Verdict: Visgilio does an excellent job of making a confused—and, at times, not so likeable—young man, a sympathetic protagonist one can empathize with and care about. The novel flows and is difficult to put down. The reader can’t help but wonder what is going to happen next and how the story will end.
Geoffrey Visgilio’s novel of discovery begins with a young man named Jared November, who is about to celebrate his 35th birthday in a most novel way—by blowing his head off with a shotgun. Jared, a bipolar womanizer, who has spent most of his life looking out for number one and avoiding real attachments at all costs, decides that the best relief for the pain he feels is to continue his self-indulgent behavior and commit suicide.watch movie Kong: Skull Island now
However, things don’t go quite as planned and, instead, Jared is sent on a journey of discovery to find out just who or what he is. Given a second opportunity at life, Jared begins evaluating his decisions and tries to make amends by apologizing for past sins. During this cosmic journey, Jared finds that time has no real meaning, that the past and present meld together into one, and that he himself may have lived time and time again in one alternate universe after another. His journey eventually leads Jared back to his father who, visiting Jared to celebrate his birthday, informs him of his new love after his wife’s death.
Jared decides to cut his ties to the life he now views as a dead end in search of something more. He quits his job and goes to live with his father. There, he meets Mira, a woman who at times has almost angelic qualities and is in tune with everything around her. With Mira’s help, Jared tries to recapture the event that drives him on his quest.
At his father’s wedding, Jared sees the honest happiness shared between his father and new bride and finds that his own demons are gradually disappearing. His doubts and guilts fall away and his true soul, his inner being, starts to emerge. Thanks to Mira, Jared comes to a final realization that all is not as it seems and that the universe does indeed go on forever filled only with love and peace—as do all of those who inhabit it, living in a continuum without judgment.
BELIEVE is a moving piece of fiction that takes the reader to areas not often visited in fiction, carrying the reader to aspects of one’s own existence in the universe, and questions whether higher powers are at work there and whether those who dwell in the universe are actors on a cosmic stage playing out various repeated roles endlessly throughout all of time. The novel is reminiscent of Siddhartha and follows beliefs expounded in the works of Rumi.
Visgilio does an excellent job of making a confused—and, at times, not so likeable—young man, a sympathetic protagonist one can empathize with and care about. The novel flows and is difficult to put down. The reader can’t help but wonder what is going to happen next and how the story will end.
~Carlos Perez for IndieReader