Charles Cunningham, a wealthy real estate developer, dies unexpectedly and finds himself in Purgatory, the place between heaven and hell. Though depressed about his early death, he befriends two other souls doing time there -- the writer Edgar Allan Poe and a music-loving deadbeat named Billy. Upon receiving a letter from God telling him he must learn some unnamed lessons before he can go to heaven, he convinces Poe to join him in the portal back to earth. They hope to make up for their past mistakes, but they arrive on earth in the year 2049, 42 years after Charles' death. Traveling from mid-21st century New York City to Las Vegas, Charles seeks out the daughter he neglected in life, though she is now in her eighties. However, an unfriendly soul from Purgatory follows them to earth. This soul, an employee with whom Charles had an affair and summarily fired, is determined to keep him from winning passage to heaven. She teams up with Charles' grandson, a debt-ridden gambling addict who has a talent for messing things up. Together, they hatch a deadly scheme to foil Charles' plan to get to heaven and net the grandson badly-needed money. Charles learns of their plans and enlists his friends to help stop them. Will they succeed?
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The conclusion. What happens in Vegas...Poe knows how to handle a liquor bottle...The gang receives a visitor...Homecoming.
Terry decodes the message; Billy gives Terry his orders; Terry sets up Abby's murder and Ellen's double-cross; Poe falters, and things grow tense between Charles and him.
Charles spends Christmas with Abby; Terry gets into the Christmas spirits; Billy wins at blackjack and takes Poe's advice about money.
Poe goes Christmas shopping at a mall with Charles and learns some unsettling news. They bump into someone they don't expect on a Las Vegas street.
Charles watches football with a very enthusiastic Abby. Terry looks for a way out of his financial problems. Ellen has dog trouble.
Everyone flies to Las Vegas. Ellen gets discovered. Charles has dinner with Abby and learns about spicy Indian food.
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Really good listen!
Love the whole time travel thing...the dialogue, especially dealing with Poe was outstanding.
Writing and reading is very good - lovable characters you really care about.
Would have rated this a 5 star, but the ending was a little soppish...too sweet and felt a little manipulative.
Overall, would definitely recommend.
Loved the story
I really enjoyed the storyline. It made me think of what I would need to learn should I end up in purgatory. I really liked the characters - one from early America and the other from present day. Gave you perspective of their thought process when situations happened. The reading could have been better as you could tell when they lost their place reading.