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The Unseen [Hardcover]

By T. L. Hines (Author)
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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10" Width: 6.25" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.43 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595544526  
EAN  9781595544520  
UPC  020049133712  


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T.L. Hines's distinct "Noir Bizarre" brand is where supernatural thriller meets mystery.

Lucas Freund is a loner with an odd habit: he's an urban explorer. But while visiting the hidden areas of public buildings is a hobby for others, it's a way of life for Lucas. He lives inside those hidden areas--the utility chases, the abandoned storage rooms, the ceiling ductwork.

Then Lucas meets other urban explorers and discovers a group that has taken the concept to a new level: they infiltrate homes and watch the people inside. Lucas is appalled that these unseen watchers don't offer help when it is needed. But when he is approached by a federal agent who knows about his own past, he has no choice but to infiltrate the Creep Club.

Things take a deadly turn when Creep Club members start to die. Even worse, all signs point to Lucas as the killer. Will he be able to prove his own innocence . . . or will he be the next victim?

Publishers Description

T.L. Hines's distinct "Noir Bizarre" brand is where supernatural thriller meets mystery.

Lucas Freund is a loner with an odd habit: he's an urban explorer. But while visiting the hidden areas of public buildings is a hobby for others, it's a way of life for Lucas. He lives inside those hidden areas--the utility chases, the abandoned storage rooms, the ceiling ductwork.

Then Lucas meets other urban explorers and discovers a group that has taken the concept to a new level: they infiltrate homes and watch the people inside. Lucas is appalled that these unseen watchers don't offer help when it is needed. But when he is approached by a federal agent who knows about his own past, he has no choice but to infiltrate the Creep Club.

Things take a deadly turn when Creep Club members start to die. Even worse, all signs point to Lucas as the killer. Will he be able to prove his own innocence . . . or will he be the next victim?



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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! T.L. Hines writes "Noir Bizarre" stories, mixing mysteries with oddities in books such as"The Unseen, Waking Lazarus, " and "The Dead Whisper On." "Waking Lazarus" received "Library Journal's" "25 Best Genre Fiction Books of the Year" award.

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A Strange, Riveting Story, Told Extraordinarily Well  Jan 14, 2010
I never thought about being spied upon from the ceiling of my office, or when I'm in an elevator. After reading "The Unseen" by T.L. Hines, maybe I should.

Lucas is a young man in his 20s who has a habit, one learned from the time he was in an orphanage. He has become extraordinarily adept at maneuvering himself into tight spaces and then observing people, unseen. And while he observes, he creates stories about them, whole biographies of who they are and where they came from and their families.

He's content to work as a dishwasher, paid under the table so there are no records. He lives about as transient lifestyle as one can without actually being homeless or a transient. He has no permanent address, but instead moves from forgotten spaces in the Washington D.C. Metro line and underground sewer system to abandoned buildings.

And that is his life, until he comes into contact with the Creep Club, a group whose members do what Lucas does but go far beyond, videotaping and packaging what they film unseen for their own amusement. Then a government agent enters the picture, and Lucas finds himself running for his life.

"The Unseen" is a strange story, but it's a strange story that's absolutely riveting. And while it is published by a Christian publisher, the "message" is not overtly Christian; in fact, it's barely present. But it's there, in the story, the theme, the characters and the action. "The Unseen" is written from a Christian perspective and worldview, but the perspective is not obvious.

And that may be T.L. Hines' purpose. Tell a good story, and tell it well, and tell it in such a way that the reader says "what?" and wants to know more.
 
Not Sure if Hines Could See What Type of Novel He Wanted to Write When He Began  Sep 6, 2009
Not sure if the book was planned to be the way it is or if T.L. Hines started writing this as a Creepers style novel, couldn't think how to continue once he had written the first chapters, changed it to a Washington DC conspiracy novel but again couldn't think how to finish that so then took the story into science fiction for the final chapters. Either way, the story takes right angles in genres which you'll either say, cool that was clever or gee that was so disappointing and annoying after I had really got into the other genre's story. The blurb on the cover only tells of the hiding in and exploring tunnels and wall passages watching the unaware public and not the conspiracy or sci-fi genres so a lot more readers may well fall in the disappointed and annoyed side of the equation.

I really liked the first parts of the book, Lucas was an interesting character at that stage, his observations of the people in the office buildings and the fact that there was even some awareness or feeling they were being watched was quite well done. As with discovering Creep Club and at his internal debate of giving up the lonely but contented with life of creeping alone or joining with others. Then finding out these other creepers, took what he did to another more unethical level and what he was going to do about it looked like this was going to be a great and interesting thriller. The conspiracy story that followed from there and then Matrix style rest of the book just seemed like lazy writing to me letting down what could have been a great read.

If you liked the first part and want another read that takes place in the world of people who explore buildings that they shouldn't be in, check out Creepers by David Morrell.
 
Different and Interesting  Aug 10, 2009
I only gave this 3 stars because it was a little hard for me to get into at first, the whole book is very much in line with todays society of reality,it is what some crave the need to watch people.
 
Perfect, if only they'd left out the genetic manipulation  Jul 3, 2009
Lucas is unseen. He hides behind walls or ceiling tiles and whiles away his days watching people in office buildings and public places. At night he sneaks out to raid the office fridge or work a few hours at a diner for some emergency money. The only thing missing in his life is the love and human connection he sees in the people he watches.

Lucas' simple, nomadic life becomes terribly complicated when he runs into Donovan, another guy who lives the unseen, behind-the-walls life that he does. Donovan introduces him to the Creep Club, where Lucas starts to feel like he has found people who understand him. But then he finds out how creepy the Club really is. The Club members don't watch people in public places, but in their homes. Disgusted, Lucas decides he wants no part of it, but he's already in too deep. Before too long he is tangled in a web of secrets and espionage that he can't escape.

When I first picked up this book I was worried that there might be some inappropriate scenes in the book (it is a book about people who watch people in their homes) but there was nothing like that. The characters are not peeping toms. Once that fear was relieved I was able to enjoy the book. In fact, I was quite caught-up in the suspense, and didn't do much besides read for a few days until I finished it. The pace was fast, the plot-twists were many and surprising, and I was very glad that the author eventually explained why Lucas remembered growing up in an orphanage when there are no orphanages in the U.S. today. The climax of the book was a little strange and completely unexpected. I was a little confused by the addition of genetic mutation in the plot, and thought it would have been less confusing and just as exciting without it.

Overall, I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading other books by this author.
 
Hines' best to date  May 25, 2009
In his third novel, Hines once again crafts an intriguing tale. However, unlike previous works, "The Unseen" presents a more tangible, solid mystery. An outcast is faced with the ultimate choice: remain hidden from the world where everything is simple, or choose to become involved - and suffer the fatal consequences.

Lucas has always lived alone. Since leaving the orphanage of his youth, he's made his home in the cracks of the world: crawl-spaces, hide-aways, attics and closets. He avoids companionship, choosing instead to observe people from these places. There, he weaves elaborate, intimate histories for his subjects. He collects small tokens from them: a scarf here, a misplaced photo there. These are things Lucas treasures, because they make him feel real.

When Lucas encounters the "Creep Club" - a group of people who seem just like him - he nurtures the hope that maybe they understand his compulsions - that he's no longer alone. These people, however, have crossed lines that make Lucas uneasy: invading homes and private lives, rather than just public workplaces. Before long, Lucas is trapped in a web of lies spun by someone even more unseen than him, as the world he's so desperately hid from threatens to destroy him.

This is Hines' best work. Lucas is a unique, flawed character. The narrative is tight and the story paces itself well. Hines continues to live up to his moniker: "Noir Bizarre Author", but in the bizarre he illuminates human frailty and strength - which always makes for excellent reading.
 

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