The Reincarnationist (Reincarnationist Series #1)

The Reincarnationist (Reincarnationist Series #1)

by M. J. Rose
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Overview

The Reincarnationist (Reincarnationist Series #1) by 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 are ancient…and violent with an urgency he cannot ignore—pulling him to save Sabina…and the treasures she protects. But who is Sabina?

Desperate for answers, Josh turns to the Phoenix Foundation—a research facility that scientifically documents past-life experiences. He is led to an archaeological dig and to Professor Gabriella Chase, who has discovered an ancient, powerful secret that threatens to merge the past with the present.

Here, the dead call out to the living, and murders of the past become murders of the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778328278
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Series: Reincarnationist Series , #1
Pages: 449
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

M.J. Rose, is the international bestselling author of 10 novels; Lip Service, In Fidelity, Flesh Tones, Sheet Music, Lying in Bed, The Halo Effect, The Delilah Complex, The Venus Fix, The Reincarnationist, and The Memorist. She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com. Rose has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, and features on her have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, including USA Today, Stern, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Connecticut with Doug Scofield, a composer, and their very spoiled dog, Winka.

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The Reincarnationist (Reincarnationist Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Reincarnationist is a very fast-paced, suspenseful, exciting read. Others reviewers have written an excellent synopsis of the book, so I'd just add that after having read numerous books on reincarnation, as well as my own personal experience with the subject, I thought that Ms. Rose did her homework. Her characters show how our past lifetimes often intertwine with the present, and she brings fate and destiny into question. Are we fated to experience a specific outcome in this lifetime, or do we have freewill?
I agree with some comments that it was a bit difficult to follow several of the characters between lifetimes. I found myself asking, "Now, who is this again?" a couple of times. The ending felt abrupt, and left me wanting to know what happened to everyone else not in the final scene, but perhaps there will be a sequel?
You certainly don't need to know anything about reincarnation, or believe in it, to enjoy the book. Overall, the complex plot had a few holes, but it was still an engaging, thought-provoking, novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stayed up late finishing this book and was left with a lot to thing about. The author did a seamless job of weaving together three stories from different centuries and told each tale with pathos and credibility. Highly recommended for readers who like suspense and smart fiction.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
"The Rein­car­na­tion­ist" by M. J. Rose is a fic­tional story involv­ing past lives and reli­gious myth. It is the first of a series, I bought this book because I'm on a book tour for the third one. While on an assign­ment in Rome, pho­to­jour­nal­ist Josh Ryder expe­ri­ences strange feel­ings of déjà vu and strange mem­o­ries of a pre­vi­ous life. Josh enlists the Pheonix Foun­da­tion, which spe­cial­izes in past life research, for help. Soon Josh gets involved with dis­cov­er­ing an ancient tomb which he feels con­nected to. His past life expe­ri­ences help him solve present day mur­ders involv­ing mys­ti­cal artifacts. If I had to choose one word to describe "The Rein­car­na­tion­ist" by M. J. Rose it would be "ambi­tious". Ms. Rose fills the plot of the book with many twists and turns, as well as expla­na­tion of the com­plex sub­ject and beliefs of rein­car­na­tion. The pro­tag­o­nist of the story, Josh Ryder, seems to suf­fer many black­outs in which he remem­bers his past life as a pagan priest named Julius liv­ing in 391 AD. These black­outs have to move the story along until Josh suc­cumbs to his fate which is dic­tated by karma. While I found the story of Julius, the pagan priest, inter­est­ing, present day nar­ra­tive threw me for a loop here and there. The many char­ac­ters which the author threw mer­ci­lessly at me seem to jum­ble up towards the last quar­ter of the book and I fig­ured out the mys­tery before I fin­ished half the story. Over­all I liked the book, I didn't have any epiphany regard­ing rein­car­na­tion but I cer­tainly appre­ci­ated the research the author did and learned a thing or two about the sub­ject in a fun and pleas­ant way. Ms. Rose also includes a "rec­om­mended read­ing" sec­tion at the end if one would like to inves­ti­gate rein­car­na­tion more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read about a dozen chapters in this book, and realized it wasn't going to get any better. The writing is just plain mediocre, and the plot about a guy reliving a past life, including a love affair with a vestal virgin, is lame. And don't forget the 'secret treasure' that everyone wants - in other words, yet another Da Vinci Code wannabe. Wide margins and double spacing between lines are also clues that the publishers are trying to stretch a flimsy novel into more pages than it deserves. I'd give this one a pass.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Given the fact that the author can write, I'm not giving this book one star. But, as other reviewers here have pointed out, the astounding number of loose threads and totally disappointing ending 'or lack thereof' makes this a two star book. I'm sure this is going to be a series, but even that doesn't excuse such an untidy ending. There are other authors who manage to wrap things up while still leaving one or two things a cliffhanger. Rose wraps up almost nothing, hoping to drag the reader into further books, which I for one won't have the patience to read. If you like reincarnation and are into series that have no ending, pick this up, otherwise, find something else.
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Dieverdog More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for light reading but especially for people like me who are intrigued by the idea of reincarnation. The characters were interesting and ones I cared about. I will be on the lookout for book 2 in the series and definitely want to read on to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these kinds of stories!!
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melouria More than 1 year ago
I thought the idea behind the story was excellent but the book itself was confusing to follow. There was no transition from one chapter to another and the ending left me scratching my head. Is there a sequel?
Da_Auntie More than 1 year ago
If there is such a thing as reincarnation, wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to tap into one's past lives? What if you had the power to do that? That question drives the plot of "The Reincarnationist." It has all the right elements -- mystery, suspense, romance. M.J. Rose was able to steer the storytelling away from being obvious and cliche. The ending is especially well played. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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SoapBoxinMyMind More than 1 year ago
The Reincarnationist by M.J. Rose is a fast paced suspense about many lives that intertwine over centuries. Josh Ryder is a photojournalist who is caught in the blast of a bomb. Since his accident, he has been experiencing something he refers to as "lurches" in time. He is often taken back to early Christian Rome and a man named Julius. Is this man Julius really a past incarnation of the modern day Josh Ryder, or is Josh just losing his mind to hallucinations? On his journey to figure out what is going on with his sanity, Josh finds himself back in modern day Rome where he meets Professor Gabriella Chase. Professor Chase discovers an ancient Roman tomb believed to be the final resting place of a Vestal Virgin. From here everything gets turned upside down. Murder, kidnapping, and betrayal, and the mixing of several lives in various times keeps the main characters running in a race against the clock; both ancient and modern. This was a very interesting book. It explored the possibility of past lives and history repeating itself, while showing the interconnectedness of the characters. Are the villains always villains or can there be redemption for wrongs righted? And are the seemingly good really good? The easy prose and style of this writer made the story easy to read, and the character development was done fairly well. There were a couple of holes that I would have preferred to have filled in, but having more background wasn't integral to the story. Overall, I really liked this book. On a scale of 1-4, I give this book a 3, because of my desire to have more back story on a couple of characters, and because I would have preferred a more concrete ending. This book was published by Mira Books. ISBN: 978-0-7783-2420-1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A blinding flash from an explosion sends photojournalist Josh Ryder back into another era and into the life he left behind, over 1600 years ago. When he recovers from his near fatal injuries, he is back in the present, but his 21st century life has changed forever. "The Reincarnationist" takes the reader on a quest to get to the root of Josh's desperately disturbing images, a quest that uncovers a forbidden love in the time of ancient Rome and secrets which could change how the past merges with the present. Secrets for which people are willing to kill, no matter what the century. Meticulously researched, "The Reincarnationist" delivers. Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, you will be intrigued by the plotting, the characters and the flashbacks between the centuries. And, you will completely believe that love has the power to reach across the ages to bring answers to the future that must be revealed. I have a moviegoer's approach when reading a work of fiction. I see the action and hear the dialogue as if I'm sitting in a movie theater and I become immersed as if I'm one of the participants. If the scenes don't come alive for me, the author has left something on the editing floor. In the case of "The Reincarnationist," M.J. Rose has created an emotional, mental and visual canvas, a work easily transferred to the small or large screen. I hope that one day a movie producer will see the potential in this intelligent, fascinating tale. I'd love to have the DVD next to the book on my shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting so much more from this book. The characters were, to me, one dimensional, or too predictable. The plot and story line COULD have been so much more interesting had the author taken time to actually develop it, but I simply came away feeling, well, cheated. Probably will not purchase any of the other books. Sorry.