but then I discovered it was released on audio and narrated by one of my absolute favorite narrators...Greg Boudreaux (also known as Greg Tremblay) and resistance went out the window. I was all grabby hands and gimme.
I think I can safely say that anyone who reads Santino Hassell would agree with me when I say this author is incredibly diverse. From ICoS to the Five Boroughs, he has created a unique collection of worlds and characters to populate them and with 'Insight' the first installment of 'The Community' his latest series or I guess I should say trilogy, Santino has only added to his repertoire of worlds and their characters.
As well as being diverse in its character and settings this one is equally as diverse in it's genre...'Insight' is a paranormal, mystery, thriller, romance. 'Insight' is a dark, intense story and in spite of it's paranormal element it has a very strong connection to some of the realities of modern society and its subcultures as well as the strong sense of displacement experienced by many of today's youth.
When Nate finds out that his estranged twin brother has died he begins to question so much of his life as it has been and this leads to questions and conflicts that ultimately drive him to leave his home in small town Texas not an easy task for an empath. Setting out to hitchhike to New York Nate is picked up by Trent, someone who he'd actually met already and someone with whom he quickly established a comfortable connection. Nate ends up making his journey to New York with Trent. As they set out on their journey Nate and Trent get to know each other and with a side trip to New Orleans a relationship develops that both men find they are reluctant to let go of.
Upon his arrival in New York Nate quickly finds himself emerged in a world that he had no idea existed as he tries to unravel the mystery surrounding his brothers 'suicide'. Nate soon meets an interesting and unique collection of characters all having something to contribute to his quest for answers about the twin brother he soon realizes that he never really knew. Nate also quickly figures out that trust is something that's in short order and he needs to hand it out sparingly except when it comes to Trent...Nate knows he can trust Trent and thankfully he also knows that Trent's got his back and he desperately needs someone to do that.
I loved this book...LOVED IT!!! While I'm not a huge fan of paranormal and by this I mean werewolves, vampires, other world creatures...that is not this paranormal. This is the world of psychic abilities...empaths, sypmpaths, telepaths, psyonics, precogs, etc. and this is the part of paranormal that fascinates me...hey, sue me. I'm an X-men fan, ok? as in I love the X-men. I read the comics as a child and I have seen all of the movies...once or twice or maybe a few more times. The mystery was very well done I suspected the surprise at the end but until it was confirmed it was a little maybe niggle in my brain and the romance between Nate and Trent...I loved it. It played out with the rest of the story and for me it never really got lost in the clatter of what else was happening and it was believable. These guys had good moments, they talked got to know each other, they had passion, they argued and disagreed with each other in plain speak in spite of some pretty bizarre circumstances they actually had a fairly normal relationship.
Back all of this up with Greg Beaudreaux (Tremblay) someone who has become one of my absolute favorite narrators and I can happily say that 'Insight' is definitely one of my favorite listening experiences to date.
Now comes the hard part...I have the e-books and I could read the next story but if I'm patient I can enjoy the next book on audio and I have to admit as much as I want to know what comes next and believe me...I am more than anxious to know, but I have to say the audio experience for this one was so awesome that, well...I can't help but feel that some things are worth the wait.
An audio book of 'Insight' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.