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The Internet—it’s everywhere and nowhere, full of everybody and nobody. And sometimes, it’s downright deadly. When three college friends graduate with plans to conquer the world, they find out that the world has its own plans to conquer them. As their supposed “real” lives spiral further out of control, they retreat into the one place where they still reign—the online kingThe Internet—it’s everywhere and nowhere, full of everybody and nobody. And sometimes, it’s downright deadly. When three college friends graduate with plans to conquer the world, they find out that the world has its own plans to conquer them. As their supposed “real” lives spiral further out of control, they retreat into the one place where they still reign—the online kingdom of fantasy and masquerade. But after a seemingly random accident puts a pair of old-school detectives on their trail, the trio’s tangled web of lies and deception threatens to unravel into consequences more real than any of them could have imagined....

Title : The Eye That Blinds
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ISBN : 24978228
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 492 Pages
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The Eye That Blinds Reviews

  • Paul Nelson
    2018-11-22 17:43

    The eye that blinds was my first read from new darkfuse author B E Scully and I've got to say it was an enjoyable, dark little novella. If you're a bit of a stalker then there's plenty of tips here on how to take it to the next level, although that's not an endorsement you should take to heart. Ross Delvin, better known as Mad Dog, in his own mind anyway, finds himself stood naked on one leg in his living room and bang on 3 hours later, he's still there and completing what he believes is a bizarre test. The twenty-seven year old, college graduate, currently unemployed, star contestant of the soon-to-be-aired reality TV show 'The Eye' and is it all real is the question, is it legit. Well he's seems to think so and fame beckons. His two best friends, one his now ex-girlfriend and the other his best mate, who appears on the surface to be normal and successful. Both however are far from normal, in fact all 3 are damaged goods, Ross's best bud Tyler Wickett has always loved Brooke Merrill but she chose Ross and he's fixing to change all that. Brooke has convinced herself she's got MS and Tyler's using this as his angle. Three more psychologically flawed characters you're unlikely to meet again and it’s intriguing to see this love triangle play out, amidst the madness, murder and delusions.Also posted at http://paulnelson.booklikes.com/post/...

  • Kimberly
    2018-11-24 18:44

    3.5*, rounded up.This is the first time that I have read anything by author B. E. Scully, and I was very impressed with the writing style. The novella flowed very well, integrating scenes with the main characters (Ross Delvin, ex-girlfriend, Brooke, and "friend" Tyler) with those concerning the police (Monte and Cassie) that are investigating a situation that may possibly be linked to Ross. Some of my favorite parts of this story came from the conversations between the police partners: "Kids like Ross Delvin. It's like they're in some weird new reality of their own." Partner replies: "But no less of a reality than any other kind, right?......" "I guess. But what happens when you create your own reality, what happens when it meets up with someone else's reality? And maybe those two realities have nothing to do with each other. And maybe sometimes they even cancel each other out. "Ross, already depressed with his less-than-fantastic job, his girlfriend, Brooke, leaving him, and full of anger expressed in an online alter-ego known as "Mad Dog", gets a mysterious invitation for a reality TV show. As unstable as he already is, he plunges ahead, spending the next several months in his apartment, doing everything that "THE EYE" instructs him to do. The dynamics between the three college friends are slowly revealed, and we see just how entwined their lives still are. In today's world where everything is available online for anyone to see, this novella had me guessing almost to the very end. "...These kids lived for the worlds they created and controlled online; somewhere along the line, those worlds had started to create and control them...."An entertaining read, and I would certainly check out another story by this author.*I received an advance copy of this novella through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Kate
    2018-12-04 17:27

    I received an E-arc from Darkfuse Publishing in exchange for an honest review.Ross is 27 years old, unemployed and still somewhat pining for his ex-girlfriend Brooke. He receives an offer via email to be the star of a reality show called 'The Eye'. He convinces himself that this is his ticket to a better life and agrees to an increasingly bizarre set of tests, recorded by cameras set up in his home, that will be aired when the show starts.His two friends are also experiencing some issues with their online lives, Brooke has convinced herself she has MS and seeks support from an online group and Tyler, Ross's best friend, is living a lie, boasting about his successful, entrepreneurial life but nothing could be further from the truth.The tests that are sent to Ross become more dangerous, not only to himself but to others and Ross's fragile hold on reality begins to distort further as he thinks of only playing the 'game', no matter what the consequences.This was a great read for several reasons, the tight writing being one of the main ones. The author writes sparingly in setting up each character but somehow manages to give some great back story to them along the way. The economical writing also gets the reader right to the heart of the story from the beginning, as it's a fairly short read it feels as though there's a lot packed into it with each of the main characters being fleshed out nicely.One of the best aspects of this read is that whilst it comes to a satisfying end it also leaves readers with lots of questions regarding 'The Eye' itself, whether it was real or just a product of Ross's disintegrating mental state.B.E. Scully is definitely an author to watch out for and I would readily recommend this for those that enjoy dark, psychological fiction.

  • Andi
    2018-12-09 13:56

    3.5 stars.Ross Delvin is a mostly normal, if somewhat depressed guy, whose world is rather lackluster after the break-up with his girlfriend, Brooke. Working a dead-end job and still living in an apartment that he once shared with Brooke isn't doing much for his mental health. At least until Ross receives an e-mail offering him the chance to be on a super-secret reality TV show, with the promise of fame and fortune, if he can complete the "tasks" given to him by someone he only knows as The Eye.Tyler has been Ross and Brooke's best friend since college. Although the relationship between Ross and Brooke is tenuous at best, the "three amigos" are still as entangled in each other's lives as ever. For these three members of the internet generation, where the internet is dangerous and nothing is truly private-- is there anything The Eye cannot see?The Eye That Blinds is the first that I have read by B.E. Scull and won't be the last. An intriguing novella, it will make you think twice about your status updates...

  • Mike
    2018-12-17 11:34

    This was the first book by B.E.Scully I have read. The story centers around three people, Ross Delvin, Brooke Merrill and Tyler Wickett. All three are friends from college. Brooke is Ross's ex girlfriend. Ross get a message wanting to know if he wants to be on a Reality TV Show. He starts calling himself Mad Dog and does what The Eye tell him to do. In doing these things he thinks he will become famous. This is when the story gets going, will stop here. A good quick read, look forward to reading B.E.'s work in the future. I gave The Eye That Blinds 3 1/2 stars.I received an e-arc of this book from DarkFuse in exchange for an honest review.

  • Michael Hicks
    2018-12-13 13:40

    The Eye That Blinds is the first work I've read of B.E. Scully's, and I'm now very curious what her other titles are like. Going into this novella, I had expected more of an Orwellian/Big Brother bit of omniscient technological horror, and while there's a certain element of distorted perceptions and manipulation of the Internet for surveillance, it's far more concerned with sociopaths and psychologically disturbed individuals hellbent on creating new realities for themselves. The story concerns three central characters - a reality-star wannabe, a hypochondriac addicted to WebMD, and an egomaniac who is manipulating both for his own ends. Each have used the internet in interesting ways to construct and support their own pathological obsessions. All three are fairly unpleasant characters, each with their own grand mental hang-ups, but once the bodies start dropping, the story picks up speed. The Eye That Blinds is an effective and dark novella, but one that I wished went just a little bit farther in its exploration of technological exploitations and surveillance, and mined the characters a bit deeper, particularly the detectives that are pulled into all this craziness.

  • Bill
    2018-11-27 13:48

    My first Scully read and not a bad one at that. I really did like this one even though it got a little internet life/social media satire-ish in the middle, which I could have done without. Still an entertaining read that was paced evenly with a truly messed up protagonist, who I was hoping would have wreaked a bit more havoc. 3.5 Stars.*As a member of the DarkFuse Readers Group, I received an advanced copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Anthony Hains
    2018-12-06 16:34

    The Eye That Blinds by S.E. Scully is a novella published by speculative fiction publisher DarkFuse. The story involves three young adults in their twenties who have been close friends since college. Two have actually been romantically involved in the past. While the basic plot centers around the destructive impact of social media on their lives—and their subsequent lack of trust of one another—the unfolding events are chilling and creepy. Scully is a fine writer and the interaction among the characters is convincingly portrayed. A final page count of around 80 pages means the story blazes along. The author smartly keeps the action and narrative superficial, and you hardly notice the reliance on unlikely psychotic breaks by some characters, simultaneous dumb decisions by other characters, and unbelievable coincidences to propel the story along. Still, a fun 3-star read.

  • Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
    2018-11-20 11:51

    This is the story of Ross, Brooke & Tyler. Ross has signed up for a reality show, and 'The Eye' rules his every move. Brooke has MS and is dependant on her online friends in an MS support group. Tyler has been embezzling funds from his Internet company and is in deep trouble. All friends from college, their lives come together again in one huge climactic ending.I enjoyed this. It was a short read, and kept me guessing until the end. The characters were solid enough, and the writing was true. The idea of a reality show watching your every move was a creepy one, and I may spend my time looking over my shoulder! The ending was explosive and quite sad really, but certainly a good ending for the story.

  • Bandit
    2018-11-30 11:39

    I've never heard of the author, but this novella was the most auspicious of introductions. Always good to see a genre work of social relevance, something that relies on more than traditional staples of guts and gore. This story is about what can happen in an social media driven, reality television warped, increasingly isolated, underachieved and overinformed world of the current generation. Perfect epitaph for this would be Milton's famous The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven...from Paradise Lost. Beware of the mind and what the mind's eye sees. This turned out to be a thought provoking well written intelligent read. Recommended.

  • Mommacat
    2018-11-21 13:45

    A seemingly straightforward story that you think you'll have figured out. But, this twisted story was was anything but straightforward. It's best to go into this story blind - pun intended. Enjoy!I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.

  • Tim Potter
    2018-12-15 18:41

    B.E. Scully’s DarkFuse release The Eye That Blinds is an interesting, if unfocused, glimpse into the horrors of the social media age. Three friends navigate post-college life and the beginnings of adulthood by drifting deeper and deeper into lives dominated by online activities. There are some great ideas at play here, but there isn’t enough time to explore most of them or get to know the characters involved.The novella begins strong, detailing the life of Ross Devlin, a late-twenties man desperate to achieve some level of fame and fortune. As his girlfriend leaves him and he loses his job he becomes obsessed with reality TV shows and getting on one. He even creates an online persona, “Mad Dog”, to be more edgy and interesting that plain old Ross. His big break comes when when he is approached by “The Eye”, a show that will film him through hidden cameras in his apartment and clandestine cameras following his everywhere else. The show send his messages, tasks to complete, and he must follow through with them, without regard to how humiliating they may be, to win the ultimate prize of two million dollars and his own Tv show. As the tasks become more absurd, Ross becomes more and more detached from reality and slips further into madness.Brooke Merrill is Ross’s ex-girlfriend who has retreated into cyberspace following their breakup and unwanted news from her doctor. Her retreat from reality makes her especially vulnerable to Tyler Wickett, their friend from college, who is obsessively following her every move online. Tyler has been in love with Brooke since meeting her many years before and he plans to take advantage of her breakup with Ross and become the man in her life. The characters are interesting, and considering the economy of words that went into the story, fairly well realized.The other characters are two investigating detectives and the manager of the building where Ross lives. Too much time is spent is spent with these characters. They don’t have any real effect on the greater plot and the time spent with them would have been much better spent furthering the arcs of the three main characters.The book’s biggest weakness is in the lack of specific focus and the use of too many plot elements and characters. The idea of “the Eye” watching Ross is fascinating, but it only really comes into play in the first few and last few pages. It’s an idea that the book could have done more with and would have better served to follow Ross in his deterioration. The book leaves the reader wanting more or at least a better focus on the main story points.There is an underlying theme of paranoia that starts quietly and builds nicely through the novella, ultimately exploding in a violent climax. Any time the biggest fault in a book is that it leaves the reader wanting more it’s a sign that much of the books works well. The Eye That Blinds is a mostly entertaining read with some great ideas.

  • Margaret Millmore
    2018-11-24 11:41

    A strong psychological thriller!Three friends, three different paths after college, three disturbed minds… The Eye That Blinds delves into the deep independence of a virtual society and the repercussions of immersing and losing oneself in the new realities (or unrealities) of the internet. Ross was unhappy with his career and his life in general, he wanted fame and fortune and in his desperation, he created an alternate persona that he convinced himself would lead to fame and fortune some day. Brooke Merrill is also unimpressed with her career, but more importantly she’s unable to transition to adulthood, which leads to her deep belief that she is very ill and therefore needs to withdraw from the real world and immerse herself in the online “support” world for her “disease”. Travis Wickett uses the internet and his advanced abilities as a hacker and online stalker to control the world of the people around him and feed his need to feel powerful.The true evil in this novella is the ease in which some people are so overtaken by the online world and all it has to offer, both good and bad. A psychological thriller with a gruesome ending that you won’t be able to put down! This book was provided to me for free for an honest and unbiased review (see all our reviews at http://www.bookexplosions.com/ or on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/... )

  • Jonny Kelley
    2018-12-16 16:29

    Finally, that moment most sought by all has arrived: Fame. It no longer lulls our egos from across a distance once predicated upon blood and sweat, hope and perseverance, but now promises to deliver that same level of fulfilment in just five minutes. If we would dedicate the blistering pace of technology to the advancement of medicine, say, as devotedly as we do our egos, we would be a disease-free lot basking upon the shores of distant stars. Unfortunately, as B.E. Scully so effectively demonstrates here, no matter how remarkable our achievements, our egos will in quick order exploit, taint and poison them. The story here is timely, yes, but the underlying message is, to our chagrin, ageless. And if you’re thinking that B.E. Scully is a name up-and-coming, you’d be incorrect. B.E. Scully is already here, and once again in the finest fashion with The Eye That Blinds.

  • Robert Mingee
    2018-12-13 12:43

    The Eye That Blinds is an entertaining story, but also definitely a rant about today's online culture, though it didn't feel heavy-handed, but rather was thought-provoking. It's about 3 friends from college trying to find their way in the real world, and realizing it's a lot harder than college life. There's a love triangle going on as well, further complicating the situation.One of the 3 seeks refuge in an online persona that's nothing like his boring life, and things go downhill from there. I'm afraid to say much else for fear of spoiling things, other than that if you think you've got it figured out as you're reading, you probably don't. The ending is left pretty open, but it fits well, and I was satisfied with it. I'll definitely be watching for more from B E Scully!

  • Scott
    2018-11-21 14:38

    The Eye That Blinds examines the lives of three twenty-something friends, but especially their online existence in the world of social media. As their real lives continue to disappoint them they retreat in to a virtual life for comfort or for more nefarious reasons.B.E. Scully excels at characterization, which is good because this short novel is mostly character studies. The plot seems a bit forced in and the way events spiraled out of control at the end stretched my suspension of disbelief. Overall this is an enjoyable story from a fairly new author, and I will certainly check out his next project. 3.5 stars.

  • Oskar
    2018-12-04 15:52

    This novella is by an author that I didn't know and I think it's a nice piece of good literature that surprised me.In this story nothing fails: Characters,pace,stile,mood...and the accuracy of a very actual subject.Highly recommended.Definitely a writer to watch.

  • Troy
    2018-11-22 10:36

    Great first read by this new author. Timely topic, nicely executed, the perfect length for this story to be told. Would like to see what Scully can do with a novel.

  • Bob Meracle
    2018-12-05 15:48

    Interesting take on 3 individual's extreme involvement with the internet. I liked it. Recommended.