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The Donzerly Light [Kindle Edition]

Ryne Douglas Pearson
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Book Description

 
Knowing (Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne) screenwriter Ryne Douglas Pearson brings a terrifying tale of dark forces to life in The Donzerly Light.
 
 
Jay Grady wakes up in handcuffs. Sitting at a table in an isolated room. Across from him sits a man who wants Jay to recount his life. Every detail of it.
 
If not, he'll kill him. 
 
So begins Jay's reluctant journey to a past he's tried to forget. From his days ruling Wall Street as an impossibly intuitive stock picker, to just a few hours before, when he pumped six bullets into a transient outside a dying Missouri town. A drifter he'd once thought was just an ordinary man.
 
But he was far from ordinary. And Jay came to realize he was not a man at all, but something darker. Something sinister.
 
An evil he was destined to face.
   
 
Praise for Ryne Douglas Pearson's novels...
 
"A must... A gripping blend of techno-thriller and detective story... The suspense runs at a high pitch"  Publishers Weekly for 'Cloudburst'
 
"Mind-boggling... A hyperreal whiz-bang novel by a gifted high-tech specialist"  Kirkus Reviews for 'Cloudburst'
 
"Suspenseful and filled with precise descriptions of weaponry; will appeal to Tom Clancy's readers"  Booklist for 'October's Ghost'
 
"Pearson delivers another riveting technothriller... Highly recommended"  Library Journal for 'October's Ghost'
 
"...chillingly prescient...down-to-the-wire suspense"  Publishers Weekly for 'Capitol Punishment'
 
"Action-packed and fast-paced... Keeps the reader flipping pages frantically"  Library Journal for 'Simple Simon'
 
"Excellent entertainment from first page to last"  Booklist for 'Simple Simon'
 
"Aerodynamic prose and superb pacing... A one-sitting book that will make the hours fly by"  Publishers Weekly for 'Simple Simon'
 
"An interesting twist on the serial-killer thriller"  Publishers Weekly for 'Top Ten'


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"Fascinating, moving, with a genuine, page-turning mystery at its bottom, 'The Donzerly Light' is a winner."  Brandywine Books

About the Author

Ryne Douglas Pearson is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of several novels, including CloudburstOctober's GhostCapitol PunishmentSimple SimonTop Ten, ConfessionsThe Donzerly Light, and All For One. He is also the author of the short story collection, Dark and Darker. His novel Simple Simon was made into the film Mercury Rising. As a screenwriter he has worked on numerous movies. The film Knowing, based on his original script, was released in 2009 and opened #1 at the box office. Receiving Four Stars from Roger Ebert, who branded it 'among the best science-fiction films I've seen', it went on to earn more than $180 million worldwide. He has also done uncredited work on films such as the remakes of The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Eye.

Despite the often 'dark' nature of his novels and films, Pearson has been noted to have a 'sweet, disarming quality' by Entertainment Weekly-an accusation he has been unable to shake. When not writing he is usually thinking about writing, or touting the wonders of bacon in online conversations. He is addicted to diet soda and the sound of his children laughing. A west coast native, he lives in California with his wife, children, a Doberman Shepherd and a Beagle Vizsla.

Product Details

  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Schmuck & Underwood (September 9, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042FZQBM
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spider Web Worth Getting Caught In March 12, 2011
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Ryne Douglas Pearson's The Donzerly Light opens with an interrogation. The man being interrogated - Jay Grady - has just murdered someone, but the people holding him don't seem to be policemen. And, for Jay, that's probably the nearest thing to normal that's happened to him in eight long years.

Pearson creates a spider web of a plot that draws not only his protagonist but also the reader in and refuses to let either go. The spider, as it turns out, is a bum who holds the sign bearing the words "Buy the donzerly light" early in the book. Jay, an ambitious Wall Street junior broker, is the fly. Jay's life is forever changed when he drops some change into the bum's can: first, he's given the Midas touch and then something much more sinister.

Though the main character is initially somewhat unlikeable, the story is so fascinating that this reader kept turning the pages anxiously. The path the young man is forced to walk eventually strengthens his character and makes him sympathetic. All of the characters seem real, from his childhood sweetheart to the man interrogating Jay, which helps to ground the more fantastic elements of the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in paranormal suspense. It was highly entertaining and had a great twist at the end.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice read August 23, 2012
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This was my first exposure to this author and I thoroughly enjoyed his storytelling. Mr. Pearson's paranormal thriller kept me turning pages long after I should have gone to bed. The plot is essentially a "be careful what you ask for..." story in which Mr. Pearson does an excellent job of misleading the reader about who is the antagonist in the story. I really enjoyed Part II of the book as the author does an excellent job of exploiting the main characters remorse and, to some extent, his ignorance.

The only item that kept me from giving 5 stars is that the author over-explained in parts. I found myself scanning paragraphs on occasion.

All-in-all, a very nice read.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing the Light January 18, 2011
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In his intro to "The Donzerly Light," author Ryne Douglas Pearson notes the publisher of his earlier thrillers chose not to release it because it didn't fit comfortably into the same category. Happily for readers in this new era, categories don't matter. Donzerly Light is a rich and exciting journey that follows its hero, Jay Brady, from great heights to deep despair all while he unravels personal mysteries and seeks to understand bizarre circumstances. It's a character-rich excursion tinged with what might be termed magic realism, reminiscent of Dean Koontz or "Last Call" by Tim Powers but unique, fresh and captivating in its own right.

Jay is a late-eighties stock broker, working his way up when he sees a homeless man holding a sign with a phrase Jay "coined" as a child. After offering the man a few coins, Jay's soon picking winning stocks. His good fortune comes with consequences, and the story is soon zigging and zagging into unexpected territory and building to a heart-pounding climax and revelation. Filled with themes of grief, greed and redemption that are all relevant to the current era, it's good this book has seen the light.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting March 25, 2013
By TT
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Not sure what to say about this book.  I kept reading it. But the ending was unrealistic.  The whole book was out there...yet, I kept reading trying to figure out how all the prices to the puzzle fit.  Guess what, you don't find that out until the last few pages.  

The book made me turn the pages in a rapid fashion. But ...frequently I was uncertain why I kept reading.... Yet I am glad I did  would have never figured this one out.  Mystical and as the characters say, "spooky".... You decide if you want to read it but, expect it to be oddly capturing .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Devil to pay! January 8, 2013
By Nelta M
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Title seemed interesting and had me downloading and the reading page after page....It was definitely entertaining and not my usual read....at times it was difficult to dredge. thru some of the pages but all in all the twists and turns and unknown kept me turning until the end. Better watch who you make "deals" with....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story but... September 6, 2012
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Loved the premise and found this book very interesting. I was just a little let down by the ending. Not enough answers about Sign Man. Where did he come from? How did he get his "powers"? Why did he do what he did? Seems like Mr. Wright would have had some of these answers because he had been chasing him for years. Maybe if there had been more info about others that had encountered the sign man, told from their point of view. It's a good book if you don't mind not getting a nice, neat wrapped up story at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Premise is not fulfilled April 24, 2014
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The basic premise of mind/fate control is not that bad, but the story provides little or no insight into the impact on the characters. It ends up being a sequence of events without any visible growth in the main character. Although there is some resolution at the end, it is insufficient. It also doesn't help that there is really nothing about the antagonist save simple description.
Given what I have said above, the story is also hampered by poor editing and/or proofreading. In one instance the character Jude Duffaut is referred to as Judith by Carrie and as "she". Another issue is the constant homonym confusion of using "balling" when the sentences clearly mean "bawling".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book.
Published 4 days ago by Tom Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite authors!!!!
Published 26 days ago by R. Lippert
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Quilting Nut
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly incredible
This story kept me hooked. Though I wasn't a big fan of the main character, Jay, the situation he was in and the sequence of bizarre things that continued to happen to him kept me... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Kirk
4.0 out of 5 stars The formerly light
I like a lot of intreag....it held my interest ..also I read fast. I would recomend.for vacation to read right through. There are a lot of good books out there. So get reading.
Published 3 months ago by phyllis murray
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Read
If I could give it a 3.5, I would have. It's an engrossing story, interesting. There's nothing super juicy or exciting or mind blowing, but the mystery is compelling. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Ames
3.0 out of 5 stars To much useless detail that wandered off in strange directions
It was ok, but it was to wordy where it shouldn't have been. To much useless detail that wandered off in strange directions. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DESERTKAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan you nailed it -from your characters to suspense to the scary...
I just re-read this and am naming it one of my favorites in 2014. Ryan you nailed it -from your characters to suspense to the scary factor -you are one of my favorite "new"... Read more
Published 4 months ago by BookVilla
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK. Not great
Published 7 months ago by Avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise
Surprisingly good read. I had expected very little but found myself hooked by the storyline (a combination of the mystical and the mundane). Read more
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Ryne Douglas Pearson is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter. He writes thrillers and contemporary fiction, and is the author of several novels, including Cloudburst, October's Ghost, Capitol Punishment, Simple Simon, Top Ten, The Donzerly Light, All For One, Confessions, and Cop Killer. He is also the author of the short story collection, Dark and Darker. His works have been translated into Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German, Polish, French and other languages. His novel Simple Simon was made into the film Mercury Rising. As a screenwriter he has worked on numerous movies. The film Knowing, based on his original script, was released in 2009 and opened #1 at the box office. Receiving Four Stars from Roger Ebert, who branded it 'among the best science-fiction films I've seen', it went on to earn more than $180 million worldwide. He has also done uncredited work on films such as the remakes of The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Eye.

Despite the often 'dark' nature of his novels and films, Pearson has been noted to have a 'sweet, disarming quality' by Entertainment Weekly-an accusation he has been unable to shake. When not writing he is usually thinking about writing, or touting the wonders of bacon in online conversations. He is addicted to diet soda and the sound of his children laughing. A west coast native, he lives in California with his wife, children, a Doberman Kelpie and a Beagle Vizsla.

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