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The Turn of the Karmic Wheel Paperback – August 13, 2010
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About the Author
Monica M. Brinkman was born and raised in Pennsylvania before moving to San Jose, California, where she co-wrote and appeared in the musical "How Lucky Can You Get", the proceeds of which were donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. A lover of the arts, she has performed as a singer, actress, and radio commercial voice. Monica now lives in Missouri.
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The structure of the story, with multiple characters, each with their own story line which eventually joins with the others, is different, but well suited for where the story goes. My only complaint is that there are times when the reader needs to pay close attention to the chronology of the different story lines in relation to each other because changing story lines often involves a move back in time. However, the characters are well developed and easily distinguishable, so telling them apart and remembering what has happened with them isn't a problem.
I've read thousands of books. "The Turn of the Karmic Wheel" is one that stands out for being different. If this is any indication, John Lennon was right, "Karma's gonna get you."
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
While at first the characters journeys feel like separate islands that is the brilliance within the pages of Brinkman's novel for no one here is an island, no matter how much they might feel that way, not in this sea of humanity. The perceived bad characters in the novel suffer from greed, lust and contempt for others and don't seem quite evil and that is part of the poignant message in Brinkman's tale, that the darkness can creep into anyone and that anyone can lose touch with the goodness in themselves. Within this framework, the good characters too aren't entirely saintly and that is another of Brinkman's gems. The goodness of individual's souls grows all the more here when they're connected with other caring, well meaning folks.
As the Karmic Wheel spins it reveals how interconnected and interdependent Brinkman's characters and events are. It shows how their responses to life's challenges and encounters plays into the richly developed tapestry of their lives and those around them.
My sense after reading The Turn of the Karmic Wheel is we are all one, and what we do in our lives can be felt all through creation just as a pebble creates ripples in a pond. We are all dancing the cosmic dance, holding hands with each other and the Universe.
In The Turn of the Karmic Wheel, Monica Brinkman takes us on journey unlike one you have ever traveled before. The characters are all introduced separately until their paths cross and become one.
Euclid is an older man, a recent widow, who always pretty much kept to himself. His personality takes a desperate nosedive when he begins to hear music and voices. Is he going crazy? He, a man who doesn't hunt, walks in the cold for a long while until he gets to the shop that will sell him a rifle.
Angela Frank has been hearing voices and music for years, but has no idea why. Crazy? maybe, but recently the voices and music are beginning to make sense and she knows she is about to go on a mission with others. Karman Shelton is hearing music and voices too. She works at a Psychiatric center, so maybe her job is rubbing off, but she's always tried to do the right thing.
The three of them embark on a journey, and the age old adage of Good vs. Evil is brought to fruition. Everyone's actions have consequences. Truly, some believe they won't pay those consequences until the next life. But what if you had to pay them in this one? Maybe then choices would be made differently. Monica Brinkman takes reincarnation and karma to a whole new level in a pleasing and page-turning novel.
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