Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: Lightpoints by Peter Kassan

What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense—and powers—that almost no one else in the world did?
When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light—but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they're the happiest they've been.
But not for long. All over the world, people who've been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them—some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows—and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.
 Heading home, waiting for a train in Grand Central Station, Amanda Nichols is attacked and left for dead. Amanda experiences a near death experience coupled with an out of body experience while paramedics feverishly work to save her life. Upon waking in the hospital Amanda realizes she has gained an extra sense. She can perceive everyone around her as points of light. She can tell things about these people as well, whether they are happy, sad, in pain, also if they are good people or not. Amanda has a hard time coping with this new ability and is afraid to tell anyone about it, even her husband Chris, for fear of being crazy. Amanda meets Lisa at a support group for near death experience and realizes Lisa has the sense too. Lisa explains that while rare there are others like them out there.
Amanda feels disconnected to her husband since she has developed this ability and together they decide to try to give Chris the sense as well. With eventual success they feel nothing could go wrong in their lives now. Unfortunately they were very wrong...
After realizing the sense can be used to harm people without physical contact Carlos Herrera spends all his time looking for others who have the sense as well. After finding two men who also possess the gift he recruits them by force and sends them out to find others.
Will Herrera's men come across Amanda and her new family of sensitives in the hunt to expand his evil ways? What experiences will Amanda face in life with the sense? Is she capable of facing the impossible?
I found this to be a good story. It's different from anything I've read so far. I think the idea for this story is a great one. The story felt a little slow to me at times and felt a little confused about a couple characters that were introduced as having the faculty who I assumed would rejoin the story later who did not. They were introduced in a chapter then completely forgotten with no real closure to their story or how they fit in the book itself. All in all though, I thought this was a good read. Possibly a little amateur in the writing but it was a simple, pleasant book. I would definitely read another book written by Peter Kassan and I recommend Lightpoints as a good read for Paranormal readers. Would especially be a great read for young adult readers.

 I’ve been a writer since I was a teenager, when I became devoted to poetry. I read as many poets and books about poetry as I could find. To learn the art, I assigned myself the task of writing one poem a day—whether I thought I had any ideas for one or not. After a while, I had a few I thought were worthwhile, and began sending them out. I got a couple of poems published in obscure literary journals and one in Seventeen Magazine, which led me to being invited to contribute a poem to a book called The Young at Prayer. Although I was—even then—an atheist, I managed to write something for it.
In my twenties, I devoted myself to writing the next Great American Novel, and actually wrote three of them (American novels, but not great ones), supporting myself at first writing computer programs (which I’d learned to do as an undergraduate). I’m now relieved that none of those early works was published, and I’ve long since discarded the manuscripts.
Also in my twenties, I earned a living with a variety of other kinds of writing, including technical writing (software manuals) and educational writing (instructional workbooks and audiotapes). I was also a staff writer for an adult comedy-variety health education show for Children’s Television Workshop, which was reviewed by Time Magazine as (if I recall accurately) “the most dismaying new show of the season.”
Combining my love of writing with my interest in computer programming, I became a technical writer for several software products companies, eventually becoming a minority shareholder and executive vice president of a small, privately held company. There, I wrote and managed the writing of everything from software design documents to marketing literature.Twenty-five years later, after it was sold to a large computer company with a three letter name, I became one of those celebrated risk-takers we’ve heard so much about. I started a company based on what I thought was a bright idea of mine. Within a couple of years, I’d crashed and burned, and discovered myself in financial ruin and without a job. Trying to find a job in my industry or to establish a consulting practice, I learned it was no industry for old men. Mostly to keep myself sane, I decided to write a novel based on the germ of an idea I’d had in my twenties. That turned became Lightpoints.
Oh, and along the way, I met the woman who would become my wife, married her, raised two children, and housed as many as five cats at a time. My wife and I now live in Connecticut. We’re down to only three cats.

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