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Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot (edition 2009)

by Bruce Leininger

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Title:Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot
Authors:Bruce Leininger
Info:Hay House UK Ltd (2009), Paperback, 288 pages
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This book is overwritten with a cliched and awful narrative. The writers seem obsessed with describing the trials and tribulations of a difficult work life and moving house. For the first 6 or 7 chapters the information relating to their child's past life could be summarised in a couple of sentences...He had bad dreams. He called out strange things in the night ... I found myself speed reading through most of the book and only slowing down when I found something about his past life. It seemed to be more of a book about this child's parent's woes. When I did find a relevant part in the book it was interesting but written in a sensationalist manner. The authors did not need to put exclamation marks after every interesting sentence. The topic is very interesting and I did enjoy the latter part of the book regarding the men of the Natoma Bay, unfortunately the amateurish over writing spoilt the read. ( )
  KatiaMDavis | Dec 19, 2017 |
Soul Survivor is an incredible story that begins with a two-year-old's night terrors that repeat the same theme: a plane is on fire and the occupant can't escape. As the nightmares continue and the child becomes fascinated with planes in general, WWII aircraft specifically, it becomes obvious that there is something strange occurring. Young James is adamant about details of what he claims are memories, not only with regard to specific aircraft, but also other pilots and members of the family which he believes was formerly his. He describes the aircraft carrier from which “his” plane took off and the location at which “he” was killed. As it turns out, his statements were all verified, interestingly by research done by his father, who was trying desperately to disprove his son’s proclamations.

I found this book absolutely mesmerizing. It is written in an easy to read style that places the reader in the center of the family’s drama and asks more questions than it answers. How could a two year old identify the difference between a bomb and a drop tank? How could he know a Wildcat as opposed to a Corsair? What would allow him to know the names of soldiers who were killed in WWII, only months before the man he believed himself to have been was shot down? Where would he obtain the knowledge that allowed him to recognize the sister of the man he believed himself to have been, and to know details of the life she had with her brother? How could he know the name of former/past life friends?

If you believe in reincarnation, this book will enforce that belief. If you don’t believe in reincarnation, this book will give you hours of entertainment trying to find a different explanation. ( )
  KarensStories | Mar 9, 2015 |
Soul Survivor is the story of two-year-old James Leininger whose night terrors about crashing in an airplane send his parents on a long, emotional search for the cause. Along the way they learn that James was, by all accounts, reliving the death of Navy pilot, Ensign James McCready Huston Jr. who died during WWII on March 3, 1945 in a raid on the Japanese island of Chichi-Jima.
In their search, Bruce and Andrea Leininger discover their son’s nightmares to be richly detailed with names and places. They also discover that he somehow knows more about WWII aircraft and tactics than any plausible explanation would allow. In their six year odyssey, Bruce, Andrea and James eventually meet the surviving members of Ensign Huston’s squadron who verify the names, places, times, and events leading to Ensign Huston’s death, just as James described them. They meet with Ensign Huston’s 84 year-old sister, Anne Huston Barron, who James immediately calls “Annie” just as her brother did in 1945. In the end, Soul Survivor is a riveting tale wrapped in a mediocre and somewhat over-wrought narrative. Nevertheless, three and a half stars from this old swabbie. ( )
  Renzomalo | Jul 27, 2013 |
By the end of this book, I was a completely believer. There were too many coincidences that couldn't be explained away. I love the idea of reincarnation and find it easier to believe in than some people.

The only thing that bummed me out about this book is how poorly it was written. It didn't flow well, it didn't encourage you to like the parents at all, and the author kept using either words he made up and/or unique words several times in the same paragraph. There was also the issue with cramming too many facts that had nothing to do with the story into the book... ( )
  clarasayre | Mar 30, 2013 |
While some of the writing was a bit choppy--the same info was repeated in different voices (ie. Andrea's and Bruce's point of view)--the story itself was very fascinating. I don't think it needed to be quite as long as it was, but reading about their journey of discovery for the true facts of the crash, alongside with the reincarnation nightmares/memories, was fascinating. I was already convinced of the existence of reincarnation, but hearing another story of a child who can recall a past life was well worth it. ( )
  puttocklibrary | May 3, 2012 |
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Bowman, CarolForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446509337, Hardcover)

This is the story of James Leininger, who-- a little more than two weeks after his second birthday-- began having blood-curdling nightmares that just would not stop. When James began screaming out recurring phrases like, "Plane on fire! Little man can't get out!" the Leiningers finally admitted that they truly had to take notice.

When details of planes and war tragedies no two-year-old boy could know continued-- even in stark daylight-- Bruce and Andrea Leininger began to realize that this was an incredible situation. SOUL SURVIVOR is the story of how the Leiningers pieced together what their son was communicating and eventually discovered that he was reliving the past life of World War II fighter pilot James Huston. As Bruce Leininger struggled to understand what was happening to his son, he also uncovered details of James Huston's life-- and death-- as a pilot that will fascinate military buffs everywhere.

In SOUL SURVIVOR, we are taken for a gripping ride as the Leiningers' belief system is shaken to the core, and both of these families come to know a little boy who, against all odds and even in the face of true skeptics, harbors the soul of this man who died long ago.

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