Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

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First-Fifteen-Lives-front-cover-3Harry August has attended multiple universities and obtained several professional degrees. He has travelled the world in search of religion, art, and architecture. He has fought in World War II, been committed to an insane asylum, been a scientist and university professor, a married man, and killed a serial murderer. If nothing on this list of accomplishments interests you, I might add that he has been reborn at least a dozen times. When Harry August dies he is reborn into the same life with all the knowledge and wisdom he acquired in his previous lives. Harry is essentially immortal giving him time to read all the books he always meant to read, have an epic romance, and most importantly pursue the answers he desperately craves about his existence and those like him, called the Kalachakra. Harry is taken in by the Kalachakra and becomes a member of their secret society called the Cronus Club where he agrees to follow their most imperative rule: do not alter history in any significant way. That means killing Hitler and stopping the terrorist attacks in 2001 are completely out of the question. When a young girl visits Harry on his death bed of his eleventh life to inform him that the world is ending and a Kalachakra is responsible, Harry must spring into action to save not just future generations but his own as it appears the perpetrator is set on ending the world sooner rather than later.

This book is a great genre-bender as it fits in with mystery and science fiction titles but it is also a great literary read. Fans of Doctor Who and/or time travel in general should definitely check out this unique title. Claire North, a pseudonym for author Catherine Webb, was just fourteen when she wrote her first novel back in 2002. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is, coincidentally her fifteenth novel.

Check the PPLC Catalog for The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

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