Dan Edmund is a former librarian, history teacher and guitar tutor and performer who has also worked as a freelance journalist, having published a number of travel and local history articles. He has also a post-graduate IT qualification. He is married with one child, and tries to live the life of a good Christian who seeks a better world. For his first novel, Paradise World, Dan Edmund has spent many years of study and contemplation on the deeper meanings of life, including what life could be like in a world that was divinely transformed and filled with love, peace and joy; a world where even death no longer exists.
Concert guitarist David Eliot is murdered only to awake in a beauteous paradise were death, pain and sorrow no longer exist. He immediately falls in love with his new life, although he sorely misses his beloved wife, Jenny. Yet being in Christ’s Millennium, he is certain of her imminent resurrection. However, he must first accomplish two missions. The first entails helping an atheistic historian to believe that life in paradise is real, not merely a dream. Yet persuading the brilliant but eccentric and traumatized Professor Harry Marston, a chronic lucid dreamer, is no easy task. If the first task proves to be difficult for the protagonist, the second is horrendous. He must also meet up with his murderer and help him to reform.
However, Paradise World is not just a story; it is also a spiritual odyssey, a quest to attempt to understand the great mysteries of life and death, but from a millenarian Christian perspective. Yet the story is not dogmatic, nor is the Christian perspective the only one to be explored. Through the characters of Professor Harry Marston, Dr Roger Farthing and Thomas More, other avenues and subjects are also traversed: philosophy, history, science, literature, psychology, paranormal research, utopias, as well as ancient western and eastern religions.
Interwoven into the story is also the discovery of beauty, love, faith, forgiveness, peace and happiness. In a world filled with so much suffering, pain and uncertainty, it all may seem to be a mere dream. However, great dreams are worth pursuing, and in the end it may be that this life may be the dream, even the nightmare from which we will all one day awake.