This is a ‘black humor’ science fiction story set in the near future, where a man finds that he has a very special talent. It is to take over other people’s souls and thus possess their bodies as if they were his own.
As he becomes increasingly aware of his abilities, he first uses them to mete out justice to mentally warped criminals, and then to undertake sexual adventures.
Growing tired of what are, in the scheme of things, trivial pursuits, he embarks on a life of crime intent on accumulating serious amounts of money. Whilst fleecing the wealthy, he comes across an alien hiding amongst us and is impressed by the seamless transport system on its own planet, so he decides to emulate it on Planet Earth.
With a colleague recruited from The Lockheed Skunk Works in America, he develops a vehicle based on UFO technology, and uses it as a stepping stone to power. His motivation soon goes beyond his revolutionary and hugely successful transport system, and extends to a serious attempt at population reduction. For this he requires even more prominence on the world stage, as he battles aliens to prevent annihilation of the expanding human race.
This book charts his progress, as he strives to achieve the impossible. It also monitors the impact on his family life, where he eventually has to decide whether to opt for mortality or immortality.
If all you want to read about is sexual adventures, and cannot be bothered with the future of mankind, this book is not for you. It is intended for those who like to ponder the value of life as we lead it, and what it could be like if we choose to take up the challenge.
About the Author
I retired in 2004 and am now living with my wife in Spain, amongst the Spanish. For over 30 years I was in the computer industry, some of which were with IBM before I got itchy feet. Afterward, I worked as an Organisation & Methods specialist before moving into mainstream computing and becoming involved in installation, management, analysis and programming. I took up writing at an advanced age simply because I had the time and energy to do so. A keen blogger, especially recently on Brexit related politics, and equally importantly on outlandish matters associated with my area of creativity in writing. My exhaustive research on UFO reported incidents is for authenticity, with the results reflected primarily in my books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite Thomas Benton has a rare and unique gift: he can take possession of another person's soul. It starts quite humbly when he's shocked to realize that he's inhabited his cat, but it doesn't take Tommy long to realize the power of this gift, referred to as "The Inlooker." Soon, he's using this gift to mete out quiet justice on those who have done him (and others) wrong, and to amass a personal fortune and start several businesses to secure his future, after losing his job. As he continues to utilize his skills, he finds that humans aren't alone in the universe and, in fact, an entire secret alien life is taking place all around us, unbeknownst to most, but with significant consequences to all of humanity. When his gift as an Inlooker allows him to jump bodies into one of a powerful politician upon his death, it's just the beginning of his power and influence on the world. The Inlooker by Terry Tumbler is an intriguing, black humor look into our not-so-distant future, and the powers that could be surrounding us, if conspiracy theories hold true. The Inlooker is a different kind of science fiction. It takes place in the near future, and opens up a dimension of life that most of us don't believe, or dismiss as urban fantasy. Terry Tumbler's black humor might take some getting used to, but it is a good read with an excellent moral on the privileges and pitfalls of power. As with all good sci-fi stories, it does an excellent job of asking the ultimate question of what it means to be human, and how to be the best person you can be. This is a book that will make you think in a good way. A great read.