Title: The Hypnotist
Author: M.J. Rose
Source: Meryl L. Moss Media Relations
It should come as no surprise that author M.J. Rose is continuing her Reincarnationist series based on the success of her previous books. In this third novel several recurring characters pop up again, including FBI agent Lucian Glass (of the Art Crime Team) who continues to chase after uber-bad-guy Malachi Samuels.
This time, Malachi will stop at nothing to get his hands on an ancient list of Memory Tools which he thinks are hidden in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. What in the hell are Memory Tools, ask those of you who haven't read one of M.J. Rose's novels? Allegedly, they are keys to unlocking our past lives......hence the previous two books in this series:
Rose's books have garnered quite a following and it's easy to understand why....they are fast-paced with both thriller and historical elements. For those of you who believe in reincarnation (and let's face it, there are anywhere between 300-500 million practicing Buddhists in the world today....that's roughly 6% of the world population) there is the added bonus of exploring the concepts of past-lives.
Even if you're not a reincarnation afficiando, Rose's novels are compelling thrillers. This third book of the series claims to be a stand-alone, but we wouldn't recommend it as there are simply too many recurring characters and too much carry-over of plot to really enjoy the novel by itself.
Publishers Whore-ly calls The Hypnotist a "stunning page-turner." Since we all know by now exactly what A Reader's Respite thinks of that publication, we'll ask you to take their words with a grain of salt. Enjoyable? You betcha. Entertaining? Yes. But a stunning page-turner? We wouldn't go that far.
the cast of Past Life....they're kinda creeping me out here....
All in all, it's an enjoyable series of books and a good beach-type-read. And we aren't the only ones to think so....Fox Television has turned the books into a television series called Past Life, which debuted in February of this year. M.J. Rose has deservedly hit the big time and we are genuinely pleased for her. And fans of the novels will be pleased to learn that Rose is writing a fourth book.....the series will continue.