Double Vision
Randall Ingermanson
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Double Vision
Randall Ingermanson
Bethany House
384 pages
November 2004
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Double Vision takes the reader to the edge of current - and future - technology in a fast-paced thriller about three people who hold within their hot little hands the power to change the world. That power, which comes in the form of an amazing breakthrough in quantum computing, just might get them all killed, serving as the backbone of this race-against-time novel by my fellow San Diegan, award-winning author Randall Ingermanson, who also, by the way, holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. His physics background shows. He really knows his quantum stuff, and he makes it easy for us less enlightened folks to understand it, too, even as he entertains.

The story centers on three lead characters working for a company called CypherQuanta, each of whom holds a high-stakes role in the outcome of the amazing discovery they are trying to keep secret…until the time is right for revealing it to the public. Dillon Richard is a strange man – a genius programmer with Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism-like disease that makes him very literal in his thinking and, at times, totally without proper emotional response. Still, he is amazingly brilliant and not looking enough for two very different women to fall for him, including the vibrant and outgoing biophysicist whiz Rachel Meyers and the less flamboyant, good-woman mystery writer Keryn Wills. As the thriller elements of the story progress, which revolve around the discovery the three of them are racing to finish, a three-way romance ensues, with each of the lovely ladies vying for the attention of a man who at times comes off as a cold fish with a religious fixation.

But there is little time for love to blossom, for someone is setting up our three heroes, and they learn their discovery may not be such a secret after all. Dillon wants to go to the Feds, but Rachel and Keryn fear the government will use their discovery for evil purposes. When one of them is kidnapped, they realize the danger has escalated to a level even they are not prepared for. Can they trust their boss, Grant? Can they trust the Feds? Can they trust EACH OTHER?

The characters are not quite as deep as the author could have made them, with Dillon often acting in ways that had this female reader wondering what two gorgeous gals could possibly be so attracted to him for. Sometimes the dialogue is stilted, and the inconsistencies in the story stand out like a sore thumb (in secret coded cell phone conversations, they often reveal their real names and locations…). Finally, the author’s excessive use of San Diego street and locale names may be fun for those of us who live here and know what he is talking about, but will bore outside readers to tears.

But aside from these minor problems, the author does succeed at introducing us to the truly bizarre world of quantum computing in this real page-turner that, despite some flaws in style and structure, takes us on a roller-coaster ride through the dark side of technology and keeps us waiting to see who gets off the ride alive, and who the real bad guys turn out to be in the end.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Marie D. Jones, 2005

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