Life is his first novel. Andy's interests include travel, military history, his Wisconsin sports teams, and most importantly, spending time with his wife and two children. You can learn more about the author at www.andykutler.com. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 356 pages
- Publication date : September 24, 2015
- Publisher : Neverland Publishing Company (September 24, 2015)
- Language: : English
- File size : 1012 KB
- ASIN : B0155R5HRI
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0990314898
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,939 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story opens on the deck of the battleship Nevada, part of the U.S Naval fleet on December 7th, 1941. The Japanese fighters rip apart the battleships moored in place. During the attack, Commander Malcolm (Mac) Kelsey is severely wounded - and this is where the story gets interesting.
Kelsey encounters a certain Mr. Leavitt who offers him a choice: stay right where he is in his broken condition; or, go somewhere else - a place known as The Other Side of Life - where all of his memories are wiped clean. A do-over, if you will.
Kelsey chooses the latter, but this other side of life is no better - and in some respects worse - than before. He's fighting for the Union Army in the Civil War. But something has gone wrong: he has retained all of his memories, making him a man outside his own time.
For four years Kelsey fights for the Union Army, and throughout this period, he struggles (understandably so) with trying to make sense of why he is where he is, and how this all come to be. Upon the conclusion of the war, Kelsey encounters Mr. Kelsey again and faces another choice.
That choice is perhaps the most interesting and most jarring aspect of the book. The author never does explain quite where it is that Kelsey has gone. A brilliant move! Any reader having even the slightest bit of religious background or spiritual awareness will quickly associate this with heaven - or maybe purgatory - or even nirvana. Using this ambiguous device enables readers to ponder questions like, what would they do in a similar circumstance - the same thing, or maybe something different?
A captivating historical military story that blends genres and crosses through time and space. Kutler has a flare for describing situations at hand - his descriptions of the Pearl Harbor attack are impeccable - and he brings in multiple characters to help the story unfold. The story may be a bit unwieldy at times, but in the end, Kutler manages it well even providing an unexpected twist making The Other Side of Life is a satisfying and worthy read. Highly recommended.
If you are a time-travel fan and interested in alternative views of the afterlife don't miss this one. Plus, the author is a fellow Spartan !