Sunday, January 19, 2014

Book Review - The Lightbearers by Nora M. Garcia

The Lightbearers
by Nora M. Garcia
Published 2012
320 Pages

Although outside my usual genre, The Lightbearers sounded intriguing enough that I decided to give it a shot. As the story unfolded, I really did try to find its strengths. However, it fell short, mostly due to pacing issues and unnecessary filler that took away from the obviously well researched 
historical data. 

The book presents a complicated plot, and attempts to weave the concept of reincarnation with a futuristic storyline about robots taking over the world. It starts out with Jean Crystal, a school principal (whom we later discover has been reincarnated many times, beginning with her first life as Nefertiti), being zapped with a powerful laser by a maniacal Dr. Natas. Dr. Natas is the mastermind behind the revolutionary new ABC school where children are taught by robots. Jean has discovered that Dr. Natas is controlling the schoolchildren with 'protein chips'. And when Dr. Natas realizes that he has been discovered, both Jean and her husband George (who has also been reincarnated from Nefertiti’s husband, Akhenaten) are killed.

More murders ensue at the hands of Dr. Natas, including his assistant’s husband; a detective, who suspects Dr. Natas is responsible for Jean and George’s deaths. Meanwhile, we get a peek into some of the other couples' lives, from before and after Jean and George were killed. We learn how Nefertiti and Akhenaten's lives began as Lightbearers--those who are chosen to continue into another life after their current lives are over.

As the years pass, Dr. Natas' quest for world domination continues as he teams up with his stepson (a graduate of the ABC school). They begin implanting control chips into the general population. Enter the newest reincarnates, post Jean and George: Cassandra and Philip, who devise a plan to interrupt Dr. Natas in his quest. But will their efforts be enough to save the world and all of humanity?

This book tried to pack too much content into one story. Awkward pacing and frivolous filler dragged on and distracted from the historical elements that could have otherwise stood out as a strength. Although the story was not for me, it had its entertaining moments.

Reviewed by Leslie

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