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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Life Before Death by Matthew William Frend is a paranormal fiction novel with a fresh take on the genre. It begins with a road trip across Australia, where characters are determined to live life to the fullest and make their dreams come true. It isn't often that people feel free enough or confident enough to live the life they really want. Society has too many constraints. But what if those constraints were bypassed? What if you went rogue and did exactly what your heart desired? This is basically an odyssey about these sorts of realized dreams and goals. It's for the adventurer inside most of us that yearns to be free but isn't quite sure how to go about it, or if we even should. For souls that are daring enough, read on.
The travels and experience had by the characters are met by unexpected events, and you, like they, are left with questions that beg to be answered. These characters throw caution to the wind and challenge authority by pursuing a business venture, much like the youth of the Sixties. As you read, you will meet an eclectic, fascinating collection of people along the way. You will be educated, charmed, and enlightened. The author's style is light but serious, and he knows how to create flesh and bone characters that stay with you. You feel for them as they encounter one thing after another--homelessness, freedom, the elements, and more. You may find yourself vicariously experiencing new sensations, right along with the characters, and this is the talent of the author shining through. The glossary at the beginning of the book is especially informative. If you like stories about independence, survival, philosophies, and the fringes of society, Life Before Death by Matthew William Frend is a perfect choice.