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Five Star Science Fiction/Fantasy - Deep Blue Hardcover – May 13, 2004
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-- Library Journal (December 2002) (Library Journal 20021201)
"...Part of Five Star's continuing commitment to showcasing the short fiction of the genre's most prominent authors, these three volumes (Death and the Librarian and Other Stories/ Star Song and Other Stories/ In the Distance, and Ahead in Time) belong in most libraries where short sf is popular."
-- Library Journal (December 2002) (Library Journal 20021201)
"Four more titles in Five Star's new series (God Is an Iron and Other Stories/ Generation Gap and Other Stories/ The Lady Vanishes and Other Oddities of Nature/ Suppose They Gave a Peace and Other Stories) of short fiction by noteworthy sf authors offer a variety of tales that illustrate the depth and staying power of the genre...Most of the stories in these volumes have only appeared in periodicals. Libraries wishing to augment their sf or short fiction collections should consider any of them."
-- Library Journal (June 2002) (Library Journal 20020615)
"... [an] engrossing, poetic novel of spiritual evil and the possibility of salvation... Wilson demonstrates that a horror novel doesn't need gallons of blood to succeed, that spiritual terror can be even more effective."
--Publisher's Weekly (May 2004) (Publisher's Weekly 20040501)
"Deep Blue is a wonderful find and well worth exploring."
--Cemetery Dance Magazine, March 2005 (Cemetary Dance 20050301)
More About the Author
My first really clear memories start around my third year of life, when my father left. He took me out for a drive, let me sit on his lap, then went back out for milkshakes and never came back. Things blur quite a lot during that period, but after a period of living with my grandparents, my brother and I were whisked away to Charleston Illinois , where our mom had a job working in one of the cafeterias at Eastern Illinois University , and had married a barber named Robert Leland "Bob" Smith. I could write volumes about good ol' Bob, but I won't. If you really want to meet him, look between the lines of the bits and pieces of Deep Blue where Brandt talks about his father. Think Seagram's 7, Ballantine beer, cheap cigars, Hank Williams, Sr., and Archie Bunker and sort of squash it all together into a 6'4" 270 or so pound frame -- that was Bob. Formative? Yes. Important here? Nope.
I escaped Charleston , family, Bob, and a number of other things in 1977 when I left in June and joined the United States Navy. I headed for San Diego , where I went to boot camp, headed next to Groton CT for submarine school (which I dropped out of because my ears wouldn't equalize) and ended up in North Chicago attending Electronics Technician "A" school. I learned guitar, got engaged, unengaged, taught Bible School , got excommunicated, and moved on to San Diego, California once again as part of the crew of the USS Paul F. Foster.
My time in the US Navy would fill a dozen books. In fact, parts of it can be found in almost everything I've written. Many of my novels were typed on US Navy computers (later on my own, but still on board) and the first two issues of my magazine, THE TOME, were printed and published on board the USS Guadalcanal (thank you Uncle Sam for supporting the arts). I was stationed on a lot of ships, went on a lot of cruises, lived in Rota , Spain for three years, and wound up retired in Norfolk , Virginia . I've worked as a contractor with several companies, and am now the IT Manager and Facility Security Officer for a company in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
We live in a nice, new house now where everything mostly works, but recently I lived in the historic William R. White house in a tiny place called Hertford , NC , where you buy your hardware from a man named Eerie Haste, and you can still get an ice-cream cone for fifty cents. I have a woman who loves and supports me, Patricia Lee Macomber, three great sons, two of which are serving now in the US Navy, and the third of which will be there in June. I have a lovely, talented daughter about to graduate college, and another - 9 years old and smarter than any nine year old ought to be who keeps me on my toes. She is also an author, both the girls are. You can buy Stephanie's "Tales of the Southern Hotel," a collection of girls about a young girl named Mary Lou who has visions of the past, and two children's books by Katie, our nine year old, Perilous Pink PcGee and Mars Need Pumpkins, available for Kindle.
I've sold a small pile of novels to date and published over 150 short stories, been in 32 or so anthologies, countless magazines, year's best collections, won awards -- notably The Bram Stoker Award for poetry, which I share with co-authors Mark McLaughlin and Rain Graves, and a second Stoker for my short story "The Gentle Brush of Wings," from my Stoker nominated collection Defining Moments. I've been President of the Horror Writer's Association, and I'm an active member of both SFWA and the newer International Thriller Writer's Association.
These days, along with writing, I'm CEO of Crossroad Press, an ever growing print, digital and audio publishing company. Now, enough about me...let me tell you a story...
Top Customer Reviews
One of the greatest strengths of the novel are Wilson's characters, each one unique, each with a secret that drives the plot home. Down and out guitarist Brandt is given center stage at the opening, but by the end of the book the drummer Dexter, with his ability to recognize patterns and shapes in the randomness of life, has become one of its most important players. Like the novelist himself pulling plot strings, Dexter is the one who pulls them together at the end, fitting the pieces into a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts.
Beginning in a city full of restless ghosts, ending in a rural backwoods setting complete with an electrifying mountain legend called the Sineater, Wilson's Deep Blue is a masterful work of fiction, and one of the most unique and thought-provoking novels you will read this year.
Deep Blue is that song. It lives in the words, bleeds off the page, and seeps into your being. Mood, story, emotion bound together and layered on top of rich, rhythmical cadences that thrust the reader forward in wave after unrelenting wave.
Deep Blue left this reader with something to ponder. Deep Blue left this writer with something to aspire to. David Niall Wilson's Deep Blue is simply the best novel I've read this year.
I'm not going to waste a lot of space here and try to generalize the plot of this novel -- others have done so already, and likely better than I could. What I will comment on instead will be content.
First, it's a nice _long_ read. For the price of three bucks, I was _treated_ to a week's worth of story, and I'm not a slow reader. The author has a very smooth and descriptive writing style, and I felt that although long, it was a "necessary" long read, as to shorten the story would have lessened to overall impact of the work on the whole, thus cheating the reader. I found myself getting drawn into a very unique story, well told, and not so overly complicated as to become bloated. The book spends almost the first half teasing us with interesting happenings that are not quite explained, and chapters dedicated to the individual characters so we get to know them well by the time things really start to pick up about mid-way through the book. Again, I liked the leisurly pace used to draw the reader into the first half, and after finishing, I realize it was worth it to get to know the characters which gave the story more impact later on.
This author really writes smoothly -- I don't know why I've never heard of his work before now, but I'm off to get a few more of his titles right now. Personally, I really like a good long read, especially when you can feel that the author himself is working hard to communicate to the reader, and not just looking to crank out crap to make a few bucks.
This one is interesting -- don't miss out on it. Just read the synopsis, and you'll be hooked just like I was.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would like to give DEEP BLUE 4.5 stars. It's a great story, and deserves to be read.
I've read at least three of Davids works, and like any good writer who has his own... Read more
Much like Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked, good and evil fighting across the cosmos with a solid bass, lightening fast riffs, blended together between the drum beat, melody line... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Deb Glass
DEEP BLUE, by David Niall Wilson, should rise to the top of your ‘to be read’ list so you can experience the joy of reading a novel written so beautifully that you are carried... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Madelon Wilson
In DEEP BLUE, David Wilson doesn't write about people you know. He writes about the guy the bartender told you about. The lady your girlfriend's sister once knew. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Thomas Smith
Deep Blue is a deeply engaging and mesmerizing ride into darkness...a terrifying consideration of the potential power of music and the supernatural havoc it can wreak. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Virginia Reader
The novel Deep Blue begins with the struggles of guitarist Brandt who has hit rock bottom. Brandt encounters a elderly black man who plays the blues in a masterful way. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Steven Jorgenson
Set against a backdrop of soul-deep Blues, Deep Blue is a powerful and compelling read that tugs at the darkest strings of rhythm and music and pulls several mysterious and... Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Daz Pulsford
Disclosure Notice: I received a copy of this audiobook from Crossroad Press and the Author, David Niall Wilson, for review purposes. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Michael T. Kent
Are you a music lover? Have you ever found yourself slipping away, lost inside the notes of a great tune? If so, you will love this book! Read morePublished on August 24, 2010 by Darcia Helle