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Last Post 5/27/2012 5:07 PM by  Jake Corbett
2012: The war for Souls review
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    For time untold people have wondered what waits beyond death. Do we simply cease to exist? All our experiences, our knowledge, hopes dreams, regrets, do they vanish into nothingness?
    Or do we move on to another plane of existence?
    We believe, right or wrong, that because we are self aware, that we can think and interact with the world and others, that we have an immortal soul.
    Just what exactly is the soul anyhow? No one really can answer that. You ask a hundred different people and you’ll probably get a hundred different answers.
    Personally, I believe that the soul is nothing more than our mental energy. Now before you start laughing or worse, think about this – our minds are made up of electrical impulses. These impulses control our bodies and they allow us to think.
    Our brains are nothing more than hard-drives with biological coding that is built into us to keep our bodies functioning. The rest is essentially space for memory.
    So, to me, the soul is the energy that runs our mind and body, the compilation of all our memories, thoughts and experiences.
    And, as energy can never be destroyed, it simply changes form and becomes something else.
    That being the case, yes, in my personal view our soul IS immortal, that it can never die, it just changes form.
    Now, what does this metaphysical mumbo jumbo have to do with the review? Everything. After all just read the title of the book - 2012: The war for Souls.
    Before I continue, here’s my usual disclaimer. I will not reveal any spoilers about the novel other than what you can read on the back cover.
    The novel is about the end of the Mayan Calendar, December 21st, 2012. The date that many believe is the end of the world.
    Sure, it could have something to do with the end of an era, or, as in the novel, something that is downright apocalyptic in nature. Just go do a search on Amazon using 2012, and you’ll bring up an easy dozen or more hits that discuss this matter.
    The novel deals with the end of the world. But oddly enough, it involves alternate realities, invaders from parallel universes.
    And, the first half of the book is brilliant. It is terrifying and heart breaking all at once. It deals with loss, betrayal, and of course the end of the world.
    And frankly I wish that the author would have kept with that pace through the entire novel. If he would have, the book would have earned an easy 5 out of 5 from me.
    But, explanations are needed and things are eventually revealed… and it took away the whole sense of fear, hopelessness and urgency that I felt reading the first half.
    I can’t go into any details what so ever as it would most definitely ruin things for anyone who wants to read the novel.
    Don’t get me wrong, the book was enjoyable – but having mysteries explained kind of ruined it for me.
    Despite the fact that the mysteries needed to be explained. alk about a quandary, eh?
    The characters are well written and in some cases quite likeable. You really feel their pain and suffering, their fear at what’s happening around them and the hopelessness of the unenviable situation they find themselves in.
    Now, this won’t spoil things, but it does touch on a lot of mythology from various religions and cultures across the planet. Let’s face it, the book deals with the end of the Mayan calendar after all.
    I will point out the fact that the closer I got to the end of the book, the more confused I got. It had to do with what was happening to two sets of characters, the ‘scribe’ and his family and the survivors of the apocalypse.
    The lines between reality and story in the actual novel became so blurred I had a hard time following what was happening.
    Was it intentional? I have to say yes, it left me wondering if the scribe was in fact responsible for what was happening, not just recording it.
    You’ll understand if you choose to read the novel.
    It could have been a perfect novel for me, but it wasn’t. It was, for the most part, very well written and entertaining, although I would have preferred if Whitley Strieber would have used paragraph breaks to indicate the change of scene, and it would have been wonderful if he would have made more use of ‘he said, she said’ so it would have made the interaction between characters a lot easier to follow.
    Hey, it’s a good read, pick it up, even if it’s not worthy of a 5 out of 5.
    3.5 out of 5.
    Jake Corbett
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    5/27/2012 5:07 PM

    The premise of this book is good, but the execution leaves much to be desired, in my opinion. I have read a lot of Strieber's books and I just can't say that this is one of his better ones. I really can't give it more than a 2.

    According to his website (the last time I checked), he is not expecting anything dire to happen on December 21.

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