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Kevin Marley

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Lulu Press

Published : 2005

Copyright : Kevin Marley 2005

ISBN-10 : PB 1-4116-2219-7
ISBN-13 : PB 978-1-4116-2219-7

Publisher's Write-Up

Nirvana is the fictional biographical account of a person, nay, a Soul that incarnates in modern day America, and struggles to find himself, before, at last, attaining enlightenment in his old age.

The novel begins with Ray Sawol, the main character, sitting on a cumulous cloud overlooking Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love, gazing at his parents-to-be making love, and obviously, upset that he's the next luminous Soul to incarnate on earth, the proverbial lion's den. Still in this disincarnate state, Ray eventually prepares for his next incarnation by reviewing past lives that will affect his future life and then he chooses life lessons.

Ray lives a so-called ordinary life, but inevitably, he lives in two distinct worlds. He is very much the quintessential seeker and still vaguely remembers why he incarnated and like many, he seeks to tear the veil of life and to go beyond Maya or The Great Illusion.

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Review by Paul Lappen (310106) Rating (9/10)

Review by Paul Lappen
Rating 9/10
A Human Soul is watching the people of Earth from Heaven, knowing that he is about to be sent there to become human. He is born as Ray Sawol of Philadelphia.

Ray grows up in present-day America, about which the author has very little good to say. His parents get divorced, because of his father’s infidelity. Ray is on a constant search for enlightenment, for that undefinable "it." The difference is that Ray, even as a youngster, remembers the primordial bliss before he was born. He tries to alter his consciousness to experience not just the physical world, but also the spiritual world with which he was familiar before birth.

He attends Temple University, becomes Dr. Ray Sawol, and stays at Temple as a faculty member in the Psychology Department. He marries Kristine, his college sweetheart, and they have a daughter. He is a relatively successful radio talk show host, talking about psychological matters, kind of like TV’s Dr. Frazier Crane. One day, Ray goes on a rant about how people should wake up and there is a whole separate spiritual world out there, and becomes an ex-radio talk show host.

Kristine contracts, and dies from, breast cancer. While dealing with her death, Ray goes to an emotional, state of mind, sort of place called the Idea Factory. There, he spends time with Kristine’s soul, and learns to transform his consciousness. When he returns, the world is, literally, at war. The Forces of Mechanisation have invaded and are attempting to wipe out those who believe in the Human Soul, once and for all. This is a real war, with lots of blood and destruction. Ray takes the few Soul Soldiers (for lack of a better term) left to the Idea Factory, and shows them how to transform their consciousness and those of others.

This book takes a little while to get going, but, by the end, it turns into a really good and thought-provoking story.
Paul Lappen (31st January 2006)

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