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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

I recently read two books by the same author and want to recommend them.

Prodigious Savant is the edge-of-the-seat story about Gavin Weaver, a teenaged boy who lived in 1960s Vermont. Like a typical teenager he entertains himself in all the excitement boys of his era found amusing, but when one of those adventures led to a tragic accident, he’s left comatose for an extended period of time. He wakes with mysterious mental abilities and skills as well as an unusual penchant. Specialists call him a savant. The media calls him the Whiz Kid. The transformations he endures include an unusual feature on his head where surgeons operated. J.J. White is a skillful storyteller who pulls his readers into his story. Even skeptics find his well-researched explanations plausible. His in-depth research into the game of chess, psychiatric disorders, brain injuries and international intrigue of the 1960s, causes readers to simultaneously root for and despise the main character, Gavin, who wants nothing more than to marry his childhood sweetheart.

Deviant Acts portrays Jackson Hurst, a Vietnam veteran plagued by nightmares that come in a worsening series and replay memories of the most obscene tableaus he participated in during his time in Vietnam. His first impulse, when hired by his mother’s eccentric sister, is to fade into obscurity in a Vermont commune, partaking in the free love and abundant drug scene. His long-hidden love for his adopted cousin, Cheryl forces him to take steps that lead to heroism and rescue her from her kidnappers. He helps Cheryl and she leads him to sobriety. J.J. White has thoroughly researched historical elements that influenced and has filled Deviant Acts with twists to make readers binge-read once the start reading.