Tunnel Vision by Gary Braver. Forge. Tom Doherty Associates. 2011. 384 pp. $25.99. ISBN 978-0-7683-0976-1.
By Daphne Abeel
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
Bodies galore litter Gary Braver’s (Goshgarian) new novel — dead ones, live ones and some in between. And it’s the in-between sort that constitute the driving theme of this medical thriller.
In this book, Goshgarian, who has written a string of novels with scientific or medical themes, is exploring NDE, or, the near-death experience, and coincidentally the disputed territory between science and religion.
The novel, set in Boston, opens with a shocker prologue. A man in his 50s is brought to Jordan Hospital, ostensibly in cardiac arrest. EMTs and medical staff at the hospital fail to revive him. He is declared dead. And yet, a short time later, he is seen leaving the hospital, moving under his own steam, although his vital signs are flat-lined.