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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review: Booth by Jason Pellegrini

by Jason Pellegrini
November 22, 2016
Pages: 398
At dawn, on the day of his execution, Joseph Bateman finds himself reflecting on his life, one filled with poor decisions and evil people. Even his lifelong best friend played a pivotal role in earning Joseph his seat on death row.

A phenomenon occurs as the electricity meant to kill Joseph is sent through him, and his essence is ripped from the body he has known his entire life and thrown into a new one. Only the body he now inhabits isn’t new at all; it is the body of a person who lived over a hundred years before Joseph’s birth.

Now living in an unfamiliar era of history and trapped inside a foreign body, Joseph learns he has been sent back for a reason: to earn redemption for his damned soul and to find a sense of peace he has never known. All he needs to do to get there is to prevent one of history’s most infamous murders.

You never know when you make a decision how it could impact the rest of your life, especially when you’re young and think you know everything. Joseph Bateman was a loner from the beginning and when he met Alex he was surprised how much he wanted a friend. As Joseph sits on death row awaiting his execution he thinks back on all he has done to land himself in this spot and has no regrets.

When something strange occurs as he is put to death, Joseph doesn’t understand what has happened until he realizes his soul is in the body of a person that lived over a hundred years ago. When he meets an unlikely stranger, he finds that he has a chance to make changes in his life, for better or for worse and he’s not going to stop until he does.

This was one of the most interesting and creative reads I’ve had in a long time. A mixture of history and reality makes this story credible. Well written with very real characters, Pellegrini has done an outstanding job of drawing you into this tale that could be real if only you are willing to open your mind and your imagination.

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Denise B

About the Author:
Jason Pellegrini is a Long Island native. He currently resides in Levittown, New York. His works include Booth and The Replacement.

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