Length: 31 pages
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Roger Bloomfield lost his childhood dream. He could no longer become the actor he wanted to be. Failing almost every class of the Drama Department in NYU could do that to a person. No longer accepted in the department, Roger forces himself to find a new dream, finally settling on becoming a computer major. Maybe he’d be good at it and become, and create, the next big thing on the internet. But one class into his new life as a student of computers and Roger knows that his dream was a forced one, one that would never feel genuine. So when Rebecca Towne, the beautiful woman in his class with the long, red hair, capturing eyes, and wondrous smile tells him that he would be a natural at astral travel, Roger finds a new, genuine dream. Roger becomes obsessed with the cosmic world, devouring books after books, when Rebecca tells him that she can get his into the organization that can help him realize his dreams. What follows is Roger’s discovery of astral travel, and his discovery about the organization and its wealthy and apparently esteemed leader, the Imperatrax.
Mind Slaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum – Part 1- Mayhem on the Astral Highway Illustrated is the revamped and renewed version of the book with the same name by Pierre S. Freeman. And the new one is definitely more interesting and appealing than its predecessor.
The first thing that it has going for it is its lack of typos and grammatical and spelling errors, something that had really hindered the flow of the earlier version. The second thing that really adds a nice touch are the illustrations. They add a bit of color to the story, making the entire book even more enjoyable. Plus, it isn’t that there is an illustration on every other page and their limited number makes them quite perfect.
As far as the story goes, it is a wonderful mix of drama, comedy, and reality. What I really like about Freeman’s work is his understanding of human nature. The way he depicts Roger’s life and need to find a dream that is genuine, resounds with reality. You can almost imagine someone you know going through the same thing. Then there’s the fact that he masterfully ridicules the practices of so many cults that pass off as cosmic and parapsychologic organizations. Freeman gives you an insight into the almost ridiculous manner in which the leaders of these organizations make people believe that their wealth and the adorationbestowed upon them is justified and even deserved. And yet, the satire does not take away the seriousness and reality of the situation.
While still being entertaining, Freeman manages to bring forth many concerns and issues that affect people who get sucked into such cults and the families of these people. He also gives you a practical look at these concerns, in effect, making you really think twice before considering getting into the midst of such groups or people who try to advocate such ideas.
On the satirical side, Freeman truly delivers. The book is quirky and while the beginning may seem a bit rocky, it develops into a story that can keep you gripped. That is a good thing too since this is only Part 1 and it ends with you wondering just what is going to happen in Part 2. Needless to say, I’m going to read Part 2 when it comes out for sure!
Although it has a really long name, the book itself is quite short, making it an ideal read if you’re looking for something witty and quick. Great to carry along on short journeys, this book can be enjoyed by people who have an interest in parapsychology, people who have an interest in the occult, and people who simply want a quick, fun read. That’s how I discovered this book which, in spite of not really following Freeman’s work earlier, I really enjoyed. And right now, Smashwords is offering this book for free!