Travel Reads: “The Vision” by C. L. Talmadge

In a future world–or another planet–Helen Andros, a young military physician is caught in theocratic machinations that almost cost her her life. A half-breed, illegitimate, presumed orphaned, she learns her father’s identity as one of the land’s powerful lords and remains a target for the religious cast.

The Vision by C. L. Talmadge


Title: The Vision: Green Stone of Healing Series – Book One
Editor/Author: C. L. Talmadge
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher:, Inc.
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0980053730
ISBN-13: 978-0980053739
Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Summary of The Vision

When the book opens, Lieutenant Helen Andros is tending to a young soldier who has cancer. You quickly learn that her position as military physician is unusual, not only because she is a woman, but because she is a “half-breed” bastard orphan. Her mother was Turanian, the conquered people of Azgard, and her father was Toltec, the ruling race. As the story unfolds, Helen is caught up in the twisted turns of political intrigue as her father is revealed and her existence is used to lords and priests alike to turn the political tide in their direction.

What Worked for Me

I read this once before a few years ago so I could write this review, but life got in the way and it waited on my shelf for a few years. When I picked it up again, I quickly realized I had read it before, but I didn’t remember enough to write a review. So I read it again.

This is a well-written book that is easy to read. The characters–especially Helen Andros–are fairly well fleshed out, some more than others. And the society in which the novel is set is both familiar and strange—familiar enough to follow and understand; strange enough to keep you guessing (and turning the pages).

What Didn’t Work for Me

Royal and political intrigue aren’t my cup of tea. That’s really a personal thing, not anything inherently wrong with the work.


Did you watch The Tudors? Are you a fan of Reign? Then the Green Stone of Healing Series might be a good choice for you. It merges Renaissance royal infighting with elements of both science fiction and fantasy.

Score for The Vision: 3 out of 5 Palm Trees

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NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.

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About the author

As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.