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Tunnel Vision

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  255 Ratings  ·  38 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 Zack Kashian 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 Z
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Forge Books
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Nikki Fordey
Mar 23, 2011 Nikki Fordey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kevin Symmons
May 02, 2013 Kevin Symmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 21, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jonathan Tomes
Aug 30, 2011 Jonathan Tomes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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.
Aug 31, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Might be a good choice for a book group, could be good discussions...
Jan 10, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a great book...made you really think about you truly believe about the afterlife.
Bruce Smith
Oct 16, 2016 Bruce Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, religous
Okay, picked this one up at the library yesterday. I couldn't get into it. The story didn't grab me in the beginning, and the author wrote in to much passive voice. Returned it to the library today.
Oct 15, 2016 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This seems like it's geared towards a Unitarian audience. I noticed some inaccurate passages regarding the Catholic church, which I found annoying. The characters & storyline were interesting.
Feb 21, 2017 Terry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Here's a book with absolutely no redeeming features, total tripe! I was hoping for a glimpse down the aforementioned tunnel and a sneaky peek into the authors vision of the afterlife. Instead I got a bunch of incidental characters being forced from one unbelievable scenario to the next wrapped up with some half-science mumbo-jumbo around a part of the brain known as 'the god lobe'.

What makes the book worse is the authors obvious creationist believes preaching out in every page. Now I've read Joh
Lydia Presley
Jun 29, 2011 Lydia Presley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, fiction, thriller, 2011
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
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
Sep 21, 2012 Libgirl16 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 28, 2012 Lauri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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.
Jan 05, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Trudy Somers
Jan 14, 2012 Trudy Somers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 17, 2011 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2011 Laurie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It had be going, but was too God-y. Fell off a cliff toward the end.
May 26, 2012 Pegeen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It was a rushed book -- not believable but with interesting ideas about heaven, evil, life , death.
Mar 31, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written- expertly researched topic. Great read.
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. :)
Dinky ♥
Mar 22, 2016 Dinky ♥ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, thriller
Good book - started with a bang and a good pace but then about half way into it, it started slowing and becoming predictable. I'm glad I read it once but will not be reading it a second time.
Harriett Bulger
Dec 11, 2012 Harriett Bulger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 28, 2012 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good thriller. I don't feel this was Braver's best work, but it was definitely worth reading.
Apr 21, 2012 Louis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
it was just ok
Aug 19, 2012 Katporter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book by Gary Braver.
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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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