Series: Lightbearers Book One
Author: Nora M. Garcia
Publication Date: January 18, 2013
THE LIGHTBEARERS is the story of an ancient Egyptian King and Queen, Akhenaton and Nefertiti, who have been reincarnating together for the past 3300 years. They have been entrusted with the mission of The Lightbearers, whose responsibility is to be guardians of the human race and to enlighten any whose path they cross. Through reincarnation, during each of their lifetimes, they strive to overcome violence, greed and injustice and in each lifetime they leave pockets of individuals with whom they have shared their secrets of life and death. They have also been ascribed with the powers of telepathy, astral projection and psycho kinesis. They are highly evolved and highly enlightened.
Discovery of their innate mystical powers is facilitated by the assistance of an alien being who introduces them to the mission of the Lightbearer. Through a series of flashbacks two of their previous lifetimes are revealed beginning in Ancient Egypt and including 17th century France where they switched genders.
The story unfolds in the 21st century where Jean Crystal, Nefertiti’s incarnate, has been kidnapped by Dr. Natas, whose plan for world domination has been temporarily disrupted by Jean and her husband George, Akhenaten’s incarnate. Jean and George have discovered a secret about Dr. Natas experimental school, a school completely computerized and robotized.
Jean is held captive on a laboratory table by a motion sensitive laser directed toward her central nervous system. Not realizing this, upon awakening from a narcotic sleep induced by the doctor, she attempts to move and is suddenly wracked by a mind numbing pain. The more she moves the more pain she receives. By astrally projecting herself she is able to overcome the pain and investigate her circumstances. George has already been assassinated and while awaiting her own demise, George pays Jean a visit in the lab, assuring her of their eternal vow to each other. Jean is very shortly, thereafter, assassinated. Upon the joyful reunion of their spirits on Petite Terre, a tiny island just off the Normandy Province of France, Jean and George plan their return. While it is possible to determine their gender and the time in which they return, they cannot predetermine their identities. They must pick a place, a time and a signal by which they can find and identify each other in their subsequent lifetime. In this particular lifetime, their favorite song was “Imagine” by John Lennon and so on the first Monday of October, 2024 at 12 noon, they decide to meet outside the computer science building on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. She will find him sitting under a tree near the building with a guitar strumming “Imagine”.
Their reunion takes place 20 years later, albeit not without a hitch. Together they set out to rescue the United States from Dr. Natas’s well-placed plans, he has already begun to execute
About the Author
Nora M. Garcia, originally from New York, where she was raised and educated, now makes her home in South Florida. She shares her life with Gary Farr, a composer and enjoys a successful television broadcast career. When Nora first began her research in the New York Public Library, she knew nothing about Akhenaten or Nefertiti and it was quite by accident that she discovered them. With nothing more than an outline and her research, Nora quit her job, gave up her apartment in Manhattan and bought a ticket for Europe where she spent the better part of a year writing her first novel. After completing her novel, she returned to her career and attempted to have "The Lightbearers" printed and for many years to no avail. After consulting with a freelance editor, Henri Forget, Nora became even more resolved to have her book published. It was the first time a professional had actually read it and the feedback was nothing less than stupendous. Nora has always believed her work was good, but convincing a publisher to take a chance on an unknown author was virtually impossible until 1st Books Library came along. While Nora considers herself an artist, she feels a strong sense of social responsibility which inspires her to write projects that are not only entertaining, but also enlightening and hopefully with a positive social message as well.
A copy was provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review
The Lightbearers has such a unique concept! While it isn't the first time I have come across this particular idea it s the first time I have read about it presented as such and I was excited.
I liked seeing the spin the Garcia was putting on it and where it was going, unfortunately it seemed to me like the story got sidetracked. We start off with Jean finding herself strapped to a metal slab, we then find out what has happened to her husband, and through flashbacks we get most of the story as to how they found themselves in such a position. The ABC school is definitely a creepy idea and how could no one (besides Jean) not notice something wrong with it is beyond me.
My main problem comes in after we find out what is going on. Instead of starting to move on with the story we get thrown into was appeared as another short flashback to show us how Jean and George became what they are, their first life together, and while I appreciated this, it went too in-depth to the point where it detracted from the main focus. Their first life flashback went on for entirely too long. It felt like I was no longer reading about Jean and George trying to save the world from the abomination that is the ABC school and instead it felt like I was reading a book about lives of Nerfertiti and Amenhotep. Which again it was interesting but that wasn't what I wanted to be reading about, at least not for that long. Maybe if the flashback had been broken down and spread out through out the book it would have been better, or just simply making it short and to the point the first time around. I don't know, the thing is, it took me out of the main story and for the life of me I couldn't get back into it.
The way The Lightbearers was written seemed to me like it was detached. Or at least I didn't feel a connection to the characters. I wasn't immersed into the story, it felt like it was all perfectly scripted out, specially when it came about the incredibly long speeches the characters tended to end up saying. No one talks in speeches that long unless they are literally giving one.
The disconnection, the flashback and the speech like dialogues all added up to me not being able to finish this book. As much as I thought the concept was unique and intriguing the execution of it all made me lose my concentration and once I'm out of it, it's down right impossible for me to get back into the book, which is exactly what happened. If you don't mind lengthy flashbacks, The Lightbearers would be an excellent book.