||Gallant Books, Inc.
||Jan 1 2002
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Have our ancestors genetically passed on their lifelong repetitive memories so we may adapt to the environment and in turn pass on our collective repetitive memories? The psychiatrist in this novel is willing to perform an illegal experiment to prove genetic memory exists.
After eyeing Chris all the way to the bar, Uncle Victor redirected his attention to his guests. "Has anyone read any literature concerning past lives?"
Mr. Novikov from the group replied, "don't need to read about it because I have a recollection of a past life."
"Interestin," said Victor. "Do tell."
"I've never been hypnotized, yet I feel like I've experienced fighting at the Battle of Borodino."
"What do you remember exactly?" snickered the doctor's friend, David.
"I know what it's like to hear, smell and feel the turmoil of battle. I can describe Napoleon and the village where we battled."
"Did you ever read War and Peace?" said Victor. "Because Tolstoy depicts that war of 1812."
"No, never. I'm ashamed to say history doesn't really interest me. Yet I intuitively know that the Russians were almost defeated by the French. I remember the fire that was set ablaze in Moscow by the Russians. Also, I remember watching the French march out of Moscow shortly after the fire."
"How do you explain such memories?" said Victor.
"I'm probably remenbering a past life. I read about the subject, and it makes sense."
"What if I offered you another reason for that memory?" said Victor.
The Midwest Book Review
Veronica Cherry's A Call to Mind is a dramatically written novel arising from unethical medical practice and an individual's struggle in coming to terms with the consequences. A doctor hoping to prove that genetic memories passed down from ancestors influence human behavior experiments on an unsuspecting young man. Emerging with unpredictable memories and tendencies influencing his actions, the young man comes to believe he has a personality disorder. In the end, he must grapple with destiny on his own in this powerful crafted and highly recommended saga of internal conflict.
Veronica Cherry, a nurse turned full-time writer, has written a novel reminiscent of early Robin Cook works like Coma, Brain and Godplayer. A Call to Mind can be described as both medical thriller and (unlikely) romance.
The clever, tightly woven plot and competent use of dialogue power the story along to its (albeit predictable) conclusion. And while the medical and ethical aspects of the plot are the primary focus throughout, Cherry does a proficient job of threading the volatile relationship between Jessie and Chris into the story line. This realistic and intensely interesting-relationship hooks the reader on an emotional level and, together with the primary plot line, makes for a fast-paced and surprisingly entertaining read.
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Reader Reviews for "A Call to Mind"
|Reviewed by Edita Petrick
|The premise of "inherited" memories from our ancestors is absolutely fascinating. The mere mention of the novel's character willing to risk her professional reputation as a psychiatrist, to carry out an illegal experiment would be sufficient for the reader to pick up this book and feverishly start flipping pages.|