I Can See Clearly
Rise of A Supernatural Hero
by James A. Cusumano
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Pub Date 16 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 16 Apr 2021
Sixteen-year old star basketball player, Luc Ponti wins an important tiebreaker game for the Palo Alto Vikings with a three-point basket during the last few seconds of play. He is simultaneously critically injured with a flagrant foul by a player from the opposing team. Luc dies for several minutes but is revived after having a near-death experience (NDE). He inexplicably begins to develop superpowers, which change the course of his life and have a profound impact on the world.
Luc becomes caught in a tangled web of espionage, blackmailed by the CIA to use his powers of remote viewing to spy for them. This creates conflict in his life, most significant—how can he pursue his long-time dream of playing varsity ball for a top college; major in engineering; and possibly go pro after graduation? I Can See Clearly is the story of a talented teenager seeking the Meaning of Life and his Life Purpose, while fighting the grip of the CIA.
“If you love a great story with profound wisdom woven into it, you will love I Can See Clearly. Not only does the story take us into the thrilling world of a new kind of superhero, it also explores a theme that is dear to any seeker’s heart: that we must make our life’s journey a quest to find and fulfill our true Life Purpose. . . . I highly recommend that you read this book and enjoy its many levels of adventure and wisdom.”
— Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., New York Times best-selling author of The Big Leap and Conscious Luck
“I Can See Clearly is an engaging story of enlightenment. Beneath Luc Ponti’s journey toward understanding his life purpose lies spiritual guidance on how to use our innate gifts to make the world a better place!”
— Joe Robert Cole, co-writer of the Black Panther screenplay; writer-director of All Day and a Night
“Jim Cusumano has created unforgettable superheroes for the 21st century. If you like Marvel and DC, you’ll love what Jim has cooked up for our postmodern world. He has created characters who live, breathe, feel, and dream while standing on the shoulders of the greatest that the East and West have to offer—including the power of quantum and spiritual physics to help us fi nd our life purpose. A must-read!”
— Jon Katzman, former president of New Regency Television; TV and film producer
“An enormously entertaining novel that brilliantly integrates metaphysics, espionage, and ethics. Unputdownable!”
— Jill Kramer, author and literary agent
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Luc Ponti is a 15-year-old Silicon Valley basketball whiz hoping for a shot at the NBA when he has a near death experience. He meets his paternal grandfather, who passed away before he was born and now tells him he has to return to Palo Alto. When he reluctantly does, he finds himself in possession of amazing superpowers that research scientists, and later the CIA, want to use, no matter the stress it causes Luc. Several friends help him along the way, most notably Bella and Eric. When he’s introduced to a Bronx-born Tibetan monk named Thay who guides him in the use of his new superpowers, he’s able to put them into use without harming himself or innocent others. This engrossing YA novel is perfect for teens or adults, as author Jim Cusumano addresses weighty issues in the voice of an intelligent and inquisitive teen. Readers are able to follow Luc’s journey and watch him turn from an easygoing youth to a thoughtful, perceptive young man in this first-in-series title.
Here is the first book in a promising new series that builds foundations for adventures in future books. Within the first couple of chapters, I had met the hero of the story. Luc came from a family that was dominated by his father, and who was dealing with personal issues badly. His frustrations were often taken out on his family, the only time he felt that he had control. I liked Luc from the start, so I soon felt empathy for him. A freak accident changes his life forever, but at sixteen he is scared to tell anyone about what he has seen and short of guidance as to what to do with his new abilities. The story takes on a supernatural element as Luc’s life branches onto different roads. I found that at times it felt a little overwhelming with so much taking place all at once. The story went quite in-depth with a lot of detail on the religious aspect of different planes of awareness which slowed the story down somewhat and felt quite deep. I wasn’t too sure of the other choices of characters that were to become part of the team either. It seemed a little too convenient. I am looking forward to seeing what the team will tackle in future books as I would quite happily read a second book, for this series but hope that there is a little more action than explanation in it. I wish to thank Net Galley and FSB Associates for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.