The Between Review/ Desert Son

Desert Son: Carter Spence is a 26 year-old accountant out of Boston who has an out-of-body experience following a car accident that kills his parents. He views the chaos from above the scene of the accident, then passes through the tunnel and reunites with relatives who have long been dead. A woman he does not recognize approaches him and says, “Welcome, son.” Her message to him is that he needs to be aware of his true identity and should follow signs that will lead him there. She mentions mountains, but Carter is jolted back into his physical body before she can finish.

After burying his parents, Carter heads west and meets a free-spirit named Brenda, whom he is drawn to on many levels. She becomes his travelling companion and leads him to Boulder, Colorado, and to an old white house of an old man named Martin. Diaries, hypnosis, and past-life regression reveal a bizarre connection between these three. Carter discovers that the truth to his identity can only be found by pursuing the answer to whether he is the reincarnation of his biological father in what is shaping up to be a love affair rekindled beyond the grave.

The Author

Glenn Maynard was a traveling correspondent for three newspapers while exploring the United States, Canada and Mexico during his one-year journey, publishing a total of 20 newspaper articles. An Avid reader, he enjoys writing books, writing funny poems, and playing acoustic guitar, while trying his best to sing.

My Review

Desert Son begins with an out- of- body experience of Carter Spence,after a tragic accident that calms the lives of both his parents. We soar about the scene and in the between of heaven. Once in heaven he meets a woman that makes him rethink his entire life. Returning to earth, Carter sets out on a journey to find and perhaps fulfill his destiny.  There are a few mishaps along the way,but when Carter meets Brenda, a woman that captives him, things start to progress quickly, putting Cater on the right path that will change his life forever.

This story drew me in slowly with the repetitiveness of Carter’s experience,and feelings. I was bored during the first chapters. Maynard gave us too much of Carter’s background as well as introducing characters and history, that had little to do with the story.  Although, others might like the long drawn out history, I didn’t.

The story picks up once Carter was actually on his journey, yet, for me it doesn’t really get going until Carter meets the mysterious Brenda. This encounter gave the story a sense of mystery that the beginning and most of the middle lacked. Their interaction and dialogue was entertaining and refreshing after so much introspect from Carter. I wasn’t surprised with the end, but I was entertained with it’s collision of the past.   

This was an interesting reincarnation plot twist, but given that slow start I can only give Desert Son a 3 out of 5 finger-snaps.

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The Between

In an effort to advance his writing career back in 1992, Glenn got married. They quit their jobs and sold their cars, and then, with the money for their wedding, the couple travelled through 48 states in one year.  All in the hope that he’d have a book by the end.  His non-fiction book “Strapped Into An American Dream” was the result of that hope.

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