The Secret Code of the Dead is a paranormal / supernatural work of fiction by Charlie Purple which follows a close group of four childhood friends. Based in England's capital, the four embark on a journey of discovery that will have them travelling to a war ravaged Iraq. They inadvertently open doorways to a world that should be kept firmly shut. As the story unfolds, natural cynicism is dispelled as they awaken to the only possible conclusion; they have found a code to listen to the dead.
This is a very powerful tool and it soon attracts interest from people that would abuse this gift.
An extraordinary amount of time and money is invested in our desire to communicate with the departed, but if there is an afterlife, surely its inhabitants would wish to communicate with the living too? This story is about such a possibility and how one man's unique skills enable the dead to construct a language around his life experiences.
What begins with an evening meal for four lifelong friends in England, ends with one of them (David) embarking on a journey of discovery. After accepting a post as foreign correspondent events lead inextricably to a day of reckoning where he is invited to confront his innermost desire in a war torn Iraq.
Hadrian is a creditable reluctant psychic with unique skills, and that's why he was chosen to develop a better way of communicating with the after world.
“There is a presence in our society that will shatter the souls of humanity, he will kill you with his kindness.” When he learns of Hadrian's new gift, he will stop at nothing to control him, but the dead have subtle ways of protecting their secrets too.
This is a fast paced novella, with believable characters experiencing extraordinary events in ordinary lives. Would your conscious mind truly recognise your innermost desire?
“To thine own self always be true.”