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The Reincarnationist Mass Market Paperback – February 16, 2010

3.8 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Reincarnationist Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Reincarnationist
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; Reprint edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778328279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778328278
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Diana Faillace Von Behren VINE VOICE on February 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Every once in a while a good audio book provides me with the motivation I need to spur on my daily cardio exercise. When I saw M. J. Rose's "The Reincarnationist" available as a download for my iPod, the type of story (thriller), its theme (reincarnation) and its overall length seemed to fit the bill.

I wasn't disappointed--not really although the reader's usage of the same Italian accent for both male and female players did grate on my nerves somewhat. Ms Rose tries extremely hard to provide her reader (in this case, listener) with a plotline filled with the inevitable twists and turns necessary to categorize "The Reincarnationist" as a tale of suspense. As I am not aware if Rose herself has a belief in the complicated and controversial topic of reincarnation, I trust she has a healthy interest in it as she explores it in a meandering questing manner through the burgeoning enlightenment of her main character, photographer Josh Ryder that suggests like most of us she has more questions than answers.

Josh seems to be a believer, or is he? After a near collision with death during the detonation of a terrorist bomb, Josh is endowed with the ability to see auras over the heads of certain subjects as he views them through his camera lens. Although he cannot capture this nimbus effect on film, he does sense that it is indicative of a vital mystery of which he specifically needs understanding. In the same sense, sadly, Rose does not imbue Josh with any great insight regarding the hows and whys of reincarnation. He muddles along attempting to understand what is happening to him, but like Rose or anyone else, never quite puts it all together.
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Format: Hardcover
I wanted very much to enjoy THE REINCARNATIONIST, but I had some serious problems with it.

While some reviewers have openly compared this novel to THE DA VINCI CODE, I felt that THE REINCARNATIONIST was not nearly as well plotted. For the most part, this novel lacks a real sense of narrative drive. Whatever you think of Dan Brown's writing skills, he knows how to produce a novel with a tight plot and a lightning fast pace. THE REINCARNATIONIST's pace is largely placid, with a multitude of flashbacks that slow the action down even further.

An even more serious problem with THE REINCARNATIONIST is the characterization, which lacks depth. Throughout this novel, Rose repeatedly jumps from character to character, and from time period to time period, and I couldn't care less about any of the major players in the story. Josh Ryder, the main character in this book, is something of a cypher. He has very little personality outside of his reincarnation memories, and I didn't find him even remotely interesting as a person.

Lastly, this book teaches nothing new about the concept of reincarnation. The whole novel's plot revolves around a set of "Memory Stones" that may allow the holder to reach back to their past lives. But as Rose admits in her afterword, these stones are a complete fiction and have no historical basis in fact. So if you're expecting to learn something new and profound about reincarnation, lower your expectations.

Rose does do a good job, however, of painting a picture of Ancient Rome and how the pagan religions operated during that time. I thought the flashback scenes in 391 AD were the best and most interesting part of the novel.
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Format: Hardcover
Josh Ryder has a knack for showing up in strange places, accompanied by a feeling of deja vu and impending danger. Therapists tried to convince him it was the aftermath of a near-fatal accident, but he's starting to believe otherwise. Now he just needs to prove it.

Drawn by forces he barely comprehends, Josh finds himself at an archaeological dig outside of Rome, Italy . . . a place he shouldn't have been able to find unless he'd been there before. Professors Chase and Rudolpho have uncovered what they believe is the find of the century. While the "Memory Stones" have value as the massive gemstones they are, their true worth is only legend. But, if true, they could change the face of organized religion and humanity as we know them today.

As Josh and Gabriella Chase, along with Josh's mentor, Malachai Samuels, begin the task of tracking down the stolen Memory Stones, Josh's visions seem to be sucking him inside more often---as though a former self is trying desperately to send a message from the past to save the future.

M.J. Rose's latest novel, The Reincarnationist, is easily the most complicated book I've read in years. Yet, Rose seamlessly blends three separate stories from across the centuries, including a host of characters, into an entrancing tale of love, deceit and hope for the future. Whether as Josh Ryder in the twenty-first century, Julius of Rome in 391 A.D., or Percy Talmage of New York City in 1884, the hero is independent, smart and willing to sacrifice to protect those he loves.

I can't say enough good things about this book for someone who's looking for a challenging, thoughtful read that will leave you breathless at the surprise ending
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