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All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman

All Seeing Eye (edition 2012)

by Rob Thurman

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Title:All Seeing Eye
Authors:Rob Thurman
Info:Pocket Books (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
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I was quite surprised at how much I liked this book. It is quite dark and it isn't full of various supernatural beings trying to have sex with each other (what you usually find in this genre). It actually felt more like a mystery than an urban fantasy, or ghost story. Actually, it wasn't a ghost story at all, and barely an urban fantasy... there are no special abilities here, other than those of the main character, and the only other 'oddity' in the setting was the technical capability that caused the 'mystery' in the first place (so, in many ways, it is closer to sci-fi supernatural than fantasy supernatural).

The characters are extremely well-drawn (well, the main ones anyway), and we like the good guys and we even understand the bad guys, to a point. I almost hate to say it but I was surprised to find out it was a female author (though that explains the very fully fleshed main character). Yes, that is sad, but the bulk of the women writers I read in this genre are always going on about who is wearing what, how hot a particular man is, and discussing the color and movement of characters' eyes. None of that here - just a dark story with a sad premise and a satisfying conclusion. ( )
  crazybatcow | Jul 25, 2016 |
This series reminds me of the Harper Connelly series in where there is no supernatural in it except for the main protaganist. Jack's psychic powers come into play during a family tradegy that leaves him an orphan of the state. Jack runs away from the state boys home and finds a carnival where he lives and as an adult opens a psychic shop. He is visited by the brother of the one friend he made at the boys home and finds himself recruited unwillingly to their project. It seems his old friend was working on astral projection for the military and died during an experiment. Now his spirit is trying to get back and is causing a lot of vilolent death. Jack has to shut this down even if he doesn't want to since the project is blackmailing him with getting his younger sister out of jail. I liked the book and it does have a small happy ending even if some things Jack learns about himself are not pleasant.
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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
Jackson Lee has a gift that he and the few people who get to know him, considers more of a curse. With the touch of an object, or worse, skin on skin, he knows everything the other person has ever done or thought. The psychometry makes itself known at the age of fourteen on the day he comes across his young sister’s shoe in a field. When he picks the shoe up, he sees that she drowned in a well. On that day his stepfather kills his mother and he has to kill his stepfather. He’s then placed in a home for troubled teens and everything he faced explains the trust issues, angst, lack of friends, and overwhelming sarcasm that he lives by.

As an adult he markets himself as a psychic telling people how to find lost objects and such and makes a decent living doing it; until he’s blackmailed by the government into helping them with a project.

Jackson Lee is a difficult character to like, and he sounds a lot like Cal Leandros from the author’s successful series. It takes a long time, but we finally get to see a more humane side of him; one that even surprises him. It also takes some time for the other main character, Hector, to grow on you. But he comes around much quicker.

The story itself, especially what they need his help on, is unique to anything else I’ve ever read. That aspect was interesting. You know there is a saboteur on the project, but I hadn’t been able to guess who that was.

Only 3 stars because I could have easily walked away from this book. But it finally started to grab me with only about 25% left in the story. But I can honestly say I liked that last part so much I'd read a sequel if one is published. ( )
  dearheart | Apr 29, 2013 |
After Nightlife, Rob Thurman quickly became one of my favorite authors. She writes mostly in urban fantasy, though her Korsak series is science fiction. All Seeing Eye is squarely in the mystery genre, although it does have a "supernatural" element. Jackson Lee has a talent - psychometry, the ability to read the past from touching things (people, objects). Initially, the book reminded me of Charlaine Harris' Grave series. However, Thurman has written a much better mystery to go along with her protagonist's extra-sensory perception.

Jackson makes his living as a psychic. He is satisfied with his life, until Hector, the brother of a kind, young man het met in a state home shows up at his door. Hector needs his help, and is not above blackmailing Jackson to get it. While trying to scientifically engineer astral projection, Hector's brother Charlie died and was left lost in the ether. Only, he keeps trying to get back by homing in on places of violence and forcing the reenactment of those events. Hector wants to release his spirit. Jackson wants to go home. Until he learns it wasn't an accident, and Charlie was murdered. And the murderer certainly doesn't want Jackson discovering the truth.

This book was a real page-turner. I read through most of the book before figuring out the villain, and Thurman still managed to throw in a surprise at the end. The book was fast-paced and the setting well defined. In the beginning, Jackson is something of a Cal Leandros clone. He's sarcastic, doesn't like people except for his "sister," and hates what he is. I love that in Cal, but was hesitant about this becoming a retread. Thankfully, by the end Jackson has changed, and accepts new-found friendships and has hope for the future. His ability has a lot of potential for further stories, and the writing is strong enough to sustain it. Overall, highly recommended and I cannot wait for more! ( )
  jshillingford | Oct 30, 2012 |
Jackson Lee Eye is a man with a thing about touching --- he doesn’t do it. When he does, he can see everything that happens in that person’s life; the good, the bad, and the mundane. It started when he was 14. He found the shoe of his younger sister Tess lying on the ground, and picking it up, saw her dead in a well. That vision, and the aftermath, haunts him every day of his life. After finding the shoe, he saw his mother murdered and he himself pulled the trigger on his step-father. After years in a state home, he escapes and makes a living using the only skill he has, the ability to read people. When a scientist comes knocking on his door asking him to become part of a study, he goes on high alert. As it turns out, he’s being blackmailed by the government. Forced to help the military bring an end to an experiment gone wrong, he finds himself re-living the events of others and he knows this little experiment will leave him with nightmares for the rest of his life.

This was the book I was in the mood for. I wanted a little creepy, a little dark, and I got it. And the characters --- well, at least one --- were likable. Jackson Lee Eye and his dog Houdini were very likable characters and the others provided the creep factor I was looking for.

I expected a twist and got it, and it happened in the way I wanted it to which made this a very satisfying read. In fact, I devoured the book. I don’t have an explanation for this but I always, no matter what, enjoy stories where one or more of the characters are a psychic. I have no reason why but I just love it. And I loved how Jackson reacted to each person and what he/she was hiding. In some cases, the sociopathic natures were more interesting than the characters themselves because I kept waiting for these people to reveal themselves.

Being a person that reads the last few pages of a book early on, I was slightly surprised to see a little twist at the end that I didn’t catch. Yep, I may not like surprises all that much (really, I read the last page before I hit page 10, what would you expect me to say here) but I liked the one I came across here. I guess you can say it’s still nice to be surprised by characters.

I’m being evasive and that’s intentional. I try my best not to give away spoilers and this story unfolds in a way that I don’t want to give away because that’s the fun of it. If you’re looking for a good October book, one to curl up with on a windy fall evening, well, here’s one. It’s a fast moving thriller that will make for a good evening read. ( )
  justabookreader | Sep 5, 2012 |
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Reviewed by Marissa
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

All Seeing Eye grabbed me from the blurb and didn’t let go, even after the end of the book. Two days later, I was still going over scenes in my head, reliving the final tear-inducing, mind-blowing chapters.

Jackson Lee is a man who develops psychometric powers upon the death of his younger sister. One touch of skin-to-skin or to any object and Jackson knows your past. He lives it himself in a matter of moments – all the good, the sad, and the bad. What I found exceedingly interesting was the response of his mind to sociopaths – those with no conscience or moral compass. Jackson describes it as “locking yourself in a walk-in freezer, alone. All the warmth was immediately drained out of you.” In the extreme is what he gets from his dog – happy thoughts of running in fields, naps in the sunshine, and treats.

Even with his past – his sister and mother murdered, killing his stepfather, separated from his other sister and put into a state-run home, then ending up as a sham psychic in a carnival – Jack comes out okay. He is honest and moral. He tries to do right by his sister and his old friend. The problem is, nothing is within his control and the more he tries, the worse things seem to get.

I found the shifts in the ether fascinating. The idea that horrific murders can be relived again and again, using live people who happen to be in the same place, to carry out actual murders is fascinating if at the same time terrifying. This is not quite the same as imprint ghosts destined to repeat their murder in an endless ethereal loop. It sends shivers up and down my spine to think that murders could be repeated at any time, anywhere, by anyone. And that is what makes this such a good book.

I have to admit I fell a little bit in love with Thurman after reading the author bio on the inside back cover. He not only loves dogs but he rescues them from the local pound. As an animal lover, I’m all over him. Er, it… this. The rescuing. Then I found out Rob is actually Robyn. *sigh* Sorry, Rob. But I still love the dog rescuing and the writing.
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Picking up a small, pink shoe from the grass forever changed young Jackson Lee's life. Not only did its presence mean that his sister Tessa was dead--murdered and stuffed in the deep, black water of a narrow well--but the shoe itself told him so. 
Tessa's death triggers an even more horrific family massacre that, combined with this new talent he neither wants or can handle, throw Jack's life into a tailspin. The years quickly take him from state homes to the streets to grifting in a seedy carnival, until he finally becomes the cynical All Seeing Eye, psychic-for-hire. At last, Jackson has left his troubled past behind and found a semblance of peace. 
That is, until the government blackmails him. After Jackson is forced to help the military contain the aftermath of a bizarre experiment gone violently wrong, everything he knows about himself will change just as suddenly as it did with his little sister's shoe.
And while change is constant...it's never for the better.
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