Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The Passage

Title: The Passage

Author: Victor Wartofsky

Year of publication: 1980

Back cover blurb: 'A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
   The Psychical Research Institute needs a volunteer to penetrate the veil of death, bringing back first-hand confirmation of the existence of an afterlife.  Wayne Farley has his own personal, tragic reason for participating in the experiment.  But whether it succeeds or fails, Farley's involvement will mean the loss of his life, and possibly his immortal soul as well!

Quick flick reveals: A pulpy, fun-looking novel with a premise remarkably similar to that of the film Flatliners.  Coincidence?  (For legal reasons, the answer to that question is a definite 'yes'.)

Random paragraph: 'He closed his eyes and opened them again, approaching closer to the gravestone and grasping it on either side.  "Make me die, damn it!"'


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