IndieWritersReview Welcomes LightPoints by Peter Kassan

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Hello Everyone! Today I am excited to share my thoughts on Lightpoints by Author Peter Kassan!


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I’ve been a writer since I was a teenager, when I became devoted to poetry. I read as many poets and books about poetry as I could find. To learn the art, I assigned myself the task of writing one poem a day—whether I thought I had any ideas for one or not. After a while, I had a few I thought were worthwhile, and began sending them out. I got a couple of poems published in obscure literary journals and one in Seventeen Magazine, which led me to being invited to contribute a poem to a book called The Young at Prayer. Although I was—even then—an atheist, I managed to write something for it.

In my twenties, I devoted myself to writing the next Great American Novel, and actually wrote three of them (American novels, but not great ones), supporting myself at first writing computer programs (which I’d learned to do as an undergraduate). I’m now relieved that none of those early works was published, and I’ve long since discarded the manuscripts. Also in my twenties, I earned a living with a variety of other kinds of writing, including technical writing (software manuals) and educational writing (instructional workbooks and audiotapes). I was also a staff writer for an adult comedy-variety health education show for Children’s Television Workshop, which was reviewed by Time Magazine as (if I recall accurately) “the most dismaying new show of the season.”

Combining my love of writing with my interest in computer programming, I became a technical writer for several software products companies, eventually becoming a minority shareholder and executive vice president of a small, privately held company. There, I wrote and managed the writing of everything from software design documents to marketing literature.Twenty-five years later, after it was sold to a large computer company with a three letter name, I became one of those celebrated risk-takers we’ve heard so much about. I started a company based on what I thought was a bright idea of mine. Within a couple of years, I’d crashed and burned, and discovered myself in financial ruin and without a job. Trying to find a job in my industry or to establish a consulting practice, I learned it was no industry for old men. Mostly to keep myself sane, I decided to write a novel based on the germ of an idea I’d had in my twenties. That became Lightpoints.

Oh, and along the way, I met the woman who would become my wife, married her, raised two children, and housed as many as five cats at a time. My wife and I now live in Connecticut. We’re down to only three cats.

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What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense-and powers-that almost no one else in the world did? When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light-but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they’re the happiest they’ve been. But not for long. All over the world, people who’ve been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them-some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows-and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.
My Review

Lightpoints follows the story of Amanda, a young woman that after a Near Death Experience obtains the power to read Human energy. She soon discovers that there are others like her, and not all of them wishes to use this ability for good!

Lightpoints was a unique and entertaining story:) I’ve never read one similar and that made the experience even greater! Author Peter Kassan’s has created a very well written, well paced read. Although there were some action packed instances, this was more of a psychological adventure into the minds of his characters. Mr. Kassan takes the reader to some scary places, which is all the more frightening because it can exist inside of the Human psyche.

The opening scene grabbed my attention with Amanda’s attack and never once lost the ability to keep me hooked.The story is not for the faint of heart,–no there were no monsters hurdling through the night; well maybe there was–except the monsters look like us–and the bad thing is–they have the ability to ‘see’ us in ways we cannot ‘see’ them. Through the entire time reading, there was one thought which continued to surface to my mind, which was…jeeze, what if this was real?:)

I look forward to another creation from this author and I recommend Lightpoints for ages 17 years and older, especially if you enjoy Suspense Thrillers or Psychological Drama.


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