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Brightside [Kindle Edition]

Mark Tullius , Anthony Szpak
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Welcome to Brightside. Make Yourself Comfortable...You Won't Be Leaving

Who Are the Thought Thieves?

They call us Thought Thieves, but it's not like we have a choice. All the sick twisted things rolling around in people's heads, we can't help but hear.

That's why they rounded us up, stuck us in this little town. It's to make you feel safe. But they can't keep us here forever.

It's Day 100 and it's all gonna end. One way or another, I'm getting out of Brightside.

˃˃˃ ˃˃˃ Reviewers are sucked in from the start and can't put it down:

"This book is dark and deep. It grabs you from the start and sinks its teeth into you. I finished this book in a matter of hours because I just could not put it down!" -- Crash 86

"...this book is an action-packed thriller from start to finish." -- Lauren

"...a captivating book right from the start...I couldn't put the book down." -- Olivia King

˃˃˃ ˃˃˃ Reviewers compare Mark Tullius to Stephen King:

"A thought-provoking read with wonderful characters, and a Stephen King tone."-- Melissa Schwab

"Stephen King now has a shelf mate in my Kindle!" -- dragonfly

˃˃˃ ˃˃˃ Reviewers want more from Mark Tullius:

"This was the first book I read by Mark Tullius and I now read everything I can from him." -- RAD

I'm adding Mark Tullius to my list of preferred authors." -- jthomato

"A very thought provoking book. I will eagerly wait for more books by Mark Tullius." -- Diane Taylor

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Editorial Reviews


"A well-written and well-executed story by first-time author Mark Tullius. It reads like a gritty, postmodernism novel similar to Blade Runner or A Scanner Darkly. Very interesting character development and plot elements, especially since the protagonist can't hide anything. A quick and fast read that keeps you glued to the pages." - eNovel Reviews

About the Author

I'm a father and a husband, a brother and a son. I'm an Ivy League grad who worked in a warehouse, an MMA fighter with too many defeats. I'm the bouncer and bodyguard, the drunk guy in the fight. The jailer and the jailed, the guilty and innocent.
I'm a writer shaped by influences, too many to count. I grew up on King and Koontz while force-fed the Bible. I narrate Dr. Seuss and Disney nearly every night. Like you, I've seen things I wished I hadn't, heard some truths I won't forget.
Writing is my heavy bag, the sparring partner that doesn't punch back. It's where I shed my armor and cast off the blindfold, take a look at myself and the world around me. The writing takes me wherever it wants. Dark alley or dinner table, classroom or morgue. I go along for the ride and try to capture the moment, show life like it is.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1208 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vincere Press; 1 edition (December 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but a struggle to read January 11, 2013
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Written from Joe's point of view it engages you in the action and Tullius does a good job of relaying the feelings and thoughts of the character. The first few chapters really grabbed my attention, throwing me into a new world while explaining certain aspects about life as a telepath clearly. It made me want to read on and the name "Thought Theives" Tullius uses to describe the gifted humans intrigued me. The plot line was original and different and did keep my interest however there were a few things that made it a struggle to read the book around about the halfway mark.

The first was that the book is written in terms of days. It jumps to random points in Joe's life while leading up to day 100. In the midst of this there are constant memories and flashbacks which although were easy to figure out and understand, for me it made the story too disjointed as it was frequently jumping from one place to another rather than following a constant flow. Some memories and thoughts also seemed to repeat themselves continually and by the halfway mark it was becoming slightly repetitive and I found it a struggle to stay focused.

The start of the book lead me into a false sense of security and turned into something I wasn't expecting. I didn't realise how dark and twisted it would get. It slowly got darker and more graphic as it went on and I found myself skipping long sections of description as it made me cringe and feel slightly nauseated. When being asked to review this book it was the different theme and the prospect of romance that sold it to me most but the romances were more based on a sexual side of things or Joe berating himself about previous events which became slightly annoying towards the end.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! August 30, 2012
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My faith has been restored, great story tellers are still alive!
I feel like I have stolen by paying only 99 cents for this book, it is well worth much much more!
Brightside grabbed me from the first page and kept me to the end. Characters were very well developed.I could not stop thinking about them after I finsihed the book. I have found myself thinking about Thought Theives, and hoping none are near me and hear my erratic thoughts!
Looking forward to reading more of your stories. Stephen King now has a shelf mate in my Kindle!
Thank you Mark Tullius, for the entertainment and the restoration of faith in writers!!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and not sure why September 24, 2012
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The book is about a forced colony of telepaths. The protagonist is frustratingly tortured and compulsive which irritated me and yet pulled me into the narrative and I ended up feeling quite disturbed - the way a good book can pull into the imaginary world. If being absorbed into a disturbing world is your thing and if you don't mind a bit of blood and gore and the death of a pet, then this is your book. None of these are my "thing" and yet I couldn't wait to finish the book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Thought thieves can't help but hear everyone's little secrets and awful truths. Joe, the conflicted main character, would never wish this upon anyone- wrenched from his home, and placed in a government-sanctioned group was supposed to be better for him. But knowing he wasn't alone actually makes things worse- everything is on display, and there's nowhere to hide in Brightside. "Brightside was plastic," Joe says. "It was all just pretend, each detail fabricated so we couldn't jump off the edge of the mountain... take the easy way out." From a sham marriage to the cruel Boots policing Brightside, Joe's only connection to anything sane is his friendship with Danny, the only person who is truly able to find good in anything, and Sara, the first Brightsider he feels anything real for. Joe's life has been "one big should've. Should've known better, should've listened, should've paid attention." But when gifts from his father give him the chance to make things right, he stumbles across a band of rebels that might offer him the way out. This story of loss, family, and childhood trauma is a great read- I read it one night- and you'll start evaluating your life the way Brightsiders are forced to do. It's a really fresh premise, very unlike anything you've ever read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars story kind of pointless April 6, 2013
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I was looking for something to read on the plane and decided to give this a try. I kept hoping that this story would evolve into a really interesting take on how could an individual cope in a society where you couldn't keep secrets. Instead I got gratuitous sex, pointless violence, and way way to much conflicting angst from the character, But hey if you are into those things this is the story for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm just not sure... September 11, 2013
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I'm divided about this. It's a really interesting subject, but it's extremely dark. It takes a very pessimistic view of humanity and human nature that I'm not sure I completely agree with. Almost every character is bleak and miserable. It's a very depressing book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark, sad, and depressing, but interesting January 30, 2013
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This is a story of how some people have evolved into mind readers, and how terrified normal people segregate them into one town called Brightside.
I thought I would enjoy it but it was just too depressing.
I didn't really like the main character, Joe, but I expect lfe would be very hard if you knew every random hurtful thought of everyone.
He seems weak and spiteful and terribly bruised.
Its thought provoking, but just too sad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Definitely a good quick read. Good characters and some suspense. Ends a little too soon but worth the price of admission.
Published 2 months ago by Charles Friend
5.0 out of 5 stars The story grabbed me from the beginning and held me ...
The story grabbed me from the beginning and held me the whole way. If this isn't made into a movie it will be an injustice.
Published 4 months ago by Tiffany Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
I only put it down from force of work or family duties. A fresh look at an old concept, and fascinating story line. Take a chance, you won't be disappointed!
Published 8 months ago by Conrad Toutges
4.0 out of 5 stars mixed
I wanted to give it a 5, but I found the main character disturbingly misogynistic. It seemed that every important woman in his life with was just a horrid creature. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Diane C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
story kept me engaged til the end. really liked the way his bio is written. glad he's no longer fighting MMA. seems to be many more stories inside his head. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I also couldn't stop thinking or talking about it. I loved Joe, I couldn't imagine anyone being able to hear the things I actually... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird
The writing was ok,but there were so many places where the foul language was so unnecessary that it detracted from the storyline. Read more
Published 13 months ago by NoraC
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different!
I enjoyed "Brightside"! It is a well written, exciting tale of a government controlled community of persons with ESP. It kept my interest throughout. Highly recommended.
Published 14 months ago by Ron F
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Good story. I wanted to see what happened. Really enjoyed the action. Would love to read a sequel !! Thanks
Published 14 months ago by yvonne a. obeng
3.0 out of 5 stars Brightside
The book was too long. The plot was not well developed. But I liked the idea of reading other people's mind.
Published 15 months ago by Mavis Brown-Ekue
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More About the Author

Mark Tullius is the author of 25 Perfect Days, which was named one of IndieReader's Best Indie Books for 2013. An Ivy League graduate, Mark lists Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King as the authors who most influence his own writing. He attests that attending Tom Spanbauer's Dangerous Writing workshop marked the turning point in his career. In addition to 25 Perfect Days, Mark is the published author of five books and over two dozen short stories. His blog addresses a wide range of topics including mental health, fitness, parenting, and social issues; one of his blogs was featured by the NoH8 Campaign.

Mark's passion for martial arts once had him competing in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). When head injuries sidelined his training, Mark launched a project called Unlocking the Cage that merges his love of the martial arts, his talent for writing, and his sociology degree from Brown University. In October 2014, Mark was invited to guest lecture on the Sociology of Martial Arts at his alma mater.

Unlocking the Cage is a sociological study of why fighters are drawn to the sport of MMA, and why, despite actual and potential injuries, they continue to climb into the cage. Mark has traveled to 23 states, visited over 100 gyms, and interviewed close to 400 fighters from very diverse backgrounds. UTC is due to be released in November 2015. Interviews from Mark's travels can be found on his YouTube channel:

Mark resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.

For more information about Mark's work, he invites you to connect with him on Facebook (, Twitter (@MarkTullius1), and Instagram (mark_tullius). You can follow his blog at

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