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Laury Dahners lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and enjoys composing and recording music as well as painting. Recently he has become interested in writing novels. For a day job he works as an orthopedic surgeon who teaches at the University of North Carolina Medical School, Department of Orthopaedics.
on April 01, 2013 :
Vaz was an entertaining, easy to follow read. The super intellegence and physical traits are similiar to El, but with a twist on the social skills. I enjoyed the heroic and happy ending.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 03, 2013 :
Vaz is a quick, entertaining read. I noticed a couple of places where names were transposed, but in general it's clean and well edited. Unlike in the the Ell stories by the same author, the protagonist is an adult when the challenges of this book start. However, Vaz is a borderline autist, so despite having a family and a respected job position he has little clue on other people's reactions. On the other hand, others don't understand Vaz's talents nearly as well as they think.
Vaz is almost ridiculously capable, intellectually and, it turns out, physically. What makes him interesting and engaging is his lack of social skills, and almost childlike but logical reasoning about other people's reactions when he is forced to deal with them.
The author has succeeded in creating an interesting, endearing character in Vaz. The secondary characters are lightly sketched, and the villains are mostly flat, but the action makes a good showpiece for the Vaz's exposure of his capabilities. It also allows Vaz to demonstrate his fierce love for his family--and eventually to show how it's reciprocated.
(reviewed the day of purchase)