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About the Author

T.L. Hines writes "Noir Bizarre" stories, mixing mysteries with oddities in books such asThe Unseen, Waking Lazarus, and The Dead Whisper On. Waking Lazarus received Library Journal's "25 Best Genre Fiction Books of the Year" award.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595544526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595544520
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,458,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WAKING LAZARUS, my first novel, released Summer of 2006. To my surprise and delight, it was selected as one of the "25 Best Genre Novels of 2006" by the editors of "Library Journal." My second, THE DEAD WHISPER ON, had its hardcover release in the Summer of 2007, fulfilling my lifelong desire to write a book featuring both living shadows and spontaneous human combustion. My third book, THE UNSEEN, released in hardcover Fall of 2008.

Interesting facts about me:

-- Past odd jobs have included trimming Christmas trees, working the graveyard shift at a convenience store, and cleaning a cadaver storage room as a janitor.

-- As a teen, I was an undefeated 3-0 in air guitar competitions, in which I performed songs by ZZ Top. No, really.

-- I enjoy pudding.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kimfurd on December 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm going to state my honest opinion about this book - I didn't particularly like it, and I certainly didn't understand the point of this story. I could reach far into my imagination and my literary background and surmise that the author thinks that what is seen by others is the "insatiable hunger to seek out other people - an uncontrollable need to feed the Dark Vibration." And what is beneath this very unnatural desire is the unseen - "they watched while other people suffered." Society's bizarre fascination with reality shows is reflected in this book...secretly watching others and doing - nothing.

Basically, you live the entire 383 pages of this story in the mind of a man who has no memory, who doesn't know who he is and who lives is life secretly spying on people. Lucas has a brilliant mind stuffed with bizarre information. He meets a whole group of people just like him - people who sneak around spying on others. This group is the Creep Club, and they thrive on watching people harm each other. Lucas, the main character, is sort of freaked out by the Creep Club because all he does is spy on people in public places and create imaginary histories for them. These other folks like to secretly film other people hurting each other. Kind of sick.

As the story unfolds you are introduced to a host of people and the weirdness deepens. Lucas tries to warn these Creep Club victims...only to be wrongly accused of the crime himself by one guy and then be thanked and helped by another. There are some so-called government agents - "Dark Suits" that are trying to bust up the Creep Club. There are the "Dark Years" that Lucas is haunted by and that really distracts him the more the story unfolds. One group chases the other until the reader is totally bamboozled.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cory Clubb on October 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Do you ever have the feeling someone is watching you? In T.L. Hines latest thriller that is just the case. The Unseen is the newest release from the self-proclaimed "Noir Bizarre" writer. This time the creepy and eerie setting is one that may be in the closet or ceiling panel closest to you.

Lucas Freund has a secret life as an urban explorer, someone who stalks in hidden crevasses above office spaces and institutions located in the metro D.C. area. Although this is Lucas's livelihood, he never does harm or destruction. Instead he plays out imaginary lives of his strangers, the odd hobby serves as comfort for his tortured childhood soul and not only has Lucas surveyed the entire surrounding area, he's good at what he does. These innocent skills are noticed by a secret club, only they take their voyeur pastime to the extreme. Events start to turn deadly as members of the club begin to die. Not only this, but Lucas is fingered as the culprit. Will he be strong enough to solve the mystery before he becomes the next victim?

The Unseen is a character driven expose on the way we look at the lives around us, the thoughts and feelings of our inner life, and the reasoning between right and wrong.

Hines has the ability to draw in the reader and insert them into Lucas's uncanny life. The intricate descriptions of places, people, and actions make you believe as if you are spying on bystanders yourself. Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series comes to mind in comparison and contrast. Gripping and intense, the author takes us on an inside look into love and relationships using the guts of industrial buildings and underground tunnels. At times the plot and pace seems to slow, but Hines is quick to throw in a twist or dilemma to keep our attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson on October 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Since his riveting debut a few years back ("Waking Lazarus"), Hines has established himself as a consistent and original storyteller in the thriller market. Using the tagline "Noir Bizarre" to describe his own work, Hines explores the fringes of society and finds things both disturbing and familiar there.

"The Unseen" is another sidestep from the regular thriller vein. This time, through the eyes of a disenfranchised young man named Lucas, we find ourselves lurking in businesses and restaurants, spying on the activities of regular folk. Lucas has no ill-will, only a deep longing to be connected to humanity without the risks such connection entail. He remains unseen, but even when he moves amongst the public, he finds that his fellow man has little time or energy to give to those on the fringes. As Lucas continues with his lurkings, he stumbles upon a more sinister group called the Creep Club. He's put off by their vicarious thrills, yet finds himself drawn to them like an addiction.

What starts as a one-man exploration of society, with hints of a tamer Chuck Palahnuik between the lines, turns into a fast-paced thriller that involves government plots, killers, and closely guarded secrets. This is what I like about Hines' books, his ability to take regular people and make them believable, often likable, before taking readers along on a wild ride. Although a few elements left me wanting even more--for example, Lucas' connection with Sarea--Hines does a great job of spooling out the secrets in a manner that keeps us off-guard but still engaged.

I love the cover of this book, the packaging, the layout, and all of that just adds to the quality of another Hines thriller. From the opening creepiness to the final thrills and revelations, "The Unseen" makes Hines a writer to watch for years to come.
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