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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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Hmm, government conspiracy perpetrated by evil, power-mad scientists, secret lagoon in the everglades, a scientific process that creates invisible people (and one invisible dog) - I finished the book, but if I were you, I think I'd pass on this one. Unless maybe you are in middle school (kids might enjoy it) or you're a diehard conspiracy theorist.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars BLIND READER? Jan. 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to wonder if I read the same book as other reviewers did. At any rate, I found this book one long, redundant mess of cliches, derivative plotting and characters. McGregor spends so much time rambling on about how each character feels being invisible to the point of where it's like come on, get back to the action. What little action there is doesn't compensate for the long, unimportant passages. Reni's character is especially whiny, and the character of Luis is so overboard, it's funny. First of all, why would anyone (even the Shaman and his friends) want to be invisible? What is the goal?
Dean Koontz does this kind of thing much much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars out of sight Aug. 31 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have been a fan of T.J. MacGregor since I first read her series of books set in South Florida. I wish she would write more stories using Mike McCleary and his wife Quin. Whether she is writing a mystery or a more Science Fiction piece as in Out of Sight, she holds you captive to the story. She ads no filler words to her story, everything she says, relates to reveling and moving the story. I love that her setting is my setting, South Florida. A great writer!
Barbara Rowe
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