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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.
Link to purchase: Kaleidoscope (The Vision Chronicles Book 1)
At age 30 Michael James Lewis (aka `Dr Mike') is a geophysicist assigned to a survey team in Cairo where Mike meets an Egyptian man named Adom who informs Mike he has a gift - a frightening ability to see the future whenever he closed his eyes - the view with his eyes closed was that of a kaleidoscope. `At first, the images were blurry and unclear. Mike wasn't sure what he was seeing. The kaleidoscope images weren't like nightmares or bad dreams that awakened him. They were images that kept him from falling asleep. They began each time he closed his eyes, day or night. Mike had tossed and turned trying to bury his head in the pillow as if that would stop them, but nothing worked. Once he got to sleep, he slept well and stayed asleep. But the problem was getting past the visions so that Mike was able to sleep.....what he had seen through the kaleidoscope had actually happened. Being out in the desert, in a third world country or on top of Mt. Everest for several weeks or months didn't particularly lend itself to current events or knowing whether or not he had seen the images first or after the incident had taken place. Most of the images were of obscure events, not major news, and were often broadcast for only a few days after the event occurred. It was a while before Mike realized that he was seeing visions of the future.'
Walker adroitly takes this fantastical image and turns it into a harrowing suspense novel. Fifteen years of holding the 'gift' secret Mike's ability to see the future provides images that play on his paranoia - images heeding him of impending danger. Someone is after him and they're determined to learn all they can about Mike's secretly guarded ability. His home is bugged and his computers are tracked, forcing him aggressively approach the problem. He wants to know who's behind the chaos in his life, but as he explores and gathers important information, the more bizarre his life becomes. Mike finally realizes that the best he can do is learn how to protect himself, stand and fight as long as he can, and then run. And how the strange case of Mike Lewis ends closes the book - or rather opens the avenues for further similar adventures as the Vision Series unfolds. This is a fine blend of the esoteric/supernatural with the character elements of friendship, camaraderie, and love that makes the story rich indeed. Grady Harp, May 14
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