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- Publication Date: February 15, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BH8KETK
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Many of these aspects of John’s life are reflected in this very impressive debut novel. He has elected to explore the subject of memory – both real/normal and psychic – and blend one man’s life with the voyage from being unique to being absorbed into stations of life where such unique assets can be manipulated by authorities as weapons. He manages to create a story that is at once wholly credible and still introduce the realm of paranormal as an adjunct that allow him to create a main character so interesting that we could hope there will be further adventures to come.
For a first book writer John manages both thoughts/concepts and realistic dialogue well. He offers a taste of the novel in the opening paragraph – ‘I’ve been told that at police academies, they teach officers-in-training that the least credible evidence is an eyewitness. One onlooker will swear the stoplight had gone red before the Mercedes ever entered the intersection while another says she heard the squeal of tires before the light had even flicked to yellow. No one at the scene can agree on the exact length of the light sequence, though if they wanted to figure it out all they’d have to do is look back up to where the wires cross and count. Memory, famously, is a tricky thing— differently tricky, it seems, for every one of us. For some, memories are lost much sooner than we’d like. For others, the scenes won’t fade away fast enough. We can try, but there’s no guarantee we’ll archive the material of our choosing… And then there’s a different class, the things we never suspect we’ll eventually clench over. There’s the shame of youthful arrogance when revisited by a newer, more mature version of you; the dead-eyed sigh of a disappointed family member…etc’.
John provides a terse but seductive synopsis: ‘John Calabrace's life has been in havoc since he was a very small child. He spends his life fighting through a flood of memories, most of which are not his own. The second he is touched by another person, he knows every memory & feeling they have ever experienced, and those memories stay permanently etched in his head. What might seem to be a wonderful gift to some also has its dark sides. John flees college, finding solace in the Navy serving on a Navy ship and then aboard a nuclear submarine. That relative peace and isolation of submarine life is quickly taken away after being extracted and recruited into a world of espionage to unlock other secrets from around the world. Is he an angel, is he a monster? Even the military men/ government handlers can't decide. While John may know everyone else's secrets, he also has secrets of his own. Those he feels, he can reveal to no one.’
Strong story, well written, and it seems as though we have another significant rising author in our presence. Grady Harp, July 16
John’s visions were confused as seizures on numerous accounts. And he struggled with telling his family the truth because they thought he was just lying. So John tried covering up this ability by mimicking those around him. He became the life of the party since he could relate to everyone through their memories.
All this led to his desire to help his country, but he soon found he was either miss understood, feared, or considered a threat and should be neutralized. Very satisfied with the end, although I was sure his great uncle would have been involved.
This gift, or curse if you will, leads John to relative isolation serving on a Navy ship where he tries to escape his gift. He ends up recruited by the government for a spy program instead. He is forced out of the peace and seclusion of his earlier life and forced to deal with people and the repurcussions of his emotional gift.
The book is emotional, compelling, and in certain places a page turner. It is written from the point of view of a man who suffers from a paranormal gift and is told in such a way that it is totally believable. I enjoyed this book so much that I will definitely be rereading it and enjoying the adventure again.
As some others have noted, the book does feel a little long-winded in places, especially as the author offers more background than you would expect. However, I didn’t have any problem with this aspect of how it was written. To me, the balance felt about right and I think the approaches to writing perfectly suited the subject matter.