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The Shimmer by David Morrell

September 12th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to FSB Associates for the chance to review this book.

Description from

When a high-speed chase goes terribly wrong, Santa Fe police officer Dan Page watches in horror as a car and gas tanker explode into flames. Torn with guilt that he may be responsible, Page returns home to discover that his wife, Tori, has disappeared.Frantic, Page follows her trail to Rostov, a remote town in Texas famous for a massive astronomical observatory, a long-abandoned military base, and unexplained nighttime phenomena that draw onlookers from every corner of the globe. Many of these gawkers—Tori among them—are compelled to visit this tiny community to witness the mysterious Rostov Lights.

Without warning, a gunman begins firing on the lights, screaming “Go back to hell where you came from,” then turns his rifle on the bystanders. A bloodbath ensues, and events quickly spiral out of control, setting the stage for even greater violence and death.

Page must solve the mystery of the Rostov Lights to save his wife. In the process, he learns that the decaying military base may not be abandoned at all, and that the government may have known about the lights for decades. Could these phenomena be more dangerous than anyone could have possibly imagined?

I have heard great things about Morrell’s books but this one just was not for me.  It starts off strong and there were certain threads that was interesting to follow but overall the story just didn’t do it for me.  I did not feel like I connected with either Page or his wife.  Even the general who was portrayed as the nemesis in the story seemed very mediocre and didn’t invoke any real strong emotion for me.  In fact, the only character I really got into was the arrogant reporter, Brent.  His character starts off utterly unlikeable and then the reader gets to see him transform through out the story that ultimately made me smile.  I will say Brent is probably the main character that will stay with me when I think about this book.

Author Bio
David Morrell, author of The Shimmer, is the award-winning author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Creepers and Scavenger. Co-founder of the International Thriller Writers organization and author of the classic Brotherhood of the Rose spy trilogy, Morrell is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel

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6 Responses

  1. L. Diane Wolfe

    I’d seen his books before and the NM connection intrigued me. The twist in the middle with the bloodbath seems odd to me. Think I’ll skip, too.

  2. dsuzuki

    Yes, it had all the things I thought would make a good story but it just didn’t develop to the point where I really cared what happened to anyone.

  3. Literary Feline

    This one doesn’t seem to be getting much praise. I haven’t read a book by this author, but if I do, I’ll probably read one of his earlier books.

  4. bookmagic

    I have an award for you here

  5. Steph

    This sounds like an intriguing premise, but I’m like you — if I don’t connect with any of the main characters, a book just doesn’t work for me.

  6. ShootingStarsMag

    It sounds a bit intriguing, but it’s not something I’d be really interested in either. Sorry it didn’t live up to your expectations though.


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