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According to Dr. Darold A. Treffert of the University of Wisconsin, there are fewer than one hundred reported cases of prodigious savants in the world. Those few who possess the savant syndrome all have an island of brilliance that allows them to excel in some remarkable talent. Unfortunately, they all share various developmental disabilities. In Burlington, Vermont, 1962, ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published October 11th 2014 by Black Opal Books
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Jeanie Loiacono
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning to the last word, JJ White has you glued to the couch. You seriously have no idea what is going to happen next, but you have to find out or go mad. I knew savants were exceptionally smart people, but I did not know about the dark side. WOW! More!!! I heard White has two more coming out soon. I cannot wait!!
S.J. Francis
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Fascinating Thriller by J.J. White: Five out of five stars! Pages fly by quickly...

This thriller by J.J. White is a page turner. From the very first sentence the reader is drawn into the world of Burlington, Vermont in 1962. Once you start reading you won’t want to put it down. I read it all in one night. It is a very quick read. Teenager Gavin Weaver is injured in an explosion all because of one small act of teenage stupidity. Because of that act, his life is changed forever, and not
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Patty Copeland
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Prodigious Savant by J J White is a fast-paced thriller. Gavin Weaver's brain injury leaves him with abilities that at first bring him celebrity and money, yet it's slowly revealed that the gifts also bear a dark side. Readers become caught up in Gavin's gifts, both wanted and unwanted.

The plot is Intricate and lightening fast, though a late plot point is a little too convenient. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed the ending twist and thought it the perfect ending. Nice work by a taleted writer.
Bob
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its the 1960s in a small town in Vermont a 2 high school boys are looking over the construction site of an interstate cloverleaf. One of the boys has been shooting his 22 at a Skunk but unknown to him, and due to a odd set of circumstances his last shot enters a construction shack and sets off a massive explosion of stored dynamite. A huge crater results, the shooter is killed by flying debris and the boy sustains a cracked skull from contact with a large rock. One other person in town is also ...more
Clare O'Beara
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The best fun of this book is the introduction of Bobby Fischer as a character. Of course we only see him during chess tournaments.

Set during the Kennedy era, the story follows a young man Gavin who is injured in a freak accident when road-blasting dynamite explodes. His head injuries put him into a coma and when he reawakens the sporty young man has turned into a savant with talents in reading, music, art and chess.

A dark side is quickly apparent and Gavin who had been gaining our sympathy as
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Mark Petry
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all!

What do you get when you combine Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye with Forest Gump and Jack the Ripper? You get Gavin Weaver in Prodigious Savant. I loved how the author just kept adding more and more layers to this story. This is one of the most interesting and fulfilling books I've read in quite a while.
Alison Lane
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very good read, I was surprised with the twist at the end. Look forward to reading more books by this author.
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J. J. WHITE has had articles and stories published in several anthologies and magazines including, Wordsmith, The Homestead Review, The Seven Hills Review, Bacopa Review, and The Grey Sparrow Journal. His story, “The Adventure of the Nine Hole League,” was published in the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Volume 13, and his story, “Lucky Bastard Club,” was published in the Saturday Evening Post, ...more