Field of Vision

Field of Vision

by Michael Jarvis


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American photographer Jake Mayfield finds racial trouble and multiple passions on a beautiful Caribbean island. A surprising literary adventure story of sex, war, art, love, travel and survival.

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ISBN-13: 9780988538924
Publisher: Field Of Vision Books
Publication date: 12/05/2012
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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Field of Vision 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
well even though this was a pretty long book, I finished it in two days flat! Wow, what a ride. I did think the beginning was a bit slow and it took me a while to really get in the flow of things, but that’s just because the author Michael Jarvis was “setting” the stage for this crazy journey to go down. But once I got into it, I didn’t want to stop! There is a brilliant level of nuance weaved throughout that many authors are not able to capture (they are very black/white) but Michael Jarvis uses words to his advantage and manages to craft a novel that is funny/serious… dark/lighthearted… creepy/beautiful at the same time. I was really impressed and will like to read more from him.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars... this book kept me enthralled through nearly the whole thing. Good storyline, great characters, and full of all the stuff I enjoy in books. Sometimes I didn’t like all the local-dialect used as I thought it overwhelmed the scenes at times. Aside from that, totally loved the existential aspect of the story. It had good twists and turns and character development, and is emotionally and intellectually complex, but not so much that you roll your eyes and want to stop reading. Just the opposite, actually, I found it hard to put down! And great editing too…always a nice bonus!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
what makes this a truly satisfying novel is the number of different levels on which it operates. On the surface it's a fast-paced adventure/survival novel; at another level it explores human conflict and connection, and on another it is a lush, literary treat that stretches the rules of normal wordplay. Michael Jarvis is not afraid to take risks, and in my view it pays off in a gripping and thought-provoking narrative that makes us rethink things. Great lively dialogue and eccentric characters finish off this wonderful read. Looking forward to hearing more from this author in the future.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
Jake is a photographer who takes off for the island of Soufriere and gets a LOT more than he bargained for. I’m not one for recapping the plot (that’s what the book summary is for) but I will say that not only was I really impressed with this author’s narrative style and his word choices, also the way he managed to make the people and the island come alive with the authentic-sounding talk, and the detailed descriptions. It honestly made me forget that I was in the middle of a winter snowstorm here in MA! No! I was on the dangerous, beautiful, tropical island far, far away! Ha. But seriously Michael Jarvis really is quite talented, and the plot is actually a lot more complex and reflective with more substance than it may seem on the surface… it is worth a read, in my opinion, and I’m curious to see what this author will deliver next. He’s one to watch, imo.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
wow. "Field of Vision" is an excellent read that pulls you in and, like the island of Soufriere itself, is difficult to get away from. Jarvis writes in language that is powerful and evocative without sounding overdone or contrived. The story flows so well it sounds like it could have actually happened somewhere. I had some trouble with the way so many of the words were spelled phonetically to give the “accents” and “dialect” to the characters, as it really slowed down the reading speed for me and sometimes took a while to figure out what they were trying to say. I just wish there was less of it, because we still got the point, but felt overdone. But I liked all the rest. Loved the ending and is Definitely worth the read.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
Field of Vision by Michel Jarvis was an unexpected delight for me. In way it almost reminded me of the movie “The Beach” but way better! This one has a much richer, more complex plot and wide range of fascinating characters, and the island itself is practically a character itself! I love the way this author writes! It’s so beautiful and creates such vivid imagery in your mind. But then later on in the book there is great action and even long narration that makes you look through the literary lens a bit differently. Was different than what I was expecting. Seems to have a lot of knowledge about island life and its natives! I thought the ending was well done and I have no reservations recommending this book to all.
JTHACK More than 1 year ago
Dark and sinister, as well as witty and funny, “Field of Vision” is a fast and furious novel that transports readers to another place in the blink of an eye. Michael Jarvis’s writing is razor-sharp and indicative of his amazing storytelling talent. The prose is effortless and lyrical, its descriptive qualities and “voice” making the reader forget that he is not really on the island. But this novel is also deep and introspective, travelling the depths of one man’s psyche as he faces external and internal conflicts. Some narration at the end adds that extra layer of complexity lacking in many other novels I’ve read of late. Something for everyone I think. Recommend
GillianH More than 1 year ago
Love the story, the settings and the characters. Being from Michigan, this was like a treat for me to get lost in. Never know exactly where the plot is going. Fun, light reading for anyone who wants to be entertained. There were some parts, especially toward the end that seemed really surreal…and I’m not sure I liked it, but that was just the author’s way. The ending was great… very enlightening and neatly wrapped up this surreal and memorable experience!
essieh More than 1 year ago
Loved this unique book, and the GORGEOUS scenery and the fascinating characters! I read the whole thing in the span of a week (that’s fast for me!!), and loved that it was never boring or predictable. I actually thought everything was pretty believable, even the way that the locals talked and their views on the outsiders/tourists, and was genuinely shocked at certain twists. Michal Jarvis does an amazing job of incorporating a unique culture with island flavor, adventure, danger, humor, romance, and bringing it all to life. Fast paced and with a great cast of characters, I highly recommend this for a great beach read.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I love reading books about characters traveling to exotic, foreign destinations that I can’t go to, and especially if it’s about a tropical island while I’m trapped inside during a miserable snowstorm! But beside that, I really got pulled into this author’s world right away, and felt the ‘flavor” of the island take me over. His descriptions were so vivid and atmospheric, you really hear the characters as they speak in their unique way, and this goes a long way in creating the authenticity of the world-building. And there is enough tension and drama to keep you quickly turning the pages. Probably best recommended for adults as there is a lot of language and some adult situations. But an excellent escape!
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
this was a very interesting book, and one that was really different than many I’ve read lately, both in terms of plot and writing style. “Field of Vision” by Michael Jarvis is a unique take on island life and self-discovery, with thrills and adventure. It has great character development and unexpected plot twists, and I loved all the details about the island of Soufriere and its interesting inhabitants. Jake is a well-developed lead, one we can relate to well. This is a great book to read on vacation, or if you just want to escape for a little while. Impressive for a debut and will be looking forward to reading more from Mr. Jarvis in the future!
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
beautiful, haunting, extraordinary. FIELD OF VISION is a superb novel about the search for self and survival through travel, relationships, and danger and romance. It has a slow, almost rocking pace, that will lull you into a false sense of comfort. Don’t be fooled. The only thing in my opinion that surpassed the lovely prose the author utilizes is his amazing insight into the dynamics of human interaction. While it is a beautiful, visual novel that might give you the travel bug, it'll also make you think twice… Highly recommended for mature readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luckily I packed Field of Vision for my trip to St. Maarten. Turned out that It was the perfect read for my vacation! As I looked out at the turquoise water from my hotel balcony,  I became increasingly absorbed in this artfully crafted novel set in the Caribbean. If you like great storytelling filled with adventure and romance, then I highly recommend this book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 Naughty nihilist nature boy is the subtitle I have come up with. Your use of such descriptive language and the cool conversion to the  second voice toward the end was really interesting and put me right there in the room with those thugs! Loved it! I haven't studied  literature for eons but I don't remember that "you are there" approach anywhere - very creative and effective. I could taste, smell and  feel the island flavors - good job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought Field of Vision to give to my clients who were coming to the Caribbean area and wanted them to have something to fill their down time  that would be a tropics topic. This has travel, great characters, interesting passion and very tropical!    My clients come from all over the world.  I wasn't sure if they would "get" an American author but   gave it a try by adding it to their arrival gift bags.  I suddenly was getting reports from my pick up drivers that they were frequently late coming down  from their rooms  which is odd considering most Europeans, especially Scandinavians, are quite punctual.  Turns out their first morning in the USA found them awake at 4:30 am and they picked up the book and began reading.  The soon dog-eared copies were following us around during our project.   They all ( 9 people) did not leave the book behind.  I  checked with the hotel and none were left in the rooms either.  I've since learned that they have passed the book along back home.  All mentioned the book in their thank you emails to me regarding our job performance.  They said the book was so well written and clever in it's story telling that it has inspired them to give it to a friend or a co worker.    Now, I love this book and have read it about 3 times.  I'd read it again but my mom took the book for herself.  She has mentioned page 26 several times and says what a wild guy that author must be in real life!  Mom!!!!   But it's rare that I write a review good or bad but this was such a unique experience with a book  that I had to comment.  Best money I have spent on a book for sure.  An E ticket ride and thought provoking long after closing the book.... I hope others enjoy  this novel as much as we all did!   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have to have more "Jake Mayfield" adventures! Field of Vision has amorous action and  looming danger with the background of the exotic island of "Soufriere". A wonderful tale that blends travel,  poetry,  nature and self awareness.