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Ascending Spiral : Humanity's Last Chance - Bob Rich

Ascending Spiral

Humanity's Last Chance

By: Bob Rich

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Published: 18th March 2013
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Join us on an epic journey older than civilization itself
Dr. Pip Lipkin has lived for 12,000 years, incarnated many times as man, woman, and even as species beyond our world and senses. But he's here for a reason: to pay restitution for an ancient crime by working to save humanity from certain destruction. "Ascending Spiral" is a book that will take the reader to many different places and times, showing, ultimately, that our differences and divisions, even at their most devastating, are less important than our similarities.
Reviewers' Acclaim: "Bob Rich powerfully evokes the wounded healer archetype in "Ascending Spiral," taking readers on Pip's painful and insightful journey through lifetimes that serve as a shining example of how to turn misery into virtue."
--Diane Wing, author, Coven: Scrolls of the Four Winds
"Dr. Bob Rich's "Ascending Spiral" is a true genre-buster, incorporating elements of historical fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, and even a hint of nonfiction to create an entertaining novel with an important message."
Magdalena Ball, CompulsiveReader.com
"The way of karma rings true for many people, and this book is a very well written and thoughtful explanation of its message. It is also an exciting, historically accurate series of linked stories that will hold the reader in his chair for a single sitting. Highly recommended."
Frances Burke, author of Endless Time
From Marvelous Spirit Press www.MarvelousSpirit.com
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4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

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  • Deserves multiple readings (18)
  • Easy to read (17)
  • Page-turner (17)

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5.0

A soul's heart-filling search for redemption

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from Muskogee, OK, USA

About Me Bookworm

Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • spellbinding to the end
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

Cons

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    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Spiritually enlightening
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Ascending Spiral:

    Ascending Spiral is an absorbing, heart-filling journey of a soul in search of redemption through a series of life-times. I don't read much historical fiction, but the story of Pip Lipkin held me spellbound to the end--maybe because Ascending Spiral isn't really an historical novel. It's much more than that. It's the finding of The Light. Dr. Bob Rich ends the tale with a warning, a ray of hope, and an invitation. For the sake of us all, please, accept the invitation.

     
    5.0

    I would read this book again

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    from new mexico, usa

    About Me Rarely Read

    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about Ascending Spiral:

      As far as I can remember I have believed in Karma and for years I thought that the lesson I needed to learn in this life time was patience. After reading Bob Rich's Ascending Spiral,a strange message from somewhere became clear to me. Yes, patience is good, but what I really need is to forgive myself as well as to forgive my aggressors.
      Ascending Spiral was a hypnotic book.It was a good and entertaining bible carrying the message of human salvation without threats or condemnations. It was impossible for me to read this book at one sitting. Ascending Spiral made me think, stop, think and meditate about what I had just read. It was a great reading and emotional experience.

       
      5.0

      excellent book

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      from new mexico, usa

      About Me Rarely Read

      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Informative
      • Page-Turner
      • Well Written

      Cons

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        Comments about Ascending Spiral:

        Very good and entertaining reading.

         
        5.0

        We should all be reading books like this!

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        from New Zealand

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers

          Comments about Ascending Spiral:

          This is not your every-day book. Its an eye opening exploration of this journey, the question of past and future lives and deaths. Of why we suffer and what we are to learn from these experiences as human beings. It is both fictitious and yet concerns every human being on this planet.
          This is the type of book we should be reading, the type that stimulates thought and consideration of the consequences of our own actions on all other beings.
          Thank you for sharing this with us.

           
          5.0

          An inspiring and thought provoking read

          By 

          from Pretoria, South Africa

          Comments about Ascending Spiral:

          Through Ascending Spiral, Dr. Bob Rich takes on a refreshingly unique angle on novel writing. The book follows the emotional journeys of different characters (at least that's what I thought initially) as they get confronted with situations in their life.

          I initially struggled to comprehend the need for seemingly standalone stories and characters in the same book, but the final chapters wove everything together and left me both amazed and delighted at how the author got everything to fall in place; a truly admirable talent.

          I have never read a book that made me experience so many emotions. In Ascending Spiral, Dr. Bob Rich struck the perfect balance between pace and portrayal; the story moves along swiftly, but not at the expense of describing the scenes and situations in sufficient detail so the reader could become immersed in it.

          In fact, some of the scenes the non-human characters found themselves in were described so well, that one can only conclude that Dr. Bob Rich is an exceptionally imaginative writer, and/or that he was actually there when these stories played out. You'll have to decide for yourself.

           
          4.0

          Ascending Spiral

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          from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

          Comments about Ascending Spiral:

          Ascending Spiral is a book that meshes together many different genres. Bob Rich uses a very colourful imagination to weave a true work of fiction, filled with historical events, alien existences, and outer space, that follows one soul through many life times. It is adventurous at times and you get caught up in the love story flowing through the lives. Some parts of the story are very controversial by using forced sex as a topic of karma. Other parts of the story like the walking, talking alien plant or the guy in space destroying planets completely lose my interest. Overall, Bob Rich's message tries to make you question your motives and actions in life, while promoting good karma. All in all, I give it a four out of five rating.

           
          5.0

          Delightful metaphysical page-turner

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          from San Francisco bay area, California, USA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters
          • Page-Turner
          • Well Written

          Cons

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            • Older Readers
            • Travel Reading

            Comments about Ascending Spiral:

            Ascending Spiral swept me up in the action of men fighting for their lives and freedom right from the start, transporting me between modern-day times in 2011, to 800 AD in the time of Vikings, and 18th century Ireland. This is a tale of the human spirit, and how it can feel to move from a state of discarnate consciousness from human life to human life. Rather than adopting a preachy tone, Ascending Spiral draws readers in to feel the rise and fall of emotions, as the lead characters encounter all manner of challenges.

            Throughout each story line, protagonist Pip Lipkin's indomitable spirit shines through, facing life-and-death struggles as a free Irishman, and when taken as an Irish slave, transported from his homeland to New South Wales. While readers might hope that despite having suffered the worst horrors of mental and physical abuse of war, the Pip's earlier incarnation would make completely heroic choices, he sometimes opts to torment others instead, which leads to reminders to him to choose more wisely next time at each life transition point.

            Ascending Spiral reads like a historical adventure novel for more than half the book, especially covering life in 18th century Ireland and England, and mid 19th century Australia. The different life threads are easy to follow, as they are neatly divided into their own separate books-within-a-book, with explanation provided as to how each subsequent life unfolds.

            At the beginning of Book 3, Ascending Spiral takes on a science fiction vibe, venturing into truly otherworldly vistas as it covers the life lessons of a newly hatched walking plant, and continuing the ongoing saga of drama between victims and heroes. Book 3 is also the beginning of some truly large leaps through time and space, with the experience of life as a space flower, some 10,000 years BC.

            Ascending Spiral's journey through space and time returns us to present day in Book 4, where some of the seemingly loose ends woven throughout Ascending Spiral weave back together into a rewarding conclusion—though this is clearly a book that shows the weaving of story lines never truly ends.

            Ascending Spiral is a real page-turner for any reader, and will be especially rewarding for those intrigued with questions about why things happen the way they do, and how we are connected to one another.

             
            5.0

            Fun romp through several lifetimes

            By 

            from Lafayette, CO, USA

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            Pros

            • Engaging characters
            • Informative

            Cons

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              Comments about Ascending Spiral:

              First off, it's a romance. Not just any romance. What if you had to chase the woman you love through several incarnations to woo her, win her, marry her, and at long last spend a lifetime with her? We recognize this woman through her eyes, through the gestures the hero uses to stroke her face, her response to that touch. But most of all we recognize her through that deep warm glow he feels when he sees her.
              What keeps them apart? The flow of history. Human mistakes. First, he is killed defending her from Vikings, then she is raped and murdered by marauding English troops in Ireland. But I won't tell you the rest. You'll enjoy the romance in Dr. Bob Rich's novel Ascending Spiral.
              That's not all, because we follow our hero into the spiritual realm after his (sometimes her) lifetimes. We are invited to think about the lessons we learn on earth. What is the purpose of each life? Why do we experience some of the things we do? Dr. Rich suggests we are learning from past mistakes or making up for wrongs we've committed. The character becomes a man, a woman, even a plant. (And he thought that would be peaceful!) As he progresses, he is able to help others in their journeys. At times, I wished the voices of the different incarnations were a bit more different, that they had very distinct ways of talking, but the similarities drives home the spiritual lesson that this is one soul.
              Ever wonder how you ended up here on this earth at this precise moment, when the earth is up against the challenge of a toddler culture, as Dr. Rich calls it, and trying to grow into an adult culture? I enjoyed the focus on the ecology in this novel, the final call to action. This theme is tied into the original life of our hero, one that catches us by surprise. It's a good surprise.

               
              5.0

              A must read for all

              By 

              from UK

              About Me Casual Reader

              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Informative
              • Page-Turner
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

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                Comments about Ascending Spiral:

                Ascending Spiral captured my attention from the first page. A thought provoking and well written book that certainly challenged my own thoughts and beliefs on circumstances in my own life. I was captivated by this inner adventure of the soul and will be returning to this fine piece of literature in future. Highly recommended read for all.

                 
                4.0

                Lessons Through Past Lives

                By 

                from Manchester, NH

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                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Read
                • Engaging characters
                • Page-Turner
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift
                  • Older Readers
                  • Younger Readers

                  Comments about Ascending Spiral:

                  Synopsis:
                  Ascending Spiral: Humanity's Last Chance is a story older than civilization itself. Dr. Pip Lipkin has lived many lives. He has been Padraig (Patrick in English) who dies with his beloved Sheilagh (Sheila) in a Viking raid. He has been Dermot, an Irish Rebel against the English who was eventually transported to Australia as a convict slave. He has been Amelia, an Australian woman who must survive a marriage to a brutal man. He becomes an animated plant on another world, trying to protect her young. He is an immense alien being who is trying to pay retribution for an accidental genocide. As Pip, he is working off his crime by trying to save humanity from destruction with a message of compassion and decency: "Live simply so you may live."

                  Review:
                  Dr. Bob Rich has written a story that defies genre classification. The story is an interesting one, told from the first person perspective. Dr. Rich delivers a message of culture change with the rejection of violence, greed, and revenge. In this story, he goes through the protagonist's lives, encapsulating the lesson of each life at its end. This works well for most of the book. When we get to the last part, which is Dr. Pip Lipkin's life, the author disrupts the forward flow of the story with a flashback of Pip's childhood and early life in Australia. I have always felt that flashbacks are a problematic construct for storytelling. For a few moments, I found myself jarred out of the story. However, I was able to pick up the story's thread again without much trouble. Overall, the story is an intriguing examination of the concept of reincarnation and learning through past lives.

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                  ISBN: 9781615991860
                  ISBN-10: 1615991867
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 248
                  Published: 18th March 2013
                  Country of Publication: US
                  Dimensions (cm): 1.91 x 15.24  x 22.86
                  Weight (kg): 0.36