Review: The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz

☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Discovered as three notebooks in an antique store in Rome at the turn of the millennium, Infinite, previously published as The Reincarnationist Papers, offers a tantalizing glimpse into the Cognomina, a secret society of people who possess total recall of their past lives.

Evan Michaels struggles with being different, with having the complete memories of two other people who lived sequentially before him. He fights loneliness and believes he is unique until he meets Poppy. She recognizes his struggle because she is like him, except that she is much older, remembering seven consecutive lives. But there is something else she must share with Evan–she is a member of the secretive Cognomina. They are, in effect, immortals–compiling experiences and skills over lifetimes into near superhuman abilities that they have used to drive history over centuries.

Poppy invites Evan into the Cognomina, but he must face their tests before entering this mysterious society as their equal.



Guest Reviewer Sara’s Thoughts:

D. Eric Maikranz has a gift for the suspenseful.  Upon meeting Evan Michaels, I was riveted to the story of his “different” existence.  Living the wretched life of a social outcast with all of the associated hopelessness, Evan’s desperation is palpable in his transient lifestyle and petty criminality.  But unlike his fellow hapless down-and-outers, Evan is plagued by memories of past lives that seem to be the most unbearable element of his life and yet, ironically, he cannot escape them even in death.  I was relieved when he met Poppy because I thought I would now be spared the grind of his destitute reality, but that stress was just swapped for his “new” life amongst those who shared his uniqueness.  The highs and lows of Evan’s discovery of his true nature are expertly timed to keep me from being able to put the book down as each new discovery leads to more questions. 

On a personal note, I found the opinions on religion and spirituality from the perspective of immortals very compelling.  The story itself was well told and the premise intriguing enough for me to hope for a sequel on the future lives of the members of the Cognomina.


About the Author: D. Eric Maikranz is an internationally published author of fiction and non-fiction titles and has had a multitude of lives in this lifetime. As a world traveler, he was a foreign correspondent while living in Rome, translated for relief doctors during a cholera epidemic in Nicaragua and was once forcibly expelled from the nation of Laos. He has worked as a tour guide, a radio talk show host, a nightclub bouncer, and as a Silicon Valley software executive. 

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