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The Reincarnationist
The Reincarnationist
Author: M. J. Rose
An epic thriller of secrets, history and murder that will challenge how we think about who we are, and who we were.A bomb in Rome, a flash of bluish-white, and photojournalist Josh Ryder's world explodes. As Josh recovers, thoughts that have the emotion, the intensity, the intimacy of memories invade him. But they are not his. They...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780778328278
ISBN-10: 0778328279
Publication Date: 3/1/2010
Pages: 400
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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reviewed The Reincarnationist on + 173 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Fans of Preston & Child's thrillers will find somewhat familiar turf and pacing in this thriller that weaves past lives with the quest for some historical artifacts. The rapid switching between the here and now and the past lives can be a bit tricky at first, but the payoff is worth it. An intriguing plot that is fresh and interesting in the thriller genre.
reviewed The Reincarnationist on + 160 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Exciting and rather long thriller involving reincarnation and past life regressions. Josh Ryder keeps having hallucinations about a past life as a priest to the Vestal Virgins in Rome, in 391 A.D. He tries to get proof that past lives exist and that souls are reincarnated in another body to right the ancient wrongs of their past lives. The plot gets befuddled with a secondary past life involving others in 1880s New York. I liked the book and wanted to know what was happening, but I felt that the writing was long-winded and belabored the reincarnation theme to death (no pun intended).
NonExistence avatar reviewed The Reincarnationist on + 239 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
The Reincarnationist is a novel about past suspense events which are unresolved and affect suspense events later or
present. Reading it is like reading a contemporary suspense novel layered with historical suspense elements. If
you like suspense and historical fiction, you are sure to like this layering.

I found this book slow going. The premise was interesting and the characters sympathetic, but I found it quite
drawn out and rather slow going - in addition to being fairly predictable. It wasn't awful, but certainly didn't keep me
awake with the need to finish it.

I was most impressed by the ease with which she handled transitions in time, when characters past lives invaded
their consciousness in the present. The yearning of the characters transfers to the reader, chasing answers to all the
questions raised in every chapter. Rose's sense of scene firmly grounds the reader- whether in an underground
archeological dig, a church, or an Italian grove in 391 A. D. While her style is direct and readable, there are moments of
sheer beauty in her descriptions.

While I liked this book I will choose not to read the other in the series.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed the book because I am interested in reincarnation and like reading the different approaches to the subject in fiction. Having said that, the writing was average, the plot was predictable, and I'd have to say although I would recommend the book, don't look for it to be one that will stand out over others. It's just a good, fun, easy read to pick up between your other books.
legal22 avatar reviewed The Reincarnationist on + 132 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Really wanted to like this book but gave it up after about 50 pages.
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lifelongbookworm avatar reviewed The Reincarnationist on + 7 more book reviews
I enjoyed it. This book will be very interesting to believers in the concept of reincarnation and archaeology/anthropology/history enthusiasts. I felt a little bit let down by the conclusion, however, and felt that this book definitely needs a sequel. I am a neatly-wrapped-up-with-a-bow-ending kind of person, I guess.
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As the book begins, the main character, photojournalist Josh Ryder, is in Rome to cover the meeting of a delegation of major superpowers when he is injured during a terrorist attack. The injury triggers episodes that he slowly realizes are not hallucinations, but actual memories of a past life. His attempts to discover the truth about the events that he glimpses during these episodes set the stage for the mysteries that must be solved in both the present and the past. As Josh's story unfolds, the author deftly introduces buried treasure, illicit romance, multiple villains and, finally, a surprise ending.

This is a fast-paced mystery based on events that began in the past lives of the main characters. Even if you do not believe in or accept the possibility of reincarnation, the plot of the book is still intriguing and the writing holds the reader's interest. The story switches effortlessly back and forth in time; flashbacks are handled in such a way as not to confuse the reader and past and present events are well connected. If you are looking for suspense with a twist, I can highly recommend this book.

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