Vision: Evan's Book

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Rated 4.69/5 based on 35 reviews
After a failed experiment to make him a crime fighter with special abilities, M. Sebastian Siman became an unstoppable serial killer. After many years of fear and violence, the experiment once again takes place on an innocent child named Jade Walker. As an adult, Jade discovers the haunting abilities he and Siman share and also learns that he was chosen to do what no one else could … defeat him.

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About Dan Fitzpatrick

Dan Fitzpatrick lives in Cheshire County, New Hampshire with his wife, Lauren, and two sons, Evan and Cole.

In 2005, he graduated from Greenfield Community College in MA with an AA in education. In 2007, he received a BA in social sciences from Keene State College in NH.

With an original release date of February 29th, 2012, Fitzpatrick's final novel, Vision3: Apocalypse, has been postponed. The estimated time of publication will be Summer 2012.

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Review by: Jonney Castleman on March 02, 2013 :
Reading this book is like listening to my mother-in-law relate events. If there is a long way to tell a short story, that is the route to take. The writer had some very inventive ideas but went back and forth over the same material so much, only picking up a bit more here and there, that it was exhausting to read. I read The Black Skull as well thinking it would bring some much needed substance to the story. I was glad to be finished. But as another reviewer stated, "I wanted to like this book". The writer has talent though and I hope he stays with it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: phalouvas on Oct. 31, 2011 :
Very very good story, and well written. Bravo!!!
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Review by: sandykmcdonald on July 06, 2011 : (no rating)
Ireally enjoyed this book. It took awhile but once it had me hooked I couldn't put it down. I have bought the second one and have started it today so far just as good!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: bryan Swenson on Feb. 06, 2011 :
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Review by: simo3o on Nov. 22, 2010 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed this book, I'm going to buy the second one.
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Review by: South Snow on Oct. 21, 2010 : (no rating)
Entertaining and creative. In dire need of a good editor, both for writing style and generally tightening things up. Bought the second book, but couldn't be bothered to finish it. Turns out you can have too many plot twists.
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Review by: Eric Jesper on Oct. 05, 2010 :
Excellent book! Just read them both. The second is def. better than this one but both are desreving of huge 5 stars!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jeremy Larce on Sep. 29, 2010 :
I really enjoyed reading this story. It was a great original concept. I do have a couple of issues but it is solely based on my hard to please mind. Some of the characters were a little dull and (how to put it nice), a little unnecessary. The creative violence scenes were pretty funny and the author did a pretty good job giving us a visual of the action sequences. I will definitely read the sequel since the ending made it impossible not to.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: FLAGIRL on Sep. 15, 2010 :
LOVED IT!!! Now I have to read the 2nd book again and I never read books twice.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Chuck on Aug. 23, 2010 :
Very well done. Definitely a 5 star story!
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Review by: J Z on July 16, 2010 :
Awesome story!
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Review by: Michael Mulholland on July 08, 2010 :
This book was fairly good. Overall I was impressed with the storyline and the characters but I'm having a hard time getting into the sequel. I kind of feel like the story could have been told in one book.
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Review by: luvobooks on July 03, 2010 :
I really liked this story but I’m afraid that I am unable to give the popular 5 star rating it has received. I like mysteries and thrillers but this book seemed to have a little too much mystery. I knew there was a second book going in but I was hoping that some more questions would be answered.
I liked the evilness of Siman’s character, but I really want to know more about him. How did he become so evil, and why? Some insight to his past and all that missing time would have been nice. Laura’s character was great and I found Lily to be rather annoying. There were a couple of other insignificant characters but it’s ok. Stories need them to get rid of for the benefit of the important ones.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: John Marke on June 08, 2010 :
A fascinating book. Highly recommended. Nothing but pure fun.
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Review by: Michael McB. on June 05, 2010 :
This book was an absolute pleasure to read! Unrealistic and a bit absurd in many ways yes, but the story was addicting and very hard to put down. I typically read non-fiction stories most of the time so it was very rewarding to get completely lost in a good fiction. Lots of action sequences and plenty of fun slasher flick violence. I actually read both books back to back so I clearly had an advantage over some earlier readers.
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Review by: Paula Grathye on June 03, 2010 :
What a great book! After reading all the reviews, I had to take a look for myself. I'm going to join the 5-star club. Great characters, great adventure, very well written. Kudos for an original idea. I hope the sequel is as good as this one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Wordy Bob on April 23, 2010 :
Vision: Evan's Book is one of the best novels I've ever read. The concept was unique and the storyline kept me guessing. I was completely intrigued by the tale, and couldn't put it down. The ending was a surprise, in a "wow, I really can't wait to read the sequel" kind of way. Overall, the book was great, and I look forward to reading much more by Dan Fitzgerald!
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Review by: Scott Lopez on April 15, 2010 :
Sorry. I wanted to like this book, but the more I read the more annoyed I got. The story is ok, a little bit far-fetched, but it's ok. The editing, well, this book could use a good editor. The writing style reads more like a high-school short-story than a 600 page novel, "Jade does this. Jade does that. Jade walked into a bar." and _way_ too much repetition. I don't need to be reminded every 5 pages that M. Sebastian Siman is the worlds deadliest serial killer. All it did was kill my enjoyment for the story. A star for an original concept (that is never really explained) and a star for effort (2 books out of this)! But the rest were murdered by M. Sebastian Siman, the world's most notorious serial killer.
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Review by: Julia Dudek on March 15, 2010 :
In the evolution of Jade Walker from a simple librarian to the ultimate killing machine, author Dan Fitzpatrick takes us on an adventure in Vision: Evan's Book where an unlikely hero discovers he is the only person who can stop the deadliest serial killer the world has ever known. This genre-bending thriller leaves no elemental stone unturned with its blend of nail-biting suspense, heart-pounding action, sci-fi mystique, and romantic intrigue. What I thought was especially clever was the thoughtful structure of the novel--how the author revolved us around the story in three hundred sixty degrees, often jumping through time to reveal more of the back-story, leaving us fully immersed under the many layers that make up Vision. Fitzpatrick's page-turning cliffhangers are inspired and unforgiving, but none are as merciless as the last, which will launch us into the sequel, Vision II: The Black Skull, poised to answer the questions that left us dangling on the edges of our seats. Dark, compelling, and thoroughly entertaining, five stars for Fitzpatrick's debut novel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: JenJaz on March 13, 2010 :
What a kickass book! I loved the ending! I can't wait to see what happens. I just ordered the sequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Diana L. on March 09, 2010 :
Awesome book! I don't like thrillers but this one was recommended by a friend. I'm glad I read it.
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Review by: Aesuk Kim on Feb. 26, 2010 :
A 5-Star review for Dan Fitzpatrick’s novel, Vision: Evan’s Book.

I just finished reading Vision and if I can say one thing about this author, he knows how to leave a reader wanting more.

Jade Walker ’s life is turned upside down when he discovers that he was chosen to stop a deadly killer by the name of M. Sebastian Siman. He soon discovers that the only way to once again bring peace to a society plagued by fear, is to become the vigilante killer that his newfound nemesis was destined to be. As Jade stumbles upon the numerous obstacles of violence due to his vision ability, he falls in love with the feisty yet lovable Laura, who just happens to be the next target in M. Sebastian Siman’s deadly game. This book is loaded with action, bloody violence, and even has a hint of romance. The relationship between Jade and Laura was very well written. Vision is a highly engaging story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the shocking conclusion, or shall I say, cliff hanger. I hope the sequel lives up to my expectations.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cheryl B. on Feb. 24, 2010 :
M. Sebastian Siman, an evil serial killer with special powers is on the loose after disappearing for several years. Now that the killer has returned, lovable, yet haunted Jade Walker has the unfortunate duty to stop him. With SKP leader Agent Flynt at his side, Jade learns of the power he is up against and also learns that he too has this power, the power of the vision.

This was as good a book as I ever read. Fitzpatrick's highly intriguing and often disturbing story had me anxious to read again every time I had to stop.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mr Vee on Feb. 23, 2010 :
I just finished reading this book. If you like horror and intense violence, then you will love this book and Jade.I cannot wait to start reading the second book. Great work Mr. Fitzpatrick.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: maggiemac on Feb. 23, 2010 :
I loved this book...I thoroughly enjoyed being whisked away with Jade on his adventure of terror. This wasn't an average horror/science fiction book with just gratuitous gore, it has a heart at its core. Vision: Evan's Book is a haunting journey of personal growth and self discovery.
Get it. Read it. You'll be happy you did!!
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Review by: Karen Brocklehurst on Feb. 11, 2010 :
I am an advid reader always looking for a new book or author when I heard Dan wrote a book I could not wait to receive it. I love all types of books and was not disappointed in Vision. From page 1 I was hooked on the book and could not turn the pages fast enough. The book literally kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters are so realalistic and the action in unbelievable. Of course after I read the book I had to wait to Book II and that one was worth the wait.

I highly recommend this book "Vision:Evan's Book. You will have an advantage over me that you can read the first book and then read the second book right away.

So what are you waiting for, buy it now.
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Review by: M. Kyle on Feb. 11, 2010 :
The vision sounded like it was going to be like a literary Matrix, a movie I didn't like very much. The whole 'mind entering an alternate world' thing seems to be the new trend nowadays and I try and stray from trendy in most cases. But that wasn't really the case in this book. It was refreshing to see a unique spin on a played out idea. I was very pleasantly surprised at where the story went. By the end of chapter 3, I was completely hooked. I'm typically pretty good at figuring out stories before they are done but I have to admit, I fell victim to this one. There were a few times when I thought a particular part was fairly predictable, but I was thrown a curve ball every time. This was also a fast read, which is great for me. Before I knew it, I was done. Vision is highly recommended for those that like good suspense and action.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: cpache on Feb. 05, 2010 :
I read this book two years ago when it first came out. I finished the sequel a few weeks ago, and I just read the first one again. This is such a cool story! I wish I had vision powers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: scott reagan on Feb. 04, 2010 :
I would like to write a review and I never do this kind of thing. This book had some very cool freaky moments.If you like crazy serial killers and regular people put into extreme situations then you will love this, because this book is nonstop action basically from beginning to end. That is what I like. This is why I am compelled to give a "buy this" 5 star review. Thanks Mr. Fitzpatrick and please keep on writing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Eliza Mengally on Feb. 04, 2010 :
This book was crazy! There were times I wanted to put it down because it got overly violent in certain scenes, but I couldn't do it. I could NOT stop reading this book! The idea of the Vision was very cool. I was a little confused at first, but it eventually made sense. When I first heard about this book, I was very curious to say the least. It sounded like such a cool concept and it was.
I couldn't help but feel terrible for the main character (Jade Walker). He was such a haunted character from the very beginning and he had the worst luck in the world, despite his special ability. The chemistry he and Laura shared was very well done and I really enjoyed their date scene. Agent Flynt was very frustrating, but he was so likeable at the same time. I can't really explain it. Scott just made me laugh, poor guy.

I have to say that I typically like conclusions to books I read, but it was blantantly obvious that this ending was a scam to get the second book. I was annoyed, but in a good way. It was a great cliff-hanger ending, even though I cussed the author out loud when I was done. I just purchased it and I had to read the first chapter right away just to ease my mind.

This was a fun book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys bloody thrillers with tons of twists and turns. Just beware of the ending.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: erin k on Jan. 30, 2010 :
I would recommend this book to everyone!! I love to read and this book kept me up late in to the night turning pages.It kept me on the edge of my seat and not all books can do that! I have not had the opportunity to read the second book but it is a book I will be buying!! I need to know what happens next!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: James William on Jan. 29, 2010 :
I have to admit that I'm not much of a reader. I actually went to college with Dan so I felt obligated to read his debut novel. I'm so glad I did!

As a fan of movies rather than books, it would be really cool to see this story on some sort of film, whether it be a movie or a tv mini-series. He does a good job putting you in the scenes, especially the action ones. The romance between Jade and Laura was a little too sappy for my taste, but I guess from a review standpoint, it gives a little more realism to a very unrealistic storyline. It was clear that this story was created for entertainment purposes only. That's what made Vision so cool.

I also like that Dan made a book trailer. You don't often see that. I haven't spoken to him in a few years but I congratulate Dan on his success and wish him nothing but the best. And as some of the other reviewers have said, this book definitely needed a sequel. I'm glad I don't have to wait too long for that one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ruth Ann Nordin on Jan. 29, 2010 :
For anyone who enjoys a suspense novel where a group of people are trying to track down a serial killer, this one meets all the requirements for keeping the reader guessing and sitting on the edge of the seat.

Vision: Evan's Book begins with a vision Jade Walker experiences for the first time when he's 30. On what seems to be an ordinary night, Jade is driving home when he experiences his first vision. He witnesses a rape/murder by M. Sebastian Siman. During this vision, Siman tells him that he's coming for a woman named Laura. Seeing as how Jade doesn't know a Laura, he is puzzled until he meets her the next day. The connection between them is immediate and he falls in love with her. Knowing that Siman is coming for her makes him want to protect her. But can he?

These visions, Jade soon learns, are the result of an experiment done to him when he was an infant. Two chemicals, used to increase his mental and physical strength, were inserted into his brain in order to make him a suitable opponent to Siman. The SKP needs someone who can match Siman in order to stop him from killing more people. While Jade improves his ability to mentally go from one place to another to save people who are ready to be harmed, he also experiences visions where he talks with his deceased mother and himself as a child. As the story progresses, he can disappear from one place and reappear at another and even travel back in time.

Agent Evan Flynt, a member of the SKP, is Jade's mentor in helping him track down and kill Siman. This is as much Jade's story as it is Evan's. When Evan was nine, his father gave him a special book that couldn't be opened until the time was right. Later, we find out that this book contains details regarding the SKP's project on Simon and what to do to stop him. When Evan grows up, he finds himself on a personal mission to fulfill his father's legacy with the SKP and a wish for revenge against Siman who killed his family.

The story reminds me of a puzzle. The author brought up the past of the characters, mainly Evan, at critical points in the book. The information added to the suspense and curiosity in where the story was headed. Just when I thought the book was going one way, it went in a completely different direction from what I expected. It's these twists and turns that kept me up at night to find out what would happen next.

And this one does come with a sequel (Vision II: The Black Skull) that's even better than this one. As L. McShevitz said, you have to check out both of these books!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: L. McShevitz on Jan. 29, 2010 :
What a great thriller novel! This book isn't your typical serial killer story, and that is what makes it so exciting! The plot twists are unique and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. It has non-stop action that keeps the pages turning and makes it very hard to put down. Thanks for such a great book!!!

This was the review I put on Amazon a while back when the book was first published a couple years ago. I also read the sequel and OH MY GOD! You have to read both of these books!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nat Gemaly on Jan. 29, 2010 :
This was an amazing book. Even though it typically takes me a few weeks to read a book from start to finish with much dedication to the process, I did this one in two days. It was the kind of book you absolutely can not put down when you start reading it. I was intrigued the entire time and my fingernails were no more when I was done.

I don't think that I can properly review this book without giving things away. There was action, drama, humor, gory violence, adventure, romance, you name it, this book had it. There were so many twists and turns that by the time I was done, my chest and eyes hurt because I felt like I didn't breath or blink the entire time. All I will say is that this story has me hooked. Even though I typically only read with my computer or kindle, I had to buy the sequel right away. I can't wait for it to arrive!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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