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A Vision of Fire: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Anderson , Jeff Rovin
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The first novel from iconic X-Files star Gillian Anderson and New York Times bestselling author Jeff Rovin: a science fiction thriller of epic proportions.

Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara is a single mom trying to juggle her job, her son, and a lackluster dating life. Her world is suddenly upturned when Maanik, the daughter of India’s ambassador to the United Nations, starts speaking in tongues and having violent visions. Caitlin is sure that her fits have something to do with the recent assassination attempt on her father—a shooting that has escalated nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan to dangerous levels—but when teenagers around the world start having similar outbursts, Caitlin begins to think that there’s a more sinister force at work.

In Haiti, a student claws at her throat, drowning on dry land. In Iran, a boy suddenly and inexplicably sets himself on fire. Animals, too, are acting irrationally, from rats in New York City to birds in South America to ordinary house pets. With Asia on the cusp of nuclear war, Caitlin must race across the globe to uncover the mystical links among these seemingly unrelated incidents in order to save her patient—and perhaps the world.

Editorial Reviews


"Actress Anderson of X-Files fame makes her fiction debut with this gripping, well-written thriller, coauthored with genre veteran Rovin (Vespers).... Fans of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child will find a lot to like." (Publishers Weekly)

"A real page turner!" (New York Live)

“This is basically the dream of nerds everywhere.” (Flavorwire)

“[W]e’re quivering with anticipation for Gillian Anderson’s debut science fiction novel.” (

“Gillian Anderson delighted us for years as the skeptical Agent Scully on The X-Files, and now she wants to return to the genre that made her famous, this time as an author.” (

“Gillian Anderson is returning to the genre that made her a cultural icon.” (Entertainment Weekly)

"Famed as X-Files Special Agent Dana Scully, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Anderson helps launch the publisher's cutting-edge imprint Simon 451 with the transcendent story of a Manhattan psychiatrist investigating inexplicable behavior by children worldwide that could spell real trouble.... A lot of tension…the mystical elements are further out there than any X-Files episode." (Library Journal)

"Anderson and co-author Jeff Rovin, an established novelist and ghostwriter, have crafted a book that takes a measured approach to the supernatural and wears its sombre apocalyptic mood like a stylish cashmere overcoat." (Financial Times)

"[A] slick, fast-paced page-turner replete with nuclear threat, occult cabals and an epidemic of apocalyptic visions suffered by children worldwide." (The Guardian)

About the Author

Gillian Anderson is an award-winning film, television, and theatre actress whose credits include the roles of Special Agent Dana Scully in the long-running and critically acclaimed drama series, The X-Files, ill-fated socialite Lily Bart in The House of Mirth, and Lady Dedlock in the BBC production of Charles Dickens’s Bleak House. She is currently playing the role of Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier in Hannibal and is a costar on the television thriller, Crisis. She currently lives in the UK with her daughter and two sons.

Jeff Rovin is the author of more than 100 books, fiction and nonfiction, both under his own name, under various pseudonyms, or as a ghostwriter, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. He has written over a dozen Op-Center novels for the late Tom Clancy. Rovin has also written for television and has had numerous celebrity interviews published in magazines under his byline. He is a member of the Author’s Guild, the Science Fiction Writers of America, and the Horror Writers of America, among others.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4152 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476776520
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ Simon451 (October 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't know how much of this book was actually written by Gillian Anderson but I can be fairly certain that none of it was written by Dana Scully. That said, no matter how Ms. Anderson feels about the Scully role and its influence on her career, her role as co-author of this book suggests there will be a certain X-Files vibe. And there is. As a long time fan, and meaning no disrespect to the franchise, the larger problem is that there are at least three X-Files vibes - there can be a clear, crisp linear plot and resolution, or there can be an abstract "whaat-is-happening-here?" current, or there can be a fair amount of dense vaguely metaphysical speculating while vaguely bad things happen. This book, in true X-Files tradition, actually drifts a bit into each of these orbits. That's fine as long as you know that's what you're getting in to.

The presentation and development of the characters is well above average, and your interest in them will help you over the bumpier plot points. Our heroine is very Scully-ish, so there's no bait-and-switch there. Other characters are also reasonably well developed, and there are a number of non-essential but welcome observations and descriptions and actions that round the cast out much better than is usually the case.

Along the same lines, in a general sense, a lot of attention has been paid to the overall writing of the story. This is not a bare slam-bang actioner. Scenes are set carefully, telling grace notes are added, bits of detail inform the action - and all of this makes for a deeper and more rewarding reading experience. This book has some heft.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than what I expected. October 13, 2014
By Ellen25
I just want to start by saying that Sci-Fi isn't my genre. Despite the fact that I enjoyed The X-Files when it was one, I don't really gravitate towards books of that nature. When I saw that Gillian Anderson had written a book, I figured I would give it a try. I figured it would be a decent book that I could read on my way to work. I was happy to realize it was better than decent. I ended up not being able to read before work because I couldn't put it down.

It took me a bit to really get into the first couple of chapters. To be honest, the main plot didn't interest me as much as the characters themselves. The main character, Caitlin, is everything you would want in a character. She's complex, but not overly so. She's not super human. She doesn't have insane powers that make her ruler of the world or anything. She's an average human being who is trying to navigate the challenges or work, motherhood, and life. I felt instantly drawn to her. I always love that it was set in New York City. It provided a great back drop.

My favorite part of the book is the complex relationship she has with her best friend, Ben. It's not your typical 'oh look, a romance' dynamic. Their relationship is full of history. They rely on each other in their darkest moments. They push each other away and still manage to find their way back to each other. I found myself eager to read more about them as friends or maybe more. The book was a page turner.

I can't wait for the next installment. I am dying to see how Caitlin, Ben, and her son work into the overall mystery. The ending was rather confusing...but I think that's due to it being a trilogy. I am excited to see how it plays out! Congrats Gillian and Jeff. :)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Kali
Format:Kindle Edition
X-files fans across the world, rejoice!

With A Vision of Fire, Gillian Anderson has written a science fiction novel including just the right amount of homage to her eerie investigations as Dana Scully. Co-written with Jeff Rovin, the book is the first novel in what promises to be a supernatural and apocalyptic series called EarthEnd.

UN translator Ben contacts child psychiatrist Claire out of desperation–something strange has happened to the Indian ambassador’s daughter. The Indian Ambassador just survived an assassination attempt, and his daughter’s condition is now distracting him from crucial peace talks, as India and Pakistan edge closer to war. Claire, who goes where the trauma takes her, sees the young girl, Maanik, and knows immediately that her bizarre behavior isn’t PTSD. As the world moves towards war, a few young people across the globe seem possessed.

Could it be trauma, ghosts, aliens, seizures, past lives? Is there any difference between a traumatic event that I feel or a traumatic event that you feel? And is all this mystical stuff misplaced in a science fiction novel, as there might really be some sort of global conspiracy seeking contact with an alien race? What is really going on here?

This is a quick read, as you’ll find yourself skimming frantically through pages, looking for solutions. But brace yourself, as this is only the first book of a series, and the conclusion here is a promise for more answers in the next book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read. October 12, 2014
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This book draws you in as all good stories should. It keeps you guessing while providing plenty of suspense to propel you along the intriguing journey crafted by authors Anderson and Rovin. While the ending is satisfying, it does leave open the exciting possibility of more to come. Can't go wrong with this one - highest recommendations from a very picky reader!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
surprisingly good book from an actress and a hired was worth reading
Published 3 days ago by April J. Naturale
4.0 out of 5 stars A good first effort by on of my favorite actress's for ...
A good first effort by on of my favorite actress's for her work on X-Files the last part of the book is a page turner.
Published 3 days ago by Ron Mace
4.0 out of 5 stars X file fans will want to read
I bought this book only for the author, Dana Scully. Was disappointed, but it was a decent book. I will keep it with my X files collection
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
To be honest, I went into this book with low expectations. A debut novel, much less a debut novel by an actor (with the help of a secondary author), can be hit or miss. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Alexia
3.0 out of 5 stars not as interesting as it could have been
The author is obviously setting the stage for future books, but there's too much scene setting and not nearly enough story happening in A Vision of Fire. Read more
Published 26 days ago by M. N. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fast read
Intelligently written and similar to the Strain. Relatable characters and great pace. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Sean P Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book arrived in perfect condition. Looks like a good read.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen LaPorte
4.0 out of 5 stars 3/4 great & 1/4 huh?
Caitlin O’Hara is a child psychologist and a mother. Her long time friend (Ben) asks her to help on an unusual case, and one that requires the greatest discretion possible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Dickson
3.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't that great a story
Too much paranormal activity for my taste. It wasn't that great a story, but it kept me sufficiently interested that I finished the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David W. Davidson
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