The Visionary Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : August 1, 2019
- File Size : 634 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 263 pages
- ASIN : B07VWTNGH7
- Publisher : CeeTwo Publishing; 3rd Edition (August 1, 2019)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #333,479 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I read this book in as close to one sitting as I could manage. It was very engaging. It was also a little drawn out and a touch repetitive. There were a lot of hurt/comfort moments, and both Colin and Al had a turn at taking care of the man they loved. There were also multiple instances of each guy doing the right thing and saving the day with his sacrifice. All without telling his partner, therefore robbing them of agency and the chance to give consent. Yeah, the idea of an alpha male rescuing you from your problems is wonderful, but the reality is a relationship is a partnership. Thankfully, in a couple instances there was a bit of guilt over riding roughshod over each other.
There was an age gap between Colin and Al, but it wasn’t that extreme. Mostly it translated to a life experience gap. Colin had been remarkably sheltered by his mother. Because reasons. Al had to grow up quickly and didn’t really do the best job at it along the way. Al had learned how to live a difficult life and get by with his wits. In many ways this created a power imbalance between Colin and Al. Interestingly there was another very real power imbalance. Colin was simply much more powerful in terms of psychic powers. As were the people who cared for Colin. It was as if there was balance between the imbalances. Al had all the knowledge experience while Colin had all the raw power and potential.
I enjoyed this story. There were good spooky aspects with the creepy tattoos and zombies as well as suspense. I did have issues with some things, but I’m a firm believer having fun reading a story is the most important factor in a book. I had fun reading this story.
Colin is an eighteen-year-old college student who sees things that aren’t there. As such he keeps himself to himself. At least he does until he happens upon a murder. Enter, tall, Mediterranean looking, PI, Alonzo, he knows the things Colin can see, and together they try to solve the murder.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? Oh no, simple describes nothing about this story. It is intricate and involved, and at one point I thought the answer to, the frequently asked question of ‘What does that mean?’ was 42.
This is a mystery where all that happens is not always understood until later in the story. As such, I went through periods of confusion, and WTF moments. But, in the end, all gets explained.
You know those thermal maps we all see on the TV? – Well, Colin sees people and places like everyone else, but with the added aura of colour. The colour can determine anything from mood to personality. Then, there’s the twist where he can see tattoos move, walls change, dolls getting horny and a few other things that make one believe psychedelic hallucinogens are involved – but they’re not. And the more Colin uses his powers, the stronger they become. The phrase ‘The Plot Thickens’ is certainly one to keep in mind here.
Colin has a defensive sarcasm mechanism that he uses as a wall. He’s also a headstrong character, which has him frequently going head to head with Alonzo. Colin’s idea of helping often gets him into trouble, too. During these periods of dialogue, I occasionally lost track of who was talking to whom.
Re Alonzo, he shows Colin that he’s not on his own and that there’s a whole underground world out there. A world that is power hungry, with a different harvesting method. Al and Colin soon become protective/reliant on each other (producing a high heat rating). And, as the knowledge of this clandestine world emerges, so the cast expands and secrets come out of the woodwork.
The Visionary is a story with a main plot and several sidelines. But whether they all converge is something that you’ll have to read the book to find out. To name a few; there’s Colin’s college life, his mum, Gem, several murders, secret societies, and the relationship between Colin and Al. It’s a murder mystery, with a host of surrounding dramas and that something extra attached.
For me this story had a bit of Twin Peaks feel about it, in that - the iconic TV series confused the heck out of many people, but the populous couldn’t get enough of it.
I admire the intricacy of the plot and imagination that went into this story. Occasionally, I found it tough going and concentration, and coffee were needed. But if you like a complex story, this is right up your street.