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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Torquere Press (August 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934166030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934166031
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,387,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The main characters, Artie and Greg, are not very developed in my opinion.
N. Lim
Unfortunately, this book will leave you wishing the author had spent a little more time and effort writing it, but it's still a very pleasant reading experience.
Ellex
And while some of it can be attributed to the author's 'style' some of it was just choppy and not cool.
Summer Starr

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Summer Starr on March 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
It kept me reading, so it's not Godawful, but... I had some issues. First of all, it's like a fanficcer got published, and she's just writing an AU for some strange fandom I'm not familiar with, but it has some connections to Dead Zone and maybe even The Sentinel. Because seriously? The psychic had an accident and went into a coma and woke up with awesome 'powahz', and it's been years since he was able to touch someone, and now he has to use the cop to 'ground' himself. Yeah, it's like that. And how sad is it that I thought that the one-eyed cat was the best character?

If you're looking for a good who-done-it, then look elsewhere. The story was about a gay detective and a psychic, and who ended up doing all the work? The detectives PREGNANT PARTNER!! There was no real solving of the case. There were no clues that the reader could follow to solve the mystery. It was all about the sex. Yes, I have issues with the amount of 'erotic scenes' in this book, as they served no real point to the plot, not really.

Also, I swear, sometimes, I thought the story only went through one beta, as I felt that there were commas littering the pages like blood droplets on a cutter's floor. Srsly. I'm not the best with grammar or spelling and -I- was noticing some problems. And while some of it can be attributed to the author's 'style' some of it was just choppy and not cool. For instance, she wanted to set different tones to the different POVs, but the tones bled over to each other, and were sometimes completely absent. There was also a lot of repetitiveness that I just didn't feel needed to be there, like their constant re-hashing of "It's been a log day." Really? How so? Okay, granted finding some stranger's body parts does qualify as `a long day', but still.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MNix on January 7, 2007
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Several years ago, Greg Pearsall was a brilliant biology professor. Then one night, an accident occurred, and his life changed forever. Waking up from a coma, Greg learns that he can discover the history of an object by touching it. He even gets images when he touches a person, overwhelming him to the point that he hasn't been able to leave his house in a year and a half. The only people he is surrounded by are Alice and Mitch, his partners in a New Age shop and Artie, the homicide detective who is fast becoming an anchor for him.

Arthur `Artie' McAdams is a cop who was approached by Greg once about a pending murder investigation. Convinced the man was a lunatic, he was forcibly swayed after witnessing his incredible talents. Once Greg started helping Artie with his unsolved cases, the two have managed to mesh their lives and are now nearly inseparable. Artie is determined to take care of Greg, to be a barrier between him and the dangerous world around them. Despite his personal feelings for Greg, Artie is sure that he can only ever be a friend for fear of overloading Greg with his touch.

When Greg receives a horrifying bloody book, covered in the terror and desperation of a woman and the sick depraved feelings of her killer, he calls Artie to come help him. As the two become embroiled in the case, they start to realize how deeply they have interconnected their lives. Artie even has his own chair at Greg's home, a chair that Greg curls up in late at night, surrounding himself with the thoughts and feelings of Artie. Greg needs Artie now more than ever, and Artie can finally be with the man he loves. That is, if they can hold on long enough to beat the madman that is determined to capture Greg's attention with his gruesome `gifts'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Wachob on February 19, 2007
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This book is excellent on all levels. Well written, clever premise, characters you care about, plot that keeps you interested. I read this straight through in one afternoon because I could not put it down! I kept waiting for it to disappoint in some way like many other books in this genre: too much sex (yes, that's possible!), weak plot point just to separate the main couple, contrived danger to one or both parties, an ending that's just..... wrong. None of that happens here. This is a great love story set against the hunt for a gruesome serial killer and both parts work.

Greg and Artie are great characters with cop Artie in the role of protector to housebound psychic Greg. You will love them both. And their relationship has really already developed as they have worked together on other cases. They act like a couple before they even are one. It's very sweet. It's only when they discover that Greg can handle Artie's touch that their relationship develops into more than friendship. Then it's sweet and hot!

I hope the author is writing something else right now. A sequel would be nice - this could easily work as a series - but whatever it is, I'm there!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on February 13, 2007
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This Dead Zone remake really had the opportunity to be a unique, fascinating and meaningful addition to a woefully small (yet growing) number of Slash/Yaoi/Gay literature of quality. When I purchased this book, I did so off of the recommendations from the members of this site, which normally ends with me in smiles. Unfortunately, this time that wasn't the case. Maybe I'm far to picky, and maybe those who generally read this Genre of lit are jaded by what is, and isn't available in it. Being a writer myself, who is in the process of putting out quality m/m fantasy/sci-fi fiction I know how difficult it can be to write any form of erotica and be taken seriously, and I will always offer my kind gracious care and support to ANY writer, most especially one after my own heart. That said, I'll tell you what was missing for me.

Every night I read for about an hour before bed. Normally I can get at least 130 pages in that short time. This, however, was not the case with this book. I tried, hard, but I kept falling asleep! After four nights in a row I am at 55 pages. The grasp of English is choppy, in fact there were parts that had me wondering what exactly he meant. Some words he misused, and it left me cringing. However, I wanted it to be good so badly I kept trying, mostly for this author because I have so much compassion for fellow authors. The characters weren't different enough for me. They should have be, as they were set up as two very different people, but to me they had the same "sound" so much so I sometimes lost who was talking when and were, and ended up confused and frustrated due to lack of clarity in the writing.

I never got to the erotica, and I will not be picking up the book again. At this point, however, I am really kind of glad I never did get to the sex.
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