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Out of Body Paperback – August 30, 2015
About the Author
Christopher John Chater is the author of the novels The Traveler's Companion, Omegasphere, and Aquarius Rising, as well as the award winning short story "Progenitor." He was born in Burbank, California, but he's lived all over, the East Coast, the West Coast, and the South. After working in several industries, a production assistant in the film industry, a song plugger in the music industry, and a bartender and butler in the hospitality industry, he started his own publishing company, Chater Publishing, in November of 2011. He now lives in Southern California and works full-time as a publisher and writer.
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Harley and his friends are not the most likable bunch. Harley doesn't start out with much of an appreciation for life despite being given a second chance at it. Stephanie is a bit of a doofus, as she isn't able to tell when Harley has been taken over by a demon, and his best friend is selfish and money hungry. Perhaps it's because they're young and dumb, but they are the perfect targets of a demon like Horace.
This is imaginative and fun. I particularly liked the other spirit trapped in the astral plane, a poor hippy who'd traversed there during a drug trip and gotten stuck. He was helpful yet funny and added a charming element to the story.
Harley's character arc is well-done. He grows from a cynical, self-absorbed, well, brat into a young man with an appreciation for life and others. Chaters writes with humor and a delightful cynicism.
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Death is a key theme and helps to immediately hook the reader from the start- 'I died that day. Twice.' Harley's need to uncover the truth about the afterlife leads to drama and the destruction of the life he has built for himself. His quirky style of humour had me in stitches at times and made him a rather likable character. When he succeeded in his trials, I felt as though I'd shared in that success. The same applies to Harley's failings.
Out of Body is a dark, gripping read that talks in depth about astral projection, a unique ability whereby someone can leave their own body and have their spirit travel in the astral realm. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment and would gladly read this book again and again.
My rating: 5 stars.
I would recommend this to lovers of dark fantasy and thrillers.
Holy Doom and Gloom Harley Baker! Most people who are given a second chance at life are usually grateful. Not this brooding college kid. Pfft!
So let’s ignore the rules of astral projection, do it your way and then get booted out of your body by a demon host.
As a Spiritual Wiccan, this protagonist and his noobian (I know that this isn’t a real word but it suits the description) actions had me face-palming through out the book. Be careful what doors you open!
The story was awesome though. A little slow and odd at the beginning but I stuck it out and was well rewarded for my patience. Harley, before Astral Projection Gone Wrong, was a hopelessly dreary chap. I am glad that he learned, while being stuck in the Astral plane, to enjoy life because life is precious.
Stephanie, the love interest, was a little bland in the typical goody two shoes department. Though Darren, I hope he learned that money, power and placement in life tends to come with a much larger price.
Horace, what a name for a demon haha, he was horrifying and creepy. How Stephanie managed to miss all the cues that Harley wasn’t himself, I’ll never know. I know why Darren did because he was self-involved.
Again, this was a great story, and an original story at that. If you’re looking for a read that is outside the box (or astral plane), has demons, possession and the occult; this would be a great contender.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Out of Body is an imaginative page-turner that had me biting my nails the entire time. I have not read a book in a while where I just wanted to jump into it and help the characters achieve their goals. The author was able to begin at a moderate pace and gradually picked it up until I was literally on the edge of my seat wondering how everything was going to get resolved with only 20 pages or so left. He also left the ending where, as a reader, I felt that if he wrote another book I would love it but I don’t have to have one. I only mention this because I have rarely seen in modern literature an ending crafted the way this author has that has had that effect on me. Keep up the good work and I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for an edge of the seat thriller.
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