by Peter Kassan


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781612356082
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication date: 05/19/2013
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Lightpoints 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are good people and there are not so good people and there are evil people. Amanda really didn’t notice the differences until she was attacked in a NYC subway on her way home one day and was murdered-until she was revived! She had an Out of Body experience and a Near Death Experience which left her with a very unusual perception and an ability which well--. She could sense points of light all around her emanating from all human beings. When her life resumes with her artist husband it takes a bit of getting used to. She meets up with others and happily finds that there are others just like her. It is what they do or don’t do with this new found ability (not telling you what it is or it will spoil the book) that makes for very interesting reading! I will say this—I LOVED the ending!!!!!!
Craisiedaze More than 1 year ago
It's not everyday that you read a book that absolutely surprises you. This book is full of suspense, a little romance and a hint of spirituality. It's a great Book Club read. Lots to talk about and discuss. I gave it 4 stars only because I felt like the ending was too fast.
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
**3.5 Stars** Lightpoints is an intriguing look at how differently people react to, view and use a 'talent' given to them following a Near Death Experience (NDE). The majority of the cast of characters has experienced an NDE, and an Out-of-Body Experience as well. Once revived, they can perceive, or 'sense' the energy, or lightpoints, of everyone around them. As this sense is explored, they discover they can also give and take energy. Mr. Kassan spins many threads in this story, but not all are woven together. We are introduced to several characters and groups of characters who have the sense. I can only surmise these characters' significance was to reinforce the differences in how people of varying circumstances, be it social, religious, etc., handle having this ability. Of course, Mr. Kassan may also intend on giving these characters their own stories - I rather hope he does. However, Lightpoints revolves mainly around Amanda Nichols and her husband, Chris, and Carlos Herrera. It is through the telling and the intersecting of their stories that Mr. Kassan illustrates the disparity between humans with this ability. The sense, as I said, is the ability to perceive the energy emitted by a human. Through this sense, a person can identify much about other people, such as whether a person is cheerful or agitated. Once the sense is honed, they can even sense a person's nature. It seems as though a person's use of their sense is dependent upon their moral compass. Amanda, for instance, explores her sense gradually, and uses it to accomplish good. Carlos Herrera, on the other hand, only seeks ways to use it for personal gain. Amanda is an incredibly strong and resilient young woman. It was fascinating to watch as she navigated life with her new sense. It was also fulfilling to see she and Chris connect on a completely different level, once they both are sensitives. She had begun to withdraw from him and couldn't share her new ability. However, things decline rapidly when Herrera finds them. He's out to collect sensitives, trying to create a way to use the sense against his enemies. Lightpoints is a very cerebral read. There is some action and suspense, especially towards the end, but it's not a book that had my heart pounding. However, I was so intrigued by the notion of this sense and the power it encompassed, I was captivated. Lightpoints is very well written and beautifully rendered. My only real concerns are that I would have liked to have had the multiple threads woven together, and although I understand Amanda's actions at the end of the book, I felt her actions didn't quite mesh with her nature. Perhaps Mr. Kassan was making the point that despite being a good person, one never knows what they're capable of until tested by dire circumstances. As I'm writing this review, I continue to wonder about Amanda, Lisa and the support group, as well as other characters introduced. I do hope this isn't the end of the line. If it is, Mr. Kassan has certainly provided an interesting topic to ponder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story opens when Amanda Nichols is attacked by a knife-wielding psychopath in Grand Central Station. The description of the young girl’s attempt to hold on to her life as the crowds gather around her is chilling and the reader is gripped from the very first page. As she begins to lose her fight, Angela finds herself undergoing a typical out-of-body experience, floating up to the roof of the station and looking down at her own body and the crowd gathered around her. Then she is pulled away into a long dark tunnel where she meets many of the people she has known and loved who are now dead. At last she sees the light at the end of the tunnel and reaches up to touch it . . . So far this is a description of well-documented phenomena – OBE (out-of-body experience) and NDE (near-death experience). But what happens to Amanda next is not typical. She finds herself suddenly dragged back into her earthly body and she wakes up changed. She is able to see the essence of all the people around her. She sees these auras as light points. It is a frightening and overwhelming phenomenon. And before too long she finds she is not alone . . . Peter Kassan is something of a find. In my opinion ‘Lightpoints’ is an exceptional first novel (although I was not surprised to find he has been writing all his life. This is his first published work of fiction). He writes in a fluent, uncluttered style. The plot is well-paced. His characterisation is good. But what really stands out is the originality of his ideas. I also like the way he explores how different characters would exploit their unusual talent which soon manifests itself as not only the ability to see other people’s essence, but to affect them for good or evil. One group brings about cures for mental patients by concentrating their minds in prayer. Another uses it to kill people. Yet another – but I will leave it there. Buy the book. Read it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Kassan has an intricate yet clearly laid out writing style. There is a sense of urgency to the story, like everything should come to a head. From the very beginning I found myself wanting to figure out what would happen next and how everything connected. The author flips between the stories of many different characters with similar stories, and keeps the who’s who clear all the while. Unfortunately the different storylines don’t really intertwine. Even at the end when some of the stories begin to intertwine, the bulk of them remain completely separate. The author has created a large cast of characters, each at varying points in their development. Very few of the characters have a solid background, but many are well developed in the present day. You get to know them on a certain level. There are many areas where the author begins to develop a notion regarding a certain character or couple, but doesn’t bring it to completion. Unfortunately the author spends time developing some characters that have very little to do with the main storyline. This time might have been better spent on further development of the main characters in the novel.  Overall, I really wanted to like this story. The concept was really trippy and the characters were memorable but there were just too many unrelated storylines that didn’t fully incorporate with the whole. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
wiccawitch4 More than 1 year ago
Great Story! I really enjoyed the whole journey to the other side in this book and the ability that resulted. Lightpoints had great characters and great inner stories each with their own unique qualities but all with the same type of experiences. The main character Amanda is brutally attacked in a subway and has a NDE or near death experience and when she comes back everything isn't as it once was. Everyone she perceives as a point of light or energy and she can somehow manipulate that energy within herself and in others. Chris Amanda's husband knows something has changed with his wife since the accident. She will no longer kiss him and wont say why and even though they are the happiest they have been something is off. When Amanda reveals to him about what happened when she had her NDE Chris wants to try to have one too, but at what cost? and what if something goes wrong? with the help of some friends. others like Amanda, she is willing to try anything to save her marriage.  Meanwhile all over the world there are others with the same faculty finding each other some good and some evil. They all share one thing in common though they all have the same power and they all had the same NDE. I enjoyed these little side stories and would have liked to know more about some of them. I thought this book was really unique and I enjoyed it a lot! Peter Kassan is a great storyteller and I hope to hear more of his lightpoint stories. 
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Peter pens "Lightpoints" in a unique plot revolving around a young woman, her near death experience and her new (7th) sense. Although the story line slowed down in the middle, I really have no complaints about this book. Peter's characters are well developed and came alive with his descriptions. A must read for all paranormal fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.