3 out of 4 stars
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Souljourner: A Karmic Crime Story was written by a prolific writer, Paul Steven Stone. It is a fictional work with an unusual twist of plot. David acknowledged the inherent weakness in him and his penchant for attracting domineering women. As a long-time member of the "Seekers of Truth," he strongly believed in ILE (Individual Life Experiences), Reincarnation, and the Law of Karma. David was of the notion that there are special spiritual entities at work in every human being which directs their activities. These entities are referred to as "Guides." The spirit of his second wife controls his third wife to kill him, but how would this experience end? Find out what eventually happened. Did she succeed? Why will the spirit of his late wife attempt to kill him?
Wandering through life, we are unaware of the forces that operate around us. This is a story imbued with mysticism, fate, soulmate, life after death, the role of karma in our daily lives. It is also a warning to the next "Souljourner" on earth.
One thing I liked about the book was the poignant use of words and the construction of chapters by the author. The provision of a glossary of words was very commendable, as it aids readers in understanding some unfamiliar words used in the novel.
I appreciate the author for having the interest of readers at heart. Using the first and third-person pronouns interchangeably, he makes sure to indicate when he is about to enter a new phase. This was seen in the way he demarcated the novel into parts with distinct headings.
One negative aspect was the abrupt endings employed by the author. Chapter five was an example of this scenario. Also, there were repetitions of points and phrases, which the author already made mention initially. I think those unnecessary repetitions make the book bulky; they might bore some readers. For example, the author repeatedly talked about Blossom, the late wife of David, and her malicious character.
Another negative aspect was the fact that the book was not properly paged. Writing the page numbers would have aided readers in keeping track of their progress. It also made it difficult to know where the errors were located. Aside from the issues above, there was nothing else that I disliked about the book.
The book seemed edited professionally, as I did not find any significant error. I still rate this book 3 out of 4 stars due to the formatting issues mentioned above. I recommend it to those who would love to know more about reincarnation and soulmates. If you are a fan of crime thrillers, this book is also for you.
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