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If you could see the memories of every person you met would it be a blessing or a curse?

John Calabrace's life has been in havoc since he was six years old. He spends his life fighting through a flood of memories. Most all of those memories are not his own. The second he touches another person, he knows every memory & emotion they have ever felt, details that, try as he mig
Paperback, 616 pages
Published March 10th 2016 by Reflection of Innocence
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Hock Tjoa
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the very long story of John Calabrace, told in the first person with the major twist – the main character’s ability to absorb other people’s thoughts enabling the narrative to take the reader into the mind not only of the narrator but also that of any other character the author wishes. It is perhaps the literary equivalent of childhood visions of invisibility and omnipotence; what would one NOT do if so endowed?

Tolliver writes well, showing the author’s development from a young boy with
Don Calabrese
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The character development from childhood through the Nuclear Navy to the final assignments was excellent. It has been quite a while since I lost sleep because I couldn't put a book down. The sleep loss was worth it.
Diana Febry
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although this book is listed as a thriller I'd recommend it to readers of literary fiction and readers interested in recent American history.
The book follows the struggles of John from when a small boy overwhelmed by his unusual "gift"to a man deciding on the best way to use his abilities. Alongside John's personal history there are references to wider events; the day he was sent home from school due to Kennedy's assasination, the Cold War, Vietnam and unrest in eastern Europe.
John's gift is w
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The complexity of this novel would be perfect for a movie. John Calabrace started out in a loving family with three brothers. He was different than the other boys, but it wasn’t as obvious until he hit junior high. He started seeing visions of events, but it wasn’t until later he realized he was seeing into the past of the person he was touching.
John’s visions were confused as seizures on numerous accounts. And he struggled with telling his family the truth because they thought he was just lyin
Brandon Collier
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
John Tolliver’s Reflection of Innocence was an interesting read. The beginning of the novel begins with a heavy load of scrambled thoughts and this becomes a stalwart way of thought throughout the novel. Standards be damned, I continued reading. I then got into the “meat” of the story. There was much to like about the journey of John, save the large amounts of introspection. I liked the mix with historical content and we see the main character John as a young child to adulthood. In this regard, ...more
John Hazard
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let me start with a full disclosure statement: John Toliver gave me a copy of the book and only asked for a short review in return. John and I served together in the U.S. Navy submarine service.

The book was a good first novel. It is an interesting journey that the main character takes. I could relate to his childhood having grown up in the NYC area in the same timeframe. The chapters following the MC through boot camp then nuclear power school and finally life on board a submarine brought back f
Julian Coleman
Reflections of Innocence was an tantalizing read. The main character, John Calabrace comes from a Norman Rockwell existence. His family is loving, and his grandmother is wise and doting. John also has a gift. It did take me a while to figure out what was happening to John (and I did like that bit of teasing), but once I did, things got really interesting. Mr. Tolliver is a very talented writer. My only real issue with his wonderful prose is that it was too much. John Calabrace would go off on so ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received John Tolliver’s debut novel in exchange for an honest review. I appreciated John forewarning me of its length. Nevertheless, I found the book’s concept an intriguing read. Tolliver’s style of interweaving his story with historical content is to be highly commended; add to that his strong character development, overall descriptive style, story construction, and clever elements of action and dialogue, and you have yourself a very well written novel. The life, trials and tribulations of ...more
Cynthia A
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and it was one of the best I have read in a long time. This writer presented the life of John Calabrace from a young child to adulthood. John did not have an easy life because he was different. Imagine yourself being able to touch a person and know their past, all those thoughts pouring into your head, and most of them depressing. That is what John lived with from the age of six.
I don't want to say more, because I don't want to list more spoilers.
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Erik U
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
John Tolliver’s debut novel is a winner for me. I applaud his usage of historical content blended with action and adventure—essential elements that make a mystery novel hard to put down. The author’s characters are memorable and his description of people and places made me feel as though I were watching a television miniseries page after page. I can only hope that Mr. Tolliver has a sequel in store for the protagonist, John Calabrace.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from librarything in exchange for an honest review.
This book was long. And it took me quite some time to read-BUT it was worth it. It is very well written and I think the idea of taking on people's memories/feelings with just a touch is an intriguing one. Definitely glad I read this book!
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Interesting concept remote viewing of thoughts actions of peopleJohn meets thru life. The trouble and consequences
From early childhood to the end of career from the gov. Brings another concept of military might.
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