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This Darkness Light [Kindle Edition]

Michaelbrent Collings
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Book Description

A man with no past, but who holds the future of the world in his hands.
A woman who has sworn to protect him, for reasons she does not understand.
A killer who must destroy them, or lose all he holds dear.
They are running—from each other, from the plague that is killing all around them, from the dark forces beyond their understanding.

Running from shadow to shadow. From dark to dark.
Hoping to find light. Hoping that this darkness is not all there is.
Hoping…because hope is all they have in This Darkness Light

Editorial Reviews


5 Stars: "... a truly excellent read." - InD'tale Magazine

"This Darkness Light is [Collings'] latest and honestly greatest work..." - Media Mikes

"[P]ick up any of his novels, but especially his latest, This Darkness Light, you won't be disappointed." - The Horror Drive-In

THIS DARKNESS LIGHT is another winner." - The Horror Fiction Review

From the Author


Q: What is your profession and how are you connected to the writing world?
A: I am a writer. That's it. I used to be a moose wrangler, but the owners started complaining, saying things like "I don't need my mooses wrangled!" and "Leave my meese* alone" and "You know the restraining order applies to both me AND my moose!" So I gave it up and focused on writing. Also, writing has the huge bonus of being pants-optional, which is almost as cool a job perk as having a spacesuit. If I am ever offered a job as a writing astronaut whose spacesuit has no pants . . . WOW!

But for now, I'm just a writer. I'm one of the top selling indie horror writers in the U.S., I sell pretty well in a number of other countries as well (bestseller in over 40 countries as of this writing), and I also work in Hollyweird as a screenwriter from time to time.

But the moose... the moose will always have my heart.
Q: What inspires you to write?

A: The need to eat.
Seriously, I do this for a living. And while occasionally that bolt of lightning strikes and the angels sing and dance upon my noggin while I scream "EUREKA" and dance naked atop a flagpole, usually it's just a matter of banging away on the keyboard. Because eating.
Q: Tell us about your writing process.

A: See above. I sit down with my computer and face off. There can be only one.
Occasionally I square off with a pad of paper. There can still be only one.
Q: What do you think about the future of book publishing?

A: It will happen sometime after today.
Q: What first attracted you to horror writing?
A: Probably the chance to attract babes. Because nothing is quite as cool as going up to a random stranger at a party, leaning nonchalantly against a wall, and then saying, "I dream about interesting ways to murder people for a living. You have lovely skin. Very... skinnable..."
Sigh. If only the world worked that way. High school would have been much better, and I would have spent way less time in the school therapist's office.
Q: What's your opinion of writer's block? Do you ever suffer from it? If so, how do you 'cure' it?
A: I never suffer from it.  I actually have written a series of articles on it, one of them at Basically, I think that most people suffering from "writers block" are really suffering from "the idea that the first draft has to be perfect block."  Just write, people!  Write total dreck if you must, but write!  Mistakes are what God invented the "delete" button for.
Q: What do you do when you're not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks?
A: I used to do a lot of martial arts and work out and play videogames.  Now I'm a dad, so I do a lot of Dora the Explorer, Phineas and Ferd, and Voltron watching.
Q: What's next for you?
A: More writing! I've always got another book or two up my sleeve. Best way to keep abreast of what's next is to join my mailing list at Those folks get first crack at new books and sales. Also, I will occasionally offer you a great home mortgage refinance rate and/or the opportunity to get in on an inheritance from a Saudi prince!

Product Details

  • File Size: 4861 KB
  • Print Length: 431 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Michaelbrent Collings (August 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MK84LE6
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hated this. September 20, 2014
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I usually enjoy the books by Mr Collings. Not this one. In fact, I felt mislead. This isn't about a plague at all. Not really. I wish someone had mentioned in their glowing reviews of the book that this is really about religion. I'd like to provide more information, but for those who really want to read this book, I won't give it all away.I will merely say that I absolutely hated it. I can live with aliens, man-made plagues, asteroid-hits, and even zombies. But this religious apocalypse stuff is more than I can stomach, particularly when I am led through half of the book to think this is about something entirely different.. I think I owe it to fellow readers to tell them this much. At least then you know what you are getting into when you buy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I am never going to be able to hear a cough on a plane the same way again. It doesn’t matter what sort of cough, be it a little throat clearing puff or a chesty, resonant bullhorn – I am going to think the world is coming to an end. All because of Michaelbrent Collings’ This Darkness Light.

This Darkness Light keeps you totally off-kilter from the opening chapter, and hauls you around by your plummeting gut, or your lip-biting anxiety, and you wouldn’t want it any other way. There isn’t a single character who you don’t keep an eye on simply because they are not what you expected, and you know that you aren’t getting the whole story from anyone.

Chapters are begun with emails between the President of the USA, and a guy referred to only as X. There’s a kind-of mercenary, an ICU nurse, and a guy who survived a chest wound a couple of hours ago (but shouldn’t have). There are car chases, creepy bad guys, creepy good guys, all bundled up into one high-explosive, bladder-clenching, oh-crap-please-what-NOW mind grenade of awesomeness and not wanting to turn your light off, ever again.

The ending may not be a favourite to some readers, but for me the total whiplash that came with it had me chewing over the bones of the story for days afterwards, and loving the ending the more I thought about it… Even if I am never going to be able to look at priests or people coughing the same way ever again. Collings’ prose is rich, at times sparse, and delivers a wallop or a bad case of nerves as required. The plot rockets along, the conversations sing, and it’s a terrifying delight to be abducted by. Michaelbrent Collings is firmly on my “automatic buy” authors list… I just have to remember to read him in the day. And not on planes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rollercoaster ride through the end of the world August 10, 2014
By Richard
Format:Kindle Edition
John and Isaiah are two men swept up in a conflict they know nothing about and pitted against each other by forces beyond their control. A global outbreak of a disease that turns people into monsters is sweeping the globe. The shadowy Mr. Dominic and his henchmen seem to have all the cards and seem to be the only ones who know what is going on.

This is a very fun, fast paced book about a race against time to stop the outbreak. Isaiah, a priest turned hitman, is blackmailed by Mr. Dominic to kill the spreader of the disease, the amnesic John. Meanwhile, the President of the United States is going increasingly insane trying to keep up appearances while the outbreak spins out of control. Each chapter starts out with e-mails from the President to a Mr. X (who seems to be Dominic) about how to handle this situation. As Mr. X keeps blowing off the Presidents panic, the stress level for the commander in chief grows and he becomes unhinged and his e-mails become quite hilarious.

All of the main characters are drawn rather well. Collings gives us enough insight into who they are in their introduction for us to grasp who they are and what they are about. The best character in the book is Dominic's henchman Melville -- a sociopath whom can get away with anything thanks to Dominic's power. Melville certainly enjoys his stature as Dominic's right hand man, and does things that are sickly hilarious and cringe worthy.

The only drawback with this book is that it's telling a larger story that we don't see because we're mainly stuck between John and Isaiah's narratives. I'm not saying Collings should have gone the Stephen King route and taken a catalog of the life and times of the entire human race, but I felt the story could have used a bit more fleshing out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Darkness Light - A Must Read August 9, 2014
By moof3r
A man wakes. He doesn't know where he is. He doesn't know what his name is. What he does know, is the make and model of the bed he's sleeping in. He reaches towards the end, takes his patient sheet, and see's his name. John Doe. This couldn't be his real name though, that's a name they give to those who are unidentifiable. That's when it hits him, and his world comes crashing down like a tumble of bricks.

John is an experiment, a closely guarded secret that very few know about, and even less are trying to stop. He exits the room, and upon searching finds a nurse by the name of Serafina. She befriends him, not knowing his capabilities, or what he may be carrying. This is when both of their worlds collide and turn into an adrenaline paced terror that could end them, and could end the world.

Michaelbrent Collings is a name that is synonymous in my mind with action, thriller, horror, and adrenaline paced fury in writing. This is the fifth book of his I have had the pleasure of reading, and like I've said before, definitely will not be the last. His writing pulls you in, he keeps his characters fresh, believable, and his writing crisp. He has your eyes glued to the page, and leaves you wanting more. There is a reason you should read this author sooner than later, and it is because his writing is just that good. So do yourself a favor, check him out online, and pick up any of his novels, but especially his latest, This Darkness Light, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was fantastic. It had me guessing through the entire thing
This book was fantastic. It had me guessing through the entire thing, wondering "What the heck is wrong with Michaelbrent Collings??" Seriously, I loved it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by shuso
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended read
This Darkness Light was given to me for an honest review. I loved this book. It is a thriller unlike anything I have read before, and I am an avid reader. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping thriller right from the opening page
Evil versus innocence. Justice over injustice. Mercy for the righteous, death for the vile and depraved. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Benjamin D.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... you from the beginning and doesn't let go or disappoint. It is an...
This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go or disappoint. It is an intense story that keeps you guessing, second-guessing and wondering about so many things as you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars This Darkness Light - recycles cliches and tropes, but still a great...
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Published 1 month ago by Nicholas Diak
4.0 out of 5 stars Michaelbrent Collings has a dark gift.
I'm still trying to recover from this book. I had to put the book down a few times to rest my eyeballs and check out of the books reality. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melinda Erb
5.0 out of 5 stars Page flipper! You will not be disappointed!
I will start off saying, I never write reviews.... I had to on this one! It was just that good! Couldn't put this book down (lots of sleepy days at my desk.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Adrenaline Charge. Loved it!
This was one of my favorite books by Michaelbrent Collings.

The writing was punchy and edgy, and kept you turning the page to keep ahead of the danger, as if you got... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charlotte Acha
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Star Excitement!
Great story by Michaelbrent Collings! Sort of Stephen King meets Quentin Tarantino. Lots of action and well-developed characters. Probably my favorite of MBC's books so far.
Published 2 months ago by Will Overby
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!
I just finished "this Darkness Light". Great read. Totally unpredictable. You really care about some of the characters and really hate the ones deserving it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. L. Easterwood
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More About the Author

Michaelbrent Collings is a #1 bestselling novelist and screenwriter, and one of Amazon's Most Popular Horror Writers.

His bestsellers include The Colony Saga, Strangers, Darkbound, Apparition, The Haunted, The Loon, and the YA fantasy series The Billy Saga.

He hopes someday to develop superpowers, and maybe get a cool robot arm.

Michaelbrent has a wife and several kids, all of whom are much better looking than he is (though he admits that's a low bar to set), and much MUCH cooler than he is (also a low bar).

He also has a Facebook page at and can be followed on Twitter through his username @mbcollings.

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