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I gave this book five stars. There was a lot of research done to write this captivating book.
Michael James Lewis, aka Mike was a geophysicist working outside Cairo in 1998 when he was thirty. He discovered from a co-worker that he had a special gift. He had spent fifteen years denying his gift of visions.
"After a light dinner, I went to the gym for a grueling workout. It was something I did nearly every night of the week. When on a jobsite, I bought a temporary pass to the nearest gym. My body was lean and hard from the punishment I gave it, but that’s what I needed to find restful sleep."
Mike has a weekly housekeeper, Maria. He realizes there's not a lot of dirt but his living area needs attention. "As a dedicated bachelor, I’m tidy. I subscribe to the rules left over from childhood. If you open it, close it. If you break it, fix it. If you get it out, put it back, and so forth. Nevertheless, dust accumulates and any home takes on a stale odor when windows and doors remain closed for long intervals."
Here is Mike's description of his visions as he tells it to Nelson, who is the first person he ever told. "'Here it is in a nutshell: every time I close my eyes I see visions in a kaleidoscope. It is not the kaleidoscope of childhood filled with pretty-colored glass. It’s a kaleidoscope filled with black and white images of the future. It crackles and sparkles like the one I had as a kid, but rather than geometric shapes, this one shows broken images of future events. Visions that sometimes torment me. The images are reflections, not clear pictures. The visions I see are fragments, like a stained-glass window. What I see appears to use the same principle as a kaleidoscope, where several reflective surfaces are placed at an angle to one another.'"
His friend, Nelson Fitch taught Psychology at Columbia & had a clinical practice, suggested that he start keeping a journal & he did.
Mike was a confirmed bachelor but realized he missed having someone who missed him. He met Casey D'Angelo & they started a relationship. He found everything about her refreshing. Then his maid Maria found an unusual listening device inside the pillow case as she changed the bed linens.
He didn't know if it could be because he'd told Nelson about his visions or if it could be a jealous boyfriend of Casey's. Either way, it was disturbing & he contacted a friend at the FBI about it. He also had security videos installed in his home.
In a discussion with Nelson about learning to accept his 'gift' he learned: "'“It’s about acceptance. You’ve heard the analogy that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Well, the same concept could be applied regarding denial and acceptance. Acceptance is a more natural state whereas denial requires concentrated energy.'"
I received a complimentary kindle copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.
I look forward to learning more about Mike in the upcoming chronicles. He's a well developed character.The next book is Spyglass, Book 2.
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He begins to see kaleidoscopic visions of future events whenever he closes his eyes. He never knows where an event will take place or when it will actually occur. He only knows that until it occurs, he will continue to have the same vision. Then he will see a new vision. Not surprisingly, these visions interfere with his sleeping. At first he takes sleeping pills, but then he finds that exhausting physical workouts are equally effective in allowing him to sleep.
While home after his latest assignment, Mike decides he needs to confide in someone about his visions. He goes to see an old college buddy, Nelson, who is a psychiatrist. At first, Nelson is speechless. Like Adom, he tells Mike he has had the ability to see the future since at least their Columbia days (so what's the big deal), but he is disturbed about the kaleidoscope. Twice he recommends Mike go to a research facility for help, but Mike is dead set against the idea. He does not want to be locked up and tested. That's the reason he has kept these visions a secret for so many years. Nelson recommends that he keep a journal and convinces Mike to let him teach him how to observe the visions instead of being part of them. This will allow the two of them to explore the visions, looking for clues about their location, etc. Mike agrees. When Nelson learns that Mike's latest vision of a giant weed smothering crops happened in Cambodia, he gets really excited.
Shortly afterward, Mike meets Cassandra, "Casey," in a coffee bar called Cavenders. Casey is beautiful, rich and loves sex. They have an amazing 3 days and then she is gone from his bed on the fourth morning. He comes home later and finds her in the kitchen. He never gave her a key, so how did she get in? Not wanting to ruin a perfect thing, he doesn't ask.
The following evening, Casey makes dinner reservations for them at La Palucci, but she doesn't show. When Mike finally leaves, he is accosted by two men who want to snatch him. Being in better shape, he wins the fight and gets away. When confronted, Casey claims she got hung up at one of her mother's dinner parties.
Then Mike gets an assignment in Roussillon, France. He leaves messages for Nelson and Casey. He tells Nelson exactly where he is going, but only tells Casey he is going to France. Imagine his surprise when Casey shows up at the airport and informs him that she has been sent to Marseille on business. Hmmm.
They agree to meet in Marseille and spend the weekend together. Casey produces an excellent white wine and pours them each a glass. Suddenly, Mike has a vision of himself switches their glasses. While she showers, he does switch the glasses. She had laced his with a strong sedative to make him compliant to enable some goons to grab him. Once again, he eludes capture, but he also decides he needs training in self-defense. His showy muscles are not enough.
As the story unfolds, Mike's visions continue to be personal. We learn more and more about the company and its reach. There do not appear to be any lines it won't cross to get its hands on Mike. Mike needs answers and he needs to disappear because the people after him will never stop. They have an infinite reserve of operatives.
Fast-moving, intriguing and suspenseful, I read "Kaleidoscope" in one day. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series, "Spyglass."
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