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E-book Review - Reflections In Grey


Jean Christou: Cyprus Mail

A psychic detective consumed by fiery passion. It was Socrates who said the unexamined life is not worth living. Some people's lives may of course be more exciting than others but everyone has a story or two to tell, even if their biography never makes it to the New York Times bestseller list.

Limassol-based Robert Cracknell (or Bob) to those who know him, has has his fair share of publicity as the psychic detective who helped catch the Yorkshire Ripper, and as a author relating those experiences, and others. His latest foray into writing is much more to do with who Cracknell is rather than what he has done in his three-score and ten years plus.
It's a life that spanned a harrowing childhood farmed out to abusive strangers during the Blitz to the twilight of his years in expathood in sunny Cyprus, with being a psychic detective, and consciously living as a hobo somewhere in between.

In Reflections in Grey, Cracknell wanders into the realm of philosophy and self-reflection; where did he go wrong, what could have been done better and "what's it all about; what's it all for?" It's written as if he hadn't paused for breath, and it was obvious that he was angry several pages before he actually wrote down those exact words. "Every time a stone and/or mud brick building in some village in a remote district of Afghanistan, Iraq or another vulnerable part of this planet is razed to the ground by a missile it costs in excess of a million dollars to achieve an act of rendering a human being homeless," he writes.

Cracknell says his experiences as a psychic detective gave him an insight into the true wickedness and mental confusion that lies in the labyrinth of the human mind. "However, you cannot eradicate evil. It is not a separate state but an integral part of us," he says.
But constantly lurking in the background was also "that undeniable awareness of a spiritual identity" and the dilemmas that come with this world view. "To turn the other cheek takes more then courage, and it would take a spiritual awareness that I cannot now, or indeed ever will, claim to possess. To turn the other cheek is to invite another blow, apparently ad infinitum," he says.

Years of searching and researching for the objective truth of existence more often than not lead to the same conclusion as Cracknell has reached: "The final truth is that we do not know the truth."
Many of those who go on an earnest journey of self-discovery, in whatever form it takes, ultimately find the answers they were seeking at the start. Reflections in Grey starts with the words 'I am dying' in the sense that biologically speaking we all are from the moment we're born. However this book ends with these very same words probably meaning much more to Bob Cracknell than they did in the beginning."

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