Robert Malone is 57, the CEO of a very successful clothing store chain, and married to a former model when his life is turned upside down: he's given a verdict of cancer and he refuses go quietly. Instead of the more common choice of being buried in the ground, he opts for cryonics. His body will be stored in liquid nitrogen for 75 years, in hopes that the future holds the cure for this horrific disease. It's a gamble, but one Robert is willing to take. You'd think this would mean a peaceful, quiet slumber that is dreamless, right? Guess again. His soul is very much awake, and he can do just about anything - except physical things like smelling, tasting, or touching. The would could be at his fingertips - well, if he could feel those fingertips. ;) Over the years, will Robert watch the world change - including his family - and figure out the ups and downs of being dead?
It's something we all wonder about on a regular basis - it's partly why we have religion in the first place. Life after death, reincarnation, multiple universes - where does our soul go when our body dies? No matter what your religious beliefs, it's an intriguing thought to think about just being able to go from place to place, with no one seeing you move - and yet, once you delve into that thought, perhaps it's not all it could be cracked up to be. This book really touches well on the ups and downs of what if? Is it truly the immortality we wish it to be?
I really enjoyed reading this story, and as you can probably tell, it left me thinking. I like fiction books that can do that - sometimes, they can be rare. This book was a fast paced and well written read, and I had a hard time putting it down when chores called my name. ;) If you enjoy the thought of what if? I think you'll enjoy reading this book. This author is quickly becoming one of my favorites!
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The Ups and Downs Of Being Dead by M.R. Cornelius is a paperback fiction book. It is 390 pages long. The suggested cover price is $14.95, and you can find it online via Amazon. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.
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