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About the Author
Anna Elias is a screenwriter who began her career as Don Johnson’s assistant on Miami Vice. She’s worked on feature films such as Nell, The Rainmaker, The Client, 12 Monkeys, A Time to Kill, and Practical Magic. She has written and co-written spec films, TV scripts, and award-winning shorts. Anna’s passion for justice translates to her work. This was especially true on the set of John Grisham’s A Time to Kill. Canton, Mississippi had just suffered great racial hardship and division in a Mayoral race. With Anna’s encouragement, the movie crew made extra efforts to befriend, buy from, and work with the townspeople, and it served to break down walls of inequality and injustice that had divided the town for decades. The impact was so positive that Dan Rather traveled there to tape a 2-part special for 48 Hours.
- ASIN : B085HKQMZ2
- Publisher : Vesuvian Books (July 14, 2020)
- Publication date : July 14, 2020
- Language: : English
- File size : 652 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1944109080
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,381 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The book spreads spiritual messages, but there is enough adventure and 'action' to satisfy readers of Child, Parker, and Coben as well as Chopra, Williamson and Meiss. I recommend it highly. Five Stars!
I didn't enjoy reading this, for the most part. It's fairly bland, very preachy, and the attempted emotional punches fall flat because they're either very predictable or concerning last-minute characters you don't have any reason to become attached to. It's very much a hold-hands-and-sing-kumbaya kind of book, which ordinarily I'm not wholly against, this was just a particularly tiresome and unrealistic example of it. There's also a lot of weird details, like the submarine and guy dressed up like an old-style English captain who are kinda behind the whole thing but never explained - just very bizarre. And of course many plot conveniences, like how the spirits can just teleport their hosts around wherever they need to go, both so the villain can be villainous, and also because the spirits would never otherwise finish their business by the arbitrary 7-day deadline.
My big problem, though, is that there is a HORRIBLE message concerning the relationship between two characters. One of them, whose name I forget, is an abused girl from a horrible background who ends up staying with a guy (Sonny, I think?) and his family on their ranch. They help her recover and heal. Sonny is "in love" with her, but she doesn't reciprocate. One night, they're walking home from a bar together, with him being plastered and her sober (or at least relatively so). He decides to make his move, and when she doesn't return his feelings...he pins her up against a brick wall in an alley, tries to rape her, bashes her head in when she fights back, and leaves her to die.
Now, this would be fine if he were some sort of villain, or even just something in her backstory to angst about (I hate this sort of thing, but whatever). But he isn't. She still has soft feelings towards him, to the point where she doesn't report the incident to the police, still feels butterflies towards him when they meet again (!), and considers him a possible love interest down the line because she's forgiving and forgetting (!!!).
Yes, you read that right. The man who genuinely attempts to rape her - not in a misunderstanding way, but in a very explicit attempt at intercourse against her will in a dirty alley - and then almost kills her by smashing her head into a brick wall, and finally /leaves her there to die/ (where she is almost assaulted /again/ by two other people) not only gets off without any consequences whatsoever, but her ability to forgive him and consider pursuing a relationship with him down the line is considered to be healing and noble on her part. The entire message of the book is that no crime is really beyond forgiveness and everyone should just get along, but it's taken to the worst extreme possible, and is genuinely sickening. I don't even have the words for how messed-up and horrible this is. It's genuinely extremely upsetting and disgusting.
For this reason alone, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, but even beyond that, it's simply not very good. Stay far away.
I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.