By Peter Kassan
Published on March 25th 2013
Published by Melange Books
Source: Author
What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense-and powers-that almost no one else in the world did? When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light-but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they're the happiest they've been. But not for long. All over the world, people who've been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them-some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows-and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.

Kassan's book opens on Amanda, the main character, in Grand Central Station when suddenly she realizes something very serious has happened and she is no longer in her body. With a gripping opening, I was glued to this book from the first page. It's an in depth look on what may happen when you have a near-death experience (NDE) and an out-of-body experience (OBE).

Being ripped from the light and brought back to this world, Amanda has gained a new sense of perception. Lightpoints. Seeing peoples energies... giving and taking energy... Does everyone have this ability? On the whole, Amanda's journey to fully discover and hone her newfound ability while trying to navigate her marriage and find more people like her, is a very captivating and intriguing story. I found myself flipping pages to find out what would happen next.

However, there were others in this book who also have the same ability to perceive Lightpoints. Another character is Herrera. He uses his ability in an entirely different manner, and his story also had me flipping pages. He is a strong male leader who is skillful at using his ability to get what he wants. And, if you're not with him, you're against him...

A few smaller characters were touched upon for a chapter or two, and we never saw them again. I feel those characters could have been left out, while further fleshing out the storylines of Amanda and Herrera.

The ending is spectacular. I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen, and was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong. (I enjoy when the author throws a twist out there - it's so boring to know what's going to happen before it does.)

Overall, this book was a unique and fantastic read that I got swept up in despite a few chapters that I thought were unnecessary. The descriptions of NDEs and OBEs are thought-provoking and really lit up my imagination. It was very much unlike the things I usually read and it was wonderful.

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