About the Book: THE REINCARNATIONIST is equal parts modern-day thriller, historical fiction and love story. With one foot in present-day Rome and New York and another in Rome some 1,600 years ago, my story is about two worlds consumed by the fires of intrigue and passion.
Photojournalist Josh Ryder survives a terrorist's bomb, only to be haunted by near hallucinatory memories of a past life in Rome as a pagan priest whose dangerous congress with Sabina, one of the Vestal Virgins, poses a transgression so serious the lovers will face a certain death if exposed. Scents of jasmine and sandalwood and images of furtive liaisons and violence descend on Josh at will, pulling him to an ancient yet strangely familiar Roman burial chamber harboring the remains of a woman clutching a wooden box.
A trail of present-day murders takes us deeper into a labyrinth at whose heart lies the enigma of a collection of ancient gems or memory stones whose origins trace back to both ancient Egypt and India. The stones' promise to "assist the wearer in reaching his next incarnation" sets the ancient and modern worlds on a collision course.
Today's Discussion: I'm about 150 pages from the end of the book and I have to say that while this book is a thriller and a really fast read, it has made me think about the concept of reincarnation quite a bit! I even brought it up with a few of my students to see what they think of it.
The thing is, I realized that I believe in Heaven for a reason! I would much rather believe in the possibility of an end to suffering as Amy of completion as me, and a place of peace and rest, than the idea of suffering through another life! The funny thing is, I think the book takes a Da Vinci Code like attitude to the Church...the Church fears reincarnation because than people can achieve nirvana on their own without the Church. But I think the Christian church truly has nothing to fear from the concept of reincarnation...there will always be people like me who believe that it sounds like a kind of hell!
Sorry for that aside! I am enjoying the book, because I am interested in learning about what happened to Julius and Sabina back in ancient Rome. But I feel sorry for Josh who is unable to fully enjoy his life in the present because he keeps experiencing things his past self experienced. He is overcome with lust for a woman who lived centuries ago! It's quite sad.
I am interested to see how things unfold for Josh, who Rachel is in relation to him, and what will happen to them all.
For those reading along...how are you feeling about the book so far?