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Blind Traveler's Blues

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The year is 2021. Natural forces have changed our world. As the Earth’s magnetic poles have shifted, pressure on the planet’s mantle layer is building. The bottom line…earthquakes now wreak havoc in areas they have never occurred before.

In Mexico, members of an archaeological team investigate the remains of an ancient village uncovered by a quake; racing to prove their the
Published October 21st 2011 by Echelon Press
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Not Now...Mommy's Reading
Sep 06, 2012 Not Now...Mommy's Reading rated it really liked it
Blind Traveler's Blues by Robert P. Bennett is a not so in the distant future tale featuring an unlikely hero - Douglas Abledan, a software expert who is also blind. Douglas becomes involved in a homicide involving a female botanist he met days earlier while on a flight to Chicago. Throw in a corn plague that is soon to become catastrophic on a world-wide level, sonar canes, and other futuristic gadgets - and you are in for one roller coaster of a ride!

I absolutely loved the beginning of Blind T
Jan 24, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Written a bit into the future, Blind Traveler’s Blues explores agri-science as it will be known. There is a corn plaque, casting millions in South America into starvation and death. The world is fraught with earthquakes, nearly daily and, depending on where you live, possibly great damage.

Douglas Abledan is taking his first vacation since being shot and blinded several years ago. He now uses all of his senses to survive and get around in the chaotic world we have become. He uses a sonic cane whi
Cluessister Williams
Jan 04, 2012 Cluessister Williams rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of mystery,Chicago,technology,ecology
Recommended to Cluessister by: publisher
This book is set 10 years in the future with an eco-thriller angle, and featuring a blind software guy who love blues and architecture.

Douglas Abledan is the software expert, which in my experience makes him an unlikely as a hero. Software guys rarely get to solve the mystery, usually being relegated to cyber-sidekick status. Robert Bennett’s Abledan does use his computer knowledge on occasion but more often relies on the senses that he has left – smell and sound – heightened by his lack of sigh
Dec 20, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing
BLIND TRAVELER'S BLUES is a mystery that fits into that sub-genre of amateur detective. Douglas Abledan is a computer technologist blinded by a stray bullet a couple of years before in a drive-by shooting. He seems to have a "nose" for trouble in more ways than one.

His other senses compensate for his blindness and he has that amateur's knack for finding murders.

Flying to Chicago for a vacation of art museums and blues clubs(in this world of 2021, technology make him able to function almost as if
Sara Townsend
Sep 11, 2012 Sara Townsend rated it liked it
The year is 2021. Douglas Abledan, a blind computer technologist, takes a long-overdue holiday in Chicago, to indulge in his passion for blues music. On the plane he meets Professor Cara Cordelia, on her way to speak at a conference about a cure for the virus that is killing corn crops in Mexico and causing mass starvation. Douglas and Professor Cordelia hit it off and arrange to meet up again in Chicago. After they have dinner together, Douglas already feels that this woman is one he wants to l ...more
A Book Vacation
Jan 21, 2012 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it
I really enjoy books that deal with the future, and while Blind Traveler’s Blues isn’t too far in the future, the technological advances and changes that I enjoy so much are present, and prove to be quite epic and interesting. I loved Bennett’s descriptions of the gadgets Douglas uses throughout the story, and his character was phenomenal as well. Having lost his eye sight in an accident a few years prior, Douglas is a kick butt hero relying on his other four senses, that of smell, hearing, touc ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing
Blind Traveler’s Blues by Robert P. Bennett starts off with events two months in the past, when a discovery is made on a scientific dig in Mexico. What happens there affects not just those at the dig site, but the entire world. With the first chapter, we leave the dig behind and move into the present day, in the year 2021. The world has changed.

The focus of the book is Douglas Abledan, a blind businessman who is scheduled to go on a vacation, but whose boss is intent on turning that vacation int
Sep 09, 2012 Marlene rated it liked it
Originally published at Book Lovers Inc.

As the follow up to Blind Traveler Down a Dark River (reviewed at Reading Reality), Blind Traveler's Blues was much more about the murder, and much less about the technology that makes blind amateur sleuth Douglas Abledan able to function pretty much independently in this near-future version of the U.S.

Not that the tech isn't pretty neat. The concept of GPS devices morphing into driverless cars and personal navigation devices for the blind is marvelous. Bu
Dec 23, 2011 Polly rated it really liked it
Robert P. Bennett has given us an interesting, persistent amateur sleuth in his Blind Traveler series. What I liked most about this book, beside Mr. Bennett's superb research, was the determination of the character to find answers to the death of a woman he met on a plane, shared dinner with, and with whom he felt a greater relationship could develop. Never once did the character lapse into self-pity for his sightless world. Instead, he forged ahead where seeing men would fear to go, using his o ...more
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Robert Bennett, a former social worker turned writer, lives in the house he grew up in with his mother, one of his two brothers, two dogs that don’t get along, and a turtle. His lifelong focus has been a concern for the needs of society’s disenfranchised. His articles span a wide range of topics from sports to technology and from politics to social justice. His fiction is grounded in real world ev ...more
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