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Out of Body by Christopher John Chater (Review)

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Genre: Science Fiction, Supernatural Thriller, Paranormal
Publisher: Chater Publishing
Date of Release: August 15, 2015
Pages and Format: 187 pages; ePub







My Rating: 
4 Stars

“Harley Baker’s obsession with the afterlife leads him to experiment with astral projection, but when he doesn’t take the necessary precautions before an OBE, he comes back to find that a demon has taken over his body. While in spirit form, Harley watches the impostor romance the girl he’s crushing on, ace his college exams, and impress his best friend with opportunities for wealth beyond his wildest dreams. Not only does Harley have to figure out how to get his body back before he’s trapped in the astral plane forever, but he has to stop the demon from a plan that will veil the world in darkness and enslave the human race.”

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I first started this novel, I was a little confused about what the heck I was reading. Couple of college kids sitting around obsessing about death. All I could think was “what the heck is this?”
Holy Doom and Gloom Harley Baker! Most people who are given a second chance at life are usually grateful. Not this brooding college kid. Pfft!
So let’s ignore the rules of astral projection, do it your way and then get booted out of your body by a demon host.

As a Spiritual Wiccan, this protagonist and his noobian (I know that this isn’t a real word but it suits the description) actions had me face-palming through out the book. Be careful what doors you open!

The story was awesome though. A little slow and odd at the beginning but I stuck it out and was well rewarded for my patience. Harley, before Astral Projection Gone Wrong, was a hopelessly dreary chap. I am glad that he learned, while being stuck in the Astral plane, to enjoy life because life is precious.
Stephanie, the love interest, was a little bland in the typical goody two shoes department. Though Darren, I hope he learned that money, power and placement in life tends to come with a much larger price.
Horace, what a name for a demon haha, he was horrifying and creepy. How Stephanie managed to miss all the cues that Harley wasn’t himself, I’ll never know. I know why Darren did because he was self-involved.

Again, this was a great story, and an original story at that. If you’re looking for a read that is outside the box (or astral plane), has demons, possession and the occult; this would be a great contender.

Where to Buy:
Amazon CAN | Amazon US

Meet the Author:

Christopher John Chater is the author of the novel The Traveler’s Companion and the award winning short story “Progenitor.” His stories often use humor to illustrate what technology’s role in the future might be, and to question humankind’s place in the universe. He was born in Burbank, California, but has lived all over, the east coast, the west coast, and the south. He’s worked in several industries, a production assistant in the film industry, a song plugger in the music industry, and a bartender and butler in the hospitality industry. He now lives in San Diego and writes full time.

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