Forge, Jul 2004, 24.95, 382 pp.
John Creed was driving his convertible when a school bus made an abrupt turn smashing his vehicle. John was clinically dead as his heart stopped beating and his brain showed no activity. His doctors manage to get the heart pumping, but he lived because of a machine.
Ten days later, a miracle occurs when John awakens in the ICU. After a time his memory of his fatal day and aftermath begins to return in vivid detail. Soon he begins to see the pain of other people whose lives seemed desperate. John has gained a gift from his time on the other side. He might be able to provide solace to some who are suffering, but the dark knows about John and plan to try to use him to shift the balance between good and evil.
The story line is fast-paced and at its loftiest when John struggles with helping people cope with their problems, not an easy task to achieve.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner