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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Vision Impossible (Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 9) by Victoria Laurie


Vision Impossible is a play on words, we're supposed to think of Mission Impossible... and the analogy is apt, in this case.

Here is the blurb:

Abby Cooper's next mission may truly be impossible...

Abby Cooper, the FBI's newest Civilian Profiler, is adding Spy to her resume. The military's digital photography software that captures one's aura- just like Abby can - sits in a drone aircraft that's been stolen. It's a major breach in security as every country's leader can be identified by their aura...

Abby springs into action to stop the criminals before they set their diabolical plan into motion, while making herself a prime target.

The plot was pretty good, though there were several things that were terribly implausible. Not saying the psychic stuff wasn't believable, I'm good with that... it was the procedures and CIA conversations and the way a few people reacted that just didn't ring true to me.

The continuing plot arcs were mostly okay, Abby and Dutch are still doing good together, their relationship still strong. Though honestly there was so much action in Vision Impossible that there wasn't much time for them to interact very much. Still, there were a few things that would have had less secure couples fighting, and both Abby and Dutch handled them like grown ups. That's a good thing.

The voice this time seemed a bit off to me. Nothing I can put my finger on, it's just that at times I was paying attention to the writing more than the story. In a few pieces it was repeated words, or the same exact sentence structure over and over and the cadence pulled me out. Once or twice it was the use of adverbs or adjectives in an odd way, something that made me stop and look at the writing instead of being immersed in the story.

As for the writing elements:
  • The plot was good with lots of twists and turns. I figured out one of the bad guys fairly early on, but then another plot twist came up out of nowhere and surprised me.
  • Pacing had some issues. Too much action in places and then too much talking and debating in places.
  • Prose and dialogue could have used some help. Not terrible, but as I said, the writing pulled me out of the story more than just a few times.
  • Character development was fairly consistent for Abby and Dutch, and was acceptable for the new people we meet. Not great, but not terrible.

This series was raised to an 8 of 10 from a 7 of 10 at some point, and I'm going to keep it at an 8 of 10. I'll give Vision Impossible an 8 of 10 as well. It's an enjoyable story with a nice series of plots that keep you guessing right up to the reveal.

  • Book Rating: Vision Impossible: 8 of 10
  • Series Rating: 8 of 10

1. Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye
2. Better Read Than Dead
3. A Vision of Murder
4. Killer Insight
5. Crime Seen
6. Death Perception
7. Doom with a View (Sept 2009)
8. A Glimpse of Evil (July 2010)
9. Vision Impossible 

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