Field of Vision

Rated 4.42/5 based on 12 reviews
American photographer Jake Mayfield finds racial trouble and multiple passions on a beautiful Caribbean island. A surprising literary adventure story of sex, war, art, love, travel and survival. More

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About Michael Jarvis

Michael Jarvis was born on an air force base and traveled regularly, living as a child in Guam, Georgia, and England. He graduated from Florida International University and lives in Miami, scouting locations for various film projects and writing fiction.

His short story, American Kestrel, was published in The Secret of Salt: An Indigenous Journal (Key West) in 2008.

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Review by: Anabella Johnson on April 3, 2015 :
4.5 stars...
This book kept me enthralled through nearly the whole thing. Good storyline, great characters, and full of all the stuff I enjoy in books. Sometimes I didn’t like all the local-dialect used as I thought it overwhelmed the scenes at times. Aside from that, totally loved the existential aspect of the story. It had good twists and turns and character development, and is emotionally and intellectually complex, but not so much that you roll your eyes and want to stop reading. Just the opposite, actually, I found it hard to put down! And great editing too…always a nice bonus!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Claire Middleton on April 2, 2015 :
what makes this a truly satisfying novel is the number of different levels on which it operates. On the surface it's a fast-paced adventure/survival novel; at another level it explores human conflict and connection, and on another it is a lush, literary treat that stretches the rules of normal wordplay. Michael Jarvis is not afraid to take risks, and in my view it pays off in a gripping and thought-provoking narrative that makes us rethink things. Great lively dialogue and eccentric characters finish off this wonderful read. Looking forward to hearing more from this author in the future.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Jenna Brewster on April 2, 2015 :
Jake is a photographer who takes off for the island of Soufriere and gets a LOT more than he bargained for. I’m not one for recapping the plot (that’s what the book summary is for) but I will say that not only was I really impressed with this author’s narrative style and his word choices, also the way he managed to make the people and the island come alive with the authentic-sounding talk, and the detailed descriptions. It honestly made me forget that I was in the middle of a winter snowstorm here in MA! No! I was on the dangerous, beautiful, tropical island far, far away! Ha. But seriously Michael Jarvis really is quite talented, and the plot is actually a lot more complex and reflective with more substance than it may seem on the surface… it is worth a read, in my opinion, and I’m curious to see what this author will deliver next. He’s one to watch, imo.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Karen Matthews on March 31, 2015 :
Wow. "Field of Vision" is an excellent read that pulls you in and, like the island of Soufriere itself, is difficult to get away from. Jarvis writes in language that is powerful and evocative without sounding overdone or contrived. The story flows so well it sounds like it could have actually happened somewhere. I had some trouble with the way so many of the words were spelled phonetically to give the “accents” and “dialect” to the characters, as it really slowed down the reading speed for me and sometimes took a while to figure out what they were trying to say. I just wish there was less of it, because we still got the point, but felt overdone. But I liked all the rest. Loved the ending and is Definitely worth the read.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Stacy Decker on March 27, 2015 :
Field of Vision by Michel Jarvis was an unexpected delight for me. In way it almost reminded me of the movie “The Beach” but way better! This one has a much richer, more complex plot and wide range of fascinating characters, and the island itself is practically a character itself! I love the way this author writes! It’s so beautiful and creates such vivid imagery in your mind. But then later on in the book there is great action and even long narration that makes you look through the literary lens a bit differently. Was different than what I was expecting. Seems to have a lot of knowledge about island life and its natives! I thought the ending was well done and I have no reservations recommending this book to all.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: JTHACK on March 27, 2015 :
Dark and sinister, as well as witty and funny, “Field of Vision” is a fast and furious novel that transports readers to another place in the blink of an eye. Michael Jarvis’s writing is razor-sharp and indicative of his amazing storytelling talent. The prose is effortless and lyrical, its descriptive qualities and “voice” making the reader forget that he is not really on the island. But this novel is also deep and introspective, travelling the depths of one man’s psyche as he faces external and internal conflicts. Some narration at the end adds that extra layer of complexity lacking in many other novels I’ve read of late. Something for everyone I think. Recommend
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: GillianHancock on March 25, 2015 :
love the story, the settings and the characters. Being from Michigan, this was like a treat for me to get lost in. Never know exactly where the plot is going. Fun, light reading for anyone who wants to be entertained. There were some parts, especially toward the end that seemed really surreal…and I’m not sure I liked it, but that was just the author’s way. The ending was great… very enlightening and neatly wrapped up this surreal and memorable experience!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Essieh on March 24, 2015 :
Loved this unique book, and the GORGEOUS scenery and the fascinating characters! I read the whole thing in the span of a week (that’s fast for me!!), and loved that it was never boring or predictable. I actually thought everything was pretty believable, even the way that the locals talked and their views on the outsiders/tourists, and was genuinely shocked at certain twists. Michal Jarvis does an amazing job of incorporating a unique culture with island flavor, adventure, danger, humor, romance, and bringing it all to life. Fast paced and with a great cast of characters, I highly recommend this for a great beach read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: LauraClarke on March 20, 2015 :
4.5 stars
I love reading books about characters traveling to exotic, foreign destinations that I can’t go to, and especially if it’s about a tropical island while I’m trapped inside during a miserable snowstorm! But beside that, I really got pulled into this author’s world right away, and felt the ‘flavor” of the island take me over. His descriptions were so vivid and atmospheric, you really hear the characters as they speak in their unique way, and this goes a long way in creating the authenticity of the world-building. And there is enough tension and drama to keep you quickly turning the pages. Probably best recommended for adults as there is a lot of language and some adult situations. But an excellent escape!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: CodyB77 on March 19, 2015 :
this was a very interesting book, and one that was really different than many I’ve read lately, both in terms of plot and writing style. “Field of Vision” by Michael Jarvis is a unique take on island life and self-discovery, with thrills and adventure. It has great character development and unexpected plot twists, and I loved all the details about the island of Soufriere and its interesting inhabitants. Jake is a well-developed lead, one we can relate to well. This is a great book to read on vacation, or if you just want to escape for a little while. Impressive for a debut and will be looking forward to reading more from Mr. Jarvis in the future!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Kaylee Stevens on March 17, 2015 :
Beautiful, haunting, extraordinary. FIELD OF VISION is a superb novel about the search for self and survival through travel, relationships, and danger and romance. It has a slow, almost rocking pace, that will lull you into a false sense of comfort. Don’t be fooled. The only thing in my opinion that surpassed the lovely prose the author utilizes is his amazing insight into the dynamics of human interaction. While it is a beautiful, visual novel that might give you the travel bug, it'll also make you think twice… Highly recommended for mature readers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: GB Davies on Jan. 6, 2014 :
From the moment I picked up this book I was captured by a world viewed through American photographer Jake Mayfield’s eyes.
The book is riveting and I could not put it down until the final word had been consumed. The scenes are described using carefully crafted words creating a vivid scene almost as if the reader was sitting in front of a screen watching in vivid Technicolor.
If you are in the mood to be transported from your stress ridden mundane world to a tropical island where a personal vendetta and resultant miniature war play out, then this is your read. The story is packed full of sex, art, love, travel and survival.
I have read this book twice and can thoroughly recommend that you invest a portion of your life engrossed in this story.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)

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