Experience a Dive into Death and Beyond (~125 Words):
Hold onto your seats folks, Dead Man Rising doesn’t just tell you about yet another person’s journey “beyond.” Using the craft that won him TWO Global ebook awards for best Memoir and best Christian ebook of 2012, Larry Skahill slaps a dive-mask on your face and takes you for a dive into the glorious underwater world and back to the surface where you will sense the impending slashes of a boat’s propeller, feel the pain, take a trip beyond this life and return to the most challenging fight for life I’ve ever read.
Brutal, thrilling, poignant and hilarious, Dead Man Rising is not only a fast-paced read, it will inspire you with hope and a determination to lead a life that counts. Five Stars!
It’s All Easy After Propellers (~350 Words):
Larry Skahill’s double Global ebook award-winning first effort Dead Man Rising does not disappoint as he puts you in the dive mask in the cold waters of the Pacific. He paints such a strong image that I could easily imagine floating and watching my own blood darken the water around me. I was taken on a journey of the senses as I learned how to free-dive (snorkeling with a lot of depth) in the wonder-filled kelp beds and the glorious underwater world off the Central Coast of California. I heard the ominous approach of the boat, experienced his deadly “2,000 RPM propeller” injuries, felt death’s approach, took a trip to heaven and returned to the brutal pain of a shattered and slashed body.
But this is not just a “typical” near-death-experience (NDE) book merely focused on the curiosity of what happens when you die, although that is certainly reason enough to read this exciting story. Mister Skahill takes you on a hard-fought, hope-filled journey to reclaim a shattered life, spiced with heroes, challenges, lessons, laughter, and hope.
Brutal in his honesty regarding his own shortcomings as a Christian, I knew this incredible story could be believed. Although there is plenty of pain and intense emotion that only the edge of death could bring, there are surprisingly hilarious moments, tender, poignant scenes – the chapter centered on the six-year old battling brain cancer (to whom the book is dedicated) had me laughing, crying, questioning God and yet filled with a sense of hope. If anything, Dead Man Rising is a book of hope.
Warning: You will find yourself burning the midnight oil with this one. This is an easy read. Using skills not normally found in new authors, Mr. Skahill will have you turning pages. I liked the way the book discovered the lessons that these experiences brought to the author rather than shoved them down my throat. Dead Man Rising challenged my faith, the way I look at life, and helped me rediscover what is truly important: hope, faith and love.
Two thumbs up!