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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (Oct. 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764227335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764227332
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,582,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Quantum computing, romance, and intrigue Feb. 17 2007
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Dillon Richards is one of CyberQuanta's most talented computer programmers, but he isn't "Normal" like everyone else. Afflicted with "Asperger's Syndrome" his entire life, he's always seen life from a different perspective; through a different set of rules and regulations. To Dillon, order is the cure to chaos; logic the bedrock of existence, and rationality the key to a better life. He believes in science and God, and though both "faiths" have seemingly unsolvable contradictions, his belief in them remains unshakable. However, though he understands quantum string theory and the "multi-verse", he finds women and love to be inherently chaotic and impossible to understand - why would anyone allow themselves to fall in love in the first place?

Keryn Wills, part-time mystery author and financial accountant for CyberQuanta is just the type of woman Dillon finds interesting and fascinating. A committed Christian who loves books, talking about alternate universes and Shakespeare, Keryn seems to be the right fit for the order-conscious Dillon - until the vivacious, risky, and outlandish Rachel Meyers storms onto the scene. Not only is Rachel bold and beautiful, she's dreadfully smart, almost as skilled as Dillon himself, and not afraid to flaunt "what God gave her".

Suddenly, Keryn is faced with daunting competition for Dillon's affections...but is there really any competition? Despite her infectious zest for life, Rachael is horribly conflicted about God, and it's very possible that in his strictly ordered, nonsensical and logical world, Dillon finds the idea of relationships and love beneath him in the first place. What's a romantic mystery novelist to do?

Of course, throw in a revolutionary quantum computer that will change the way the world thinks about encryption, personal security and privacy; federal conspiracies and a flight from powers wanting the quantum computer for their own nefarious reasons, and these three individuals are thrown into a pressure cooker that will not only test their limits and entangle them in a web of deception, misdirection, and lies, but also force them to consider their relationship with each other and their relationship with the divine power behind all design and purpose - God himself.

Double Vision is a quirky tale full of suspense, humor, and intrigue that brings a fresh flavor to Christian fiction. Randall Ingermanson writes about romance with as much authority as he does about all things scientific, and a carefully structured narrative results in a solid story leaving no stone unturned, no loose ends, and a painstakingly concealed plot twist at the tale's conclusion. His depiction of Dillon as an adult afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome is authentic, and his character development - juggling three main characters - is rich and full of depth.

Though Double Vision is billed as "A Novel of Intrigue and Suspense", the real focus is the developing relationship between Dillon, Rachel, and Keryn. Most of the suspense serves to put all three characters into situations in which stress brings them closer together and challenges their preconceptions of each other and the world around them, but this doesn't detract from the novel in any way, just makes it much more of a character-driven story, rather than a plot-driven one. The suspense and action builds slowly, much like the movie The Pelican Brief (Denzel Washington; Julia Roberts), and we don't really go "on the run" until a little over half-way through the novel.

Though more of a romance novel than pulse-pounding action/suspense, Double Vision is sure to entertain and engage readers, and the conclusion does come out of "left field", surprising the reader with its revelations. For some quantum computing, romance, and intrigue, pick up Double Vision today.
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, humorous and enjoyable May 14 2008
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But not what I expected. The outside cover said "Suspense and Intrigue" but that's not true. There was no suspense until page 275 when the book was almost finished. I didn't see any intrigue at all. But that being said I did find the book light and enjoyable. The characters were interesting and the humor was right up my alley. A few Christian topics were touched on but nothing deeper then the surface film. As with his other books, questions were asked but no answers were given. I'd like to see a scientist like Randall write a novel that really hits on some of the debates with the secular scientific community. It's such an interesting topic. This was my final Ingermanson novel and of them all this was the worst, which says a lot about him because I still enjoyed it.

1 Star = I've been robbed!
2 Stars = Why'd I finish it?
3 Stars = Good
4 Stars = Excellent
5 Stars = Life changing
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5.0 out of 5 stars I even liked the geek speak March 26 2005
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Double Vision - a new twist for Ingermanson Jan. 1 2005
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Double Vision took me by surprise. All of Ingermanson's other books have grabbed me from the very beginning. Double Vision's opening sentence certainly grabbed me, but the book proceeded slowly from there until about the middle where it accelerated to almost warp speed. The plot is a great one; however character development is not as strong as his other novels. I found it difficult to believe in the characters and was conscious they were characters...not the "real people" of his other books. All that said, it's still a good read and worth the purchase - this is Ingermanson's first adventure in humorous romantic suspense - I await his next book!
2.0 out of 5 stars From the opening page I was disappointed. Randy follows Swain's model faithfully Oct. 11 2016
By Juan G. Solis - Published on
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Full disclosure: I'm a fledgling writer. I started reading this book only because Randy wrote an interesting blog post about the make up of a scene, following Dwight Swain's scene-sequel model. Randy seemed to know what he was talking about and so I started reading this book to see Swain's model in action. So I'm coming at this review from a technical perspective.

From the opening page I was disappointed. Randy follows Swain's model faithfully, giving the character an immediate goal, and then setting up the obstacles (conflict) to keep the character from achieving the goal. Bingo, this is what I wanted to see, but unfortunately, the whole scene came across incredibly forced. Girl wants to finish something in her novel (goal), nosey mom she doesn't get along with calls to ask her about the big date she doesn't want to talk about (conflict), then boss calls to tell her to come in on Saturday because there is a problem at work (disaster). I left this first scene saying aloud, "Hmm, if the girl is really focused on her goal, and really, really, really doesn't feel like talking to her mom about the date, why does she answer the damned phone, instead of letting it go to voicemail like the rest of us do?" It was this simple, unbelievable exchange, which was followed by some of the most hackneyed, lifeless dialogue I've read, that left me doubting that this author could carry the rest of the novel. But I kept reading for the technical aspect, and I was treated to a second, terrible scene featuring characters who speak and think stupidly. In the case of the character Dillon, I won't profess to being an expert on how people with Asperger's Syndrome think, but dear lord, it can't be like that.

Technical limitations aside, I didn't like it simply for the fact that the book is dripping with sexism. It is very clearly a book written by a man approximating how women think. Even the premise is sexist in nature: two girls fight over a guy. And the author seems to get a kick out of objectifying women in his descriptions. Keryn fills out her clothes nicely from going to the gym, Rachel wears tie-dyed shirts that stretch across her chest and don't go down to the navel. Our opening scene starts off with Keryn getting out of the shower, for crying out loud.

but the characters come off as cliches. They didn't feel believable, and I can only assume the author didn't get to know them before letting them loose on the page.

It is a book written by a man approximating how women think. The story starts off with an