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Out Of Sight [Mass Market Paperback]

Tj Macgregor
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Ambitious scientist George Nash and Luis Manteles, an Ecuadoran shaman, have finally created the technology to make humans and objects invisible, but their project gets out of hand when an experiment with Tyler and Logan Griffin, their first ever human test subjects, goes awry. Three years later, Logan, who escaped shortly after becoming invisible, sneaks into Nash's Florida compound to free her husband, whom Nash has confined in a glass house. With the help of her visible roommate, Logan shuts down the computer system-at the same time that the Townsends, a family of three, wander into the test site. Consequently, the Townsends, along with a super intelligent Labrador retriever, turn invisible. Now targets of an effort by the National Security Bureau (NSB) to capture them, family and dog are forced on the run. After a plethora of close calls, a killing and a miraculous healing, all characters converge in a heady conclusion that hinges on Nash. Will he end the project or hand the Griffins, the Townsends and his life's work over to the NSB? MacGregor's (The Other Extreme) pseudoscientific explanations of Nash's "shrouding" technology are beyond belief, but her characters are drawn convincingly. Despite the familiarity of the story line, readers will easily get caught up in the suspense of the chase.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing June 11 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this because it won an Edgar; I love good science fiction but hate it when it's badly done, and I had some hopes for this. Unfortunately I was disappointed. The plot (invisible family fights to free other invisibles from a government conspiracy) had some potential. However the invisibility concept, so important to the story, wasn't well explained. In some chapters the invisible people could see each other more clearly than the visible world, but a chapter earlier or later they could only see themselves when wet and only "saw" each other through some poorly explained synaptic memory malfunction. I wasn't fond of the characters either, particularly the ridiculously stereotyped "shaman." Many of the problems could have been solved through better editing to catch the inconsistencies and irritating mistakes (like spelling archaeological site "sight"). As it stands, however, there are too many problems for this book to be enjoyable to read. Despite the award, I'd skip this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An Edgar winner for best paperback original March 2 2004
By Larry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Logan and Tyler Griffin agree to become part of an experiment after being, what they consider, well paid for the risk. Unbeknownst to themselves, they will be turned invisible- apparently irreversible. The Townsend family are on a camping vacation in the Everglades. They stumble upon a deserted campsite with a lone dog as an inhabitant. A sudden light blinds them and much to their dismay turns them invisible, as well. The organization that is running the experiment wants secrecy at all costs- even if it means the lives of the Townsend family. The Townsends must flee from their unknown pursuers and eventually team up with Logan to fight this enemy.
Calling OUT OF SIGHT a mystery is open to debate. Invisibility falls much more easily into the science fiction genre. If the reader does not fully buy into the premise that individuals might be turned invisible, the entire book may not work. The fact that the book was nominated for a prestigious award is surprising considering how silly the basic premise of the book actually is. Mystery fans expect at least a semblance of realism. It is hard to get that in this sci-fi thriller. Besides, the pacing is relatively slow with a length that appears endless. A disappointing nomination in an otherwise impressive group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared! This book is a non-stop read! Jan. 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As hard as I try I can not remember a time in my life when I wasn't reading "something." I am one of those who is on a constant search for a "good read". My search led me to Out of Sight and T.J. MacGregor. Not this author's first book and I pray not her last. I couldn't put this book down - not even when I should have - like to feed my family or do laundry. Good thing I read fast! When I was done with this book I immediately looked up all the titles of others by her. I made my list and began my mission of having them all on my shelf. I have since read 4 more and am now on my fifth! From the first page to the last, not one has let me down. Her characters are so real, it makes me feel as if I have found new friends. I find myself laughing out loud, gripping my seat, wiping a tear, or holding my breath for what might happen next.
Keep them coming T.J. MacGregor!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moves fast. May 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
T.J. MacGregor won this year's Edgar for best Paperback Original with "Out of Sight."
More of a SciFi/X-Files type, rather than a mystery read to me...but quite entertaining none the less.
Being a sucker for all government conspiracy theories, I was hooked from the start.
A shadow national security organization is funding a "mad scientist" type who has perfected a process that can render people invisible.
One invisible subject escapes and three more are zapped by accident. Their quest to bring down the covert project while being hunted by the shadow organization's thugs is classic cat and mouse.
Some great characters on both sides...extremely fast paced...superb South Florida settings. A bit too long, but with a suspension of disbelief, this is big fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good writing props weak story July 17 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
MacGregor is a good writer-- she can best be described as a leaner, New Age Dean Koontz. Unfortunately, her story is a fuzzy feel-good formula that could have benefitted from some solid background detail-- some more insight into government experiments on invisibility, whether scientific or pseudo-scientific, would have helped a lot. And for all their expertise and high-tech gadgetry, the government agents are remarkably inept and slow-witted-- a little research into special forces training and government secrecy would have helped a lot here. So if you're looking for believable characters and exciting chases, by all means read this novel.
Just don't examine the plot too closely.
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