Get Tunnel Vision a month early, and possibly even for free!

Have you heard of Kindle First? It’s a cool program that Amazon has that allows readers early access to new books, and this month, Tunnel Vision was selected as one of the four titles in the program. Even better, if you have Amazon Prime, you can get one of the four books for free! If you don’t have Prime you can still get one of the books for $1.99, so either way it’s a good deal.

Can’t wait to hear what you guys think of Tunnel Vision and the continued adventures of Nickel!

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46 Responses to Get Tunnel Vision a month early, and possibly even for free!

  1. Cindy says:

    You have a new fan – devoured Tunnel Vision & it was STELLAR!

  2. Karen Carney says:

    Omg. Just finished reading Tunnel Vision and I’m in love!! So I went to your list of books and downloaded Nickel Plated (because that kid is off the chain awesome) as well as The Fort and Breaking Point. If there are any other books with Nickel as a character, please tell me what they’re called!! Love your work! You’re officially bookmarked into my faves across all my apple devices and I will continue adoring your work!! Ooh! If you want, you can check out my store, (links in my above website) and buy something sparkly for your wife!! Lol

    • admin says:

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks so much for giving Tunnel Vision a look, and I’m so happy that you enjoyed it. As for Nickel, Nickel Plated and Tunnel Vision are the only books featuring him-though he does have a very, very brief non-speaking cameo in A Good and Useful Hurt-but there are several other characters from Tunnel Vision that make appearances in my other books. Thanks for messaging me on here, and I’ll be sure to check out your website and store!


  3. Corey says:

    Had to come check out your page after getting halfway through Tunnel Vision. The first thing I noticed was Northview High School, having gone to a Northview myself longer ago than I like to think about. A little while later I saw Grand Rapids Police Department, and realized the story is set in my town! Adds a whole new layer to this story for me, which is really cool. I can envision Pyramid Scheme, Vertigo, ect. So far so good!

    • admin says:

      Hi Corey,

      That’s awesome! I love when GR natives pick up on the familiar setting. As a writer, I really enjoy telling stories set in my home town, and I usually try and include some element of the, “Real GR” when I’m mucking about. That can mean things like The Pyramid Scheme or Northview, or even actual GR history, like the prostitute murders that I included in The Fort. Thus far, all of my published novels have been set in and around Grand Rapids. Write what you know, I suppose. Hope you like the rest of the book, and thanks for stopping by!


  4. Jack says:

    I’ve been waiting on Tunnel Vision for months. Just realized it was a Kindle First this month and downloaded it. I’ve read through the early reviews and got angry on your behalf. Just know that Amazon thinks enough of what you do and the audience you’ve already found that they want to put you in front of as many people as possible because you deserve to grow. Some of those people are going to be uncomfortable with how things really are in this world. Others don’t understand why an author might want to reach a troubled audience with edgy YA. Fuck them. Keep doing what you’re doing.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jack,

      I’m so glad that you found about about Tunnel Vision’s free month on First, of all the people that deserve a freebie, my readers are at the top of the list.

      I completely understand where you’re coming from when it comes to some of the early review frustration, and I may have gotten a little more irritated than was healthy myself. I think what it really boils down to is what you already said, people are sheltered, and they don’t like to see the world without blinders on. The fact remains that millions of children are at risk, and that it’s a good thing for them and responsible adults to be aware of this, rather than hiding from it.

      Andrew Vachss has said a lot of rad things in a lot of incredible interviews, but this sums up his feelings on the matter quite well:

      “What I want to know is, what’s the underbelly? What I wrote about is freaks—sorry I don’t have a better clinical term—trafficking in child pornography over modems, in a book that was published in 1987, what I got from the book reviewer community was, “How can you make up such a dark view?” What do you mean “dark view?” I have a very clear view.”

      Thanks for stopping by, Jack. I really appreciate the kind words, and I hope you enjoy Tunnel Vision.


  5. Deetz says:

    Tunnel Vision was pretty fantastic.. Glad to have gotten the sneak peek via Kindle First. I just picked up Nickel Plated (should have looked up that it was a sequel before I started but alas I was in the need for a read). Hope the first is as good as the second :-)

    • admin says:

      Glad you liked Tunnel Vision, Deetz! Nickel Plated is a prequel, but Tunnel Vision is meant to stand alone as well. Nickel Plated is pretty much all Nickel, so if you liked that part of TV, you should enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!


      • Deetz says:

        So I picked up Nickel Plated pretty much immediately after finishing Tunnel Vision. In have to say, Nickel is one of my favorite characters ever. I really do hope to see him around again!

        • admin says:

          Nice, and thanks a bunch! I certainly enjoy him as well, he’s a very difficult character to find, but once I’m in that mindset he’s a joy to write about. I’m sure Nickel will pop up again eventually, but right now I’m deep into something else that I really hope some of my readers find as compelling as I do.

      • Deetz says:

        And I also have to agree… they are very independent books.

        • admin says:

          I think so too, and my editor and publisher agreed. NP is very much a YA book, both in terms of themes and the style. TV, on the other hand, is the polar opposite. NP hints at the darkness, TV pulls aside the curtain. That said, I’ve been astonished at the number of reviewers referring to it as a Nancy Drew riff or as a YA novel. It’s a pretty brutal book, and aside from all of the swears in, “Clue in the Clock” I can’t recall Nancy getting herself in water as deep as Betty and June find themselves in TV.

  6. Lee says:

    Nickel Plated. Tunnel Vision.
    SENSATIONAL books.
    Thank you so much for writing them!

  7. Jordan says:

    Thanks to Amazon I got the pleasure of reading this book free then I just had to purchase Nickel Plated. I love, love, love them both. I truly hope you add more books to Nickel’s collection. I’m dying to read more especially the untold stories of his youth and the period between the two books. Your writing remind people that you make the best of life even when it sucks. I often thought of what made the characters tick and I really think you have a gift. I saw another comment where other Tunnel Vision characters are in other books. Could you let me know which ones and I’ll be buying off amazon again soon.

    • admin says:

      Thanks, Jordan! I’m so glad that you found Tunnel Vision, and I’m super stoked that you enjoyed both books. More Nickel books may or may not be coming-though there are one and a half of them written-but my next book, Weavers, will be out in May. It’s definitely different than Tunnel Vision or Nickel Plated, but it carries some of the same themes that are present in all of my books. All right, here are our appearances in chronological order:

      Breaking Point: Detective Dick Van Endel
      The Fort: Detective Dick Van Endel and Andrea Martinez
      A Good and Useful Hurt: Detective Dick Van Endel small role, Very small Nickel cameo
      Rough Men: Detective Dick Van Endel small role

      In addition, there are of course more unpublished goodies in this “reality” that might see the light of day eventually. The aforementioned Nickel books, a pair of Van Endel detective books, and a really old one deep in the trunk that gives a lot more back story to Mandy Reasoner, the girl at the center of the mystery in Tunnel Vision. Hope that helps, and thanks for stopping by!


  8. MaryEllen says:

    I seriously bounced in my chair this morning when I saw that Nickel had another story! I can’t tell you how amazing your writing is and how glad I am you chose to revisit my favourite of your characters.

    I’m kind of in awe of you, no lie. :)

    • admin says:

      Hi Mary,

      I’m so glad that you found Nickel’s second adventure! Thanks a ton for reading my work and for being so nice, but no need to be in awe. I’m just a regular guy who is incredibly lucky to have an awesome publisher and so many amazing readers!


  9. Marianne says:

    I am big time into kindle first so I checked out your book when it became available this month. Loved it so much I too had to check out Nickel Plated. Nickle is the best, bad ass kid I have ever seen. I wish you had more books with him in them. Now I own all of the books you have written and really enjoying them. I will keep an eye out for more books from you in the future. Keep up the fantastic work!!!

    • admin says:

      Hi Marianne,

      I’m so glad that you discovered Nickel through Kindle First! I consider myself very lucky to have been invited to participate in the program, and I love that there have been so many new readers introduced to my work. Thanks for stopping by the blog, and for giving my work a chance!


      • Marianne says:

        So now I have read all of your books and waiting patiently well actually not so patiently for the next one. I agree with everyone else, I WANT MORE NICKEL. Thanks for the wonderful books.

        • admin says:

          Hi Marianne,

          Thank you! I have a feeling we’ll be waiting a little bit for Nickel to reveal his ginger locks again, but my next book, Weavers, will be out in August, and will be the first in a trilogy. I’m so glad you stopped by, and keep an eye out, when I have pre-release copies of the new book, I’ll be sure to post a giveaway here. Thanks so much for giving my work a chance.


  10. Jenn says:

    Hi Aric! I’m so excited that I found your book on Amazon Kindle First, because it was incredible mystery-thriller through to the end! You now have a new fan! I was so hooked on this book I barely even put it down during my honeymoon! On my way back to Amazon to check out more of your work.

    Thanks again for a GREAT book!

    • admin says:

      Hi Jenn,

      Thanks for checking out my work and stopping by, and congratulations on the recent nuptials. I hope you and your partner are very happy, and that I didn’t take up too much of your honeymoon free time! If so, please tell them I’m sorry 😉


  11. Topher Ray says:

    Read Tunnel Vision and just finished backtracking to Nickel Plated. Sir, your skills have seriously matured. NP is good, but TV is pure craft. The story was more complex, the twists less predictable, and the love story much more believable. I was 3/4ths of the way through it before I took a break, and couldn’t wait to dive back in. I loved how you juxtaposed 1950’s names (Betty and June) against a story that couldn’t have been more modern. I’m with the camp that says, “more Nickel, please!”

    • admin says:

      Hi Topher,

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! More Nickel will be coming, eventually, but I cannot wait to hear what my readers think of my new novel, “Weavers” that’s releasing in May. After that short series is done, more Nickel-and Betty-seem like a good fix.


  12. Liz Marie says:

    My recent membership to Amazon Prime is what bought me to finding and reading your book. It was fantastic! Not only that, I’m a huge punk fan and love/listen to EVERY band mentioned throughout the novel. It was a personal bonus being able to relate to the characters in that sense. I may have even “tweeted” my excitement about it once or twice, haha. I’ll definitely be reading your past works. I wish you continued success!

    • admin says:

      Hi Liz,

      I’m so glad that you joined Prime and found Tunnel Vision! I’m a huge Prime fan, and it was really cool to do Kindle First and be able to give back to a bunch of other Prime members. So rad that you recognized all of the bands in TV, I always throw in a good mention or two when I get the chance, and this book was laden with good opportunities to shuffle a few in there. On a side note, my wife and I saw RVIVR live about a month ago with Propagandhi, and they were totally amazing. If they come near you, definitely go. As for Discount, I would do just about anything to see them live again. Thanks for the tweets, and for the kind words!


  13. Kevin says:

    Huge Kindle and Amazon fan, and always enjoy a free book : )
    But wow, I hit a home-run this time! Really enjoy Nickel and his adventures in Tunnel Vision, halfway through it I knew I needed more. So I went to Amazon, and downloaded Nickel Plated, loved that one too. Gotta admit that now I’m a big fan, and will now being reading your “non Nickel” books, hoping for just as much action and adventure!
    My sincere thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Kevin,

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed the Nickel books! I hope you enjoy the rest of them even close to as much, and I really appreciate you coming by.


  14. Michael W. says:


    New fan here. I’m only a chapter in and already riveted. Perhaps because I know the world described so well. Or because I have such empathy with the characters. But most likely because of the way you write. Keep it up, and if you ever need a photographer, call me down from Toronto.


    • admin says:

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for checking out Tunnel Vision, and for the kind words. Last year my family spent a little over a week in Toronto, and the pics on your website made me want to go explore Ontario even more-and go back to the Distillery, such a cool little part of the city! Next time I’m in the area I might be calling you for some pictures, keep up the great work.


  15. Joe Tooman says:

    After finishing Nickel Plated last month, I was excited to learn that Tunnel Vision was the sequel! I loved both books and Nickel is a really interesting character that I would love to read more about as he grows older and has to continue grappling with good and evil. Please keep the books coming Aric, you are doing a fantastic job and keeping us loyal readers happy!

    With honor and deep respect,

    • admin says:

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m so glad that you enjoyed both of the Nickel books, and I’m very lucky to have so many great readers. Hopefully I’ll get to write about Nickel again eventually, I certainly would like to make a go of it after my trilogy has been released over the next few years-assuming everything goes to plan with those books. Admittedly, I really like the idea of continuing to see Nickel age as well, he’s a really fun guy to get to work with.


  16. Travis says:

    Hi Aric, I came across your book (Tunnel Vision) via a kindle First. I, then, read the rest of your available works and love the depth of character and fascinating story you employ. While I am here to give you the kudos you very much deserve, I’m also wondering how you came to transition from one who writes to a writer. Should you find the time and interest I’d like to discuss this further, you now have my email. Either way, thank you for writing close to the heart and doing it well. -Trav

  17. Criss says:

    Just get your last book. Ill begin to read it tommorow.
    Why your biography is so small. Do you have pseudonym?
    Or middlename?

    • admin says:

      Hi Criss,

      Thanks for picking up Tunnel Vision. My bio is shortish because I feel like it covers most of what people what want to know, and probably I bit more than they actually care about 😉

      Nope no pseudonym, everything I’ve written has been released as Aric Davis, or remains unpublished.


  18. Mike H says:

    Hi Aric, I am a little more than half way through the book and it’s really hard to put down… (but I have to work etc.) Being born in GR and in the Northview school district makes these stories even more exciting and interesting. I have read 4 of your books so far… great stuff… Also a punk rock tattoo guy from the early 80’s

    Mike Hunsberger you know where Hunsberger drive is? lol

    • admin says:

      Hi Mike,

      That’s so cool! I love when people can make a personal connection with my work, and it’s really awesome just how rooted you are in the real part of my fake Grand Rapids.

      Punk rock guy from the 80’s, eh? When I was first going to shows Reptile House and The Enclave were the spots. Does that sound about right for your era or was there somewhere else?

      I do know where Hunsberger is, that’s like a mile from my house! Do you still live in the area?


      • Mike H says:

        Actually I moved to Madison WI in about 1977 so all my punk days were here :P, but my whole childhood was GR. I lived over on Rock Hill drive off of Plainfield ave. My older sister still lives in GR, right across from Riverside park which is really funny. Maybe she saw Nickel or eye patch over there… BTW, I finished the book last night. Couldn’t stop. In fact I then bought The Ride, right after I finished. I’m sure at some point I will have read all your books.
        Mike H

        • admin says:

          That’s awesome, I played a show in Madison, many many years ago, and I remember really liking it there. Hopefully your older sister has managed to avoid Eyepatch and Nickel thus far, I can’t even imagine those guys in real life. Glad you enjoyed Tunnel Vision, and I hope The Ride was fun as well.


  19. Raphael Kearns says:

    I had to drop you a line about Nickel Plated and Tunnel Vision. I picked up Tunnel Vision by way of the Free Prime books. Don’t know why I chose that book but was so excited after I read it. I don’t think I knew it was a YA book until after I finished it and read a couple of reviews on Amazon.

    I generally don’t read reviews of books until after I read the book. Don’t want to encounter any spoilers. I absolutely loved these two books and I read a lot of books. These are probably two of the best written books that I have read in many years. The fact that they deal with “difficult” subjects only makes them more compelling. The way you have given birth to a character who can fight against such horrors is fantastic.

    I posted on FB about how much I loved these books so hopefully some of my “FB friends” will pick them up.

    You are quite a talent and I look forward to reading your other books.

    • admin says:

      Hi Raphael,

      I’m so glad that you found Tunnel Vision via the free promo! I’ve met a ton of new readers thanks to that, and I’m glad that Thomas and Mercer was able to get me into that promotion. Very cool that you “get” the difficult subject matter in the Nickel books for what it is, either way it’s great when someone enjoys my work, but I take a special joy when a reader is able to read between the lines a bit. Thanks for sharing my work on Facebook, and thanks again for stopping by.


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