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Double Vision [Paperback]

Randall Ingermanson
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Oct. 15 2004
Rachel and Dillon are about as opposite as two people can be. She is quirky, erratic, and liberal, and he is uptight, meticulous, and conservative. But both are brilliant and on the verge of developing a quantum computer with the potential to change the world. On the eve of certain breakthrough, the sabotage begins--someone knows about their discovery, and the treachery is escalating. In the wrong hands, their discovery could destabilize the world’s economy. They have no choice but to run, but are they running from or toward the enemy? Ingermanson deftly combines action-packed suspense, intriguing scientific speculation, a bit of romance, and delightful touches of humor in this fascinating techno-thriller.

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*Starred Review* For the inventive Ingermanson, whose previous novels have dealt with time travel (Transgression, 2000) and spaceflight (Oxygen, 2001), Double Vision is rather short on plot. A start-up software company is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, and treachery is afoot from a rival firm. In a last-minute maneuver, the CEO hires researcher Rachel Meyers to employ a Manhattan Project approach to the development of a radical new encryption system using nanotechnology. Naturally, physicist Ingermanson is superb at describing Rachel's research, not to mention making her a believable young woman. But her coworker, Dillon Richard, runs off with the novel. Dillon is a high-functioning autistic who can write code with such speed that Rachel's research actually becomes practicable. More than that (or less), he is completely literal-minded, so that he doesn't understand metaphors or how two women, Rachel and the company's bean counter, Keryn Wills, can vie for him. His unintentional humor adds just the ingredient to make Double Vision irresistible. John Mort
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About the Author

Randall Ingermanson has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California and has written both fiction and nonfiction books. He lives with his family in San Diego, California

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This was a fun read, in spite of the technical math and geeky stuff I did not understand. You don't need to understand it. The characters do, and that's all that matters. The unusual plot, with unrelenting tension about where the story was going and who the bad guys were, combined with the characterizations that blew just about every social stereotype out of the water, kept me going happily to the end. I love Ingermanson's sense of humor and the natural easy style of his writing. There was obviously a message in the story, but the rational philosophical musings of the MC were not heavy or intrusive. The romance was a bit unrealistic, but it was entertaining, with enough poignancy to engage the heart. I was engaged from the start to the totally unpredictable finish. This book will appeal to general romance readers as well as math geeks who don't take themselves too seriously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great romantic suspense! Feb. 9 2005
By Diana Urban - Published on
Once again, Randall Ingermanson had me on the edge of my seat with his newest romantic suspense novel. His opening line, "Keryn Wills was in the shower when she figured out how to kill Josh Trenton." compelled me to read more. The cast of main characters comes from varied backgrounds that interweave in surprising ways, and I nearly forgot these were fictional people. They seemed so real that I found myself wanting to call some of them.

Dillon Richards, one of the main characters, is a brilliant engineer with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism. Ingermanson did a superb job of helping me understand what it might be like to be autistic. He also helps remove the stigma often attached to the condition by portraying Dillon as a person with real thoughts, concerns, and feelings. The supporting characters are colorful and entertaining without interfering with the story line.

Ingermanson explains the quantum tech ideas about computers so well that even a non-techie who failed physics (like me) understood the premise. The last 2/3 of the book kept me up way past my bedtime four nights in a row. The twists and turns held me in suspense, because every time I thought Keryn, Rachel, and Dillon were safe, they ended up in danger again.

His tagline on the back cover says it all. "Three secrets. Two women. One man. NO time." I thoroughly enjoyed his time-travel historical fiction books, Transgression, Premonition, and Retribution, and I look forward to his next book, whether it's contemporary or historical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intricate puzzle, intrigue and romance. Good read! Sept. 25 2005
By Peggy Blann Phifer - Published on
What happens when two diametrically opposed women are thrown into the den of an autistic but brilliant physics engineer? The fun starts when Dillon Richard, a man with zero experience with women finds both of these women interested in him. Rachel Meyers is an independent spirit, a biophysicist who has developed a quantum computer that could forever change the world. She is hired to work with Dillon to combine their talents to bring this computer to market.

Keryn Wills writes mysteries. She is also part-time financial officer at CypherQuanta, the same company for which Dillon and Rachel are working. Problem is, Keryn finds herself in the unwanted position of competing against the quirky, vivacious Rachel for Dillon's attention. Yet, despite her increasing jealousy, Keryn's job is to keep Dillon and Rachel together, and focused, so they can finish the quantum computer, which their company is depending on for their financial future.

However, it soon becomes apparent that their secret project has been discovered. Dillon's lab is vandalized. Grant O'Connell, their boss at CypherQuanta is acting uncharacteristically. As financial officer, Keryn knows their entire future depends on getting this project to market. Who has learned about the quantum computer? Before long, Keryn, Dillon and Rachel realize that not only is this project in jeopardy, but their lives very well may be in danger, too. And soon they are on the run. The thing is, they don't know who they are running from. And they don't know who they can trust. Not even the government.

This is a fantastic read. I'm certainly no physicist, but no special education needed to enjoy this one. Randall Ingermanson, himself a physicist, has created an intricate puzzle and fitting the pieces together will keep you occupied to the very last. As the tension mounts, Ingermanson manages to inject some fun moments as we watch Dillon try to learn about women and understand his attraction to both Rachel and Keryn, for totally different reasons. The two are nothing alike.

DOUBLE VISION had me turning the pages trying to find a good place to stop so I could go to sleep. Hard to find one. You'll love Dillon while you want to shake him at the same time, and you'll find yourself cheering for both Rachel and Keryn, curiously swapping your loyalties from one to the other throughout the story. Good reading-and great writing!

Peggy Phifer ©2004
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I even liked the geek speak March 26 2005
By Camy Tang - Published on
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Any suspense fan should run to buy this book. Each character is vivid and distinct, the action slams along non-stop, and the mystery keeps you absorbed until the end.

There is a small bit of geek speak to explain the quantum computer the bad guys are after. However, if the average reader doesn't quite understand the underlying scientific principles, it doesn't detract from enjoyment in this story.

Along with the aura of danger, Ingermanson's quirky signature humor is woven into the pages without dissipating the tension. He gives accurate portrayals of the dot-com companies, the high-tech atmosphere, and the culture of southern California.

The characters are larger-than-life, with abilities to awe the reader and personalities to make you root for them. A romance thread keeps you guessing until the last page, literally.

The spiritual thread is both subtle and not. Nothing "in your face" or overtly evangelical, but this clean fiction will both entertain and provide insight into how true Christians think and live.

I have no qualms about lending this book to teenaged boys in my church youth group--it has the action to keep them riveted but also the clear message of Christian living, right decisions, standing up for truth.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marriage of wit and genius June 24 2005
By Karri F. Compton - Published on
A physicist with a sense of humor. Go figure.

For those of us who are acquainted with Randall Ingermanson, this comes as no surprise. The reader will learn, laugh, cry, stress out, ponder, and in the end, say: "How in the world does he think this stuff up?"

Dillon, the brilliant darling of CypherQuanta, suffers from Asperger's syndrome and conflicting emotions. Keryn, the novelist/CFO, is concerned not only about her manuscript's deadline, but also about the new young Caltech Ph.D. her boss has brought in for a special project. Enter flirty Rachel Myers, who has the beauty to go with her brains. Rachel turns heads with as much success as she talks quantum mechanics.

A lucrative computer brainchild spawns a life-threatening race as CypherQuanta's employees speed against time and seek refuge from those who wish to pilfer their technology. But who can they trust? The government? Their own boss?

Even a normal brain can wrap itself around this subject matter, which is a positive for the average reader. Humorous quirks and dialogue bring a unique reality to the characters. Harrowing dilemmas propel the reader forward on a ride as wild as any roller coaster. However, unlike a roller coaster ride, there is no down side to this book!

I look forward to more from this witty genius, and recommend Ingermanson to any reader who wants to lose himself in another world. Even if it's only for the few hours it takes to wolf down the tasty book of your choice.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable Ending, Poor Writing April 25 2006
By NMC - Published on
I picked up this book with high hopes, considering all the good reviews I've read regarding it. However, I was sorely disappointed with Ingermanson's simple - exceedingly simple - writing style and predictable plotline.

The book started off good enough and was quick to get into the action. In fact, the first few chapters of the book were the most enjoyable and clearly the most humorous of the entire novel. Certainly Dillion - the main character - is a novelty: an autistic with an unusual outlook on his fellow human beings. The love triangle between Dillion, Rachel and Keryn was equally interesting and entertaining. I was prepared to wholeheartedly enjoy this book, but ending up bored and dissatisfied in the end.

The biggest problem with this novel is the writing style. Ingermanson writes in such a simple, elementary style I found it hard to relate to any of the three main characters. Their emotions seemed insincere at best and artificial at worst. I eventually found myself not caring whether or not they made it alive till the end. And the only true suspense in the book - the carjacking - ending up being quickly resolved in the most cliche manner possible.

But the most disappointing part of the book had to be the ending. Terriblely unsatisfying. Everything resolves out sickeningly perfect. In fact, the author makes sure to round up ever character in the book in a classic Brady Bunch reunion the had me perfectly nauseated.

This whole book is even more disappointing because the Ingermanson had such a promising storyline and then just threw it away in slopshed writing and a boring ending. Sorry, but I won't be picking up another book from this author for a long time to come.
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