When police sergeant Alan Crane is on duty, who he "protects and serves" reaches far beyond the world of the living...
Sixteen people will die on Police Officer Alan Crane's watch. But while tragic and untimely death is no stranger to the jaded ex-Marine, his newfound supernatural ability to lead these people to their spiritual fates sends him on a sensational and frightening saga that will ultimately answer: Why these sixteen? What do they have in common? And why has Alan been chosen to bring them to the light?
COPS meets The Ghost Whisperer in this mysterious story about sixteen lives inexplicably and suddenly extinguished and the man chosen to be their Light Bringer.
About the Author
Chris DiGiuseppi has more than nineteen years in Law Enforcement at various levels, including Assistant Chief of Police. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Northwestern University School of Police Staff Command. Visit the author at www.thelightbringerbook.com.
Mike Force has spent more than thirty years in Law Enforcement, the last nineteen as a Police Chief. Mike has numerous certifications in various areas of law, forensics, investigations, and criminology. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and served twenty-two years in the U.S. Marines, where he retired as a Captain. He oversaw operations for twenty-seven military installations worldwide. Visit the author at www.thelightbringerbook.com.
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Some have said that death is an invisible pattern, holding no definitive course or boundary, showing no bias, no profile or indicator, regardless of science, medicine, or statistics. The soldier, the police officer, the firefighter, the priest, the paramedic, and the doctor, who are often first to see death, are constantly reminded that there is no explanation of why it occurs. Many confuse the question of why death occurs with the question of how death occurs, and although the question of how is most often answered, why is never really satisfied. But perhaps there is an answer. Perhaps there is a reason. The truth is often too much for many of us to see or understand. Still, there may be those who find the answer and don't even know it.
Alan's mind balked at the thought of bringing home the charred remains of Antonio Rossi, his fellow Marine.
Why did this happen? he wondered, staring out the window of the plane. How will I explain to the family of this brave warrior that his death came at the hands of those he trusted most?
Adrift in sleep, Alan saw again a brilliant flash of light just before the thunderous explosion threw him from the armored personnel carrier. Dazed, he rushed back to the blazing pile of molten metal and pulled away the crumpled remains of the heavy door. To his horror he saw a charred, blackened body on the ground before him.
'No, no. Rossi…no, this can't be!' Alan knelt down and began to cry, overtaken with tremendous grief at the loss of another young hero.
Ash and smoke billowing around him, Alan barely noticed the hand on his left shoulder. He looked up and saw another Marine standing over him. From the insignia on his collar, Alan recognized him as his company commander.
He continued to cry. 'He's gonewhy was it him and not me?' Alan shook his head from side to side in disbelief, tears rolling down his cheeks to be consumed by the sand below. The captain lowered himself to one knee, keeping his hand on Alan's shoulder. 'Corporal Crane, that's not your friend.'
Alan tore his gaze from the charred remains as realization dawned on him.
'The body you see before you…is yours.'
Alan awoke from the haunting dream with the captain's words still echoing in his mind. Once again, he looked out the window of the plane admiring the sunbeams that illuminated the clouds below and wondered where life's path would take him next. He seemed destined to deal with sorrow without ever understanding why that task had been appointed to him. He alone was meant to survive and comfort. He alone was tasked with making the reality of death less painful. But he often wondered: was he really alone?
Marine Corporal Alan Crane stared at the dull tile floor of the chapel's vestibule. He pulled a small coin purse from his pocket and removed the rosary. Fingering its black, marblelike stones, he admired the silver cross that dangled from the end.
'What's that?' asked a voice. Alan looked up to see Lance Corporal Mark Jameson sitting on a short wooden bench on the other side of the room.
'A gift,' Alan replied. 'Something that was given to me a long time ago by a very close friend when we were kids.'
'I had a friend named Bobby who used to call me from time to timeknown him since we were four years old. Haven't heard from him since he went to jail about a year ago. I hope your friend made out better than mine.'
'No,' Alan replied. 'He's dead.'
Jameson dropped his gaze. Alan could tell by the look on his face that he wanted to say something sympathetic but had thought better of it.
The rosary caught the light and the silver cross flashed. Like a snowflake, Alan thought, remembering that cold winter day so long ago.
Snow fell on the already icy ground as Alan followed his father across the top of the hill that everyone in their town used for sledding. Excitement surged through him as he glanced down at the fresh red paint on the runners of his new sled. The sled wasn't actually newhis father had found it at a garage sale and probably only paid a dollar or two for it. But it felt new to Alan and that was all that mattered.
Alan had inherited most of his father's physical features, including his dark brown hair and gleaming blue eyes. His calm and patient manner had come from his mother, who stayed at home and took care of Alan, his brother, and two sisters. They all lived in a somewhat cramped row home with three bedrooms; Grandma Crane occupied one of the rooms and the four kids occupied another.
His father had grown up extremely poor. Grandma Crane had been forced to sign custody of him over to the State of New Jersey to get him enrolled in a military school. After graduation he worked as a laborer for a scrap iron and steel company, or, as his father commonly referred to it, a junkyard. Thomas Crane always stressed the importance of family sticking together; Alan guessed that this was because he had been raised by an institution and knew the importance of family bonds.
Alan was thinking about his family when he noticed that his father was a good distance in front of him. As he hurried to catch up, he felt a hand on his shoulder and turned to see his friend Tommy McKelvy smiling from ear to ear.
'Take me for a ride on your sled, Alan. Please,' he added. 'Let's see how fast we can go.'
Tommy was a year younger than Alan and came from a wealthy family. He was extremely intelligent and did well in school. At times Alan envied him; Tommy had the world in his pocket. Even though Tommy had everything going for him he was always friendly toward Alan and even seemed to look up to him.
'I have to catch up to my dad,' said Alan. 'Maybe later.'
'Come on,' Tommy whined. 'Just one ride.'
Alan let out a sigh. He could no longer see his father. Reluctantly he said, 'Okay, one quick ride. I'll catch up with my dad at the bottom of the hill.'
Tommy's smile grew even wider. 'Cool, let's go!'
Alan set the sled down and Tommy lay flat on his stomach and let his feet dangle off the back. Alan lay down on top of him and the two kicked off from the flat crest of the hill. As the two boys whisked down the icy surface they picked up speed. Tommy, steering with the wooden slat at the front portion of the sled, looked up occasionally to adjust their course.
Alan enjoyed the cool sensation of the winter air rushing by, blowing at the tattered scarf draped around his neck. They were sledding on part of the hill where no one else had been. The snow beneath them was fresh and new. Like my sled, Alan thought happily.
As they rushed over the frozen ground, Tommy turned the slat to the left, aligning the sled with a pathway across the narrow bridge that traversed the hollow ravine at the bottom of the hill. Alan felt the back end of the sled beginning to slide out from under them. A slight sensation of fear overtook him as they slid sideways. He was just about to yell when Tommy corrected the slat, putting them back on track.
The newly fallen snow burst into clouds ahead of them, making it hard to see. The sled evened out and Tommy hung his head downward for a moment to clear his eyes. They were far off course, heading for a small stone building that served to house the park guards and their horses.
'Go farther left again!' Alan yelled to Tommy.
The bridge was now very close. They needed to turn sharply if they were going to make it. Alan reached down and grabbed the end of the steering slat, attempting to turn it, but his hands slipped and the sled jerked off course. They hit a slick patch of ice and the sled picked up speed. Alan opened his mouth to yell but the bitter, cold wind blasted the back of his throat, preventing any noise from escaping. The speed of the sled blurred their surroundings. It was dizzying. Suddenly the stone wall of the building loomed before them, terrifyingly close. A horrible sound, like cracking tree branches, was the last thing Alan heard.
©2011. Chris Digiuseppi and Mike Force. All rights reserved. Reprinted from The Light Bringer. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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Superb! The Light Bringer displays an outstanding supernatural adventure that will pull you into a world beyond life itself and make you wonder if it's really a work of fiction. A chilling movement across the threshold that separates this world and the next, The Light Bringer bridges the gap between the light and darkness, goodness and evil that exist in this world and our life beyond.
– Dr. Tom Hill, Coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul.
In a powerful way, The Light Bringer helps the reader consider how well they are following the path of light and what temptations from the dark side they need to carefully turn away from. I recommend this book to anyone who is willing to honestly reflect on their life, and the life after."
– Ron Brown, Ph.D., Organizational Effectiveness Consultant and Author of The Courageous Life
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"The Light Bringer" is unlike any other book that you will ever read. Each reader will have their own thoughts and interpretations of the story line. Why do awful things happen to decent people? Are any of us really prepared for sudden loss of life, or profound suffering and grief? What about the afterlife? Is there one? All of those things are well worth our contemplation, yet most of us put off dealing with our own vulnerability and mortality. The protagonist of "The Light Bringer" is Alan Crane, whose honorable military service to our country later leads to a career as a law enforcement officer. Alan is a strong, steady, rational man who has great empathy for others. He sees beyond the finality of death, and he knows the value of life. His time in combat and the issues he deals with on a daily basis as a policeman make him all too aware of the volatility and vulnerability of human nature. He has also witnessed many times over the effect of careless greed and lack of care from one human being to another. When a mysterious man, a "government agent", approaches Alan to join a special crisis intervention bureau, Alan at first thinks it is a practical joke being pulled by a coworker. The agent, Michael Simmons, convinces Alan that the bureau is no joke, and Alan has been chosen due to his skill and sensitivity in dealing with grieving family members. Alan agrees to work with Simmons and also continue his role in local law enforcement. Thus begins a fantastic journey which will take Alan to places far beyond his imagination, a journey filled with danger, discovery, and death. Along the way, Alan learns to an even greater extent of how we are interconnected with those around us and how our actions set off chain reactions. Each of us has a dark side and a "light" or good side, and it is Alan's destiny to become a "Light Bringer", one who leads people to their spiritual fate. Alan is also a warrior, fighting to overcome the darker evil forces all around us, forces both known and unknown. "The Light Bringer" is a spiritual adventure, a thoughtful fantasy, and ultimately a reaffirmation of life. This book should be read more than once, and it is a perfect book for a reading group. It touches upon issues we all need to address, and sharing our thoughts and feelings with others can only lead to greater enlightenment.
Love this book..Highly recommend to everyone. I really had a hard time putting it down. Finnished it in 2 days, warning... once you pick up this book, housework may be set to the side :) I really enjoyed the story line and it kept me interested throughout the entire book! Makes you really think twice about how you live your life and changed my perspective on a few things. Thank you to the Authors for writing such an amazing story!
I had the opportunity to read a pre-release copy of this book and found it to be quite unlike anything I have read before. The Light Bringer is part inspirational, part paranormal and part police thriller. It truly is a cross between "Cops" and "The Ghost Whisperer." The protagonist, Sergeant Alan Crane, finds himself in a situation where his new assignment takes him far beyond the realm of routine police duties.I found myself unable to put the book down because I could not wait to see where it was going. The stunning conclusion left me eager for more from these authors. I hesitate to disclose too much of the story line because it is a tale that must be experienced first-hand. The book is entertaining and quite thought-provoking. It gets down to the nitty-gritty without being overly graphic and gets leads the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. It isn't the first book to pose the question: Why do people die. It's just the best book on that topic that I have ever read. I was not asked by the publisher or the authors to review this book. My rating and remarks are unsolicited and reflect only my personal opinion.
I was so excited to read this book. The reviews sealed the deal but, quickly found myself asking....did a kid write this? I am less than half way through it maybe it gets better, I have no desire to find out.
The Light Bringer by Chris DiGiuseppi and Mike Force was an excellent read! I am a very avid reader and enjoy many types of books; however, being married to someone in law enforcement, I tend to enjoy a good mystery! Knowing that the authors have spent many years in law enforcement only increased my desire to read this book. I was initially expecting something along the lines of James Patterson. What I found was more along the lines of Patterson with a twist of Dean Koontz- two of my favorites... so I was definitely NOT disappointed! I honestly have never read a book with the story line &/or characters like what appears in The Light Bringer. I finished the book in less than two days... and I have a full time job! I am looking forward to the next book by DiGiuseppi & Force! Well done Gentlemen!