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Blaine C. Reader’s Overlay takes you on a journey to another world, one which you have not likely seen before, for it is between this life and the afterlife; but it is a world not easily understood or one in which all the rules of reality apply.

Jordan is a simple, likeable guy who doesn’t have many desires or wants in life, except for the company and affection of his beautiful fiancée, Kirsten. But he soon discovers that she has participated in a strange and somewhat occult ritual found within an ancient text with the help of her college professor, to send her to another world. In our world, her body is now in a coma, lying in a hospital bed.

As Jordan looks down at the one thing he cares about in his life, he seeks out this professor of Kirsten’s and demands that he provide the same method to transport Jordan to this other world so he can safely get Kirsten back. The professor agrees, and Jordan soon finds himself leaving his now comatose body and traveling on. The only problem is he isn’t exactly clear on the instructions for getting back.

The idea for Overlay is an interesting one; but as with all good ideas, the execution leaves a little to be desired. The other world features unusual characters from the dead past, like Napoleon Bonaparte and a known mass murderer who, for some reason, are able to travel on to heaven and back at will. While actions scenes get a little drawn out, as well as the flipping back and forth between this world and the next, as well as the protagonist being a little too good at doing this, the story is still an interesting exploration into this concept. It is the overall meaning and moral for Overlay that will perhaps leave the reader questioning what exactly the author was intending.

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Star Count 3/5
Format Trade
Page Count 236 pages
Publisher Full Arc Press
Publish Date 28-Oct-2013
ISBN 9780983497349
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Issue November 2013
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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