Review of Digit Eyes by Timothy Linnomme

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RATING: B-

A person’s personal hell is contrasted with just how dark and malevolent humans can be….Be careful for what you wish…

Isaiah Roberts is your average twenty five year old making his way as best as he can in the world considering his liabilities. Though his hairstyle is as out of date as his second hand clothing is worn, that is not the primary concern of the profoundly blind. It takes a lot of effort to navigate the hostile world where he resides and to avoid the human vermin waiting at every turn but survival is all that matters.

Though most would call Josef Mengele a monster, SWR reveres him as a visionary. Scientific research free of the disease of religion or the cowardice of politics is all that concerns SWR. To SWR, results are all that count; the piles of dead from experimentation along with the collection of genetic obscenities that must be kept locked away are no more to them but the cost of doing business. An incinerator deals with the dead while cells deal with the rest. Simon is a member of the SWR Committee and only the most ruthless ever gain that position. Simon treats all defiance as disrespect and deals with it in a very harsh manner. To date, Project Vision has been a spectacular….failure, but the SWR Committee still thinks it is a viable pursuit with a proper candidate. All they need is the right test subject…

When a cutting edge surgical procedure is performed, disavowing anything that might impact the process can have serious repercussions and it is the results driven approach of SWR that allows such a thing to happen. Only the general health of isaiah Roberts is taken into account without any further testing. There is an aberrant loopback process going on in Isaiah’s forebrain which isn’t really abnormal in itself, but that ceases to be the case when some unwelcome disruption occurs. It takes hours to replace Isaiah’s optic system; metal sockets are created to hold the optic modules, metal mesh replaces the optic nerve and chiasma and microfilaments are used for potential data transference. While twenty four of the microfilaments wind up where they are supposed to be, eight more carom off the mesh and lodge in Isiah’s forevrain, disrupting the aberrant process. When the aberrant process is shattered by eight intrusions into its path, the aberrancy should have died, but instead it reestablished its path to include the eight microfilaments and when optic modules were inserted into the sockets, the aberrancy now had access to visual input…

Even with the sockets in place, the challenge to come up with working optic modules takes even more time, but with each improvement in the technology, the aberrant process becomes more assertive. It is when Isaiah’s vision approaches basic human capacity that a war erupts in his mind. The aberrant process is at first isolated from the portion of the brain that holds images and the words to describe them, so it seizes on a base concept to order its view while it names itself IT for lack of any other name. The struggle almost kills Isaiah, but a proprietary numbering system forces order on the chaos that has been created…

With order enforced, IT expands its horizons by leaps and bounds, but the bad also comes with the good. No one walks away from Simon and SWR, but it is the synthesis of malevolence and abberrancy that brings out the darker side of Isaiah and what he can do if sufficiently provoked. A showdown will occur in the desert lands of the west, but only the arrogant, the duty bound and the angry will be witness…because..

If he can see you….then it is too late to run….

Sigh, I wanted so much to be able to say great things about this book. I loved the idea when it was presented to me, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to my hype. While this book was exciting, fast paced, and interesting, the writing needed a lot of improvement. There is a lot of potential in this author’s writing, but I felt that this needed work. I’m not sure if it was editing issues or what, but it was a little hard to read. That being said, I would give this author a second chance if he were to write a second book.

~Genevieve~

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