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  • Posted March 28, 2009

    Keeps you guessing

    This is the first novel by TL Hines that I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. At times creepy, thrilling, poignant, and even confusing, it's never dull or boring. I'm in awe of Hines' talent for plotting and weaving such a complex story. As I read the book and tried to figure out where the story was going, the prose played out in my mind like a movie, and I could easily seeing this play out onscreen. It's written in a wonderfully cinematic manner.

    As this book is published by a Christian publisher, I found myself searching for a Christian message or theme in the book. That there isn't anything overt in the novel doesn't detract from it one bit. The protaganist constantly experiences a struggle within his soul and finds solace and answers in an abandoned church, but that's the closest to a "faith message" that can be found. And that's just fine with me.

    One thing I appreciated was the lack of foul language and sexual deviancy in the book. Is this representative of reality? Considering the subject matter, no. But as someone who doesn't want to be pummeled with cursing and assaulted with perversions, Hines has proven that you can write a solid, entertaining, and thrilling thriller without them. The Unseen is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it for fans of thrillers, mysteries, and even sci-fi.

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  • Posted January 12, 2009

    One of the best books

    The Unseen by T.L. Hines is one of the best fictional books I have read. Hines wrote this book so skillfully and had me at the edge of my seat. The book, is about Lucas, who's a loner who watches people and makes up stories about their lives. Then Lucas meets Donavan, who is involved with the Creep Club.The Creep Club is a group who watch people inside of their houses and very much invade personal space for fun.But the catch is, the more disturbing the situation, the better. Lucas finds himself with quite a few tough choices and also finds out about himself along the way. <BR/><BR/>This is a book you need to read before judging it by its description. It can be a bit different because it talks about a bunch of people watching other people, but it does not get to odd to where you can not understand what the book is talking about it.But again, you need to read it completely before deciding that. It probaly will not be everyones favorite book, but I would recommend it to someone who would be interested in a, as they describe it, Supernatural fiction. ( It is not a freaky-like supernatural book.)

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

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    The Unseen, A Must Read

    Previously, author T. L. Hines revealed the lives of Jude Allman, a man dead three times, yet alive in Waking Lazarus and Canada, whose dead father speaks to her from shadows in The Dead Whisper On.<BR/><BR/>With The Unseen, Hines shows us Lucas, a man with seemingly no past, working odd jobs for money he stashes away in secret places. With no home, he residences in hidden spaces of public buildings. Elevator shafts, crawl spaces, etc. Spying on strangers, seeking connection. Lucas is alone and a loner to the nth degree, pushing away people who try to get close, even his pretty coworker.<BR/><BR/>Until the Creep Club invades his world. His lifestyle's a hobby for them. Urban exploring. They take it further than Lucas would dream. Filming their adventures, making their own home movies. Cheap thrills, not connection.<BR/><BR/>Lucas finds he must intervene. A life is at stake. This decision forces him to unravel a past he didn't remember.<BR/><BR/>Once again, Hines creates a compelling protagonist and throws them in a blender of the unexpected. Sometimes his writing is downright lyrical, yet simple and readable.<BR/><BR/>Consider becoming a volunteer publicist through his website. You just find yourself in a future T. L. Hines novel. I'll be in his upcoming release, Faces In The Fire.

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  • Posted January 8, 2009

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    "The Unseen" by T. L. Hines

    We've all had those moments when we felt like we were being watched--unseen eyes hovering nearby, taking in our every move.<BR/><BR/>That creepy feeling becomes reality in T. L. Hines latest novel, The Unseen. <BR/><BR/>The main character, Lucas, has an interesting hobby. He likes to watch people without them knowing it. He is a loner who spends his free time sneaking into places that most people don't even know exist. From his unseen vantage points, he quietly watches people go about their every day lives.<BR/><BR/>Within a few pages, things get turned around, and Lucas gets drawn into a world of espionage and danger, losing the anonymity that he feeds on.<BR/><BR/>T.L. Hines is a skilled expert at enticing the reader into the story and compelling us to empathize with Lucas in spite of his questionable activity. All the characters are portrayed as unique individuals, clearly drawn and brought to life on the pages. In a word, they are unforgettable.<BR/><BR/>Before the book is over it has turned into a fast-paced, high-action suspense thriller that you can't put down. As I read the book I could see the scenes playing out in my mind, much like pictures on a giant movie screen. <BR/><BR/>The story won't just tug at you a little; it will grab you by the throat and refuse to let go until the last page is read. T. L. Hines not only puts the reader in the mind of the character, but in his skin. <BR/><BR/>After reading only a portion of the story, I found myself checking to see if someone was watching me. I even examined walls in public places to see if there were suspicious-looking holes, and I locked doors behind me in my own home (after checking all possible hiding places, of course)!<BR/><BR/>(See for more book reviews.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2008

    The Unseen Excellence!

    I¿ve never had an interest for reading fictional material unless it was required. So in writing this review, I lack much prior experience of what makes up for a creative novel. That being said, The Unseen is an immediate masterpiece that centers around Lucas, a loner who makes his home in abandoned buildings, and underground areas. He often creates hiding decks in public areas while he carefully observes people¿s expressions and behavior. When he saw people with sorrow, he often imagined a story to explain that sadness.<BR/><BR/>Lucas is an interesting character, for he sought more than a ¿observational¿ relationship - he wanted that connection, something that could bring happiness. He often kept pictures of people as a collection of some sort to remind him of that happiness. It brought him comfort to perhaps ease his dark vibration; his longing for something bigger. What makes this books special is how it puts Lucas in positions that pushes him to do things he never would¿ve imagined himself doing. <BR/><BR/>Yet he sought for it, and so the plot thickens to unpredictable twists. Someone invaded his area, and he¿s determined to figure it out. He finds others like himself, that he believed would understand his vibration but they go too far. He creates enemies left and right while struggling to survive. As with most novels, it does have a ¿good & evil¿ theme, though I believe it is by far the most unique. <BR/><BR/>While this is a Christian novel, don¿t expect any metaphors or explicit references to God. It has neither of those and if I had not known the writer is a Christian, I probably wouldn¿t have guessed it was written by one! Nevertheless, it does avoid sexual or profane scenes but don¿t let that discourage you. This is definitely not some cheesy novel with predictable concepts, but a rather engaging story that encourages you to evaluate the character and situation.

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  • Posted December 14, 2008

    The Unseen gets Seen

    Lucas has lived most of his life being unseen. He likes the small hidden crevasses above the office spaces in the metro D.C. area. Being able to spy on others is one of his passions. Although he means no harm to them. Since Lucas has no permanent address he sleeps in underground tunnels and vacant buildings. He meets another "infiltrator" Donovan, and is drawn to him. Donovan introduces him to the Creep Club whose members watch and record people in their homes . . . The one place Lucas never wanted to do. While this is something he doesn't want to do he is drawn to them. As with all things, plans spiral out of control and Lucas is forced to figure a way out of the mess.<BR/>This is the first book I've ever read by T.L. Hines, and let me tell you it was a thrill ride from page 1! I give this book a lighthouse and shine a light on it for a great book.

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