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Electrocution and a two-story fall from a church rooftop leave former musician Tobe Mohr deaf, burned, and broken. A guilt-wracked priest invites him to live in the vacant rectory during his recovery, where many townsfolk believe Tobe - despite his own skepticism - has developed clairvoyance in his return from death. Adapting to rural life after having toured the world's s ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published April 23rd 2012 by CreateSpace
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Gordon
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If I don't believe in it myself, how could I possibly expect anyone else to?
Richard Thomas
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Grounded in reality with elements of the supernatural, Flashover is a funny, touching and satisfying read. This is not your typical mystery or thriller. Nor can it sit squarely in science fiction, either. It’s a literary mash-up, one that holds your attention, while at the same time, forcing you to pay attention. You will be challenged, but that’s a good thing. The language is a mix of poetic lyricism and straightforward, hard-boiled, no-nonsense grit. And just when you think the story is going ...more
Paul Eckert
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So if you've read any summaries of this book, you know that a guy named Tobe Mohr has a near-death experience which leaves him with a interesting ability. Having read that, you may think you know where the story is going - the guy develops this ability into a power, and then uses this power to save someone in trouble, and at the end he comes to terms with his ability and finds a niche where he can live his life comfortably. But that's not this story.

Flashover does not dwell on Tobe or his abili
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Caleb Ross
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This, Gordon Highland’s second novel, contains all the quick-pacing of an airport bestseller with the methodical attention to sentence structure and language of a high-literary life’s work. Though the premise isn’t earth-shattering in its concept (the author would tell you this himself) the execution of the premise is absolutely unique. Not much can be said here without spoiling, so I’ll leave the official synopsis to speak for
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Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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Michael Gonzalez
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Call it time travel. Call it disjointed narrative. Call it a mystery. A love story. A comedy. Tragi-comedy. Tragedy. Flashover wears many masks and wears them well. Tobe Mohr survived a freak accident that’s left him with the ability to read people. Not quite seeing their past or future, but understanding what they’ve done. It’s a gift he uses reluctantly to get by in his recovery, one that eventually leads him on a road to discovering more about the whereabouts of the woman he loved. Like his p ...more
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Karen Sage, Stanci Soderstrom, Heather Landes
Recommended to Tracy by: Gordon Highland
I want to explain why I liked this story so much, but I really don’t want to give any spoilers! So I’m going to start out with: Just Read it. Not only is the plot interesting, and filled with unpredictability, but the references to music and “pop culture” make this a fun story that keeps the reader paying attention so as not to miss a detail. For me, there were two read-worthy aspects to this story. Obviously, the plot being one of those – and that’s what I can’t talk about because you must expe ...more
Michael
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Gordon Highland's second novel is a surprise in many ways. While you may be expecting something a little more supernatural or fast-paced without a great deal of character, the book quickly reveals that it has other plans. It's actually a rather slow burn, delving into characters and backgrounds right from the start, and the story doesn't kick into high gear until around the halfway mark. But the characters are endearing, and drive you to explore the tangle of events that brings them to the fated ...more
Jack
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This book has a lot of twists and turns. It is hard to write a review of it without giving anything away. A non-linear timeline is used very well, which is saying something, because that sort of literary technique can backfire in a hurry. Speaking of literary, Highland is a very literary writer, and at times you find passages are are more art than storytelling, but these are generally used very well as part of the "flash" sequences.

Head on over to Amazon and check it out. It's a good price for
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Edward
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was highly impressed with this novel. An excellent read from a very talented writer. Flashover has a non-linear plot told from different perspectives of the characters from diffferent points in their lives. Highland pulls it all together gracefully without ever confusing you. The book is very literary at times, but also has a dash of scifi thrown in, due to the lead characters ability to see into peoples past by touching them. Also a love story, a mystery and a major crime are all mixed in. I ...more
Peter Goutis
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Flashover we have a story about a man called Tobe Mohr who, through an almost fatal accident, has been given a gift to see into people’s minds. From his point of view though, it’s nothing special. He only sees what is already there. He only sees what people already know. It’s just that, sometimes the people may not want to admit what they know - to themselves or to others.

Like most stories, it’s a love story. His love, she disappears one day. His new mission is to find out where she went and
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Simon West-Bulford
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Tobe Mohr, a guy dismissive of an unusual gift he receives after a near-fatal accident fixing a church roof, is missing the love of his life: Sera. Throughout the narrative, his supernatural gift is downplayed considerably, which gives the story a healthy dose of realism. His new ability seems almost natural - an understandable bodily compensation for his loss of hearing, and whilst reading, I found myself constantly wondering just how much of it was Tobe’s natural empathy/intuition and how much ...more
Shane
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
DISCLAIMER: I was provided a copy of the e-book version in exchange for a review of this book.

Tobe Mohr was a normal guy, with a normal job, and a normal future when he had the accident. Now he's scarred, deaf, and clairvoyant. The community sees his clairvoyance as a gift, Tobe isn't quite as sure. A new living situation, compliments of the priest of the church where he had his accident, leads Tobe to a relationship with Sera and her daughter. When they disappear from his life, Tobe's search fo
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Luke
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is high level stuff. The prose, the characters, the dialogue, the plotting and tension building; this book just fires on all cylinders.

'Major Inversions' was really well written, but this was much more in my wheelhouse. 'Major Inversions' was more of a black comedy, which isn't really my preferred genre, and I don't even know what genre you would put 'Flashover' in, but it's a fantastic literary mashup that I absolutely loved.

It's very difficult to pull off technical, often lyrical prose
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Irina-Marina Borţoi
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow! I have only just finished the book, and that's all my mind can form right now, but I'll give it a try.
Flashover is captivating, it's surprising and very very well-written. You don't get bored for half a sentence, you never know what to expect, but yet you're somehow always connected to the time frame of every sequence. How? I can't tell exactly, but you just know. The story goes back and forth, but it's never chaotic. It's never dull. And the style... that's some serious good writing right
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Robb
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Gordon Highland is the author of the novels Flashover and Major Inversions, as well as Submission Windows: a collection of stories and verse. He's published short stories in Word Riot, Noir at the Bar 2, Warmed and Bound, Black Heart Magazine, and many others. Gordon lives in the Kansas City area, where he makes videos by day and music by night.
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