Outview

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A coming of age thriller of mystics and magic.
Nate's father died mysteriously when he was twelve. His older brother knows the truth but their mother had him committed to a mental institution. As the Outviews try to take over his mind, sixteen year old Nate fears his turn is next.

During the search for his brother, Nate and his three school friends fight to stay alive. Along the way they encounter five mystics...

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Overview

A coming of age thriller of mystics and magic.
Nate's father died mysteriously when he was twelve. His older brother knows the truth but their mother had him committed to a mental institution. As the Outviews try to take over his mind, sixteen year old Nate fears his turn is next.

During the search for his brother, Nate and his three school friends fight to stay alive. Along the way they encounter five mystics who show Nate his lost powers, teach the forgotten wisdom and reveal his extraordinary destiny.

In time, Nate discovers that everything he believed about his life is a lie, and that the world contains secrets far more beautiful than he could ever have imagined, and evil far more terrifying than he could ever have feared.

Across time and dimension they are after him . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988178533
  • Publisher: The Sager Group
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 1,307,182
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Brandt Legg was a child prodigy who, after the tragic loss of his father and crippling migraine headaches, turned an interest in stamp collecting into a multi-million dollar business empire. By 18, the high-flying Legg, known to the media as the "Teen Tycoon," became ensnarled in the financial whirlwind of the junk bond eighties, lost his entire fortune... and ended up serving time in federal prison for financial improprieties. Legg emerged, chastened and wiser, one year later and began anew in retail and real estate. From there his life adventures have led him through magazine publishing, newspaper writing, FM radio (behind the mic and in the business office), and music production, including CDs and concerts. Outview is the first book of his Inner Movement trilogy. For more information, please see www.BrandtLegg.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    FABULOUS TRILOGY!!!!

    If you have ever questioned our reason for being, this trilogy will get you thinking and understanding. The soul powers are a nice addition and I am still wondering if they are possible. I don't know if we are ready for all this but the soul truely does know everything so who knows what is possible. It is in your best interest to read this and think and imagine. Nice job, Brandt!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    Nate, a sixteen-year old boy, is tormented. Each night he is hav

    Nate, a sixteen-year old boy, is tormented. Each night he is having "Outviews," how he calls them, painful experiences of someone's death. Shot, drowned, succumbed to a painful disease, the end is always the same--he experiences someone's death. Talk about nightmares.

    Nate's father died when he was twelve. His older brother Dustin was committed to a mental institution when Nate was fourteen. Nate's mother busies herself with her work, running a fashionable restaurant; for all practical purposes they are estranged.

    Life is no peaches for Nate, but it is more bearable because of his close friends: Kyle, who is slightly older and Kyle's cousin, Linh. However, Nate cannot tell everything that troubles him even to them. At least at first. When he does let his friends in, just a little bit, it leads to the unraveling of events that would make the lives of everyone who is involved change forever...

    Whose deaths Nate experiences? Was his father's death a natural one? What was the real reason Nate's older brother was committed to an institution? Is there more to see than what we perceive around us? Would the Nate's very existence put the people he cared for in jeopardy? This novel takes it's time answering all these and other questions through a well-written narrative of self-discovery and adventure.

    Outview (The Inner Movement) by Brandt Legg is a book that qualifies as a YA novel because of the age of most main characters, however, it does have the sophistication that is usually reserved to more mature novels. Serious philosophical, cultural, and ethical issues are raised and examined throughout the book. It is based heavily on the New Age mysticism and philosophy, yet firmly grounded in a modern-day, relatable happenings.

    The main character, Nate, comes through as a typical teenager, and as such, he is very believable. He goes through some adventure, dangers, learning, yet his core of a very young man stays untouched. He is also not a stereotypical hero. Nate says at one point: "If I dwell on all that's at stake, then I'll run away and hide."

    This book is a Sci-Fi, so have an open mind when you start reading it. The conspiracies are larger than life, the New Age philosophy presented in this book is very detailed and well-researched, and the possibilities, be it fictional, are as large as the Universe itself. Good read.

    Disclaimer: I received the copy of this book for the purposes of a review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    I

    I will try again.....cannot get started on this book, but so many people have written good reviews it must be better than i am seeing

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Loved this story! With great character development and vivid des

    Loved this story! With great character development and vivid descriptions, loads of action and suspense, this novel will grab you and keep your attention from the first page to the last. The author has definitely hooked me. I also enjoyed what I consider to be political undertones, which I’m a sucker for. I bought the second book even before reading the cliffhanger ending. It was that good and I can't wait to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    It's a good thing I read this on a holiday weekend so I can stil

    It's a good thing I read this on a holiday weekend so I can still get some work done at home! I could not stop reading this well-written book by Brandt Legg. I enjoy reading books that tap my senses and this does it. There were times I felt I was actually in the scene and I was lost in imagination. Nate's episodes are intriguing and deep to say the least. I would highly recommend this wonderful read to teens and adults. 5-Stars and more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    *****  Wow! I was blown away!! Frankly, I am usually not a paran

    *****  Wow! I was blown away!!
    Frankly, I am usually not a paranormal kind of person; that genre seems to go in one ear and out the other.  Imagine my surprise when I started reading Brandt Legg’s Outview and was totally hooked from beginning to end!
    I am, however, a sucker for great characters I can relate to, and this author certainly does not disappoint.  Enter Nate, a teenager experiencing repeatedly violent visions/dreams and worrying he’s going insane. Added to the mix is a beloved dead father, a distant mother, a brother who’s been committed to a mental institution, two Vietnamese-born best friends, and a fatherly neighbor, Sam.  Totally believable and, in the case of his best friends, extremely likeable, this cast instantly helps draw the reader into Nate’s life.  More and more, Nate discovers that not only is he not insane, he actually possesses mystical powers. Now, normally, this is the point where I would jump off, but not so in this book, because the way these Buddhist-like, reincarnation-oriented powers are explained and demonstrated is totally authentic and plausible.  Now, that takes talent!
    In short, this book grabbed me—Legg’s beautiful, movie-like descriptions of different time-traveling, portal-based lands were wonderful; his philosophical take on the evils of corporate and political greed and power, riveting and spot-on, and his basic storytelling outstanding.  A true, 5 star recommended read! 
    S. R. Mallery, author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Author Brandt Legg weaves an imaginative tale of suspense in Out

    Author Brandt Legg weaves an imaginative tale of suspense in Outview. In the beginning, Nate, the protagonist, is experiencing an outview. An outview is similar to a horrible nightmare but much worse. The reader experiences this nightmare right along with Nate. My heart breaks for the tortured life that Nate lives. Blaming himself for the death of his father and dealing with the fact that his mother had his brother committed to a mental institution, leaves Nate feeling that he is alone in the world. On top of all of that, he fears that he is headed for the same fate as his brother.With the help of his friends, Nate discovers that the outviews are only the beginning of his journey to self-discovery.This is a well written YA read with everything from murder, mystery, and government secrets enhanced with paranormal aspects. You will be thinking about this book long after you have finished it. I’m excited to read the next book of the ‘Inner Movement’ series.I highly recommend this book-----Five-Stars

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

    Outview is an engaging story that will keep you thinking long af

    Outview is an engaging story that will keep you thinking long after you have finished reading it!

    Outview is a supernatural murder mystery that reconnects the reader back into their own childhood where we all still ponder those unexplainable coincidences, those fleeting visions, and most memorably, the dreams. The visions and dreams that float so freely in the mind of a child. Lost loved ones revisiting us, nightmares of death experiences, visions of lives and places that were not of our time nor our own homes.

    What impressed me the most was the way Brandt merged ancient mysticism with a modern day conspiracy. A very modern
    conspiracy theory about a small group of greedy and maniacal people who steal the authority of a government and use
    the full might of a nations resources for their own purposes; turning it against it's own people. Brandt's conspiracy theory taps directly into today's far reaching Homeland Security and our own personal fears that it could one day become the very Nazi Fatherland that our grandfathers fought so hard to extinguish. In summary, the merging of ancient mysticism and modern day conspiracy adds contrast to the story which deepens and enriches the readers experience.

    With regard to character development, scene setting, scene transitioning, and overall writing style, Brandt has achieved a wonderful story which is well crafted and nicely written. The characters are warm and caring in this story where our hero is a true 'underdog' compared to his enemy.

    I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, a good thrill ride, and a passion for the supernatural.
    Recommended with 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Outview , is truly one of the new age Spiritual Fantasy books on

    Outview , is truly one of the new age Spiritual Fantasy books on the market now for our younger readers, and it is by far  one of he better ones. I could not put this one down!  Oh the drama! You ain’t seen nothing yet! Young teen Nathan Ryder has lost his father, his brother has been locked up in a mental institution by his mother and a secret government agency is after him. Then he discovers he has mystical gifts that the family has been hiding. He quickly is engulfed into a strange new world- one of great paranormal intrigue.He finds out just how powerful he really is and meets some of the most interesting and enlightened characters who help him on his spiritual quest to unlock a very dark secret.Imagine actually meeting a ‘mystic’!




    I was so impressed at the level of knowledge Brandt Legg  possessed on the spiritual side as was quite evident in his writing. This story has piqued my interest to go on and research some of the places mentioned in the story. Ad a children’s reading specialist I see this is a top pick for middle grades through young adult or anyone. I am hooked and can’t wait to read the rest in the series.

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

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    Awesome read!!! The science nerd in me loves the concept of this

    Awesome read!!!
    The science nerd in me loves the concept of this story maybe being very real while the dreamer in me loves the fictional possibilities of this story being real in some alternative universe that is right beside us without of being aware of it... except for that special someone like Nate that can see things that normal people cannot. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    My Review of Brandt Legg's 'Outview.' Nathan Ryder has a gift h

    My Review of Brandt Legg's 'Outview.'

    Nathan Ryder has a gift he calls a curse. In his dreams, he goes back in time to view incidents through the eyes of others; usually dying in the process. At first, he seems to be a teenaged version of Billy Pilgrim in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, but he soon realizes there's more to his powers than just the realistic nightmares. Over the course of the novel, Nathan and his three friends (Kyle, Lihn, and Amber) find out his dead father was part of a military experiment and there are others like him all over the world. Auras, energy vortexes, the CIA, and even Anasazi Indians soon come into play.

    The novel starts out like a YA tale but, as it progresses, ends like an adult paranormal story. Outview is similar to an epic journey where Nathan slowly finds out his destiny and, despite the obstacles, perseveres until he finds his way. The first third of the book is slow-going at times, but gathers steam until the appropriate ending. Three-dimensional characters, a complex plot, and dynamic dialogue makes this a five star novel.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

    What a spectacular ride! The story starts off strong as the read

    What a spectacular ride! The story starts off strong as the reader experiences one of Nathan's outviews, where he is forced to endure different horrible deaths. As the book moves along, we learn about Nathan's troubled home life. His father died, and his brother was locked up in a mental institution. Now Nathan fears he is losing his mind just like his brother. But then he begins to learn the truth about what has happened to his family and what is happening to himself. And he discovers more about the world than he ever thought possible. 

    I am a skeptic, one of those people who can only believe in what can be seen. Yet, as I read this, I found myself beginning to wonder and believe. What if there is more to the physical world than what we realize? I was captivated by all of the concepts, particularly reincarnation. That is an idea that has always fascinated me, even though I doubt that it is anything more than just a theory. 

    I loved the cast of characters, especially Nathan's loyal friends, who continue to help him even when it becomes very dangerous for them. The writing was fluid, and the imagery was beautiful and vividly depicted. I was easily pulled into the story, and each page kept me wanting to read more. It was addictive and compelling. This is a highly imaginative and unique book. I look forward to reading the next one! 

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    Phenomenal, Mind-Blowing Read! This book was incredible! Actio

    Phenomenal, Mind-Blowing Read!


    This book was incredible! Action packed and full of energy, you'll quickly like Nate and his friends, and follow him on his journey into SO much more than you ever imagined.

    This was such a refreshing change from other paranormal/sci-fi reads. The concept is a new, original take on reincarnation. The book moved along at a nice pace, keeping the reader's interest held throughout.

    I can't wait to follow Nate and Dustin on the next part of their journey! 5-Stars and highly recommended for anyone looking for an awesome paranormal adventure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    What happened to my weekend? Oh, right. I spent it reading "

    What happened to my weekend? Oh, right. I spent it reading "Outview" by Brandt Legg!

    I'll be honest, I wasn't certain about reading this by looking at the summary. But a friend liked it and the reviews were good, so I gave it a go. And kept on going. The layers of story keep pulling me in deeper and deeper. I found myself drawn back to my Kindle again and again, thinking "Oh, I can't stop now. Just one more chapter." Before I knew it, I had reached the end of the book, surprised that it was here already!

    From the start, I was drawn into Nate's strange world as he was coping with having these episodes he called Outviews. Slowly, he lets his close friends in on his secret, only to uncover a deeper truth about his life. The mysteries are plentiful but all woven together beautifully. The first person narrative (a story-telling device I quite honestly fear trying to read) was done expertly. There was something about the way Nate told his story that reminded me of Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games (one of my personal favorite books). Like the Hunger Games, this book could be read and understood by teens, but the nuances of the characters and plot development lends it being enjoyed by adults as well.

    The way that the author explores and explains the metaphysical and spiritual aspects of the world was quite possibly my favorite part. It is this use of his own knowledge to enhance the story without seeming pushy or being too unbelievable that makes this story truly unique. Mr. Legg is able to use what he's learned in his own life as a part of the narrative in a clever manner with light strokes, never dragging the reader out of the story or making them feel preached at.

    The only critique I have for the book is that there are a couple of spots where odd details about the scene or what people were doing, eating, etc. that seemed a bit jarring or out of place. (Such as the scene near the beginning where Nate is having a meal with his friends and lists off what everyone is eating.) But those tiny details aren't enough to keep me from enjoying this story and looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Happy to have found this book. A decent coming-of-age storyline

    Happy to have found this book. A decent coming-of-age storyline written in the style of a thriller, Outview kept me turning the pages until the end. Nate, the lead character has a great inner and outer journey, and it was exciting to share it with him! Five stars.

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  • Posted September 12, 2013

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    Stop reading my review and start reading Outview...no seriously!

    Stop reading my review and start reading Outview...no seriously!

    This book will take you on a wild ride from beginning, and won't stop along the way. Legg has taken parts of his personal life and interwoven them into a mystical tale of a young boy coming of age; except this boy's coming of age is very different than most of our real-life experience.

    Follow Nate on his learning experience as he tries to come to grips with his new found abilities and the task he has ahead of him. Some would wish for the powers he possess, but would we want to responsibilities that come with those powers?

    Young adults will love delving into the world Legg has created. As a not so young adult, I enjoyed the trip myself. On to book 2 for me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Outview by Brandt Legg is a refreshingly different YA urban fant

    Outview by Brandt Legg is a refreshingly different YA urban fantasy full of mysticism and spiritualism. 16 year old Nathan Ryder has been suffering for years with what he calls Outviews - vivid and often painfully realistic dreams. He is terrified he is going insane like his older brother Dustin, now locked up in a mental institute by their mother. His father also had the same visions and died of a heart attack. Nathan is desperate to solve the puzzle of his visions and slowly he is shown what they mean by strangers who burst into his life warning him he is in danger. As Nathan learns to handle his flashbacks so he realises what they are telling him - that he has a dangerous quest to fulfil and he must face an insidious enemy so powerful that all seems pointless and futile.
    But Nathan has great friends who rally around him and help him through his trials and as he comes to understand the power at his fingertips - healing, time viewing and controlling consciousness through mother nature, he decides to confront his enemy and save his brother. Little does Nathan realise the terrible cost he must bear. Every page was a must read. Every chapter flowed into the next seamlessly and the book had the perfect midway turning point that upped the ante and the stakes.
    This FIVE STAR fantasy is a must read for anyone who wonders what is out there - is there more to this mundane existence? If you want to be gripped by the scruff of the neck and dragged breathless to the last page then this book is for you.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    I can tell that the author poured his heart and soul into this b

    I can tell that the author poured his heart and soul into this book. The details of the story seem almost surreal. A teenager kid that discovers his inner powers through mystics he finds along his journey. This is a great young adult read about past lives and how they affect your present and your future. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    What if you were forced to die every night? Not just die, but ex

    What if you were forced to die every night? Not just die, but experience a horrible, painful death that was different each time. What would something like that do to your mind, especially if you're a teenager?




    "Outview" by Brandt Legg tackles this in a fantasy-type setting with 16-year-old, Nate.




    This is a well-written book that delves into some deep new-age topics. If you're a firm believer in reincarnation, this book will snag you from the beginning, and even if you don't, the wild ride of this epic YA Sci-Fi will keep you hooked.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

    Brandt Legg's "Outview" is the story of a teenager who

    Brandt Legg's "Outview" is the story of a teenager who learns that the world is not what it appears to be - and far more importantly, neither is he.




    Nate Ryder is having a difficult time; his father died when he was just 12, his relationship with his mother is strained, and his older brother is in a mental institution.  And then there are the "outviews" - Nathan's name for the strange visions - or full-blown hallucinations - he's experiencing.  With the help of his friends, Nate tries to figure out what's really happening to him, and how it might be connected to his brother, and possibly his father's death.  In the process, he discovers that what he's experiencing is part of something far larger that he could ever have imagined.




    The book is told in the first person, from Nate's point of view, and the author does a fantastic job getting into the head of a teenaged boy coming of age in the face of events and experiences that are pushing him to the limits of sanity.  The supporting characters are very well-drawn, and the relationships (especially between Nate and his brother) are believable and compelling.




    All in all, "Outview" is very well-written, and the expanding mystery at the heart of the story will keep you turning the pages.  It'll definitely have you ready to buy the sequel the minute you've finished.  I would absolutely recommend this book.

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