The Reflection of Innocence

The Reflection of Innocence

by John W Tolliver

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Overview

If you could see the memories of every person you met would it be a blessing or a curse?

John Calabrace's life has been in havoc since he was a very small child. He spends his life fighting through a flood of memories, most of which are not his own. The second he is touched by another person, he knows every memory & feeling they have ever experienced, and those memories stay permanently etched in his head.

What might seem to be a wonderful gift to some, also has its dark sides. John flees school, finding solace in the Navy serving on a nuclear submarine. That relative peace and quiet onboard is quickly interrupted after being extracted and recruited into a world of espionage to unlock other worldly secrets.

Is he an angel, is he a monster? Even his military minders can't decide. While John may know everyone else's secrets, he also has secrets of his own, and those he's afraid to reveal to anyone

THE REFLECTION OF INNOCENCE, is an action-adventure story with military & paranormal influences

"I recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fiction with a touch of paranormal." - Onlinebookclub.org

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692646526
Publisher: The Reflection of Innocence
Publication date: 03/10/2016
Pages: 616
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.24(d)

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The Reflection of Innocence 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ica Iova for Readers' Favorite Imagine being able to absorb people's memories from just a touch. In The Reflection Of Innocence, John Calabrace possesses that ability. His mind is flooded with memories going back to when he was six years old — memories that trouble John because most belong to every person he ever touched. He finds temporary relief after he joins the Navy. But when he is recruited to use his abilities as a spy, his comfort is interrupted. He struggles through his first days of preparation as he frequently comes into contact with new people to test his accuracy. Each one of those people brings with them emotional baggage and memories that John can’t avoid. Slowly, he masters his powers, but while he knows everyone else's secrets, he has secrets of his own that can’t fall into the wrong hands. The Reflection Of Innocence by John Tolliver is an excellent suspenseful thriller. Using a military background, John Tolliver turns The Reflection Of Innocence into a compelling story of espionage with a touch of paranormal. Think of it as a paranormal whodunit. While the story starts off a little slowly, it picks up pace once John Calabrace takes duty on board a submarine. As the plot begins to unravel, Tolliver masterfully builds up traction and keeps the pages turning with the growth of his characters. The distinctive military language used makes the book an authentic, quick, and enjoyable read. I was truly enthralled by the amount of responsibility and dedication necessary to become a nuclear power trained submariner.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Well, isn’t this interesting! The Reflection of Innocence by John Tolliver is the story of John Calabrace. He was only 7 years old when his life was turned upside down. What most would consider a gift is a curse for him. He has the ability to read the memories of any person he comes in contact with. As long as he touches them in any way, their memories are now his for the keeping. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot forget those memories. To escape the commotion of this life, he joins the Navy, hoping that serving in a nuclear submarine will give him the peace he desperately needs. However, his respite is taken from him when he is hired to unlock the secrets that can change the world and the lives of people at large. In the world of deceit, he is the one who knows everyone’s secrets, but no one knows his secrets. And he cannot allow anyone else know them. Or else it is game over for him. A few years ago, I would have despised reading a military thriller, but now, this is one of my favorite genres. John’s story is absolutely thrilling and amazing. I dove right in and I was completely immersed in John’s transition from a 7-year-old to the man working hard to keep his secrets. I really enjoyed how John evolved, how his character developed, and he became a man of action. It was truly astonishing to read. I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a series because it has the potential to be among the good ones. Brilliant piece of work!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite In a great new book by debut author John Tolliver, The Reflection of Innocence is a book that will engage readers from the very beginning all the way through until the last page. Following the story of protagonist John Calabrace, a man who lives anything but an average life, this unique tale is like none other I have read before. John has had a strange ability since he was six years old - he is able to feel every memory and emotion a person has ever felt, all with a simple touch. His gift is more than overwhelming at times, and he finally flees his school, joins the Navy, and escapes into the relative solitude of work on a nuclear submarine. But when his ability is discovered by military higher-ups, he is pulled from obscurity and required to work as a spy. John isn’t sure if this new position means he is working for good or for evil. You’ll need to read this great book in order to find out for yourself! I very much enjoyed The Reflection of Innocence. Author John Tolliver has done a fantastic job in creating a character that his readers will be able to relate to, connect with and truly come to care about, and be thinking of long after the last page has been read. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I’m not sure what is. This story is truly unique, and any reader who enjoys an adventurous story with a strong military focus, tales of espionage, or simply a great read of fiction in general, should absolutely grab this book. I am pleased to recommend this book to any such reader, and look forward to more from the very promising author, John Tolliver, as soon as I possibly can!
Erik More than 1 year ago
John Tolliver’s debut novel is a winner for me. I applaud his usage of historical content blended with action and adventure—essential elements that make a mystery novel hard to put down. The author’s characters are memorable and his description of people and places made me feel as though I were watching a television miniseries page after page. I can only hope that Mr. Tolliver has a sequel in store for the protagonist, John Calabrace.
ex_elt More than 1 year ago
A great freshman effort by John Tolliver. The Reflection of Innocence is well written and an easy read, making it hard to put the book down after reading the first sentence. As a Navy Veteran I was transported back to my time in the Navy and was able to relive the emotional highs and lows of Navy life as a nuke with the main character, John. The story is well researched and flows well, I never had a chapter where I was looking ahead to see how many pages were left. I eagerly await the next offering by this talented author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! This is not what I normally read but was recommended to me. I would caution the reader that it is a hard book to put down. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it turns out I was wrong. John does a very good job of describing the protagonist’s thoughts and feelings as he progresses through the challenges of his world. Overall a very well thought out story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, much different than I expected when I started reading. The author does a great job expressing the feelings of the main character as he goes through his life experiences with his special abilities. I could never anticipate where the story would take me next, and i was never disappointed, including the ending. The writer's descriptions in all the traveling and events thtoughout the story were excellent. Well worth the read.