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The Blue [Kindle Edition]

Scott Kelly
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Stylized and divisive, The Blue is far from a happy summer read. Part gritty suspense novel, part experimental literature in the vein of Camus or Joyce, it is a story for readers seeking a thought-provoking thrill. On the surface, Kelly's provocative novel is about a man's quest for redemption. Dig deeper and it asks questions about the nature of guilt, innocence, reality and revenge.


Derek may or may not deserve to be stalked by an unhinged ex-marine - he's not sure. He did kill the man's entire family in a car accident, and he may have been drinking, though thanks to the resulting coma he can't remember much about that day. And that's okay, because Derek is learning all about it from the district attorney as he explains to the jury why the young painter should go to prison.

Prison isn't right now, though - it isn't breaking into his home, stabbing him, or kidnapping him at gunpoint. And managing his stalker would be much easier if Derek could see him coming. But, he's incapable of recognizing the man tormenting him, or anyone else. Can't even recognize his own face in the mirror. Since Derek woke up from his coma, he's been face blind: a rare condition that renders him unable to identify people by their appearances.

Anyone in Derek’s world of strangers could be his stalker. In this mind-bending thriller, the talented painter is pushed to a tipping point as his reality unravels at the hands of a madman.

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  • File Size: 1053 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR05XF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Gritty, and Riveting! January 2, 2013
By Leslie
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This is one of the best novels I've read in a while. At first, we are sympathetic to Derek and the situation in which he finds himself. Then we begin to wonder. Then we are taken on a psychological ride as the author unfolds this story to us through Derek's thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It is skillfully written, and not a line is wasted in this book.

The supporting characters are not particularly well-developed. While this could be seen as a shortcoming in the book, critics need to remember that we are seeing the world through Derek's experiences, and he can no longer recognize faces. The reader gets what he gets as he's seeing and experiencing it, so the lack of developed characterization leaves us with the slight discord that this main character experiences all the time. Instead of being a weakness, it helps us inhabit Derek's unsure world more fully.

The description states this is a thriller about a crazed stalker. That is part of the book, but it doesn't give the full strength of this story. While the stalker is a significant part of the plot, this novel is also about a person learning to look in the mirror and come to terms with himself. This is a powerful story that brings to the fore all the shades of grey of a world that cannot be tidily summed up into black and white.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different, cerebral read January 16, 2013
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Derek is afflicted with a condition called "face blindness." If someone is stalking him and wants to do him harm, will Derec recognize that person? And how? I think there's a subtle allegory that is running through this storyline - can we, any of us, really, recognize the face of an enemy even if we see it?

The premise is of the book is very good in that it allows for much speculative symbolism is open to interpretation by the reader. The somewhat similar approach was implemented in "The Demolished Man" by Alfred Bester, only with "face blindness" appearing in the dream sequences.

There's a reality that has been built up here through the eyes and perception of a man for whom one face looks exactly like the other. Or perhaps Derec's world is actually falling apart around him - he goes from a sympathetic character in the beginning of the story to a hard-to-relate personage. Either way, the character progression of the main protagonist and the subtle changes of his relationship to the world are interesting to observe.

The author puts effort in crafting the sentences and dialogs, presenting by witty, if somewhat slow moving word pictures:

I am disassociated somehow, just a child's toy with a crank on my back; wind me up and send me whirring inside.

He presents a photo of a stained glass window. A bearded man and a sheep. Definitely something religious, probably Christian. Catholic? "I don't know. Could be any of a dozen saints, I never really kept up with that."
"It's Jesus. Jesus!"
"Where's the cross? C'mon, that's a bad shot of him."

A policeman in a dark blue uniform steps through, handcuffs rattling as he walks. Broad shoulders, proud stance. Grim expression.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Psychological Thriller January 5, 2013
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In the book description it is stated that this book is a gritty cerebral suspense novel. Well, Scott Kelly lives up to the description and manages to deliver more than ever expected.

The main character, Derek Weaver goes through a series of events that at times are nightmarish on the scale of something you would expect to see from Rod Sterling of Alfred Hitchcock.

What makes this story work for me is in the narrative style that it is written in. There certainly is a dichotomy here with the conflict of right and wrong on a subtle level with Derek and the people surrounding him.

This tale is well written and leaves you thinking about what you have just read, wondering if this isn't a reflection of our inner thoughts and morals. I would be extremely interested to know the inspiration and motivation that drove Scott Kelly to write such a raw reveling look at human nature.

Scoot Kelly has given us a 1st class piece of writing that delivers on being a gritty cerebral suspense filled novel. Well worth the time to read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be inside Derek's head from the first page. January 3, 2013
By Brian
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And Derek's head tunes in the world skewed off the center signal. The novel deals with memory, perception, alcoholism and crime. So do a lot of other novels. What sets "The Blue" apart is the first person narrative. Derek is a fully realized individual who after a car accident has little memory and suffers face blindness where he cannot recognize faces and can't tell his doctors apart, nor recognize his parents. He has people who want to kill him - the brother of a family killed in the car accident, where Derek may have been drunk. Someone is stalking him and even if he sees the stalker up close he can't recognize him. His father pays for an expert witness at his trial who may try to lie Derek's way to freedom. Even though Derek is not entirely likable, he does have a moral center to which he tries to cling. All of these characters float in and out like people in dreams. The feeling is claustrophobic. All cylinders work here in a character based novel that mixes popular themes in the right doses. PKD can rest easy novels like this carry his favorite themes forward.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Fascinating and fast paced, a smidgen of romance but mostly suspenseful. I really liked this book and thought it was definitely worth the time. Thumbs up!
Published 6 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was good book
Published 6 months ago by maria martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars A twist on a legal issue.
I loved this book. It gives the reader an insight to what things look like on the other side of a legal battle. An amazing read.
Published 9 months ago by Terrie Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars hard to read at first but well worth the effort
I almost put down the book after the first few pages. The style is hard to read - a choppy, stream of consciousness that feels awkward on the brain and even more so on the tongue. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bree Zee
4.0 out of 5 stars Above-The-Average Book, displaying the distressing reality about the...
The Blue deals with the case of a young man, accused of vehicular homicide. He does not know if he is guilty or not, but is pursued by the a man who can't wait to see him... Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. Spengler
3.0 out of 5 stars Held my interest
I liked this book. Explored things I've never thought of before but sure it happens a lot. For some reason this ebook had many errors between pages - words or sentences incomplete... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cinchicago
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I enjoyed this book. A thought provoking story regarding drunk driving and the miraculous workings of the human brain. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Babs
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blue
This took me a little bit to get into, dragged a bit at the beginning but it picked up , story was interesting, an angle I would not have thought of, I liked it.
Published 21 months ago by Terri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great continuity
The premise of the story is simple, yet holds so much potential and Kelly expands on it brilliantly. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Adel Groenewald
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More About the Author

When Scott was eleven, he was so upset by the ending of the classic story Robin Hood that he wrote his own and stuck it into the book. By the time he was nineteen, he'd written four novels--the latest, JIMWAMBA, was published by an independent press in the United Kingdom. Dissatisfied with the experience, he took to stealing paper from his university and selling staple-bound copies of his manuscript at local festivals and gatherings. Eventually putting paper aside, he earned thousands of readers and critical acclaim across websites like Bookrix, WEBook, Wattpad and Amazon with a series of thought-provoking eBooks.

Scott's constant need to improve his writing took him through a college education in Literature. He became determined to bring what he loved about classic literature to the modern reader, in a manner they'd appreciate as something new, but with its dues paid. He strives to write daring literature that asks difficult questions about the nature of humanity, but without losing sight of the fact these are stories. He delights in taking complex philosophical and metaphysical themes, but breaking them down using entertaining, familiar story setups--that he then mangles in attractive ways.

Now thirty, he lives in Austin with his wife Erin, and continues his mission to save compelling, thought-provoking literature for a new wave of readers.

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