Sunday, January 26, 2014

Amanda's Eyes Review

Think what you see is what you get? Better think again.

Waking up is the pits when you come to in a hospital with a broken arm, a colorful assortment of abrasions and contusions, and a face swathed in bandages. It’s even worse if you can’t remember what hit you.

The bad and the ugly are crime reporter Amanda “A.J.” Gregson’s business. But learning she had a ringside seat for an explosion that killed two agents of the Continental Intelligence and Investigative Service (CIIS), incinerated an entire block of warehouses, and did so much damage to her eyes they had to be surgically removed? Well, that gives the darker side of life a whole new meaning.

Haunted by elusive nightmares, A.J. waits for her transplant and struggles to remember the events leading up to the fateful night of September 4, 2075. Weeks crawl by without a glimmer, before memory finally floods back the night before surgery, every detail brutally clear.

The explosion had been the work of the Ferrymen.

“The Ferrymen. My not-so-magnificent obsession for more than a year. Only a cataclysm could have made me forget. I guess you could call them hitmen. You could also call Einstein a math whiz. Think ruthless. Think unstoppable. Think killers so proficient ‘caught the ferry’ was fast replacing ‘bought the farm’ in common usage, and you have the Ferrymen in a nutshell.”

The transplant surgery goes off without a hitch—welcome news, because A.J. is raring for a rematch with Hell’s Boatmen. But contrary to popular belief, what you see isn’t always what you get. Take her new eyes, for example. Those baby blues may look perfectly normal, but they possess a power that turns her world upside down—the power to see into the hidden dimensions of the human heart.

 When the Sight unmasks the mastermind behind the Ferrymen, the unveiling is as stunning as it is unbelievable. The revelation sets her on course for a second head-collision with evil. Will she survive the final encounter?

My Review
Captivating in every way, Amanda's Eye's will hold your attention from beginning to end. Set in 2075, you first meet the main character in her hospital bed learning right along with her how she got there in the first place. Later learning that she will need surgery caused by an event from a scoop she followed as a reporter. Amanda knows she can only hang around in town for so long. While going into hiding Amanda finds she has been gifted an extra sense. It motivates her to continue her investigation that got her where she is now. She meets plenty of interesting people and a dog.

I found Amanda's Eyes to have a good story line. It had everything an action reader would want, from murder, to investigation, to mystery. I don't read futuristic books ever but this one may have me changing my mind. I'm always concerned about books written in the future being too unrealistic but how the author explained how the North America withdrew the borders that separated them and become one large country, I became very intrigued. My only disappointment was how the story tied together at the end. I really would have loved to have felt like I was there when Amanda was rescued and when the villain was killed.
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About the Author
Award-winning author Kathy DiSanto wrote her first novel in 1997. That year, she published two romances with Bantam’s Loveswept line. One of them, For Love or Money, won a 1997 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. 

In 2012, Kathy self-published two futuristic thrillers. Amanda’s Eyes is a near-future paranormal thriller and the first novel in a series featuring crime reporter A.J. Gregson. Why Live? is stand-alone dystopian science-fiction. 

Thanks to her day job as a communications specialist with a major university, Kathy has written more than two hundred features for print and the web. 

She is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Alliance of Independent Authors, the Independent Author Network, the Independent Author Index, the Indie Writers’ Network, and World Literary Cafe. 

When not writing, she takes brisk walks with Molly and Lucy (her rescue dogs), reads, and indulges in her latest hobby at the firing range.

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  1. I love it when a great author tempts you to consider other genres, same happened to me when I read a fantasy/sci-fi book.

  2. Hey, Ashley! I wasn't able to stop by yesterday, but going on the assumption that late is better than never, I wanted to stop by to thank you for taking the time to read and review AMANDA'S EYES. Can't tell you how much I appreciate it! Hope you're having a great week ....