An excellent book that blends the life and times of a Yogi with his spirituality. This book is filled with information about the cross over between the various religions of the Earth's people and how these religions all have a deep seated link. A wonderful look that explains the concept of one with the Universe in straight forward terms that are easy to follow. Included in his dialog is why this is so. Finally, a great deal of historical information spanning 70 years of a truly unique and great teacher is included to help the reader follow the life and times of Paramahansa Yogananda..
This books title might throw you off base thinking, as I did, that you would get some historical information about Napoleon's army and the loss to the Russians. What you will get is approximately 10 minutes near the end of the book and that is it. Otherwise the book is a disease lovers delight giving information about the multitude of organisms, insects, protozoa and other disease bearing vectors. In a way it is interesting; yet, written like a text book listing the carrier by genus and species then detailing the: country of origin, disease and the havoc this particular disease causes humans. Other information includes details about cousins of the original offender and their blights - if any.
There are multiple characters and scenarios going on in the start of this book. At first it is a bit difficult to discern all the weird happenings and there relationship to each other. Yet, the author slowly brings all of the characters closer and closer together until they all meet, in a way near the end. If anything the end is kind of anticlimactic considering the trouble the author goes to to weave his sterling web.
This is an excellent listen. The author has an interesting style of twisting the theme through out the novel. The main character is good and believable. All of the other characters are also realistic and have you rooting or booing them depending on their nature. Situations are realistically depicted and described. Geographical descriptions take you there and have you believing you are there. As a reader you are kept guessing for about half way through the work. At this point you begin to make sense but still have no idea as to who the "killer" or "killers" are. You just know we have a "lead." I enjoyed the quick pace of the novel and the finish which tied it all together. The end even has a romantic flair to it if that is your cup of tea.
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