Item description for Soultracker (Soul Tracker V1) by Bill Myers...
Overview David Kauffman is desperate to find out about the hours before his daughter's death. When he discovers a virtual reality program--one that allows the living to experience what lies beyond the grave--he risks his life to discover the truth.
Publishers Description What if you could visit heaven and hell, traveling when and wherever you wish . . . without ever dying? What if your teenage daughter, the joy of your life, had died a tragic death and you discovered a way to visit her? What if there were people and beings, on both sides of the grave, who want to stop your return? These are the questions facing novelist David Kauffman. As a single parent he is devastated when his young daughter meets an untimely death. Desperate to contact her, he meets Gita Patekar, a beautiful and committed Christian with a scarred and shame-ridden past. She works for Life After Life ---an organization dedicated to tracking and recording the experiences of the soul once it leaves the body. Despite Gita s warnings that God is opposed to contacting the dead, David uses the organization s computer to try to find his daughter. In the process they discover Gita s organization has some very deep and dark secrets. A suspense-filled game of cat and mouse begins---both on earth and beyond the grave---as the couple work together, fall in love, and struggle to expose the truth . . . until they come face to face with the ultimate Love and Truth."
From Publishers Weekly The prolific Myers steadily plugs along, offering competent novels such as
this one, which provides glimpses of heaven while exploring the darker side of
the supernatural. David Kauffman is a man consumed by grief. His lovely
teenage daughter, Emily, has recently committed suicide, or so it seems, until
Kauffman finds himself looking into her remarkable violet-blue eyes-in the
face of another person. His obsession to discover what really happened to
Emily will literally take him to hell and back. David finds an unlikely ally
in Dr. Gita Patekar, a thanatologist from Nepal (she studies death and dying).
She's employed by the Life After Life program, which claims to be running a
series of studies designed to scientifically track the soul after death. Yet
something malevolent lurks beneath the surface since, paradoxically, the
search for longevity leads to a loss of respect for human life. As David
learns that his obsessive love can obliterate his need for personal faith,
Gita discovers her need to learn to love, defying her hyperdependence on
logic. Myers likes to flirt with disturbing violence (animal lovers will
cringe when a bunny is brutalized), but he stops just short of offending his
conservative Christian readers. He also includes dialogue supporting the
claims of Jesus Christ, which this same audience will appreciate. As usual,
Myers fans will not be disappointed. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business
Citations And Professional Reviews Soultracker (Soul Tracker V1) by Bill Myers has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 10/01/2004 page 300
Publishers Weekly - 08/16/2004 page 43
Library Journal - 09/01/2004 page 132
Romantic Times - 10/01/2004 page 72
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.58" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Soul Tracker
Series Number 1
ISBN 0310227569 ISBN13 9780310227564 UPC 025986227562
Availability 0 units.
More About Bill Myers
Bill Myers is an accomplished writer and film director whose work has won more than sixty national and international awards including the C. S. Lewis Honor Award. Among his best-selling releases for kids are The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle and The Forbidden Door. He has sold more than eight million books and videos and lives with two cats, two kids, one dog, and one wife near Hollywood, California.
Bill Myers currently resides in Thousand Oaks, in the state of California. Bill Myers was born in 1953.
Bill Myers has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Soultracker (Soul Tracker V1)?
A thriller of a story with a powerful message Nov 5, 2006
If it's possible to write a fast-paced, gripping thriller with the message of a Sunday morning sermon, Bill Myers has done it . . . with flair. Soul Tracker explores death and life after death . . . and how our choices in the here and now affect both. As usual, Myers' writing is solid and consistent. He is a prolific writer and knows how to tell a story. I recommend this book, especially as a gift to those seeking answers about the afterlife.
page-turner! Nov 4, 2006
I read this book in 2 days, and immediately purchased the sequel. Great entertainment, with enough morality to make you think (just a little!). The science is engrossing and there are enough surprises and suspenseful moments to keep you reading this straight through! This is a great book for a quiet weekend.
An Enlightening Christian Fiction Sep 12, 2006
I loved this book. This author writes about the sensitive Christian stuff, but necessary all the same. I love all his books. Not the average Christian Fiction.
Bill Myers has done it again! Mar 15, 2006
I really enjoyed reading this book. After reading so many excellent books by Bill Myers I was hesitant about starting another series. This book exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend it! It is really goof reading!
Christian science fiction that takes you to the brink of heaven Nov 26, 2005
I imagine that many people look upon Christian fiction as some type of monolithic genre offering very little in terms of variety or thrills. To see just how wrong such thinking is, one need look no further than the prolific author Bill Myers and his extraordinary novel Soul Tracker. What you have here is a science fiction thriller that explores the deepest of human emotions while never straying far from the central message of God's love. I must say I have not read a great deal of Christian fiction - I haven't even gotten around to the Left Behind series yet - but Bill Myers has certainly awakened my interest in a genre that by all rights should be very important to me.
Soul Tracker is an emotional exploration of a father's grief over the loss of his teenaged daughter, a death made all the more troubling because it was suicide. David Kauffman feels largely responsible for Emily's death and tears himself apart wondering what he could have and should have done differently for his little girl. Most of all, though, he desperately needs to know whether she is OK now, wherever she may be. He is not a religious man, so he approaches an expert on dying, Dr. Gita Patekar, hoping this expert can point him to someone who can communicate with the spirit of his daughter. Patekar herself is a complex and fascinating character. This Nepalese-born thanatologist had to grow up on the streets, forced to do horrible things to take care of herself and her little brother; she is now a Christian, but her faith is more analytical than emotional. She in fact finds herself unable to love or be loved, an emotional victim of a past she wishes she could forget.
Dr. Patekar tells David that communication with the dead is impossible. Based on her analysis of the dead girl's journal, however, she finds reason to believe that Emily found Christ before she died. This possibility might have eased David's mind somewhat - if he had not started receiving communications from "Emily," including a radio dedication and an electronic phone message. Then a friend of Emily's tells him that the girl's death was strange and may not have been a suicide at all. By this point, nothing is going to stop David from trying to contact his little girl. His quest takes him to Life After Life and Dr. Patekar's employer there. The company has found a way of recording the first moments of death among a large sample of the dying and has created a virtual reality machine which allows individuals to relive an amalgamation of those dying experiences. Life After Life is not the humanitarian corporation it seems, however, and David and Gita soon find themselves in deep and potentially fatal trouble, their only allies a street preacher and his ragtag group of skid row youths.
Myers engineers a thrilling and poignant ending to the novel, taking readers to the very brink of heaven itself. God's great Love is made manifest in the pages of this novel, and that makes it a book sure to touch the heart of anyone, especially Christians. The science fiction aspect of the plot makes for a thrilling read in and of itself, drawing in non-religious readers and introducing them, in a far from heavy-handed manner, to the central tenets of the Christian faith. If you're worried that Christian fiction might be too preachy for your tastes or just plain boring, this exciting novel should dispel many of your doubts.