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About the Author
Carnathan is the author of the novel PURGATORIUM. Originally, this book was written as a screenplay, but as the story unfolded and throughout the editing process, it became clear that it would make a great novel. Ever since childhood, he has had an imagination towards story telling. That passion grew with age as he began to write short stories throughout his high school career. His degree in screenwriting from the University of Birmingham, Alabama gives his work a crisp, visual feel.
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This novel is about an impression of loss. It's about the ghost in the room. A sin that you can't escape from. Proudly, it is a study into the metaphysics of absent love. Purgatorium is like a lucid dream filled with feelings of sadness and regrets. It's Solitary atmosphere brings unknown dimensions to this world almost like learning to live in the wilderness.
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite A man lives in his luxurious high rise apartment, and awakes with a daily routine that only lasts one hour every day, with five minute intervals for every activity. However, there’s always something out of place; a Bible that is supposed to be in the drawer is on the nightstand, nicking his neck while shaving, a car that starts but won’t move. Worse, there are seven strangers that seem determined to ruin his routine. He soon learns his mind is in "a world that gives a soul the opportunity to earn a second chance at life by testing his willingness to survive"－Purgatorium. His physical body is in a coma and he only has eight days before the doctor pulls the plug. He needs to break his routine, avoid the memory-wiping reapers, deal with demons, and let peculiar strangers help him without getting killed in the process. It wasn’t easy to make sense of Purgatorium by J.H. Carnathan at first. It’s almost like a dark version of Groundhog Day combined with The Matrix. That said, I think it serves its purpose of taking readers on the mind-boggling journey of the lead character. The narrative transitions between purgatory and memories of the protagonist's life. Coupled with his attempts to face his sins and achieve his redemption, putting his trust in other individuals who may or may not be his allies, things are quite chaotic and unpredictable. Everything does become clear as the story moves forward and I can appreciate the plot depth, characterization, the descriptive writing and the ending. Overall, the perplexing nature of Carnathan’s Purgatorium may not be everybody’s cup of tea. Yet, though its brilliance may not be immediately noticeable, its imaginative premise is solidly delivered.
Are you a fan of those crazy puzzles with a thousand pieces, perhaps of some abstract picture where the colors all swirl together? From the beginning, piecing each part together is a complete challenge and finishing it is almost sad, because it was that engaging. PURGATORIUM by J.H. Carnathan is like “that” puzzle. From the beginning, we are thrust into the world of the unknown, the world of “what if,” and by the end, we are thinking, “why not?” There is no predicting what will happen, it is chaotic, rapid-fire science fiction/fantasy that never lets up. This tale is told within the realm between life and death as one man lay in a coma, trapped in his mind and unresponsive to the outside world. The Clock is ticking, will he die soon? Will the “plug” be pulled on his life? Cut off from the outside world, no way to let anyone know he is in there, one man will race through his life, the good, the bad and the ugly and he will be challenged by demons, angels and aided by unlikely allies as he discovers more about himself and the evil of his ways. He will be forced to face the things he did that were just plain wrong, the pain he inflicted on others, the missed golden opportunities to embrace what is important in life for the self-gratifying, ego-feeding and selfish. If he doesn’t learn the path he should take or own his mistakes, he will never leave this realm, and he will die in that hospital bed. Simply fascinating, nerve-wracking and thought-provoking, this tale is one of those that lunges out at you and engulfs you in all of its twists, turns and challenges. Unpredictable, like a maze with ever-changing walls, one man will have to outthink, outlast and outwit every being he comes in contact with, many like chameleons, none who they seem to be. Can he decipher who is friend and who is foe? As the clock runs down on his life, will he die for his blindness to his sins or will he be given a new lease on a life only he can make meaningful and positive? From the first chaotic page to the very last, this razor-taut read is mesmerizing! The attention to detail by J. H. Carnathan is incredibly genius as no straight line is drawn and every action is linked to a myriad of possible reactions and consequences. Think Rubik’s Cube with words. Every nerve in my body was on edge in a very good way! I received a complimentary copy from J. H. Carnathan!