Book Review: What Nobody Knew - A Reincarnation Mystery by Arthur S. Berger
categories: Book, Rebirth, Parapsychology, Paranormal, Reincarnation Research, Ian Stevenson, Reincarnation Researcher, Children Past Lives, Reincarnation
Arthur S. Berger about this book: Millions believe in reincarnation. But it doesn't matter what we believe. The only important thing to think about is whether reincarnation is true? This can only be settled by turning to the facts. What Nobody Knew: A Reincarnation Mystery is a biographical novel based on the work of Ian Stevenson who uncovered these facts. But, except for a small coterie of scientists, few of us know about his meticulous methods of investigation or the issues he faced. The author wanted Stevenson to receive the recognition he deserved by writing a novel that many people might read for entertainment instead of writing a scientific nonfiction work which many would not. The novel does not name Stevenson and is not his biography but the main character named John Aldrich is a fictional investigator of reincarnation-type cases like Stevenson. His methods of investigating these cases are based on those Stevenson used. Other aspects of the story can also be traced to Stevenson, such as the issues Stevenson had to overcome. Other important parts of the story – the mystery, intrigue, lies and undying love – are all fictitious creations and have nothing to do with Stevenson.
So the plot is imaginary and the main character fictional. But Stevenson was a model and a source of information and inspiration for the book. One reviewer said, "I give this book five stars. It is far more than a compelling page turner, a tale of intrigue and mystery that winds around decades and continents. It is also a love story that travels through time." Another reviewer said, "This is the best reincarnation fiction I've ever come across…The story ...combines everything you want in a story: good writing, years of research, insight, originality, a fascinating plot, interesting subplots and an unexpected ending. I rate it as a five star must-read."
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Absolutely FIVE stars! I loved reading Berger's newest book; it is so much rolled into one "can't wait to pick it up again" book. The author created a well-written novel that is suspenseful, heartwarming, passionate, romantic, educational, and simultaneously reassuring and unsettling. This book validated my beliefs about reincarnation by using scientific method and Berger's solid 30 years wealth of knowledge on the subject. I think that it will give those who are skeptical about reincarnation plenty of food for thought. Woven through the pages are threads of love, loyalty, and revenge, which fuel the determination displayed by the captivating, believable characters. I cheered for Sarah, the grieving widow, from the moment she was introduced. Berger's book captured my interest and held it to the end. This is a must read! [by Shelly Macin Buncher