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The Shimmer

A book by David Morrell

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Creepy and thrilling

  • Jun 21, 2009
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I have read some of David's Morrell's previous books and I have to say that The Shimmer is quite different from what he has written previously.

In The Shimmer, we meet our main character Dan Page - as the storyline opens, he is in a high-speed car chase that goes very wrong and he ends up witnessing the car he was chasing colliding with a gas tanker - which, in turn, explodes killing the people involved. Fraught with guilt Page goes home, only to discover that his wife is no longer there. Finally, he tracks her to Rostov, Texas which is a bit of an odd tourist attraction - all UFO and flashy lights like Rostov - except that there are really odd lights in the night sky and his wife seems mesmerized (zombie-like) attracted to these lights.

As all the gaping tourists stare at the night lights, some crazed man starts shooting at the lights and Page ends up finding himself right into another horror story.

Yep, The Shimmer, although a thriller at its core, is also much more than its usual components of murder and good/bad guys. This time, Morrell has chosen to write a novel that incorporates many varying genres into one majorly scary and suspensful storylines. The Shimmer is a combination of techno/murder thriller as well as part sci-fi and horror. I was not sure what to make of all of this - I am use to a much more direct type of "thriller" writing from this author. But I have to say that Morrell actually pulled it off.

As Page digs deeper and deeper into these mysterious lights - it turns out that the governement (US) may very well be alot more involved and may be hidding some very scary secrets.

The plotline holds up beautifully and Morrell pretty much managed to loop everything and every character together beautifully. I had absolutely no idea where he was heading with this storyline which kept me guessing from the first sentence to the last.

I really enjoyed this one and I think Morrell should write more of these books.

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review by . October 20, 2010
I'll take a cue from Morrell's style and get right down to it: The Shimmer is one of the best thrillers I've read recently.      The story is a complicated one, spanning generations and peopled with many characters. Despite this, Morrell handles it all with what looks like natural ease, transitioning from the present-day to the past and back again, from one character to the next, moving the ball forward at a steady pace. As the story begins, we get to know a policeman …
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Dan Page is having a bad day. Flying the small airplane he inherited from his father usually provides him with an escape from the pressures of being a Santa Fe policeman, but today Page finds himself involved in one of those high speed chases the news people so much love to follow while pretending they are not hoping for a chase-ending crash of some sort. This one does end in a crash and, despite having done everything correctly, Page cannot help but feel a bit guilty about his role in the chase …
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The unexplained real-life phenomenon of the Marfa, Tex., lights in the sky provides the inspiration for this patchwork thriller from bestseller Morrell (First Blood), who plays with possible theories to account for the mysterious lights—the shimmer of the title—as well as the various reactions people have had to them since as far back as WWI. When Tori Page, wife of Santa Fe cop Dan Page, unexpectedly turns up in the small west Texas town of Rostov, the book's stand-in for Marfa, Dan flies to Rostov, where he winds up trying to understand the lights' powerful effects. Some can't see the lights, some feel they can produce miracles and some viewers turn homicidal. Still others hope to harness the power of the lights for military uses. A massacre, secret government installations and experiments and Page's investigative efforts fail to coalesce into the kind of riveting suspense that has been Morrell's hallmark.10-city author tour. (July)
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ISBN-10: 1593155379
ISBN-13: 978-1593155377
Author: David Morrell
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Vanguard Press
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