Book Reviews of Through Violet Eyes (Violet , Bk 1)

Through Violet Eyes (Violet , Bk 1)
Through Violet Eyes - Violet , Bk 1
Author: Stephen Woodworth
ISBN-13: 9780553803372
ISBN-10: 0553803379
Publication Date: 8/31/2004
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 244 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Through Violet Eyes (Violet , Bk 1) on + 164 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Good story and beginning to a series! I don't want to give too much of the plot away beyond the description above, so I'll just say that this is a fast and easy read which I definitely recommend to anyone who likes thrillers or stories about the paranormal. Stephen Woodworth writes very well, and I especially love the way he describes things. Umbrellas don't just open, they mushroom. A woman has lovely soymilk skin. Woodworth paints quick, interesting pictures that enhance the narrative without bogging it down.

I'm surprised more people weren't interested in seeing the Violets disappear -- just about anyone with a secret to keep might see Violets as potentially problematic. There are at least three more books to follow this one however, so maybe that will come up more later....
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Helpful Score: 6
This is a quick and easy read. The details are good and believable in the story. The plot about people who can channel some souls and not others for testimony is really interesting and different. I was a thrown by the ending. I didn't see it coming at all. Normally I can tell from a mile away. So that was fun for me!
If you like paranormal thrillers this is definitely worth the read.
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Helpful Score: 5
I picked this book up but I wasn't sure if I'd like it. For me it was a real easy read & it held my interest from the beginning. I liked it so much I got the rest that he has written and am anxiously awaiting the next release.
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Helpful Score: 3
Great story, well-written, engaging characters!!! Looking forward to more titles by this author!
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Helpful Score: 3
Awesome book. Kind of reminded me of the Tom Cruise movie where they can see the future using people. Kept me engrossed the whole time reading it, and I could barely put it down at night when I went to bed. Looking forward to reading another novel from Stephen Woodworth.
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Helpful Score: 3
I found the story compelling. From the begining to the surprising ending, it was hard to put down.
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Helpful Score: 1
this is an awesome book. its the 1st of 4.but they arent connected in any way other than the main person,natelie.the dead can speak through the violet eyes.so the goverment has found lots of interesting ways to use that.awesome book.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a really good start to a paranormal mystery series. I really would like to read this whole series. It was a quick paced read.
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Helpful Score: 1
A good read on a snowy or rainy day.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent paranormal thriller with a new concept. The writing was griping and the pace was just right to keep you rolling. This is the first in a series and I've read each of them. I wish he would release another!
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Helpful Score: 1
I really liked this series. It kept my attention & that's not easy. This is the first book in the series. I thought it was good, but later book are even better.
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Awesome. Kept me guessing!
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Awesome!!!
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Good, original story. First in series. You get more out of the books if read in order.
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this was an okay read
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a great book!
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WOW! What a great book! A suspenseful mystery that also throws in some supernatural/ghosts and romance all with a little sci-fi feel. This author has agreat imagination and writes his characters beautifully. A definite must-read!
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A fabulous thriller!
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An excellent entertaining book that makes you think about what
happens to you right after you die. What IF someone could call
you back to tell on your killer? Fast easy read that is hard to
put down. I highly recommend this book.
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First in the Violets series. Can't wait to read the next one.
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Great read. It's got that sci-fi feel to it. Hard for me to put down.
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Awesome suspense novel about people who can see through a killer's eyes to bring them to justice, but what happens when the killer targets those who can see him???
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The police call them The Violets...They have a special gift that is crime-fighting's secret weapon...

Through their violet eyes, they can actually expose the face of a murderer.

But now one killer is closing their violet eyes - permanently - and even the FBI can't stop him.
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"The Violets are people who can communicate with the dead and let their spirits inhabit their bodies. They are allowed to testify in court with the dead spirit inside them accusing the perpetrator of murder. A SoulScan is an instrument that shows the Violet being possessed by the spirit that the Violet called using a touchstone. Not many Violets are born in each generation so the government of each country puts them under their "protection". In the United States, the North American Afterlife Communication Corps is the umbrella organization of the Violets and those people who don't choose to join them are harassed, their lives are made miserable by a bureaucracy that wants to keep a tight reign on them.

Someone is killing the Violets and the government officials have no clue who is doing it as they leave no evidence behind. FBI agent Dan Atwater is assigned to protect Violet Natalie Lindstrom who attended the same school as the victims. Dan is afraid of what Natalie can do because she can contact a ghost from his past, one he wants to avoid at all costs. Gradually the barriers between them are breached and the unlikely duo fall in love, but there is no guarantee that they will live long enough to celebrate their deep feelings.

THROUGH VIOLET EYES is not a religious thriller because the premise of the Violets is based on scientific fact. This work reads like a fabulous urban fantasy in which spirits inhabit the bodies of the Violets as a last way to hang onto life. The fantasy element is very strong and Stephen Woodworth's work is nothing short of remarkable.

Harriet Klausner"
http://www.amazon.com/Through-Violet-Eyes-Stephen-Woodworth/dp/0553803379

I liked this story; it had plenty of suspense and mystery. The ending was a surprise, and a sad one and a mircle at the end.
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Set in an alternate present-day setting where a small percentage of people are born with violet irises and the ability to channel the dead. Naturally, the government has stepped in and regulated their lives, using them as tools in murder trials; an early scene in which a judge instructs the jury how to "weigh the testimony of the deceased" nicely sets the book's tone. When it becomes clear that a serial killer is targeting the Violets themselves, FBI agent Dan Atwater is paired with Natalie Lindstrom, a Violet, to investigate. There are a fixed number of suspects from the beginning, but since the deceased can inhabit the bodies of Violets, none of the players ever exit the story, even when they are killed. Moments after dying, the victims take over Natalie's consciousness, bringing their tale of the Faceless Man who killed them and their suspicion that he may be working with someone on the other side.

This twist makes for a tantalizing puzzle rife with red herrings, one made all the more entertaining by brisk pacing and strong internal logic.

A suspenseful, tightly written novel.

Excellent Read!!!
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A bit contrived in terms of the actual mystery (and the people fly around the country too much), but the concept of the Violets is really very cool and makes the book worth the read.
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Much better read than I thought it would be. The ending is a bit convoluted but a good plot that holds together
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1st in series - great
the violets can connect with the dead to help resolve issues/especially murders
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Shades of Minority Report and The Eyes of Laura Mars color Woodworth's chilling debut novel, which is set in an alternate present-day setting where a small percentage of people are born with violet irises and the ability to channel the dead.
-Publisher's Weekly
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Good book. Will definitely read the next one in the series.
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Good thriller.
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I enjoyed this thriller. It literaaly took me ill the last of the book to figure out who the bad guy was. A good read
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I really liked this book and it was a great first book for Stephen Woodworth. The story was good, the concept was good, but somewhat predictable in certain portions. Pretty good read overall.
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Fast Read I didnot want to put the book down.I read this book in a couple of days.I am reading With Red Hands the second book in the series now.
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new concept,great charactors, well written.
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I loved this book,could not put it down!
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Quick paced captivating story...couldn't put it down.
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a very twisted sci-fi mystery as the reader follows along tracking a killer of the only people who can see them doing it...a genetic mutation causes those born with violet eyes to act as a direct connection to the dead.
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I enjoyed this book. The whole idea of Violets and the ability to have a dead person's soul inhabit a body is thought provoking. I like the storyline and look forward to reading more of the books written by this author.
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Good book. Lots of suspense.
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I found this to be really good--I love paranormal, suspense and mystery all rolled into one........
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This is a fantastic book. The beginning of a series. Looking forward to next book.
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Woodworth is a new-to-me author and I will definitely be looking for more! Interesting and different concept for the paranormal mystery/thriller. I really enjoyed it.
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excellent!
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I loved this book. It was very addictive. Very well written.
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A good book. Never was sure if I was reading sci-fi or crime. It didn't take long for me to believe that it's real!
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The police call them The Violets. They have a special gift that is crime-fighting's secret weapon. Through their violet eyes, they can actually expose the face of a murderer. But now one killer is closing their violet eyes .. permanently...and even the FBO can't stop him.

Exciting book .... different ... great characters.
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Great thriller. Plenty of suspense.
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Interesting story involving people who can commune with the dead, oh, and they all have violet eyes :)
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A really good read! Can't wait to read the next one!
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I really liked this book. I have ordered the next two in this series. I read it in one day while on vacation, which I generally don't do, as I kept wanting to know "what next".
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Here is the jacket blurb: The police call them The Violets..They Have a special gift that is crime-fighting\'s secret weapon..Through their violet eyes, they can actually expose the faace of a murderer. But now one killer is closing their violet eyes-permanently-and even the FBI can\'t stop him.
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Odd SIFI but interesting. Seems somewhat relative to the Indigo Children
that are being talked about today.
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It was a bit hard to "get into" at first but got much better. The first of 2.
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not the greatest writer, but I really liked the idea of the book.
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The police call them The Violets... They have a special gift that is crime-fighting\'s secret weapon.
Through their violet eyes, they can actually expose the face of a murderer. But now one killer is closing their violet eyes - permanently - and even the FBI can\'t stop him.

Not too bad.
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Enjoyable.
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The police call them The Violets.
They have a special gift that is
crime-fightling's secret weapon.

Through their violet eyes, they can
actually expose the face of a murderer.

But now one killer is closing their violet
eyes--permanently-and even the FBI can't stop him.
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Just couldn't get into this one.
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The police call them the Violets...They have a special gift that is crime-fighting's secret weapon...

Through their violet eyes, they can actually expose the face of a murderer.

But now one killer is closing their violet eyes-permantly-and even the FBI can't stop him.
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I have never gotten the chance to read this book, so it is in perfect condition. It has never even been cracked open!

Summary:
hades of Minority Report and The Eyes of Laura Mars color Woodworth's chilling debut novel, which is set in an alternate present-day setting where a small percentage of people are born with violet irises and the ability to channel the dead. Naturally, the government has stepped in and regulated their lives, using them as tools in murder trials; an early scene in which a judge instructs the jury how to "weigh the testimony of the deceased" nicely sets the book's tone. When it becomes clear that a serial killer is targeting the Violets themselves, FBI agent Dan Atwater is paired with Natalie Lindstrom, a Violet, to investigate. Here Woodworth turns the conventional murder mystery on its ear: there are a fixed number of suspects from the beginning, but since the deceased can inhabit the bodies of Violets, none of the players ever exit the story, even when they are killed. Moments after dying, the victims take over Natalie's consciousness, bringing their tale of the Faceless Man who killed them and their suspicion that he may be working with someone on the other side. This twist makes for a tantalizing puzzle rife with red herrings, one made all the more entertaining by brisk pacing and strong internal logic.
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Did not read.