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Thalo Blue [Kindle Edition]

Jason McIntyre
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sebastion Redfield is being hunted.

A young man on the brink of true adulthood, Redfield experiences the trauma of his life when a trespasser breaks into his home. The psychiatrist assigned to help him recover from the break-in begins to unravel a more disturbing truth about his ordeal: that someone or some thing has been hunting him.

Touted as "Jason McIntyre's most complex, multi-layered, and disturbing work," THALO BLUE delves into the life and times of Sebastion who, through his unique condition, may be the only person alive able to stop the mysterious "thief". This figure is unstoppable, even by death it seems, and he wants something that only Sebastion possesses. An explosive confrontation in his home during the middle of a brutal winter begins their terrifying encounter, one that will eventually stretch across a city, a township and a country.

Recovery is Sebastion's next phase of life--and not just physical recovery but an emotional healing from a life of family drama and the burden of being 'gifted'. Sebastion and the psychiatrist assigned to help him deal with the break-in quickly realize that the ordeal is not over. Now, to save his own life, he and the therapist must dredge up his dark, painful past for clues as to who or what the terrifying thief may be.

Part literary noir, part mystery, and part horror, THALO BLUE is sure to paralyze readers and keep them gnawing at their nails at each startling revelation.

Editorial Reviews

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VOTED as one of the TOP 20 DEBUT AUTHORS --goodreads.com 2010 Choice Awards

"What [McIntyre] gives readers is a highly satisfying glimpse of a very real terror.--Ryne Douglas Pearson, screenwriter of "Knowing"

"[McIntyre] writes some of the most beautiful sentences being published today." --Vincent Zandri, author of "The Remains"

"Definitely felt like reading Neil Gaiman with occasional creepiness of Stephen King. Jason is my all-time favorite writer, his stories keep me up all night" --Evie Seo, Bookish Reviews

"This is a roller coaster ride: you're in the hot sun, chugging to the top, anticipating the drop the whole way and then--boom--the drop comes and you're gasping for air. The hot wind blasts you and your guts are in your throat. In the last half of the book, some scenes had me by the larynx. Highly recommended!" --Sony Reader Store

"A must read, but not for the faint of heart." --EZread.com

From the Author

Inspiration for the novel
I began writing my novel, THALO BLUE, after two seemingly random events in my life intersected: the attempted but unsuccessful break-in at my home one black winter night, and having my wisdom teeth surgically removed then nearly bleeding out on my bathroom floor while under the spell of heavy painkillers. Once recovered from both sets of circumstance, I wrote the first draft of the story over a fevered three month winter stretch.

Product Details

  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050OXK58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read July 20, 2011
By kyriaw
Format:Kindle Edition
At first I had a really hard time getting into this book. It starts off with the main character getting attacked and the narrative goes from one person's mind to the other. For the first couple of chapters it is like this, but with additional characters still, and frankly, I was a bit confused.

Then it starts to level out. It still switches back and forth, but it does it slower, and you have more time to process each section. After this happened, I started to like the book. The main character is an unhappy artist who has been bossed around by his father and is kind of still trying to find his place in the world. His mother left when he was young and he has issues with women and life in general.

Then this attacker comes into his life and everything changes. I will not tell you what happens, but the author has made it an interesting read, especially when he ends it. You do close the book (or turn off the Kindle) with a feeling of closure, which I find important.

The only thing I didn't know was that it is a fantasy book to a certain degree. Not fantasy like dragons and elves, but Stephen King fantasy-like. I won't tell you any more than that. I also had no idea that "thalo blue" is a type of blue. See, you do learn something new every day!

I give this book a 3 out of 5.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly well-written and masterfully crafted! May 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Jason McIntyre's latest novel, THALO BLUE, is absolutely frightening, but in a way that I loved!

Hauntingly well-written and masterfully crafted, THALO BLUE is primary about Sebastion "Zeb" Redfield, a troubled artist on the cusp of true adulthood. The story opens as a circumspect "thief" breaks into Sebastion's house and attacks him. While the attack seems random at first, a deeper, more complicated meaning soon surfaces and Sebastion, along with his assigned psychiatrist, must figure out what's driving this monster, before it's too late and he consumes them all. The book also delves into Sebastion's twisted, yet beautiful, past, capturing the rawness of growing up in a candid and heart-wrenching way.

The novel, very simply put, is about the pursuit of life and happiness in the face of adversity, complicated family relationships, and the inevitability of death.

The first few pages (perhaps even the first two or three chapters) are a bit confusing and it took me a while to orient myself inside the world McIntyre creates, but that was part of what I loved about it. Sebastion's reality is fragmented and his memories come to him in bits and pieces, and that's exactly how they are delivered to the readers. You get only as much as Sebastion will admit and reveal to himself. Although a tad "different," I am really drawn to Sebastion. There is something about his sensitivity to life, poetry, and sensory notions that make him both incredibly intriguing and captivating.

I truly enjoyed unraveling the events that shaped Sebastion into the man he is present day. In a way, the structure of the story reminded me a bit of the movie, Memento, mostly because of the way it intricately unfolds.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Farthest Reaches of Drama and Suspense May 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
THALO BLUE is one of those rare books that can manage to capture different bits of mystique all at once. It's a terrifying look into a world where things are not what they seem. It's a paranormal journey to the farthest reaches of one young man's wild imagination. We get to see his triumphs and his failures through the lens of his difficult condition and his painful world is exacerbated by a sometimes troubled home life. But there's drama too, and heavy suspense, plus the requisite dark moments and even a little romance. This book will engage nearly every kind of reader -- if you can get past the scary opening -- so scary, in fact, I felt like I was right there with the main character, Sebastion Redfield, looking into the dark eyes of a terrifying stranger.

Be prepared as you go on a journey with Sebastion. He's not likely to be the same, and perhaps by reading THALO BLUE, you might find yourself profoundly changed too. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Grim Synaesthetic Wonderland. May 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
[The following is an excerpt from a full-length review of Thalo Blue.]

Good writing does not necessarily a good novel make, but Jason McIntyre is a good writer. When we read, we allow the author an unshakeable level of dominion over our senses--if the writer does his work well, we won't want to be shaken. It took me no more than a handful of chapters to feel confident that I was in no danger of decrying foul fiction, and knowing this holds its own kind of quiet reassurance. What I loved best about McIntyre's prose were moments when it lent itself to a sage series of omniscient narrative contemplations.

This novel earns its chops based on a neat list of accomplishments. Principal among these is its sophisticated residence in a genre of writing about which I am typically leery. [...] A suspense thriller edged with nuances of psychological investigation, Thalo Blue is as much an examination of human behaviour beneath pressure as it is a bildungsroman with bite. If reading it prompts you to search out more of McIntyre's work, then we're in the same synaesthete's landscape of brightly-hued anticipation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thalo Blue (Jason McIntyre)
Thalo Blue (Jason McInytre)

Sebastion Redfield is being hunted. After a terrifying break in and attack, Sebastion sees a psychiatrist to help him recover from this... Read more
Published on January 28, 2013 by Sheri A. Wilkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Very intriguing style
New author to me. and I was immediately taken with his writing style. Very refreshing. Subject, plot, intrigue, twists, were not stellar, but held my attention and were a nice... Read more
Published on January 6, 2013 by jayla
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but some editing needed
This is an interesting story where the personality and moral fiber of the main character is slowly revealed in ways that kept me interested in what happened to him. Read more
Published on December 12, 2012 by CatherineS
3.0 out of 5 stars Great potential, difficult read!
I felt the this storyline had great potential. Very unique and interesting. Unfortunately, it's a bit over-complicated. Read more
Published on August 29, 2012 by Barryh
4.0 out of 5 stars Thalo Blue
I just started this book on my Kindle Fire. It has mystery and is a page turner. I really like books that keep me guessing. I will look for more Jason McIntyre books.
Published on June 2, 2012 by Gaylene J. Mcconnaughey
1.0 out of 5 stars Tried Hard to Read but Couldn't Get Into It
I can't write much of a review about this book as I didn't read more than a few chapters. And hated it. I felt I gave it a really fair chance to get better but it just didn't. Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by bowles61
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying
Jason McIntyre's Thalo Blue is gripping, terrifying, and an addictive, psychological thriller. McIntyre's book is poetic in its descriptions, and the author possesses the rare... Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by Amber Jerome~Norrgard
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend
I love to read anything that will scare me to death. Mystery, thrillers anything that gives me the heebie jeebies. This was by far the right book for me to pick. Read more
Published on May 3, 2012 by Bookworm Nattie
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor editing and medically inaccurate
This book is so annoying (for more than one reason) that I'm not sure if I'm even going to be able to finish it. Read more
Published on April 30, 2012 by Medman
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and fascinating read
Reading Thalo Blue requires patience and the understanding and acceptance that the details of the protagonist's life presented at the story's beginning will come together in a... Read more
Published on November 27, 2011 by Lawrence Enright
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More About the Author

JASON MCINTYRE is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, plus the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards.

His current release is the full-length follow-up novel to THE NIGHT WALK MEN called THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND, available now.

Learn more and connect with the author at www.theFarthestReaches.com


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