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The Choice: Death Is Just The Beginning

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  24 reviews

"What’s happening to me?” a young man named Jonas asks as he looks into the eyes of his Aunt Claire—a woman who’s been dead for over twelve years. Like most people, Jonas had no idea his time had come, nor is he prepared for what he’s about to face next. He had assumed he would be taken to an afterlife full of puffy clouds and golden har
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published September 14th 2014 by The New York Standard Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. My favorite part was the interpretation of the role that Spirits play in our lives here on earth. I had a hard time putting this book down. It was an easy read with a lot of deep ideas to ponder. I will be thinking about this book for a long time.
Kellen Chumbley
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is difficult to describe or understand the true meaning of the book without describing the intentions of the author. I first heard of this book from the author himself at a seminar at my university. To sum up his message, he basically explained how a great many people (more than we realize) are suffering with PTSD from being abused emotionally, mentally, physically, or sexually. His intentions are to instill a social change in society that would bring about an awareness of that so that we can ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
`If there is something science has to say about our universe...there is far more out there than we have ever imagined'

New York City author Slade Combs directs commercials as a day job, but in his heart is the seed of being an author who is able to entertain while inspiring his readers. THE CHOICE: DEATH IS JUST THE BEGINNING is his debut novel. The extraordinarily beautiful cover art for his novel is by Ivo Horvat.

Slade respect both his readers and the adventure he is about to unfold by presenti
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This book was recommended to me by my sister after she met the author (although before she read the book), but unfortunately I didn't end up enjoying it. I had two major problems with this book. The first was that I didn't like the author's writing style. It was too wordy and long-winded for my tastes. I often felt like the plot was bogged down in overly long descriptions. Despite being very descriptive, not much time was spent on character development. All of the characters were flat, and I did ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
An unexpected mix of suspense, terror, science, and faith, Combs ably weaves in religious history and mental health definitions. This book will foster discussion amongst people of all faiths about the connections between our pre-earth life, the presence of the dead amongst the living, and the life we live when we leave mortality. I found Slade's vision of the post-mortal world believable and comforting (I've always felt my Grandma Annie was watching over me!).

When asked how I liked the book my
Riannan Altvater
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book, The Choice, is a thrilling read that keeps you thinking, wondering, and reading until the very last sentence. Starting out with a suspenseful beginning, this book has you imagining every scene with it's detailed and descriptive writing, the middle and core content of the book is filled with engaging dialogue, fascinating religious and spiritual discoveries, and plot thickening realizations that make the book all the more impressive. Ending with a surprisingly positive ending, this boo ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"The Choice", without giving away any details, is essentially a tale about how the way we choose to live our lives and the decisions we make effect both ourselves and the people we've touched. Not just in this life, but in the afterlife as well. This book is thought provoking, with a fresh look at the ideas of heaven and hell, good and evil. It's a great read, and so hard to put down. I can't wait for the next book!

*I received a copy of this book through Goodreads Firstreads.
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Ryan Olds
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Goodreads first reads winner

Overall the book is entertaining and the plot moves at a great pace. I really liked the premise and the idea of the afterlife in the beginning but that is when the book went from a novel about the afterlife to a thriller to catch a child abuser. The afterlife and the world after death takes a second seat to catching and serving justice to the abuser. I felt the novel was more written to open up the readers eyes to the damage of abuse than it was about life after deat
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally read these types of books, but this was really good gives a really interesting perspective on death and the afterlife, I even cried at the end!!! I definitely recommend it! ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Others who find life important
Recommended to Julie by: Goodreads giveaway
I think it was an amazing story of what life and death could be like! It starts with a nightmare, a child in despair. Jonas finds himself with his Aunt Claire who had died. Aunt Claire takes him with her to meet the others. The others prepare Jonas for what he was chosen to do, before he can get to heaven. I found myself reaching for tissue as I read some parts that are very sad, making you think about the people you leave behind when you die and what might be waiting for us when we do die. It m ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Combs paints a beautiful and believable after life in this thriller. I loved how he described the character, Jonas', experiences as he succumbed to a tragic death. Then slowly progressing, learning and understanding his new "environment". It's a page turner. And then when he begins to recognize his force for good, which can still impact those around him who are enjoying their physical bodies, it's overwhelming and very well written. We live on; we do not die; we continue as we once were, just wi ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has a really great message plus it is an easy read. I met the author when he came to my school and he was a really neat guy. It is inspiring as a writer to hear about success stories. Yet being a writer and an English Major is what made my enjoyment of this book less than I had anticipated. The writing is fast and simple and yet, the characters are not developed. The plot is the most important part of the story. The plot is good, but how can I enjoy the story without relating to at lea ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I won this book in a giveaway. I wasn't sure what to expect here. The story idea seemed interesting and something I would be interested in. The book started out with a bang, I was hooked right away. The suspense was fast moving. The first few chapters had me engrossed then, as books sometimes do, it sagged. I plodded through the middle. There were some interesting turns in the middle, but not enough to help the story along. However, I kept reading. It picked up in the home stretch. The ending wa ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-my-favorites
So I liked this book and the story about the guy dying and going to wherever he went (sorta confused on where he went) except it would have this flashback to a pedophile abusing a child like every 40 pages and it was just like a two page chapter. I only read about 100pages of this book and knew this wasn't for me. I know child sexual abuse is THE worst thing but I couldn't read about it and was worried about where it was going to go. Would not recommend this book. ...more
Katarina Jambresic
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Theaters - brace yourselves for this gem! The story line is as captivating and thought-provoking as it is entertaining. The characters are well developed and the initially separate stories connect and intertwine seamlessly. You can tell the topics discussed were well researched and Slade's style keeps you wanting to know what comes next. You will basically have a hard time putting this book down until you have reached the acknowledgements page. ...more
Cindy Batdorf
The Choice: Death Is Just The Beginning (Paperback)
by Slade Combs

I was excited to read this book until I got in a few pages. A major part of the storyline involves a pedofile. I know this is a real part of the world but it is not something I wish to read for pleasure. That being said I was intrigued by Jonas' story of the afterlife. The sweet and the bitter were nicely woven together. The ending will not disappoint.

This was a Goodreads First read.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads first reads winner.

Overall, I liked the book. I had trouble focusing on it around the middle of the book. This book is one that has kept me thinking throughout it and will continue to think. The plot wasn't what I had expected at all, but I really like how i was completely surprised by the overall story.
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first page of this book really put me off. I think I'm glad I stuck with it. Really thought-provoking but so so disturbing. And his writing about surfing is painful to read, needed a bit more research there to get the jargon down. ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story of life and death, of choices and consequences. I love how Combs envisioned the other side of the veil, and the reality of angels and devils that fight for each soul.
China Duncan
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book blew me away. It reads so fast it takes your breath away.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book via the Goodreads First-reads program.
Julio Fernandez
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no words to describe the awesomeness of this book. Serious recommend.
Dawn Brock
Great read.

This book made me laugh and cry and contemplate life. I really enjoyed its creativity. It talks about some very serious subjects but it never feels disrespectful or flippiant. I had an opportunity to meet the author and he was super kind and down to earth.
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