Review of InSyte

Fiction is not my favorite genre to read - I would prefer to curl up with a good nonfiction, philosophically bent narrative.

Every now and then, a work of fiction comes into your life you have to extol! Greg Kiser's InSyte was held me from the first few pages.  I am happy to see such writing is still being produced.  My review is below. Comments welcome.

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-Steve King

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inSyte: If suddenly you have all the answers...well that raises a lot of interesting 
Greg Kiser
ISBN-13: 978-0615484877
390 Pages (Includes front and back matter)

Review by Steven King, MBA, MEd

With the rapid advance of technology and the proliferation of information across the World Wide Web, how would it change your life if you had access all information right in front of your eyes?  Would you settle to dazzle partygoers by displaying your penchant for minutiae, or would you use your access to information for something truly benevolent?

Such a situation arose for Mitch Downing, a former Navy Seal-turned-grad student.  He developed an ability to have the sum of all human knowledge right before his eyes—which he named InSyte.  Yet, he preferred to exhibit a quiet type of quiet strength instead of intelligence mastery. This contemplative commando appealed to Kate—more than just a  man with an uncanny penchant for protection—but also as a deep thinker who seemed to know what to say at all times.

Mitch and Woody, two ex-Seals who engage in cage fighting, find their lives inextricably entwined with Kate and Molly. At a casual glance the story seems to be a shaggy dog tale of two guys trying to deepen a relationship with two girls with the requisite trappings…hip clubs, partying, and the like.  The lynch-pin is that Kate’s Dad is the Mayor of Tampa, FL, and his religious values have been trumped by political expediency.  While he speaks the “family values” game, there’s nothing altruistic about this guy…he wants money and a fancy yacht.  His thirst for dollars causes him to cavort with unsavory characters who work “behind the scenes” to insure nothing thwarts his plan.  It seems daddy has big plans to award a significant contract to expand electronic infrastructure through backdoor negotiations. Fortunately, Mitch’s InSyte invention amalgamates the pieces of these plans
and presciently details the collapse of civilization if the tides are not turned.

This places Mitch in a difficult spot—how to subvert the destruction which arises from chaos and not put the daughter of the man responsible in harm’s way?

Greg Kiser’s InSyte is nonstop action where the author does not sacrifice good writing for convenient plot developments.  At first, some of the italicized back stories are hard to follow and determine precisely what they add to the narrative.  The reader will quickly deduce that such back story is akin to the mental banter that tends to distract a person from fully paying attention at any given event. [Much like mentally checking out when your uncle waxes and wanes before delving into the Thanksgiving turkey.]

Although more than 300 pages long, I read this brilliant novel in two days.  Intrigue, conspiracy, and testosterone rule the story. Ladies, not to worry…Greg has a soft spot, too, and provides romantic interludes to keep you involved (but not so much that it will cause your partner to put the book down.).

When you open a book these days, especially given the drivel that is propagated to be good writing, you never know precisely what you are going to get.  InSyte is well-written and engaging.  It is highly commended to those who appreciate
good fiction with excellent plot developments and lots of action.


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