Crystalline Vision (Energy Unveiled #1)

Crystalline Vision (Energy Unveiled #1)

Write on: Sun, 30 Sep 2018 by  in SPFBO 2018 2723 comments Read 73025

CRYSTALLINE VISION by Barbara Snow is a New Age urban fantasy novel primarily concerned with the in's and out's of spiritual energies as well as figuring out how to adapt what amounts to the Force to  highly expensive Silicon Valley project. It's a quirky little novel that accepts as defacto that the universe is a good place and that people who attempt to subvert mystic forces are going to end up screwing themselves over.

The premise is a woman named Terra Kano is contacted by her cousin, Ben, in order to see if she can use her status as a "Wise Woman" (she's also a cop) to complete the mystical computer system which his entire company's future rests on. Ben trusted his Native American partner in creating a information grid that involved tapping into a universal energy field that he didn't understand. Now, Ben's partner has gone off to become a hermit and left him high and dry with investors who want results. Ben barely believes in the supernatural but is willing to try anything to save his company.

The start of the book is a bit on the slow side with much time devoted to Ben trying to reconcile his scientific materialist worldview with the fact his sister's "woo-woo" is not only objectively true but the key to making his fortune. Terra has her patience tested trying to deal with Ben's disbelief while also wondering whether or not she can actually deal with the technical side of the spiritual problem he has.

Eventually, the book's main plot begins and we discover the people who want nothing more than to misuse and abuse the technology. It's a rare case when you combine the genres of Thriller and New Age but Barbara Snow does a decent-enough job. I say that as someone who was a little nonplussed by all the peace, love, harmony, nature, and so on talk that dominated quite a bit of the text.

If I had a favorite character, I would have to say it was Ben. I like the premise he's a guy who managed to sell a multi-billion dollar Sillicon Valley concept to investors, making him outstandingly rich, without actually understanding or having a product. Then his partner, who is responsible for everything, jumps ship to find his inner light. That's the premise for a humorous high-tech comedy right there. I also liked Terra's story of how she was adopted as a mixed race child due to, well, a lot of bigots trying to pass her around as well as a post-Vietnam veteran's trauma.

Crystalline Vision is a decent enough read. It's very much about its message as much as telling a story. The characters are, ironically, a bit too likable in that they don't have the kind of terrible personality flaws which generate conflict as well as propel the story along. Ben and his associates are willing to give Terra a lot of slack as well as believe her claims automatically. This despite the fact you'd think at least one person would have serious issues with the idea a billion dollars in investment is tied up in alternative religion.

Would I recommend this book? Sure, it's got nothing remotely offensive about it and would definitely appeal to a reader with interest in its subject matter. However, the plot took a little too long to get started for me and that hurt my interest. I may not be the target audience for such an optimistic feel good sort of book, though.

Last modified on Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:52
C.T. Phipps

C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger on "The United Federation of Charles".

He's written Agent G, Cthulhu Armageddon, Lucifer's Star, and The Supervillainy Saga.



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