2nd Sight

Capturing Insight

Fiction - Paranormal
280 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2015
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Ben A. Sharpton's 2nd Sight is an amazing paranormal fiction that gives any Hollywood movie a run for its money. The novel is set around Scott Moore. He is a normal man, but one thing that sets him apart from other people is that he has hallucinations. He can use something as simple as touch to experience things that "objects" have experienced. This ability or second sight really disturbs him, so when the good Dr. David Blackwell wants to help him, Scott jumps at the opportunity and tries to salvage whatever is left of his mind and his control over it.

With the help of Dr. Blackwell, he is able to understand his ability and how he uses it. Dr. Blackwell gave Scott enough courage and confidence so that he started to strengthen his powers. But Scott finds out that the good doctor is just using him to achieve personal gain. There is no point too low for him; if he has to kill someone to get what he wants, he will do that in a heartbeat. But Scott did not sign up for this. He wants nothing to do with Dr. Blackwell, but will he be allowed to walk away alive?

Interesting and intriguing, 2nd Sight felt like a billion dollar Hollywood movie. The words and the characters are so crisp that you can almost taste them. Scott is such a good man, and Dr. Blackwell feels very real. Even though the subject matter is purely paranormal or sci-fi, you can relate to the characters. There are real people like Dr. Blackwell around us and such works of fiction make us appreciate the normalcy of our lives even more. Sometimes being special is not a gift but a curse because that makes you vulnerable to the coercion of other people and their bad influence.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Scott never imagined the way his life would turn out when he walked into work that fateful day to start the layoff process for Bell Industries. But getting laid off from his own job most definitely changed the course of everything. It seems his hallucinations are more than he ever could have thought and they just might bring him fame and fortune … or maybe they could bring him something far more disturbing. There’s no way he’ll ever know … unless he starts to use his powers to understand even more in 2nd Sight by Ben Sharpton.

This book is about the paranormal, but it’s something to intrigue readers. Scott is a typical middle-aged guy who’s just trying to live his life when things happen that are completely outside of his control. If you’re interested in the paranormal and some action and adventure, you’re going to like this book because that’s what’s going on in Scott’s life. What’s really interesting is that he may not be your typical hero, but he’s going to make a difference and make his mark on the world with these types of powers. There’s a whole lot going on and there are plenty of characters, from Scott and Dr. Blackwell to Tom and Gracie, so readers will have plenty of people to root for. You’ll also have plenty that you can boo at as well, since not everyone in this story can be the hero, after all. Ben Sharpton's 2nd Sight is definitely an interesting read.

Lit Amri

In 2nd Sight: Capturing Insight by Ben A. Sharpton, middle-aged Scott Moore has suffered strange seizures since he was young. He would see indiscernible and unpredictable visions of others, and these visions seem to be happening more often and becoming more intense. When a parapsychologist named Dr. Paul Blackwell offers to help him control these visions and use his ‘gift’ to help others, Scott sees a way to gain some stability, especially when he got laid off from his job. The two begin an extraordinary journey of challenges and discovery, but Scott and his wife, Grace, wonder about Blackwell’s true motives.

There are several genuine struggles and thought-provoking matters in the story, particularly when Scott has to do his job and give employees their walking papers when his company has to downsize. Ironically, he receives his own walking papers on the same day. When Scott decides to work with Dr. Blackwell, there’s a question of how far should one go in the quest for truth without abandoning ethical responsibility. Sharpton fleshes out the characters well. Their fears and conflicts are realistic. This validates the premise even further as well as gives more depth to the plot. The clear and concise prose gives way to a solid narrative. The story is well-paced overall, although I felt that the first portion of the story could have a slightly faster development. All in all, 2nd Sight is a nice blend of paranormal, drama, mystery and suspense. I look forward to reading more of Sharpton’s work, particularly in the mixed genre concept.



Deborah Lloyd

Scott Moore worked for Bell Intelliservices, a telephone customer service company, as the Assistant Director of Human Resources for the past 8 years. After a day of informing some staff they were laid off, he too was laid off. His wife, Grace, and his boxer, Gumby, supported him through the next difficult days. His future, however, becomes even more complicated as his episodes of hallucinations increase in intensity and frequency. These visions become premonitions to real events and the visions become more and more chilling. Enter Dr. Paul Blackwell, a researcher in the field of Paranormal Psychology. While assisting Scott in understanding what these visions mean, his motivations seem questionable. In 2nd Sight: Capturing Insight, author Ben A. Sharpton presents a thrilling tale of paranormal phenomena and intrigue. The action never stops, and the story is filled with unforeseen twists and turns.

This book is a page-turner, from the first page to the last. The characters are complex yet believable, and it is not always clear who the villains and the heroes are. Although there are some complicated entanglements, the author’s clear and concise writing style makes this a fast-paced, easy read. The reader is given just the right amount of descriptive details. Additionally, there is some very interesting information about paranormal experiences. Ben A. Sharpton’s fictional work, 2nd Sight: Capturing Insight is a unique and enthralling novel. This book is especially appealing to readers who enjoy learning more about the paranormal, served within a sitting-on-the-edge of your seat, adventurous format!