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Tunnel Vision

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  192 ratings  ·  33 reviews
What if you didn’t have to die to know that heaven exists?
And what if that knowledge could get you killed?

Following a biking accident on icy Boston streets, grad student ZackKashian lapses into a coma. When he wakes up on Easter, months later, muttering the Lord’s Prayer in the original Aramaic, the media is set abuzz about the “Miracle Man.” Religious fanatics flock to Za...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Forge Books
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Nikki Frankel
I'm not one for sci-fi, fantasy or supernatural stories- but this book really struck a chord with me. I was able to connect and identify with the main characters and I was invested in the plot and went through a variety of emotions as I was taken on quite the literary ride. It helped that the book is set in Boston (where I live) and the main character is Northeastern University student (my alma matter). I would recommend this book to people who enjoy thrillers and are also open to supernatural e...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
In Tunnel Vision by Gary Braver an atheist graduate student, Zack Kashian, lapses into a 12 week coma following a bicycle accident. He attracts the interest of religious zealots when he says The Lord's Prayer in the original Aramaic while still in the coma. He later finds himself involved with a team of neuroscientists who are being privately funded by an evangelist to research near-death experiences (NDE) in an attempt to prove that people are wired to find God. Another religious group hires an...more
In Gary Braver's Tunnel Vision, he asked the age old question about life and death and if there's an afterlife. In the first part, it deals with Zack Kashian's bicycle accident. For months, he was in a coma and then woke up to speak in Aramaic. People believed he's a miracle and to heal like Jesus. In the second part, we're introduced to some religious-crazed heinous people who experiment on near-death experiences. But there's a hit man out there on a religious bent. Although there's some religi...more
Kevin Symmons
Just finished Gary Braver's "Tunnel Vision." Enjoyed it very much. I am an author and shared the podium with him recently. We exchanged books and I'm glad we did. He had me hooked from the first page. I think most of us hope that there is something after our "4 score" years besides being food for the worms(Ugh!). At the recent event, Gary explained that his extensive research had led him to one conclusion: all NDEs (near death experiences) can be explained with the exception of the out of body "...more
Jonathan Tomes
While the title caused me to pick up the book and the jacket blurb made me buy it, the novel is so much more than just a book about near death experiences. It brilliantly explores themes of the existence of God, life and death, the possibility of an afterlife, and the meaning of family. The author makes you care about the protagonist, a man who experiences an NDE and so much more. As a published author myself, I can only wonder at how Gary Braver conceived of this book, much less how he wrote it...more
Tara Young
I found this in my CART on Amazon and wondered how it got there. who put it there? Had to be me, but when did I put it there. Gary Braver? I was a tad confused but decided that since I threw it in my cart at one time perhaps a memory would be jogged by the time the book arrived. Nothing. So I read it, or rather I read half of it. Sorry Gary, I was overwhelmed. The plot, the pacing, the too much information, the fact that another half of the book needed to be read, I skimmed and then settled on t...more
Lillian Schoellkopf
Extremely well-written book. Well-developed characters. Loved all the local Massachusetts settings, so familiar to me. Author is a scientist, which lends credibility to his writing.
Worth reading. Thought provoking.
Was a great book...made you really think about you truly believe about the afterlife.
Might be a good choice for a book group, could be good discussions...
Lydia Presley
Tunnel Vision is the quintessential thriller. It follows the formula perfectly and, as a result, it has the intended effects - those being as follows:

-A desire to not eat or drink until one more page has been turned
Emotional turmoil
-A feeling of horror that sometimes isn't enough of a horror feeling and that in itself makes you even more horrified (I think I'm becoming jaded)

Add into the mix some fantastic medical jargon, enough mystery and, superstition and unexplained paranormal...more
Another gripping novel by Mr. Braver. A group of scientists is exploring the after-life and whether the human being ceases or continues to exist after the physical death, and whether we meet the spirits of long lost ones. The scientists are funded by an evangelical minister who wants to use science to prove the existence of the after-life.

My only gripe: The first thing a middle-aged contract killer does upon knowing his targets' names - he Googles them. In contrast, we have Zack Kashian, a youn...more
Like in 'Grey Matters,' Gary Braver takes a controversial subject and injects a dose of thriller. This time, the dosage was a bit too low and the plot was a bit too thin. The book started off with a premise that excited me. Pitting Christian groups (either splinter groups or rogue group leaders) against atheists with one of the atheists speaking in tongues was a clever idea for a plot. It just didn't really take off and the culmination (the pace and setting of which I expected, having read 'Grey...more
During a bike ride, Zach hits a pothole and becomes comatose. During this time in the coma, he utters prayers in Aramaic in a voice not his own prompting hundreds to flock to his bedside. Fast forward a couple of weeks and Zach is out of his coma with no memory of his Aramaic utterings. Desperate for money, he hooks up with a scientist preforming a sleep study. Although he believes he is being participating in insomnia research, the head scientist is really bent on proving there is an afterlife...more
Gary Braver did a great job plotting a several different characters in this book. Atheists to average joe to orthodox religious people. This was my first Gary Braver book. At the beginning, I said to myself, "Oh this author must be a religious person." But later in the book, I took it back.

I enjoyed Gary Braver's very creative with supernatural, Near Death Experience (NDE), and brain study. He kept me guessing until the end of book. Worth to read.
Pedro Macedo
I enjoy it, but only a little bit.
I think the idea was great and it was the reason for I read it.
But its development for me was disappointing and frustrating. The cliches in the plot was more frequent and visible than I expect.
The characters and its development also was not so good and predictable for me.
Finally the story ends and I felt myself thinking that something was missing.
Resuming, I didn't find this book worth enough.
Trudy Somers
This was an interesting book dealing with paranormal and NDE (near death experiences)with a twist. At first I thought it was going to be a book full of slamming on those who are religious, but then the reader is introduced to Roman, a hired hitman, and the book changes. Fast-pased, interesting...a little weak at the end, however, but worth a look.
The first chapter of this book was great and I kept thinking it will take off again but it never did. The author never sustained any suspense. I found it very hard to continue from one chapter to the next. The premise was very intriguing but the book never managed to fold it into an interesting read.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this book. It turned out to be much better than I had expected. I didn't particularly like the end as I thought it was anticlimactic, but overall, not a bad read
Very disappointed. Too much religion talk. Plot not convincing and goes too slow. This is my fourth book and FlashBack remains his best and one of the best medical thrillers.
Barbara Boccaccio
Religion meets science. The main character has a near-death experience and becomes involved in research w neurologists searching for a God lobe. Interesting.
Part of my summer relaxation reading. Interesting ideas, but started to drag a bit at the end...I guessed the "surprise" ending, which doesn't help. :)
First of his books that I have read, quite enjoyed it. Wasn't too many surprises or wow moments but the subject matter kept the story interesting throughout.
Harriett Bulger
Enjoyed this book because I really had no idea what to expect.
I did find the beginning confusing....but all is tied up very
well as the story progresses.
Roberta Sallee
I enjoyed it, but found it somewhat confusing. I'd be interested in talking to other readers about what they think really happened. :-)
Pretty good thriller. I don't feel this was Braver's best work, but it was definitely worth reading.
It was a rushed book -- not believable but with interesting ideas about heaven, evil, life , death.
Pete Stuhr
Pretty Good read, I thought the ending would go in a different direction, but still pretty good.
It had be going, but was too God-y. Fell off a cliff toward the end.
Not as good as some of the other books written by Gary Braver
Very well written- expertly researched topic. Great read.
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Gary Braver is the pen name of Gary Goshgarian, the author of six critically acclaimed suspense novels: three under his own name--Atlantis Fire, Rough Beast and The Stone Circle--and three under his pen name--Elixir, Gray Matter, and Flashback. He is also the author of four popular college writing textbooks--Exploring Language, The Contemporary Reader, Dialogues, and What Matters in America.

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