This novel by Deepak Chopra reworks many of the New Age guru's trademark themes about the malleability of reality and the capacity of the mind to reshape it in an interesting new form: the sci-fi whodunnit. Dr. Michael Aulden is living an ordinary life--or so it seems to him--until he is called to rescue a heart attack victim at 5 am one morning. When he arrives at the scene, the man is dead, a note reading "The Angel is Near" at his side, and Michael is accused of his murder.

But where in an ordinary mystery novel the motive would be jealousy or blackmail, in this strange tale it's a spiritual cabal--shades of the Illuminati--behind the scenes eager to recruit Michael and reveal to him his own powers. Soon Michael and his wife Susan are caught in the nightmare of divine revelation, the ordinary world around them crumbling into pieces as Michael tries to prove his innocence yet also becomes increasingly aware of just how thin the veil of reality is. The lesson of this strange book is that spiritual mysteries are knottier than Agatha Christie, and more bizarre than any science fiction thriller.

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