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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cosmic Egg Books (Jan. 29 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785350226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785350221
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
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About the Author

David I. Aboulafia is an attorney with a practice in New York City.

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE TERROR IS IN YOUR MIND, OR IS IT? Feb. 27 2016
By gayle pace - Published on
Format: Paperback
Once you begin this book, it won't let you go. As you turn the pages, you become more and more interested. The author, Mr. Aboulafia takes the reader on a ride that is terrifying, terrifying only in the mind. If you don't like suspense that messes with your mind, don't read this. The main character is Richard Goodman. He takes care of an institution for disabled you. They are trained in the art of watchmaking. Mr. Goodman isn't your normal person. He has extra powers. He doesn't quite understand them and doesn't know how to control them.

This isn't your normal suspense novel. It's unique.

The author isn't out to scare you. He's out to make a change in you.What would you do if you knew you would die in 3 days? I would suggest you lock all doors and if you hear a strange sound, BEWARE! Something is going to happen like nothing ever before. Will reading this book change you?

Take a good look at the cover. It's amazing!

I received a complimentary copy of VISIONS THROUGH A GLASS,DARKLY from the author, David I. Aboulafia in exchange for my unbiased review. No other compensation took place.
4.0 out of 5 stars "Visions of a Glass, Darkly" will leave you questioning everything! June 10 2016
By Morgan Amos - Published on
Format: Paperback
“This is a novel that was ten years in the making. While you will find familiar themes here, it was designed to be unusual and unconventional. It was written to touch your heart, to make you think and to scare you to death.”- David I. Aboulafia

Author David I. Aboulafia is a man of his word. “Visions of a Glass, Darkly” will definitely make you question things, disagree with some of what he’s written, but most of all, appreciate that he took his time to deliver a piece of literature that takes its readers on a journey. Richard Goodman is the main character, and as the story unfolds, you learn about his life, but most importantly, you learn and find out how his work as an administrator for The Waterman School of Watchmaking for people with disabilities in the City of New York intertwines with his personal life causing all of those around him to meet their demise in some way or another.

Various scenes throughout the book could be applied to real-life situations such as Aboulafia’s vivid description of the people with disabilities who attend this school, and their involvement with watchmaking, as well as some of their stories and how they ended up attending this particular school. “By design, the school is filled with students possessing a variety of physical disabilities. Some came to their fate through that wheel of chance called genetics, crushed by the irreversible weight of their aberrant DNA. Others are simply casualties of their fatal choices; mangled and torn asunder by car accidents or gunshot wounds,” he writes.

Aboulafia’s “Visions Through a Glass, Darkly” is a chilling read, and at times will anger you with the way his main character, Richard Goodman describes people with disabilities as, “Casualties of a disinterested god, who on one fine morning elected to umpire a cosmic game of softball, and simply took his eye off the ball for a time.” But at the same time, as previously stated, will have the reader questioning certain situations about their own life or within the book when he states things like, “That one day, each of us will come face to face with the unavoidable end of our lives. It is the nightmare that silently trails us, the horror that ultimately consumes us, and the great terror that we loath to face. But what if we were to face it? What if we confronted the demons we have spent a lifetime pushing into the deepest recess of our brains?”

“Visions of a Glass Darkly” is definitely unconventional, at times humorous and sarcastic, and also engaging. It is filled with suspense, has a mysterious mystic about it, but also a realness bringing to life certain elements within the book that at times make what you read seem to be a reality rather than a work of fiction. Aboulafia’s work is for those of you who love a suspenseful novel, do not mind the unconventional and how unusual it may be, or that it brings you to question things about life or why and how certain situations take place within this book. What you will find by reading David Aboulafia’s book “Visions Through a Glass, Darkly” is as Aboulafia puts it, “Nothing is as it appears to be. Before you read, make sure your door is locked and listen carefully for any sound at the threshold.”

Disclaimer: I provided my review of David Aboulafia’s “Vision Through a Glass, Darkly free of charge. His book is available on Amazon.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark terror... June 14 2016
By Francine - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one of the strangest books I’ve ever read but that can be said about most psychological horror novels. Every time I wanted to put the book down and give up on it, something would happen that would pull me back in. The book starts with the main character, blood on his hands, counting the minutes on the clock because he has four minutes left to live. How could this not pull a reader in? Then the book moves back in time and, after much slow going, the story takes shape. Eventually the reader finds out that the main character is Richard Goodman and he gets messages from the dead. The author doesn’t make this obvious. In fact, much of the storyline isn’t obvious. The reader really has to stick with the story and search things out. It isn’t the easiest book to read but overall it has an interesting story. Richard isn’t particularly likeable but even he admits that fact. The clients of the school for the disabled that he works at are varied and interesting. There’s a funny exchange between Ricky and a client who can’t walk that involved amusing banter about Richard being able to walk and the client being crippled. There is humor like this throughout the book but in a subtle and, at times, off-color way. There’s also some blood and gore, pretty disgusting at some points but not a whole lot of it. This book is more about the horrors of the mind. I read this book in a digital format and it worked well. The cover is quite stark in color but still draws the eye.
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. June 8 2016
By cuteelf - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Author David I. Aboulafia takes his readers on a terrifying ride full of twists and turns which will make for constant page-turning thriller. In the world painted in the novel Visions Through a Glass, Darkly nothing is as it seems, the main character Richard Goodman appears to be an ordinary administrator looking out for the best interests of his students who happen to be disabled young people. As the story progresses this watchmakers learns that he has powers which he never thought or dreamed he would really possess and a horrific prophecy. He has only three days to figure it out, three days to live, three days which are slowly counting down and the clock is ticking. In a battle of fate versus freewill Richard Goodman is dealing with his own demons both from his past and feeling surrounded by them at his work.

The main character finds himself literally coming in contact with other characters who have done dastardly deeds or are dealing with their own demons. This only intensifies the feelings of extreme anxiousness, despair, and the struggle both external and internally. Richard Goodman is a character you really learn to sympathize with but not too much to wear hes completely helpless. In many ways he reminds me of a tragic hero. I dont want to give away too much of the plot but this is definitely a novel worth reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Narrative June 12 2016
By Romuald Dzemo - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
What'd you do if you knew your days were counted? Richard Goodman is one of those characters readers will love because he mirrors the difficult, unanswerable questions that plague mankind, questions about religion, time, and the afterlife. He is a gifted man, a man whose senses can do more than what anyone can imagine. Goodman also runs a center for the disabled where they are taught to make watches. You'd think being Goodman is something very cool but not when he finds out that he has other gifts more extraordinary than his extra sensory powers, but Goodman is a cursed man because he also knows that in three days hell be dead. What'd you do if you know for certain that you'll be dead in three days? Read to find out what Richard Goodman does.

Visions through a Glass, Darkly by David I. Aboulafia is a pulsating story that will accelerate your heartbeat, one you cant stop until you read to the very last page. I wont like to divulge more about the plot, but you can be sure that you wont be able to put this one down. The writing is crisp, tight, and downright gorgeous. The masterful use of the first person narrative gives an acute sense of immediacy to the story and allows readers to walk up close with the protagonist. You'll be watching an interesting and highly entertaining movie in your head when you read this book.