Burning Through Their Eyes

Fiction - Science Fiction
254 Pages
Reviewed on 03/18/2017
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Author Biography

Eugene Knight, Born in Indiana
Author of, In Between Dreams, and Burning Through
Their Eyes.
Working on The Devil's Circus and a past detective supernatural book; no name yet.
Enjoys writing, reading and coffee in the morning.
genres are: science fiction, supernatural, horror, dark supernatural, and fantasy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Burning Through Their Eyes by Eugene Knight is the continuation of In Between Dreams, the story of Toby. When we first met him, he was getting to know his new powers and trying to cope with the violent dreams he had. Now that he has found love and has a family of his own, he is finding some stability and happiness with his wife and children. He moved to Chicago to start a new life with his new family, while at the same time trying to find out more about the death of his father who was murdered. However, things are not going as smoothly as he had thought; the NSA is researching mind manipulation and everything to do with it. They are sparing no costs when it comes to doing their “research,” even if it means that they have to kidnap an innocent child. Toby’s world comes crashing down when one of his children is kidnapped, but Toby is not giving up. He is ready to fight for his children, even if it means that he has to use his own abilities. But the road ahead is very difficult? Can Toby fight much more powerful people? Can he find his child before it is too late?

This is once again a great novel by Eugene Knight. I loved In Between Dreams and I absolutely loved Burning Through Their Eyes. I love the character development of Toby; I loved how he was so relaxed and affectionate and I enjoyed his determination to get his child back. The story is thrilling, captivating and very interesting. You will not want to put the novel down because you will want to know how this ends. And, most importantly, you will want to know what Toby does, you will be rooting for him, you will be cheering him on and you will feel connected to him in his struggle to find himself and be the protector that he wants to be. It is brilliant! I am a huge fan of Eugene Knight's writing style and Toby! I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars because it deserves so much more.

KJ Simmill

Toby Ryan wanted to put the tumultuous events of his past behind him and start afresh with his wife and twin boys. So when he was given the opportunity to do just that, working with Dr Niles no less, it was an opportunity he couldn't turn down. He gladly accepted his role at the university on a secret project rumoured to be funded by the government and NSA. His own sons, possessing their father's Mindflyer abilities, astounded the doctors with their skills, despite their infancy. But their potential had not gone unnoticed. Soon a call revealed a terrifying situation; while Toby was working someone had broken into his home, drugged his wife, and kidnapped one of his children. There was no doubt in his mind that someone intended to weaponize his son and use him for their own gains. Now, whoever did this is tying up loose ends, erasing data, even lives to remain hidden. Toby must put his trust in the sole survivor of the group which executed his son's kidnapping. But, as he soon discovers, there are no limits to the lengths these people will go to in order to ensure the hunt for his son meets with failure.

Burning Through their Eyes by Eugene Knight is a continuation of the first book in the series, In Between Dreams, but it can easily be read as a stand alone, self contained book. For those having read the first, you are rewarded with the return and development of some key characters, as well as a cast of new and interesting people, each with their own trials and problems. The plot is well-conceived with some imaginative and well-executed ideas. Bordering on the fringe of science, sci-fi, and crime thriller genres, Eugene Knight writes a complex plot with enough intrigue to keep the reader entertained for hours.

Romuald Dzemo

Burning Through Their Eyes by Eugene Knight is a stunning sci-fi with a unique concept and surprising originality. When Toby decides to move to Chicago, it is because he wants to start a new life with his family and to get close to the place where his father was killed. But Toby is shocked with the things he learns, understanding that the University where he works runs a very dangerous program operated by the NSA. But that isn’t enough; one of his sons is kidnapped and could be in grave danger; his son would be subject to a dangerous research which aims at harnessing the ability to manipulate the dreams of others and to pry into their thoughts through their eyes. Now Toby must rescue his son, and to do so, he must use his own set of exceptional skills. The only problem, apart from a deadly adversary, is when a gifted seer of the future reveals that he’s seen Toby killed in a vision.

I was drawn into the story from the very start with the great writing and the author’s ability to lead readers into the conflict. The story starts with action and the major conflict is introduced in the very first pages. I wanted to know who the man being tortured was because he seems to have been deceived. In his thoughts, the young man remembers the words of Dr. Niles from the University of Chicago, telling them she needed their help because “You guys have great potential.” The element of suspense is introduced right at the beginning of the story and the author uses it so wonderfully to keep the reader interested and focused. Eugene Knight’s Burning Through Their Eyes is a powerful work that combines crime and intrigue to create an absorbing plot, great characters, and a drama that readers will enjoy. It reads like a motion picture.

Christian Sia

Eugene Knight is a name I will begin to associate with the likes of James Patterson. Yes, his powerful blend of thriller and sci-fi took me by surprise. Readers are introduced to Toby Ryan, a character with exceptional psychic powers, an underground network of experts about to create a deadly technology, an NSA project, and a band of criminals, all brought together in a very compelling plot.

Toby returns to Chicago to start a new life with his family, but Chicago will always remind him of how his father died and could it be because he needs to know who killed him and how? His first surprise is that his son is kidnapped and might be in grave danger. Toby quickly understands that things aren’t going to be the way they seem as he learns of an NSA secret that can transform the kind of skills he is born with into a formidable weapon. What matters is finding his son and he will have to use his power to control dreams and pry into the minds of others by peering through their eyes. Can he succeed when a deadly prophecy hangs upon his head? Burning Through Their Eyes is a tantalizing, hard-to-put-down story.

Eugene Knight has used a narrative voice that allows the different POV’s to come out clearly. The writing is top-notch, and the author makes great use of different literary elements to make the story interesting. The story starts with a dramatic event, a boy being tortured, and the reader also gets a great idea of the kind of conflict developed throughout the story. The shifts in narrative voices, from the first person narrative to the third person, respect the different POV’s and this creates suspense and anticipation in the reader. Burning Through Their Eyes is fast-paced, well-written, with memorable and compelling characters, a story that is insanely entertaining. I won’t hesitate to recommend this one to fans of sci-fi, crime and investigation. It is a thriller with great psychological depth.

Tracy A. Fischer

In an interesting and highly charged new read by author Eugene Knight, Burning Through Their Eyes is a book that will hook readers right from the start and will keep them obsessively reading all the way through to the very end. Follow the story of protagonist Toby, a man who is ready to start his life over with his wife and children after a move to Chicago. He harbors a hope that he will also be able to find out what truly happened to his father, who was murdered during his time working at the University there. What Toby finds, however, leads him down a dangerous path. The University is controlled by the NSA, and the NSA has been conducting nefarious testing while there; controlling people through their dreams and spying on them through their own eyes. When one of Toby's sons is kidnapped, and he suspects it is because of the natural abilities that his son possesses, Toby is willing to do anything to get him back. But once he finds out that a person who can see the future has seen his murder, he realizes that more than he ever thought possible is at stake. Will Toby survive? You'll need to read the book to find out!

I certainly enjoyed Burning Through Their Eyes. Author Eugene Knight has done a good job in creating characters that his readers will be able to connect with and relate to; certainly a hallmark of a great author. This book is exciting and very fast paced, and has a unique plot that most readers will not have come across before. Any reader who enjoys an action packed thriller would enjoy this book. I am pleased to be able to recommend Burning Through Their Eyes, and I look forward to reading more from author Eugene Knight in the future!