What if you could change the thoughts of others?
The Rothston Institute can manipulate the choices of anyone in the world: you, senators, anyone. Fortunately, it has the self-discipline to use this power to keep humankind safe. Stopping wars, averting crises, advancing peace.
To accomplish these feats, their operatives must train, and college student Kinzie Nicolosi has just become one of them. A student missing an exam? A construction worker fired for an industrial accident? A Congressman ruined in scandal? Necessary consequences of honing their skills for the greater good.
But Kinzie brings more than her remarkable skills to Rothston. She bears an unexpected power that rivals Rothston’s own. And when she stumbles onto the real intentions of Rothston’s leaders, the clash may be something none of them can control.
“Foreseen” is an adventurous twist of genre, much recommended. ~Midwest Book Review
The Kirkus Review calls Foreseen “A worthy sci-fi thriller à la Dean Koontz,” concluding that “Smiles has proven that she’s skilled at crafting a nuanced page turner.” See more reviews below, or read the free sample.
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Those with unnatural talents use them, for good or for ill. “Foreseen” is a blend of fantasy and political thriller, telling of the clash of ‘adepts’ who have grown to using the political powers of the world to assist their own. Kinzie Nicolosi, a college student who always felt an other, realizes his own potential power and finds them as much a blessing as a curse. “Foreseen” is an adventurous twist of genre, much recommended. ~ Midwest Book Review
Kinzie Nicolosi had always wanted the power to change the world; now maybe she will … First time author Smiles has devised a convincing supernatural culture. Her novel is so richly detailed that the reader accepts that this separate society of adepts exists and has its own storied hierarchy… By continually paying such close attention to detail, Smiles has proven that she’s skilled at crafting a nuanced page turner…A worthy sci-fi thriller à la Dean Koontz. ~ The Kirkus Review
Honestly if you are a sci-fi fan, urban fantasy fan or just someone looking for a good read, pick this book up right now. This. Book. Is. Excellent. It has a solid intriguing plot with well thought out characters who maintain believable relationships. It is absolutely wonderful to see the seer amount of character development coming from every member of the cast big or small. It has been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed this one. ~Fictioholic Book Reviews
As the story opens up in it’s deceptive simplicity, I was thrown a curve ball. The deeper I read, the more I realized that this book housed so much more than a group of extraordinary teenagers out to save the world. It addresses the human condition and the age old quandary of where the ethical line begins and ends. Kinzie and Greg develop not only their relationship but they mature into deeper individuals who can make decisions for themselves…It was a wonderful story full of action, adventure, love and science. Categorize it however you wish, but give this entertaining read a try. ~Bookend Chronicles
Terri-Lynne Smiles had me hooked from the word “go”. Foreseen was an absolutely amazing, entertaining, sharp witted tale of a relate-able college girl in an alternative world. Each chapter offered a glimpse into the inner workings of the books main characters, as well as adding a piece to the complicated plot puzzle that left you guessing until the very end. For those that love a deeper story, or even someone looking for a great way to spend a weekend (yes, I read the book in two days), this is the book for you ~Liaeve on LibraryThing
Foreseen mixes coming of age with quantum foam, romance with political conspiracy, in this able science fiction story… One of the problems I sometimes have with science fiction is when its premise outweighs its people: for me to like a book, even the most intriguing concept should work its way out through believable characters. In this, Smiles succeeds unequivocally: Foreseen’s protagonists, Greg and Kinzie, are drawn sharply and sympathetically, Kinzie especially so. Her gift is also her vulnerability, her strength her weakness: smuggled to a secret school in Maine, she learns to shape the decisions and responses of others, but also (and with greater difficulty) to govern her own fears, insecurities, and desires.
The book’s use of quantum physics is provocative but accessible. I am no scientist, but I could follow Kinzie’s experience with no difficulty, and Smiles has a talent for making her concepts visually and narratively vivid. That being said, the book expects an active reader. You are kept guessing as to whether the characters’ motives are entirely their own, or swayed by some outside intelligence. ~Michael Williams, bestselling author of Weasel’s Luck, Trajan;s Arch, and Vine: An Urban Legend.
This novel was truly amazing and I cannot wait for the next one. The world building was strong, the characters were sound and realistic – despite the paranormal/ sci-fi elements – they were people I could sympathise with. Smiles’ is an intelligent and talented writer with many scientific references (my personal favourite was the Schroedinger’s cat joke!) so bring on the next novel! ~Uncorked Thoughts
Fiction Like It Should Be Written. Foreseen is the debut novel of writer Terri-Lynne Smiles and galvanizes her as a formidable and most welcome talent in modern teen fiction and science fiction…Smiles writes the kind of SciFi that I can’t get enough of…a story that uses science in a believable way but doesn’t try to explain it … Smiles gets it right in the sweet spot…But what really pulls you in to Foreseen is the excellent character work. All too often, modern fiction substitutes various forms of shock for true conflict. Not so in this book…We get up close and personal with what makes these people tick so that their competing desires and motivations actually make sense. It all comes together in a very gratifying climax that leaves you both satisfied and hungry for the next course. If you are looking for some powerful reading that you will be able to connect with, this is the book for you. Gritty but clean, Foreseen is totally suitable for all teens from 12 to 90. ~John C. Brewer, author of The Silla Project, a Montaigne Medal finalist.