Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Book Review: Blind Traveler’s Blues

Blind Traveler’s Blues by Robert P. Bennett starts off with events two months in the past, when a discovery is made on a scientific dig in Mexico. What happens there affects not just those at the dig site, but the entire world. With the first chapter, we leave the dig behind and move into the present day, although not our present day, but several months after the dig in the year 2021. The world has changed.

The focus of the book is Douglas Abledan, a blind businessman who is scheduled to go on a vacation, but whose boss is intent on turning that vacation into a business trip. The good news for you and I, the readers, is that we see things though Douglas’ eyes, or more accurately, his senses other than sight. It’s an interesting look into this altered future and a more fascinating look into how Douglas has adapted to his loss of sight. We see sights in Chicago through his senses of touch, hearing, smell and taste. When a woman he meets is killed, he sets out to determine why and who killed her, taking us along with him.

At times it was difficult to understand his determination to find out who killed the woman he had only known a couple of days. But I let that go and followed him as he skillfully investigated her death, unknowingly moving himself closer to the edge.

Kindle FR

I give Blind Traveler’s Blues by Robert P. Bennett a rating of Hel-of-a-Character.
FTC Disclaimer: This e-book was given to me by the author, but that did not influence my review. What did influence my review was the protagonist. Plain and simple, I liked reading a book where the main character is blind. It was interesting to be in his head, to move with him as he worked the case, to watch him stick his nose in places you and I would have avoided, to worry for him when he walked unknowingly into danger. Abledan is not timid. If anything, he’s a bit cocky, occasionally reckless, and always confident. Wouldn’t we all want to be that way?


  1. This sounds very intriguing.

  2. What an interesting premise for a book. Especially having to offer the pov from a a blind persons perspective.


  3. So glad to hear that we make to 2021 ... I thought 2012 was it ... better stop running up those credit cards.

  4. That sounds like an intriguing point of view.

  5. Yes, it was an interesting POV, one you don't read often.

    Amen to that, Christopher.

  6. Sounds like an interesting book! I've always been fascinated how those with such disabilities have been able to compensate by use of their other senses.

  7. That must've been a difficult book to write! So often we forget our other senses and having to focus on everything BUT sight would be a challenge.

  8. I think I'll have to read it. I can't imagine a book without visual descriptions. It would be a good creative writing lesson as we tend to focus on the visual and not the other senses.

  9. indeed, the blind aspect is interesting. The thought of being aware of so many other factors. Thanks for the post and review.

  10. The character wasn't born blind, so he remembers when he could see, but mostly he "sees" with his hands or with his other senses.

  11. I'd like to thank everyone for their comments about this review of my book. I hope you all will pick up a copy, and let me know what you think of it. While creating my protagonist was a challenge it was a very rewarding endeavor that taught me a great deal about the world of the blind.

  12. Thanks for stopping by Robert. You could probably write a book about the challenges you encountered just writing the book and getting it right.


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