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Five Star Science Fiction/Fantasy - Deep Blue Hardcover – May 13, 2004

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In this engrossing, poetic novel of spiritual evil and the possibility of salvation from Wilson (This Is My Blood), a burned-out musician, Brandt, is playing in an obscure band when he hears a homeless black man, Wally, play the purest blues on the harmonica he has ever heard, music that encapsulates all the pain of the world. Brandt begs Wally to teach him how to play the same way. He disregards Wally's warning that he would have to take the pain into himself, and then play to purge it lest it consume him. Brandt's performance that evening changes the lives of his fellow band members. Together they discover that they can play not to wake the dead but to settle restlessly roaming spirits. Opposing them is a sinister figure masquerading as a man of God, who wishes the pain to go on and on. As Brandt and the other band members slowly and convincingly come to realize that a larger world surrounds them, Wilson demonstrates that a horror novel doesn't need gallons of blood to succeed, that spiritual terror can be even more effective. FYI: Wilson is a past president of the Horror Writers Association and an ordained minister.
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"From a darkly humorous tale of the power of words (Death and the Librarian) to a never-before-published response to events of September 11 (Ilion), Friesner's 12 stories illustrate the author's acutely sensitive vision of wonder in the everyday world... Known primarily for his 'Star Wars' novels... Zahn's short stories also deliver strong plots and memorable characters... Zebrowski's many novels (e.g. Macrolife) mark him as a visionary as well as a master of hard sf. The ten short stories collected in In the Distance provide a benchmark of his creativity... the author expands his concept of the human condition to embrace the stars. Part of Five Star's continuing commitment to showcasing the short fiction of the genre's most prominent author's, these three volumes belong in most libraries where short sf is popular."
-- 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)
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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star Trade; 1 edition (May 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594141428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594141423
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,579,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The cadence of this story is almost like reading a song. The words flow together with a definite rhythm that adds to the overall pleasure of reading the story, and each character is given a turn at a solo.

The characters are drawn in a complex manner that shows how their unique pain and experience contributes to the group and to the ultimate showdown at the end. It was truly interesting to see how the author wove the characters’ stories together.

While this story ultimately comes down to good vs. evil, the author approached it in such a way that the reader isn’t always sure who/what is good – he waits to make it clear at a later, more compelling point in the story. He’s also extremely good at illustrating various types of emotional and spiritual pain without being overt.

This is an extremely well written, pleasantly surprising story that was thoroughly enjoyable to read. While this is probably classified as horror, it’s more psychological than gore. Anyone who enjoys this genre and well-drawn characters should give this book a try.
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Four young adult musicians must try to find their music. But can they work through the pain they have each suffered in order to reach their destiny? “Deep Blue” takes the reader on a journey with Brandt, Dexter, Shaver, and Synthia. In the first half of the book, the author focuses the story alternately on the individuals and their experiences, then brings it all together for the second half. The storyline is intriguing and engaging, and the characters are drawn with great care. The author really shows his creativity in the awesome descriptions of each character’s experiences and the settings in which they occur. This book lives up to its name in that the story goes deep into the mind and emotions of the characters. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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Deep Blue, by David Niall Wilson, is a phenomenal book. Each and every one of us has a story. Each and every one of us lives with some form of deep pain from our past and present. This book intertwines life, pain and music so deeply that you cannot separate them-they are one, they are The Blues. Mr. Wilson did an incredible job pouring out onto each page what so many of us feel inside. This is not an easy thing to accomplish. It takes a special kind of skill to pen true pain existing inside the heart and mind. To connect with the reader through such deep pain and hurt takes a special author. I share with the author the loss of a parent at the age of three. My mother walked out. She chose men, drugs, and partying over her children. That does something to you. Mr. Wilson, I can relate to this pain. This book is one that is so deep (hence the title) that you cannot tear your eyes away. You will connect with the onslaught of emotions. It took me back.......
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First off this is one deep book.The writer takes you on a spiritual,journey.It is written based on his personal experiences from places he visited,like the Holocaust museum. To visit that place would be a life changing experience in itself,butnto put it into words and music is another journey in itself. We have Brandt,who is a guitar playing down and out dope head,alcoholic, just trying to find his song. When he finally finds his song,the others soon follow. Syn,a little girl trapped in her own pain followed by angels,who hears Brandts pain and music calling to her.Soon the others feel their pain and music.The struggle to male sense of it all,the visions,the pain,the calling.Wilson leads us to the crashing point of his song written and poured out into this story as they all come together.Here it reminds me of the Devil went down to Georgia. You have the devil calling them all together,saying take their pain,use it swallow it,like the sineater in the mountains of Liz's home,the one in the vision,the reason for your quest. Then the pain will be free,but it isn't.They need to each tackle their own demons,their own past,only then can they come together for the good.Along the journey they have sent Angels to rest. But it grows this pain and it is driving them crazy.Finally Wilson drives us to the conclusion of the song,the finale,the fight of evil and good.Who will win? Will their pain and his pain finally be released and all made whole again? This is one of those books for us that feel the music,who gets a tear in our eyes on a certain song,some songs release happiness, for me there is a certain song brings me pain and memories.David Wilson seems like an old soul,in a young mans body.He has a tremendous talent.I felt the music of Hank,I grew up with that music.What song draws you in?
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North Carolina author David Niall Wilson, originally from Illinois, spent time in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician "A" school, ‘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, lived in Rota , Spain for three years, and retired in Norfolk , Virginia and is now the IT Manager and Facility Security Officer for a company in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.’ He has published copious novels and short stories and is the recipient of awards (The Bram Stoker Award for poetry), is President of the Horror Writer's Association, is an active member of both SFWA and the International Thriller Writer's Association as well as CEO of Crossroad Press.

Impressive credentials for a writer who has specialized in horror stories – of course, that genre is one of the most popular escapisms for the irreparably chaotic world we all inhabit at present. Being new to David’s writing it is refreshing to see why he shares his biographical data so freely. He is a guitarist (as is his main character) and he is a poet, a trait that spills over most pages of this lyrical tale of the world gone wrong for most of his characters until music and poetry change their lives.

The offered synopsis is an excellent overview of the crowded stage of this performance: ‘Brandt is a down-and-out guitarist and vocalist who believes his life has hit rock bottom. He can't make the rent on his apartment, he drinks so much he can barely make it to the crappy gig that keeps his band afloat, let alone play when he gets there.
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