Eyes to See (Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle) Mass Market Paperback – 26 Jun 2012
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I gave up my eyes in order to see more clearly...
Jeremiah Hunt is a man determined for justice when his young daughter, Elizabeth, suddenly disappears. When the police find nothing, he can't stand idly by and wait for action. He turns to the supernatural and does something drastic... Now Jeremiah is blind, but he can see the souls of the dead. Having given up his marriage and career for this ability, Jeremiah ends up assisting the police with odd cases, in the hopes that one day this will lead him to his daughter. Despite the belief by some that he may have actually killed Elizabeth, he lives a life that isn't happy, but is at least something - until a series of murders come to light that may or may not be connected to his family.
As an urban fantasy with a male protagonist, it was inevitable that Eyes to See was going to be compared to The Dresden Files, a great series filled with humour, police investigations,, a little romance, and a mixture of fantastical creatures. Whilst both are enjoyable for fairly different reasons, there is not in fact that much similar about these two books. Eyes to See is a much more somber book, with the pain of Elizabeth's disappearance weighing heavily on Jeremiah, who as a character is lacking Harry Dresden's easy humour and charm. Also, it only features ghosts - no vampires, werewolves, or faereis here. Despite all this, Eyes to See is a good book, with a great premise and a main character whose suffering is relatable and sympathetic throughout. Though it can feel a little too serious at times, this mood fits with the overall tone. The scene where Jeremiah finally discovers what happened to his daughter and visits his ex-wife was very moving, and probably the best part of the book - it brought a tear to my eyes.
Eyes to See also features other great ideas, like two ghost called Whisper and Scream. These ghost provide Jeremiah with "ghost-sight" and super strength to aid him in his investigations. He also has help from a bar tender with links to the supernatural, Dmitri, and a witch, Denise, who has prophetic dreams about Jeremiah. This relationship with all these people (ghost and human) is slowly built upon, which is realistic considering what Jeremiah has been through, though can become a little frustrating to read. Thought there is no romance, there is a possibility for one to develop between Jeremiah and Denise in the rest of the series. It is however very satisfying to read a book about the supernatural that doesn't offer a easy solution out of every problem, and leaves Eyes to See nicely open for a sequel.
Overall, I would recommend this book, but only for those in the mood for a quieter, more serious urban fantasy.
Still searching for his daughter, Hunt is occasionally consulted by a local Boston police detective for his "psychic" abilities. The cases he becomes involved with eventually centre on a series of bizarre brutal murders which, piece by piece, he comes to realise have a bearing on the unknown fate of his daughter. In his search he finds help from two unlikely sources, a young, talented witch, a worshipper of Gaia, and a huge Russian bar-owner with frightening abilities of his own. What they are up against, though, makes even their combined abilities seem puny by comparison. It's an ancient evil, stretching back into America's distant colonial past, which is manipulating Hunt without him realising how he is being used and bringing him closer to an horrific fate.
Fast paced, with plenty of twists and turns in its storyline, this is an accomplished novel of supernatural evil, with tenuous links to the author's other series of occult novels involving modern Knights Templars. Jeremiah Hunt is a credible hero, deeply flawed but determined. It is a dark urban fantasy of the darkest, most horrific kind.
This is the story of Jeremiah Hunt. After losing his daughter he will stop at nothing to get her back or at least find out what happened to her. That road has taken him to the discovery of the supernatural, though at great cost. Now he has unwittingly become entangled in a gruesome murder investigation that seems supernatural in nature and may hold some clues about his missing daughter.
The strength of this book lays squarely on the shoulders of Jeremiah. He is a character that is so driven that it's hard not to root for him to succeed, especially after everything he's been through.
The other characters aren't so well rounded, but they have potential and as this is the first book of the series I am sure they will be fleshed out in the future.
Overall, this was an intriguing and enjoyable first book and I look forward to what else the series has in store.
My score for this would be 3.5 out of five stars, however I'm happy to round it up to 4. Therefore I can happily recommend this novel.
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The book opens up with an interesting glimpse into Jeremiah's life as he arrives at a potential client's house. Nassise does a good job of showing how vulnerable a blind man is in today's world if people decide to take advantage of him, and depicting the fact that Jeremiah at this stage of his life is not a nice guy. He's totally focused on finding his daughter and only puts up with others if they're going to help him achieve that goal.
Nassise also builds his world of darkness and light really well, then fills it with all manner of monsters. The author is really good at pacing and atmosphere, and I felt as trapped in the pages as Jeremiah felt in the search for his missing child. I couldn't help but keep pressing on, watching as the stakes mounted and the odds against Jeremiah intensified.
Boston comes alive on the pages too. I felt the city and its shadows all around me as I chased after Jeremiah and peeked over his shoulder at all the ghosts and monsters he confronted during his various caseloads. Nassise has a nice mix of people who know about that dark world hidden from the view of most humans, and of people who think Jeremiah just has "special" powers, not a front row seat at the various circles of Hell.
The overall premise of the book may put some readers in the mind of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, but this trilogy promises to be a lot darker and more somber.
In the midst of figuring out the murders on his own, he ends up running into Denise, a hedge witch (Templar Chronicles, anyone?) that ends up helping him find his daughter, Elizabeth. Not to mention Dmitri, a Russian bartender with a couple nice little secrets of his own.
This book was pretty much all right, except for the chapters dealing with Jeremiah's past. Whether it was the font or some other reason, for the most part, they didn't feel organically connected to the rest of the story, so I ended up actually groaning every time I got to one of those chapters. Otherwise, this was pretty good, now to wait for King of the Dead to come out.
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