Book Review: The Reincarnationist by M. J. Rose

June 20, 2011


“The Reincarnationist” by M. J. Rose (website | Twitter) is a fictional story involving past lives and religious myths. It is the first of a series, I bought this book because I’m on a book tour for the third one.

  • 464 pages
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Language: English

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If I had to choose one word to describe “The Reincarnationist” by M. J. Rose it would be “ambitious”. Ms. Rose fills the plot of the book with many twists and turns, as well as an explanation of the complex subject and beliefs of reincarnation.

The protagonist of the story, Josh Ryder, seems to suffer many blackouts in which he remembers his past life as a pagan priest named Julius living in 391 AD. These blackouts have to move the story along until Josh succumbs to his fate which is dictated by karma.

While I found the story of Julius, the pagan priest, interesting, the present-day narrative threw me for a loop here and there. The many characters which the author threw mercilessly at me seemed to jumble up towards the last quarter of the book and I figured out the mystery before I finished half the story.

Overall, I liked the book, I didn’t have any epiphany regarding reincarnation but I certainly appreciated the research the author did and learned a thing or two about the subject in a fun and pleasant way. Ms. Rose also includes a “recommended reading” section at the end if one would like to investigate reincarnation more.


While on an assignment in Rome, photojournalist Josh Ryder experiences strange feelings of déjà vu and strange memories of a previous life. Josh enlists the Phoenix Foundation, which specializes in past-life research, for help.

Soon Josh gets involved with discovering an ancient tomb to which he feels connected. His past life experiences help him solve present-day murders involving mystical artifacts.

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