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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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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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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
3.0 out of 5 stars ok, but an easy read December 24, 2012
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ok, but not great. What you'd expect from an e book. A pretty easy read and could keep my attention, but Iddin't mind putting it down,either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem December 5, 2012
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In an introduction, Pearson says he had a hard time getting print publishers to look at Donzerly Light. Thank goodness for e-books. This one is as good as, or better than, Pearson's print offerings. It's intricately plotted, inhabited by genuinely sympathetic characters, well-supplied with twists, spooky enough to suit Stephen King yet plausibly grounded, and filled with interesting twists. The ending is as satisfying and full of hope as anything I've read lately. I won't tell you much, lest I spoil your own enjoyment. The story begins with the central character apparently under arrest and being interrogated by a mysterious stranger. The novel then unfolds in a series of flashbacks as the protagonist willingly tells his story. By the end, Pearson has so deftly connected the dots that you'll gasp in amazement. He has that ability to make you think you've sorted it all out, only to have the author tap you on the shoulder with one more surprise. In a way, the title itself is symbolic: familiar things are arranged in sometimes bizarre but always interesting ways. Some scenes, especially the death of a horribly obese bad guy, seem designed to provide comic relief in the midst of horror. A common thread is that many characters have some type of disability, temporary or permanent, and Pearson manages to make even this sad fact a fascinating key to the story. Don't miss this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the donzerly light
I really really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of the early Steven King books I read years ago. Always enjoyed his books. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite A Tale
I found the book one that was hard to put down. The end was quite a surprise, unexpected. Great read.
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One of the most interesting, unusual books I've read in ages. Good characters, excellent writing, a bit creepy, full of tension and surprises. Read more
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What a ride! As an avid reader of any and all genre,this book was so different,so masterly written and so thought provoking it is one of the few I know I will read again. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Premise is not fulfilled
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. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Loved this book! How amazing an idea and how unexpected! You will not be disappointed with this authors' work of fiction that could easily have been the story of one man's rise to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars good mystery
Mystery that made you want to keep reading. Maybe a couple of chapters without a lot of action but overall a good read
Published 6 months ago by dawn45
5.0 out of 5 stars Fate or Luck? Is Everything linked?
A young man's life has been a series of events that he really has no control. As he tries to become success on Wall Street, he must face the fact that to be rich, he has to give up... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Really enjoyed! Kept you guessing what would happen next. Will be reading more books from this author. Awesome story teller.
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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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