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Soul Tracker (The Soul Tracker Series #1) Paperback – August 29, 2004
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The prolific Myers steadily plugs along, offering competent novels such as this one, which provides glimpses of heaven while exploring the darker side of the supernatural. David Kauffman is a man consumed by grief. His lovely teenage daughter, Emily, has recently committed suicide, or so it seems, until Kauffman finds himself looking into her remarkable violet-blue eyes—in the face of another person. His obsession to discover what really happened to Emily will literally take him to hell and back. David finds an unlikely ally in Dr. Gita Patekar, a thanatologist from Nepal (she studies death and dying). She's employed by the Life After Life program, which claims to be running a series of studies designed to scientifically track the soul after death. Yet something malevolent lurks beneath the surface since, paradoxically, the search for longevity leads to a loss of respect for human life. As David learns that his obsessive love can obliterate his need for personal faith, Gita discovers her need to learn to love, defying her hyperdependence on logic. Myers likes to flirt with disturbing violence (animal lovers will cringe when a bunny is brutalized), but he stops just short of offending his conservative Christian readers. He also includes dialogue supporting the claims of Jesus Christ, which this same audience will appreciate. As usual, Myers fans will not be disappointed.
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Myers, author of the wonderful Eli (2000), is a bit off the mark with Soul Tracker, about a research group using virtual-reality technology to chart near-death experiences. The plot moves along because of David Kauffman, an agnostic who recently lost his daughter to suicide and whose grief causes him to use extraordinary means to communicate with her spirit/presence/soul. There are some elegant passages, but virtual reality is a worn-out sf device; in fact, the novel reads as if it were written in the early 1990s. John Mort
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The plot and denouement of this novel are satisfying, but unfortunately, this novel lacks the emotional impact I've come to expect from Myers, particularly after "Face of God". None of the scenes made me cry, which is something Myers is normally able to cause in me. My only other complaint is that Myers' writing of the speech of a teenager is a bit awkward. It doesn't seem like how a teenager would naturally speak.
I know I've just rattled off a couple complaints, but this is still a good, solid book, thus the rating of 4. If it were written by anyone else, I would have probably been pleasantly surprised. As it stands, this book is a good Christian thriller, but if this had been the first book I'd bought by Bill Myers, I don't think I would have become the avid fan of his I am today. My advice to anyone checking into Bill Myers for the first time would be to read Blood of Heaven, Fire of Heaven, or Face of God before this novel.
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