At the end, look for a music-video and two customer reviews.
Worst-of-the-worst criminal, Les Paul, on the cover, is in the womb well on the way to his next life. Notice the extra umbilical cord, the one in his mouth. He has just committed his first evil act in his new growing life by using that cord to strangle his twin brother and receive the extra nutrition. He then kicked and shoved that useless presence toward that Light at the End of the Tunnel.
Worst-of-the-worst criminal, Les Paul, is on death row awaiting execution.
Chaplain Radford O’Hare, is trying to stop the execution, and not for the love of mankind.
Mrs. Leslie Markum, in nine months, will give birth to the reincarnation of evil.
Ms. Nicole Waters is nursing where the infant, Les Paul, will be abandoned.
Cassandra is yet divided between her mother and father.
Riley Stokes, ex-military, will train the chaplain and Nicole to become private investigators.
Cassandra is born on October 18. Halfway across the country another baby is born on the same day, just another child who will find no love. Les Paul will find no love because he is the reincarnation of a long string of evil killers, born with the memories of each prior life, not really intact memories but memories nonetheless, which will serve him well in his next new life.
Les Paul’s lineage begins in prehistory. He has a loving wife and a charming girl-child. They are happy. One night a group of men and a woman from a different clan enters their hearth and rape and kill his wife and daughter. During his first death, while his essence enters the womb of his next birth, he resolves to kill many, many, men, and kill and rape many women because of the act of that one woman who held his daughter while the men raped her. Over thousands of years Les Paul continues his killing rampage, constantly–through deja vu–vaguely remembering his family and re-experiencing his many, many, executions.
When Cassandra is born her mother will live long enough to name her. On the same day her father will die in Afghanistan. Cassandra starts her life alone. In foster care she will fall through crack after crack, as nobody wants to adopt this darling girl child. Lacking love, she soon discovers her crying brings her nothing. She stops crying. As she grows she does not come to love, anything, and does not come to trust…anyone.
The prison chaplain, Radford O’Hare, has received what he considers a devine message that leads him to a secret prison locker. Inside a huge book he finds the scrolled words:
“If the state kills a worst-of-the-worst criminal, rather than allowing a natural death, that criminal will reincarnate as not only the same person but more evil than before. He will have the same memories, though not fully intact memories, but they will serve him well in the new life. A worst-of-the-worst criminal MUST be allowed to die a natural death, which includes being killed by a fellow criminal.”
The chaplain is unsuccessful in stopping the execution, but continues to believe the message he received was divine and correct. Over the next nine years he will search for the reincarnated Les Paul.
The chaplain’s first lead arrives through a front page article, The National Infamies, ‘…Nurse Nicole Waters claims the baby not only tried to grab her boob but peed in her face twice and smirked each time…but only did things when only she was present, so nobody else saw what happened, so everybody thought she was making it up, but she wasn’t! It was all TRUE…!’
The chaplain and Nicole join forces and train at a desert survival school. Their goal has been—and remains to be—to track down the newly-born Les Paul—rampaging through foster home after foster home—and prove that this child, now nine-years-old, is truly the reincarnation of Les Paul, worst-of-the-worst criminal.
Viewpoint from Cassandra, now nine: She has just been questioned by the chaplain and Nicole about Les Paul (now called Baby Boy-Doe9) now also nine years old. A look at foster care:
From her window Cassandra could see Nicole’s minivan leaving. Then she sat down with a new sheet of paper. Soon she had drawn a nice picture of a white house, a big yard, a tall green tree, and three stick-figures: A man with white hair, a woman a little shorter with long brown hair, and a little girl wearing a yellow dress. She whimpered, a sound she never made because she knew it showed weakness, but she whimpered again, and choked, slightly. Her eyes felt strange, like maybe tears wanted to come—but she blinked several times, and then she screamed silently within herself and stopped them, and roared just in her own mind, and crumpled her nice drawing of three happy people by their happy little home, then she uncrumpled the paper and tore it into many little pieces.
She knew about tears; she knew what they were, but she was pretty sure there were none in her!
Her teeth gritted so hard and her mouth was so tight it almost hurt. Why are those people looking for Baby Boy-Doe9?—and what a stupid, stupid, name! Did they want to take him home to his real parents? Where he would live happily ever after? Why didn’t they come for me instead? She held her dolly more tightly to her front. Nicole was so nice. Why couldn’t she love ME? She whimpered again, and those tears really wanted to come, but little Cassandra would not let them. Somewhere far back in her mind she knew tears did not help a thing, and that if she ever let herself start crying she would never stop!
There you have the four main characters, each of whose heads you will be inside as this novel progresses.
Not too many songs about executions. I chose the “Braveheart” song because if you saw the movie you will remember the heartbreaking “execution” scene. The photo shows a moving moment between the main character and his love, which for the sake of this post we can imagine this is the early Les Paul with his loving wife; plus the music is quite beautiful.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel is enlightening and enthralling.
ByRhonda Lytleon February 22, 2012 Format: Kindle Edition
This book is engrossing. It’s not what I would call a warm, fuzzy type of read, but rather a real glimpse into some of the major issues facing society such as the atrocities committed upon children, consequences of the death penalty, and the ever declining social conditions regarding families and relationships in general all wrapped up in some addicting fiction.
The author, James W. Nelson, has an easy to read style that makes putting the book down difficult. His characters are rich, the storyline multi-layered, and the action moves at a good pace. One of the things I really enjoyed was that it was not predictable at all and there were surprises all the way up to the very end. I feel he has earned an all around five stars!
5 Stars Un-put-downable, absolutely gripping!
ByCarolee Samuda-Baileyon February 10, 2012 Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
The most unique tale of the criminal mind. The story is scary but you don’t want to stop reading it because you have to know what happens. This book is thrilling and is wonderfully crafted. The author is definitely a mastermind at creating such stories and this is very believable. It has you wondering who the next Les Paul is or if he is right beside you!