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*Starred Review* For the inventive Ingermanson, whose previous novels have dealt with time travel (Transgression, 2000) and spaceflight (Oxygen, 2001), Double Vision is rather short on plot. A start-up software company is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, and treachery is afoot from a rival firm. In a last-minute maneuver, the CEO hires researcher Rachel Meyers to employ a Manhattan Project approach to the development of a radical new encryption system using nanotechnology. Naturally, physicist Ingermanson is superb at describing Rachel's research, not to mention making her a believable young woman. But her coworker, Dillon Richard, runs off with the novel. Dillon is a high-functioning autistic who can write code with such speed that Rachel's research actually becomes practicable. More than that (or less), he is completely literal-minded, so that he doesn't understand metaphors or how two women, Rachel and the company's bean counter, Keryn Wills, can vie for him. His unintentional humor adds just the ingredient to make Double Vision irresistible. John Mort
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"A page-turner...[you'll] enjoy the humor inherent in the situations and quirky characters. Recommended." -- Christian Fiction Review

"Love, science, and intrigue come together in a wonderful combination. We rated this book five hearts." -- Heartland Reviews

"Mr. Ingermanson's style is compelling, hip, timely and unforgettable.... a novel I plan to read again and again!" -- Romance Readers Connection

"[Dillon Richard's] unintentional humor adds just the ingredient to make Double Vision irresistible." -- Booklist (Starred Review)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; First Edition edition (October 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764227335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764227332
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Randy Ingermanson holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley. For no logical reason, he likes making up absurd geeky suspense stories instead of doing real work. This is probably a serious character defect, so be sure to tell everyone that his books are filled with dangerous ideas and are unfit for nice people to read.

Randy lived in San Diego for 18 years working as a computational physicist and scientific software ninja. He is known as "the Snowflake Guy" by writers around the world in honor of his wildly popular fractal-inspired "Snowflake method" of writing a novel. Randy lives at an undisclosed location in the Pacific Northwest where he attends to the needs of three surly and demanding cats.

Customer Reviews

The suspense aspect of the book was very well done.
K. Bolen
Ingermanson explains the quantum tech ideas about computers so well that even a non-techie who failed physics (like me) understood the premise.
Diana Urban
This book kept my head spinning with all it's twists and turns until the very last page.
J. Graham

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Diana Urban on February 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Once again, Randall Ingermanson had me on the edge of my seat with his newest romantic suspense novel. His opening line, "Keryn Wills was in the shower when she figured out how to kill Josh Trenton." compelled me to read more. The cast of main characters comes from varied backgrounds that interweave in surprising ways, and I nearly forgot these were fictional people. They seemed so real that I found myself wanting to call some of them.

Dillon Richards, one of the main characters, is a brilliant engineer with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism. Ingermanson did a superb job of helping me understand what it might be like to be autistic. He also helps remove the stigma often attached to the condition by portraying Dillon as a person with real thoughts, concerns, and feelings. The supporting characters are colorful and entertaining without interfering with the story line.

Ingermanson explains the quantum tech ideas about computers so well that even a non-techie who failed physics (like me) understood the premise. The last 2/3 of the book kept me up way past my bedtime four nights in a row. The twists and turns held me in suspense, because every time I thought Keryn, Rachel, and Dillon were safe, they ended up in danger again.

His tagline on the back cover says it all. "Three secrets. Two women. One man. NO time." I thoroughly enjoyed his time-travel historical fiction books, Transgression, Premonition, and Retribution, and I look forward to his next book, whether it's contemporary or historical.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Blann Phifer on September 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
What happens when two diametrically opposed women are thrown into the den of an autistic but brilliant physics engineer? The fun starts when Dillon Richard, a man with zero experience with women finds both of these women interested in him. Rachel Meyers is an independent spirit, a biophysicist who has developed a quantum computer that could forever change the world. She is hired to work with Dillon to combine their talents to bring this computer to market.

Keryn Wills writes mysteries. She is also part-time financial officer at CypherQuanta, the same company for which Dillon and Rachel are working. Problem is, Keryn finds herself in the unwanted position of competing against the quirky, vivacious Rachel for Dillon's attention. Yet, despite her increasing jealousy, Keryn's job is to keep Dillon and Rachel together, and focused, so they can finish the quantum computer, which their company is depending on for their financial future.

However, it soon becomes apparent that their secret project has been discovered. Dillon's lab is vandalized. Grant O'Connell, their boss at CypherQuanta is acting uncharacteristically. As financial officer, Keryn knows their entire future depends on getting this project to market. Who has learned about the quantum computer? Before long, Keryn, Dillon and Rachel realize that not only is this project in jeopardy, but their lives very well may be in danger, too. And soon they are on the run. The thing is, they don't know who they are running from. And they don't know who they can trust. Not even the government.

This is a fantastic read. I'm certainly no physicist, but no special education needed to enjoy this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karri F. Compton on June 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
A physicist with a sense of humor. Go figure.

For those of us who are acquainted with Randall Ingermanson, this comes as no surprise. The reader will learn, laugh, cry, stress out, ponder, and in the end, say: "How in the world does he think this stuff up?"

Dillon, the brilliant darling of CypherQuanta, suffers from Asperger's syndrome and conflicting emotions. Keryn, the novelist/CFO, is concerned not only about her manuscript's deadline, but also about the new young Caltech Ph.D. her boss has brought in for a special project. Enter flirty Rachel Myers, who has the beauty to go with her brains. Rachel turns heads with as much success as she talks quantum mechanics.

A lucrative computer brainchild spawns a life-threatening race as CypherQuanta's employees speed against time and seek refuge from those who wish to pilfer their technology. But who can they trust? The government? Their own boss?

Even a normal brain can wrap itself around this subject matter, which is a positive for the average reader. Humorous quirks and dialogue bring a unique reality to the characters. Harrowing dilemmas propel the reader forward on a ride as wild as any roller coaster. However, unlike a roller coaster ride, there is no down side to this book!

I look forward to more from this witty genius, and recommend Ingermanson to any reader who wants to lose himself in another world. Even if it's only for the few hours it takes to wolf down the tasty book of your choice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Camy Tang on March 26, 2005
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Any suspense fan should run to buy this book. Each character is vivid and distinct, the action slams along non-stop, and the mystery keeps you absorbed until the end.

There is a small bit of geek speak to explain the quantum computer the bad guys are after. However, if the average reader doesn't quite understand the underlying scientific principles, it doesn't detract from enjoyment in this story.

Along with the aura of danger, Ingermanson's quirky signature humor is woven into the pages without dissipating the tension. He gives accurate portrayals of the dot-com companies, the high-tech atmosphere, and the culture of southern California.

The characters are larger-than-life, with abilities to awe the reader and personalities to make you root for them. A romance thread keeps you guessing until the last page, literally.

The spiritual thread is both subtle and not. Nothing "in your face" or overtly evangelical, but this clean fiction will both entertain and provide insight into how true Christians think and live.

I have no qualms about lending this book to teenaged boys in my church youth group--it has the action to keep them riveted but also the clear message of Christian living, right decisions, standing up for truth.
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