Wednesday, November 16, 2011

0 Eyes to See by Joseph Nassise review

Title: Eyes To See (Jeremiah Hunt #1)
Author: Joseph Nassise
Publisher: Tor/Forge
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Hardcover, 318 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2718-5
Genre: Urban Fantasy



Summary:
In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice.
Abandoning all hope for a normal life, he enters the world of ghosts and even more dangerous entities from beyond the grave. Sacrificing his normal sight so that he can see the souls of the dead and the powers that stalk his worst nightmares, Hunt embarks upon a strange new career—a pariah among the living; a scourge among the dead; doomed to walk between the light of day and the deepest darkness beyond night.
His love for his departed daughter sustains him when all is most hopeless, but Hunt is cursed by something more evil than he can possibly imagine. As he descends into the maelstrom of his terrifying quest, he discovers that even his deepest fears are but prelude to yet darker deeds by a powerful entity from beyond the grave…that will not let him go until it has used him for its own nefarious purposes.



My thoughts:
Eyes to See by Joseph Nassise is an urban fantasy novel about a man, Jeremiah Hunt, who is on a quest to find his missing daughter. When all roads of discovery lead to a dead end, Jeremiah gives up his eyesight so that he might see things beyond what normal people might see. His life is in shambles and everything around him falls apart. Jeremiah takes up some PI work. While helping the local police investigate a crime he stumbles across a clue that might lead him to his daughter. This new clue leads Jeremiah on a chase and he starts to uncover something more sinister than just a random kidnapping. 
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up this novel. The concept sounded really interesting but I wasn't sure if this book was going to make me want to sleep with all the lights on. It didn't take me very long before I was invested in the story. One of the many things I like about this book is that Nassise divides the chapters into "Now" and "Then" The author gives glimpses into the past to help the reader understand what has led Jeremiah Hunt to where he is now. 
I really like the range and depth of emotions the author gives Jeremiah. It seems like everyday on the news you hear about someone's missing child. It's every parents worst fear.  The author really digs down and explores the tenacity of the emotions that parents must experience in these situations. How obsession and compulsion can lead you down a dangerous path.  Jeremiah is a man with nothing left to lose. However his drive to find his daughter is inspiring. He's rough around the edges, stubborn but really he's just a man who would do anything to get his daughter back. 
The story line in this book is really interesting. Nassise kept me intrigued chapter after chapter. The author has created a world that is full of interesting characters along with frightening creatures. This novel in a way took on a detective vibe but I like it. In my mind I was picturing Jeremiah Hunt as a bit of a film noir character. The ending of this book really pulled at my heart strings. I won't tell you any details, but it was really touching. 
Overall this is a good read. I really like the story and I'll definitely continue reading this series. It has suspense, drama and things that go bump in the night. The next book in this series is  King of the Dead.  
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*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my opinion. 

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