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Paul Vitols ("Vee-tolls"--Latvian for "willow") was born in 1959 in Vancouver, Canada, to two refugees who met at an encyclopedia salesmen's Christmas dinner.
He showed an early obsession with letters and words, which manifested in, among other things, the defacing of some of his father's books. In school he turned to filmmaking, and competed in provincial and national student film festivals. Nonetheless, the career he imagined for himself was in space science. But by age 20 he realized that, for better or worse, he was a writer, and he dropped out of university.
Paul's love of film led him into scriptwriting, and in 1992 he, with writing partner Warren Easton, broke through with a children's TV series called "The Odyssey," about a comatose 11-year-old boy trapped in an alternative world run by children as a police state. The show, known for its edge and humor, received many international awards and was broadcast in more than 50 countries.
At the same time, Paul was also at work on a novel, a literary thriller called "Truth of the Python," in which a hypnotherapist inadvertently regresses a neurotic young client to a past life as the Greek philosopher Pythagoras. Paul, after some close calls in the world of print publishing, finally brought it out as an e-book in 2011.
His current project is The Age of Pisces, an epic of the birth of Christianity, which he is calling a "literary series"--the e-book equivalent of a TV series. Episode 1, "The Mission," will appear in 2014.
Along the way, Paul has also practiced journalism, copywriting, editing, and technical writing. Indeed, to keep writing and creating he has also begged and borrowed, but not stolen--yet.
He lives with his wife Kim in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
on Aug. 11, 2011 :
I very much enjoyed this journey into the world of reincarnation, greek mythology, and modern hypnotherapy. I had a hard time feeling a lot of sympathy for the Dozier until I started to get the sense that he was not in control of his own destiny. I found it to be an easy read and a page turner even though much of it was well over my head. A book that can be appreciated on many levels, it was very visual and it was a good tale.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 12, 2011 :
I really enjoyed "Truth of the Python". It was very suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat until the last page. The story got me thinking about many different things, like heightened consciousness, rebirth, hypnosis, and our human struggles, to name a few.
It also made me realize how little I know about mythology and sparked an interest to learn more. I enjoyed the characters and was intrigued as their lives, past and present, unfolded.
I thought it was a great read, with many rich layers and thought-provoking ideas.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 06, 2011 :
When hypnotherapist Philip Dozier attempts to find the source of an embarrassing medical condition in a young patient named Greg Brodie, he is alerted to the presence of an entity being channeled through Brodie. The presence of this entity and his message awakens a thirst in both Dozier and Brodie for a glimpse deeper into this mysterious other world.
Now the clues begin to fall throughout this story, leaving a breadcrumb trail to the heart of the labyrinth. The trail is a mystical journey into the far distant past and it is a journey fraught with peril, the lure of sexual misadventure, and the awakening of consequences of choices and past actions being lived out in present life.
This engaging story lingers on in consciousness once finished and even serves as an introduction to the value of contemplating motives, compulsions and often unexplained actions in present time. One is left with a desire to understand, embrace or reject these unseen forces in life which emanate from a mythical past.
I can't pretend to understand all of the symbolism and mythological treasure buried in this story and it will take another read to dig deeper into it. Nevertheless, this is a well written story, very visual and enjoyable for that alone.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 17, 2011 :
This book is described as a literary thriller, and with the book having a historical element it caught my attention. Set in Vancouver in the early 1990s hypnotherapist Philip Dozier is treating university student Greg Brodie for an embarrassing personal problem. During the course of their sessions Greg regresses 25 centuries and it seems in a previous life he was Greek philosopher Pythagoras. He also acts a channel for a being that knows Philip's secrets. Both men become obsessed with the past, Greg convinced he is on earth to continue Pythagoras' work and Philip concerned about his historical connection with Greg and repaying karmic debts.
This is a well written book that covers some very interesting territory. I particularly liked a lot of the parts set around 500BC, reading about the different civilisations, their religious beliefs and the life of Pythagoras. I also found the present narratives enjoyable, and felt a degree of concern for Greg. However I found it hard to warm to therapist Philip, especially as his behaviour became less moral, and although she wasn't a major character I felt more empathy for his wife.
While I was keen to read on to find out how the men were linked, and to discover more about the entity Greg channels there were parts that were overly philosophical for me. It's not a topic I know a great deal about, I found myself a bit out of my depth and those parts dragged a little for me. I was happier once I got back to the more straightforward accounts of the past and present. Overall though the style, while it had a literary bent, didn't make for a hard read.
This was a thought-provoking story with an element of suspense, and although it didn't hook me in quite the same way as other thrillers, it was a good read that has been well edited with no noticeable typos.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)