Be careful what you wish for, if Brendan Gallagher had heeded the old maxim, then his life wouldn't have changed, he wouldn't have met the love of his life and he certainly wouldn't have found spiritual enlightenment! Fortunately, he didn't adhere to it and the path of his life was irrevocably altered forever.Australia's bushland has always purported to be a magical and spiritual place, and just how much so Brendan was about to discover, stumbling upon just such a mystical spot he is first transported back to 1957 and in doing so meets Rebecca, the girl he is to marry. She believes him when he says he has come from the future and is willing to follow him back there.It soon becomes apparent that Brendan is no ordinary young man and he is destined to try and save the world ‘one soul at a time' after having visions of the future. He can only try and spread the message of what is going to pass and help those souls who want to be helped.
This science fantasy novel is in 3 parts. The first two are time travel fantasies, where Brendan, the hero of it all, travels in time by walking into a glade of trees in the bush outside of Brisbane. The first time he leaves 1981 and goes back to 1957 Brisbane, where he rescues a young woman who is being abused by her uncle. They fall in love, marry and travel via the magic glade to 1981 Brisbane. The second part follows naturally where both of them travel some months later to 1965, go to Rockhampton and rescue the wife's cousin who is also being sexually abused and is in psychiatric care as a result. Brendan and his wife take her forward in time to 1981 and they live happily for a while, till we get to the third part where Brendan has a stroke, sees visions of the end of the world (like a colourful expansion of the book of Revelations from the Bible), recovers and tries to make sense of it all. The whole book is quite religious (it would have a religious fantasy subject heading in my opinion) and whilst I found it interesting not everyone would like all the quotations and biblical stuff.
The whole "time travel by the magic glade" reminded me of the Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter of Mars books that I used to read when I was a teenager. So not exactly a cutting edge book, but a reasonable kind of pulpy read. The three parts of the book fit together reasonably, although I did like the first two-time travel adventures the most. The book has a nice colourful photo cover and is well presented.
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