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John Russell
Riding with Ghosts, Angels, and the Spirits of the Dead
John Russell, author

Adult; Other Nonfiction; (Market)

I'm John Russell, an internationally known psychic; an avid biker; and author of the nonfiction book: Riding with Ghosts, Angels, and the Spirits of the Dead. Riding my motorcycle thousands of miles has resulted in some compelling, sometimes spine-chilling supernatural manifestations. Take a fun and enjoyable (if slightly spooky) ride along with me as we encounter what one reader has described as a wide array of paranormal experiences with a great range of intensity that locks in the reader for the entire book!
In this entertaining debut autobiography, Russell (“I’ve been a professional psychic for over 45 years and a biker for over 50”) shares his curious experiences with what he calls the Other Side and his love for stumbling onto those experiences while riding his motorcycle, Melissa. He describes overwhelming urges to travel for unknown reasons, resulting in new and unexpected discoveries upon arrival, and instances in which friends and pets who have passed away are still present. From irregular movements of vegetation to paranormal battle reenactments and a spirit who saved his life when he was overheated, Russell excitedly recounts his experiences.

He also unabashedly admits there are a lot of things he doesn’t know, such as the purpose and meaning behind his specific experiences, and relays the frustrations of having too many unanswered questions and being unable to direct his interactions with the supernatural. Though some will question the validity or explain away his encounters, readers will be charmed by his freewheeling prose (“I… look up… expecting to see a whirling mass of tornadic doom—Damn it...I’m too young to die!—and instead I’m greeted by the sight of a shiny metallic looking disc…. I literally perform a cartoon-style eye rub”).

His affection for things natural and supernatural—he calls a particular branch “my old friend” and dedicates the book to “my guys on the Other Side”—and his gratitude for these experiences are infectious. Russell brings his treks to life with vibrant immediacy. His unadulterated joy and way with words yield an entertaining and meaningful account.

Takeaway: Motorcycle riding and psychic experience enthusiasts will relish in the physical and spiritual journey of this entertaining autobiography.

Great for fans of: Maureen Hancock’s The Medium Next Door, Marla Frees’s American Psychic.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: A


To date my first book, "Riding with Ghosts, Angels, and the Spirits of the Dead," has received the following Awards and Recognition:

Won a SILVER AWARD from the Nonfiction Book Awards  —  Won a BRONZE MEDAL from the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest — 
Awarded a Five Star Review from Readers' Favorite  —  Longlisted for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards