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Deepak Chopra's Lords of Light [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Deepak Chopra , Martin Greenberg , Michael Corbett
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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April 15 1999
Michael Aulden, an American doctor working in the war-torn Middle East, thinks he has seen it all-- the devastating ravages of war, human bodies desecrated beyond recognition, the pain and misery of gaping psychological and physical wounds-- the worst kinds of destruction humankind can create. But nothing has prepared him for the evil he is about to experience.

In a cave in Iraq, a young man known as the Prophet prepares to unleash a terror of epic proportions. His goal: to upset the balance of good and evil on Earth. and Michael, one of only thirty-six pure souls who can save the planet, must summon all his powers to stop the Prophet before a worldwide apocalypse transforms the Earth into the darkest hell imaginable.

Filled with insightful storytelling and illuminating adventure, Lords of Light is a story of overwhelming power that not only entertains but also teaches us poignant lessons about our own lives and sheds startling new light on issues humanity has struggled with since the beginning of time.

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From Publishers Weekly

Chopra (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind) is a name-brand nonfiction author, having offered his message of spiritual healing in a variety of books and audios. Now he has teamed with Greenberg (cocreator of Tom Clancy's Power Plays series) to add adventure fiction to his output. The setting is the Syrian Desert, in the area of Baghdad and Damascus. Michael Aulden is an American surgeon, doing relief work among the war-torn local peoples. He has been drawn to this mission by his "questions, ideals, dilemmas." Among these are recurring religious visionsA"fevered revelations" that appear to him in dreamsAof Armageddon. When he discovers an Islamic prophet named Ishmael, he fears that ruin will soon be visited on earth. Aulden must reach within himself, test his own supernatural powers, to see if he, too, can affect fate. Corbett's zealous narrational style plays up the story's portentous leanings: action-adventure served up as a life lesson for the ages. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's mass market paperback. (Apr.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-A sort of Pilgrim's Progress by way of The Celestine Prophecy, this allegory of a soul's education is the first of a series. Michael Aulden, an American doctor working to repair bodies ravaged by war in the Middle East, encounters Ishmail, a false prophet who emerges from the desert bringing both ecstatic visions and devastation in his wake. Michael is one of the few souls strong enough to see beyond Ishmail's illusions, and he undergoes a series of trials that challenge his assumptions about the nature of reality and lead eventually to a resolution of his inner conflicts. Along the way, he and readers learn much about Jewish, Christian, and Islamic history and the traditions underlying concepts such as Armageddon, the Messiah, the Kabbalah, love, evil, illusion, and free will. Michael's journey is a mystery (in both literary senses: a spiritual story, and a detective adventure) that does finally achieve a satisfactory resolution for metaphysically minded readers. Written with the narrative pace and snappy style of a popular thriller, the tale, though a bit overlong, is leavened with colorful, believable, and often humorous characters and events. Paradoxically, the light touch and realism are juxtaposed with hallucinatory episodes and unsettling (and sometimes confusing) plot twists. This book obviously is not for everybody, but it is very well done, and will appeal to teens exploring alternative spiritual paths, to those troubled by events in the Middle East, and to readers of contemporary fantasy.
Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars -a satisfying read- Dec 21 2003
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This is a good book to read. I bought my copy when it first came out a few years ago and found it hard to put down. I am neither a outspoken critic or a "follower" of Deepak and I found this novel worthy of merit on its own , without making general reference to the authors past work in non-fiction and in fiction.
It sort of cleverly grabs you from the first few pages and beckons you with bare hints that an unfolding mystery is sure to follow should you continue reading. I found myself easily identifying with the religious and idealogical morass the protagonist experiences, and it seems revelant to the day and age in which we live.
Thick, compact and easily readable (to be fair, I did find some parts overly-breezy) without being overly simplistic or pollyannish, it provides an engaging reading experience. The author takes care to not produce something overly dense, causing the reader to become bored and lose interest; choosing not to bog and mire the reader down with sidebar note fuzzy pseudo religio-philisophical concepts.
This book could be just what the Dr. ordered to ease the mind and achieve a serene calm from the ripple effects of an increasingly troubled and chaotic world as we search to seek out and re-adjust our position in it.
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This was a very hard book for me to read. I read mostly non fiction, and have admired and learned from Dr. Chopra's knowledge of the mind-body-spirit connections. I'm not clear as to how much of the material in Lords of Light is factually correct, since there are glaring mistakes, as some have mentioned. And lots of typos in a book published for world wide consumption. The authors do take a courageous leap into the realms of evil; I found myself feeling like I had fallen into a mudhole. The pace of the book is similar to suspense novels; even though it was making me very uncomfortable, I couldn't put it down, hoping that things would begin to make sense. Bottom line, the authors must have been drinking more coffee than the protaganist, and writing in some free association form. There is too much going on that is not explained, too many leaps of faith that the reader is asked to endure. The good/bad thing is, the book has sent my beliefs into a downward spiral. I am not clear if Dr. Chopra really believes some of the things Solomon and Rakhel(who have the role of teachers/elders) say. Especially te part saying that life is for being human, it isn't good to be too good...he seems to be saying it's fine to steal and lie a little, hey , it's "just the human condition"....For a man who is known world wide for his wisdom and teachings, this feels like the shadow side of Depak having its 2 minutes in the spotlight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad Nov. 18 2000
By J. Ray
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This new genre of "spiritual fiction" has many more misses than hits. I would call this one a near hit. Near because it starts out great and had me right with it until the last few chapters, then I sorta lost interest. The story takes some odd turns and although it does make some important points, it seemed to miss others. If you are interested in a good spiritual novel, check out "The Destiny of Miro" by Julie Rae Rickard. It is a great combination of spiritual ideas in a fictional format. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lords of Light Feb. 14 2000
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Let it take you on a journey of the fantastic! I do not typically enjoy reading, but I found Lords of Light to be a very intriguing and very enticing book that includes fantasy and wonder! It also includes historical facts that have been blended into the writing, but you don't realize that you are learning while you are following the fantastic story of good and evil, dark and light...determining what is good and what is evil is the true creative twist Deepak Chopra creates in this fantiastic novel. Try it, you'll love it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars This Book is TRYING to Say Something Dec 28 1999
By A Customer
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This book is trying to illustrate a philosophy but may lose a lot of people in the translation. I found the book scarey in that we don't often know who is good and who is evil or if good and evil even exist. I wish the point was more clear.
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It's interesting to see the different reactions to the book. I read it first, knowing nothing about it and not looking at reviews. Though I did enjoy reading it, I leaned towards those who found it confusing. My biggest problem was the arbitrariness of the universe we were put in. The rules changed every few paragraphs, so I found that it all became rather arbitrary. After a while I cared less about what was going to happen and certainly gave up trying to make any sense out of it. In the end they somehow got rid of the Prophet but I really have no idea how or why it worked.
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I have read several books by Mr. Chopra... Some of them very inspiring... Quantum Healing, The Seven Laws..., Ageless / Timeless..., and I'd recommend them to readers interested in that kind of material.
I had also read Mr. Chopra's novel about Merlin, and got very bored and confused with it. I don't even know how I could finish it.
Yet, I wanted to give him another chance and bought Lords of The Light... It's just as boring and confusing, but at least is shorter.
Mr. Chopra... Perhaps I totally missed the point in those two books, but I'm giving you no more chances with your novels.
From now on I'll rather read New Age novels from writers such as James Redfield, Dan Millman, Hank Wesselman, Marlo Morgan ("Mutant Message, Down Under"), Ken Carey...
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