Oct 062014
Review: A Vision of FireA Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson, Jeff Rovin
Published by Simon & Schuster on Oct 7, 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Format: eARC from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

The first novel from iconic X-Files star Gillian Anderson and New York Times bestselling author Jeff Rovin: a science fiction thriller of epic proportions.

Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara is a single mom trying to juggle her job, her son, and a lackluster dating life. Her world is suddenly upturned when Maanik, the daughter of India’s ambassador to the United Nations, starts speaking in tongues and having violent visions. Caitlin is sure that her fits have something to do with the recent assassination attempt on her father—a shooting that has escalated nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan to dangerous levels—but when teenagers around the world start having similar outbursts, Caitlin begins to think that there’s a more sinister force at work.

In Haiti, a student claws at her throat, drowning on dry land. In Iran, a boy suddenly and inexplicably sets himself on fire. Animals, too, are acting irrationally, from rats in New York City to birds in South America to ordinary house pets. With Asia on the cusp of nuclear war, Caitlin must race across the globe to uncover the mystical links among these seemingly unrelated incidents in order to save her patient—and perhaps the world.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I first saw this book popping up, I was torn about it. The X-Files was an awesome show, and obviously the author is using that connection to find an audience, but just because you can act sci-fi, doesn’t mean you can write sci-fi. The summary has potential, but I felt it could reach towards overly political.

Having read the story, I’ll admit I’m still torn. This was a very heavy and serious feeling book. There wasn’t an overly political tone, but the entire plot was a little lacking on believability.

I think part of that stems from the main character. She’s just not very likable. As a psychologist, she was understandable and lent a new element to the standard paranormal thriller, but as a parent, she’s not very there. Yes, her son is mentioned a few time, but she spends more time running off around the world than having scene time with him. Was his presence even needed or important? I don’t really think so.

Overall, while I found the book relatively enjoyable and a decent debut novel, this isn’t a story you can sit down and read in one sitting. It’s too heavy for that. I needed to split it up into smaller sessions, which is unfortunate as I prefer books that can be devoured.

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