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THE BOOK OF PTATH is a fantasy novel published in 1943.

The setting is Earth, 200 millions years from now. Peter Holworth wakes up in a state of amnesia. Little by little, he remembers that he's died in a battle during WWII and remarks that a second personality is living now in his body. In fact, a being named Ptath, is trapped in Holworth's body. Ptath had decided a long time ago to be incarnated in the body of a series of common people in order to learn empathy, a feeling that could help him rule his country Gonwonlane. But, during Ptath's absence, a being named Ineznia has seized the reins of power and begun a hunt in order to catch a still weak Ptath. Both have the ability to leave their carnal body and secretly pass from people to people by squatting their mind. Soon, as Ptath is recovering, a huge battle is in the air, involving the armed forces of the three continents.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Under control of magical being Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   can change shapes    -   mind control    -   teleportation


Earth setting:    -   distant future Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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