THE 13TH CHAPTER by G. Boshoff

THE 13TH CHAPTER

KIRKUS REVIEW

Boshoff’s debut memoir serves as a chronicle of his unique experiences and dreams after being in a terrible car accident when he was a teenager.

Aside from the physical drawbacks of epilepsy and the loss of his sense of smell, Boshoff began to have recurring dreams and déjà vu that he spent years trying to comprehend before finally putting the contents down on paper. The author describes five different dreams that visited him nearly every night for the 16 years following his brief time in a coma after a car accident. The coma itself provided its own strange visions, which involved Boshoff striking down evil beings with a lightning bolt. The imagery contained in each episode is striking and eerie; if it were interpreted by someone with a flair for storytelling or professionally analyzed by a psychologist, the episodes could make for an incredibly compelling read. However, the book struggles to effectively convey the clear portrait of a truly unique mind. Dreams are sloppily described with run-on sentences and misused words. Readers may find themselves forced to revisit certain passages for clarity. Despite the unrefined prose, Boshoff’s assertion that he was visited by aliens while comatose and later in his dreams will hook readers and keep them engaged. His dreams finally ended after he read Ancestors of Atlantis, a book that led him to believe humans evolved from alien visitors; in the future, the book suggested, it would be his duty to end the war caused by the aliens’ return to Earth. Unfortunately for the intriguing premise, the ineloquent delivery of these pronouncements may greatly hinder readers’ enjoyment. In the end, this title comes across more as a wild rant than an educated warning.

Intriguing material that would benefit greatly from a skilled rewrite. 

Pub Date: May 11th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1466921702
Page count: 100pp
Publisher: Trafford
Program: Kirkus Indie
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