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Dark to Mortal Eyes

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A book by Eric Wilson

In this bizarre thriller for the Christian market, a jilted old woman with a hatred for men has a deadly secret that could wreak havoc upon the population of the Oregon coast. Framing his novel around chess strategy, Wilson introduces Josee Walker, once … see full wiki

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Author: Eric Wilson
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
1 review about Dark to Mortal Eyes

Exciting, Fun, Intriguing, and Much More

  • Jan 19, 2007
Josee Walker has had a rough life.  As a newborn she was placed for adoption.  Due to a rare blood disorder, she was passed from foster home to foster home.  Eventually she was adopted, but by that point, she wasn't willing bonded with them.  After 20 years, she's located her birth parents and is ready to meet her mom.  Little does she know, she's the key to a stash of weapons locked safely away by her grandfather who decades well before her birth.

This was the first book I read by Eric Wilson and was unprepared for its depth.  From the opening scene, Dark to Mortal Eyes is more than meets the eye.  It's loaded with symbolism and ideas embedded in the story.  Additionally, there is an attention to detail that allows the reader to sink into the story and be lost in the lives of others.

Established early in Wilson's career is a knack for great characters.  Josee has a way of pulling the reader to her while Sergeant Turney melts the reader with his Hershey kiss eyes and unrelenting love.  While most of the characters are what they appear to be, not all are.  Some have a very surprising side that was great to discover in the end.

Dark to Mortal Eyes really is a complex book.  It has multiple plots revolving around a chess story line.  It brings in the past and blends it with the events of the present to create a wonderfully intriguing plot.  Also present are some great supernatural elements which I believe are connected to Wilson's current book, Field of Blood.  There's no lack of visual descriptions that can certainly be challenging to some.
Like all of Wilson's books, there's a wonderful historical subplot.  This one involves the chemical weapons developed by the Nazis during World War II.  I absolutely love WWII history, so needless to say, I greatly appreciated this aspect.

Reading it two years from the first time, my appreciation has grown dramatically for this book.  It is slow starting out, but I've come to enjoy how the story develops.  There are a lot of plots and different characters introduced in the first few chapters and are well worth reading to get to the heart of the story.  Having read Field of Blood, also enhanced this book the second time around.  Some links are made and probable answers found to lingering questions.  It's disappointing that more people are not reading this and other original books by Wilson.  He's an amazing talent just waiting to be discovered.

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