Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'X Files' Star Reads Her Riveting Novel

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'X Files' Star Reads Her Riveting Novel

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The beginning of the fall TV season didn't hold me back from listening to an unusual number of books, some long and others short, in the past month. And it turns out, there's a lot of crossover between television, my usual beat, and audiobooks. One of my favorites was written by a well-known TV star, while two others are read by TV regulars.

"A Vision of Fire,"

by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin

Read by Anderson

Simon & Schuster; 9.5 hours on eight CDs

At first glance, I was skeptical about this novel, co-written and read by "X-Files" star Anderson, but my fears were unfounded. It's riveting, one of the best listens of fall.

Supernatural occurrences were Anderson's bread and butter during nine seasons as Agent Dana Scully, and she leans on that history (and plays to fans of the series) with this story about teens around the world who seem possessed by some strange force that gives them terrifying visions and makes them speak unfamiliar languages.

Psychologist Caitlin O'Hara is called in when Maanik, the daughter of India's ambassador to the United Nations, is stricken, but there is far more going on, including building tension between India and Pakistan, odd animal behavior and strange artifacts being collected and hidden by a covert group.

Anderson wrote "A Vision of Fire" with Rovin, the prolific sci- fi and action author who took over Tom Clancy's "Op-Center" books, and the novel is billed as the first in a series. Chances are, as you finish it, you'll also be casting the TV series, maybe with Anderson in the lead?

"A Sudden Light,"

by Garth Stein

Read by Seth Numrich

Simon & Schuster; 13 hours on 11 CDs

I can't tell you I would have knowingly chosen to listen to a coming-of-age saga about tree-hugging ghosts, 1900s gay love, senile dementia and too-close twins, but by the time I realized what a whacked-out story "A Sudden Light" was actually telling, I was in too deep. …

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