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  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VDJEC0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,523,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rob Heinze is the independent best-selling author of THE SWARM, which was his first eBook published. THE SWARM has sold 20,000 copies in 9 months and continues to sell. Rob was born 6 days before Halloween, and has a strange predisposition to write about eerie, scary or unsettling things. Rob understands human kindness and empathy, but does not understand the darker side of humanity and tries to explore and come to terms with it in his writing. Among his many flaws, Rob is most proud of his ADHD and creative instinct. He is 31, married to a woman from whom he still gathers inspiration, and has two beautiful children.

His new novel, BEYOND THE SIGN, is available as of November, 2012 as an original eBook.

Rob wants me to tell you that BEYOND THE SIGN is some deep, scary shit...I told him not to curse, but he doesn't give a flip :)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the second one of Mr. Heinze's books I have read in the past week. Hard to believe I never heard of Rob Heinze before last week! I happened across The Swarm by chance and read it in one night; it was awesome! Those of the Light and Dark did the same thing for me, pulled me in from the very first page. This author has a real talent for grabbing you by the short hairs, and you just can't escape that hold. Charley, his main character in this book is likable, average, and in serious trouble immediately! I was surprised when the "secret" of Charley's distress was disclosed so early in the book but then I felt it added dimension to the story...after all, what dark creatures might be lurking in the netherworld of his empty neighborhood? (Sorry for being ambiguous, but I don't want to give away the will have to read the book to figure it all out!) The story was strong and suspenseful with adventures around every corner. Read this book, but make sure you also read his other book, THE SWARM. It was almost as good as picking up a new Stephen King novel. I am in the middle of the new Dean Koontz book, 77 Shadow Street, and read these 2 books before finishing the Koontz novel. The Swarm beat Koontz by a mile and Those of the Light and Dark did not disappoint me, as Koontz does these days. This author makes a story flow; he does not waste his time or yours with descriptive page after page, just cuts to the chase and entertains while giving you a whole lot to think about. What if you were the one who woke up one day to find the world was empty? What would you do if there was no-one to call, no-one to hug, just an endless highway with no end in sight? Hmmmmm??? Read Mr. Heinze's will not waste your time or your money, I guarantee it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A wandering reader on January 28, 2012
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Wow, I am the first to review. A heady responsibility!

First of all Heinze has talent. You will enjoy perusing his verbiage. He has a knack for creating likeable characters in a few paragraphs. In short he is a better writer than a lot of really famous people who have suckers paying $20.00 and up for their dreck. His style is a little reminiscient of Stephen King. His phrasing and some plot elements will have you pulling your dusty old copy of The Stand off the shelf for a quick thumb-through. There are some common elements (good and evil clash, odyessy of main characters, a hulking redoubt where the core of evil lies, and a few others) But,dont start thinking this is a long allegorical novel like The Stand though.... it's not.

This brings me to my big beef with Heinze. It was too short. I mean seriously, he creates a dead world where seemingly people have fled, or been disappeared. He commences a "good and evil" clash between Those of the light and Those of the Dark, and just as it is getting going he brings to a screeching halt. In kind of a cheesy fashion. About 2/3 of the way through we find out that Charles (the lead character) is in a coma, as is everyone else he meets in his sparsley populated dreamland.

I was pretty disappointed with this cop-out. It's almost like the story got too big for him. I have read a bunch of crappily written end of the world sagas recently and was ready to see this theme handled by someone with some ability. No such luck.

In spite of his not going where I wanted him to go (afterall its his story to tell, or not)this is still quite a readable little book and afterall you cant buy a cup of coffee for 99 cents these days.

So, I will recommend you take this sojourn with Heinze for a couple of reasons.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Tepper VINE VOICE on January 30, 2012
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"Those of the Light & Dark" is a very readable, self-published novel by Rob Heinze. TOTLAD is a little tough to pigeonhole. It has elements of classic horror and fantasy, as well as a bit of mystery. Charley Allen is a 24 year old with a dead end job inspecting foreclosed homes for lead paint in and around New York City. As the novel opens, he's about to enter a home when a bum stops him and asks him for a dollar. Charley opens his wallet only to find that he's got no cash at all. The bum walks away, but follows him into the dark house, and hits him on the head with a brick. When Charley wakes up, he is completely alone and in the dark. Not just in the house, but everywhere. He makes his way outside to discover the all the lights are off in all the houses, and there are no people around. Herein lies the mystery -what has happened to Charley (or the rest of the world)?

It actually doesn't remain a mystery for too long, as Charley finds someone else (named Raymond Chandler but not THAT Raymond Chandler) who has an hypothesis about what's going on about 50 pages in. Said hypothesis is confirmed for us soon after by the first of 3 interludes, so we all sort of know what is going on in the first third of the story.

The first part of the novel is the most interesting. The middle and end are OK, but I was left with some questions (not always a bad thing) that I thought should have been resolved. The entire novel maintained tension and a sense of unease (oh goody!) that was communicated to the reader with more than journeyman skill. This is a novel for adults, not kids, as it contained a bunch of Carlin's 7 words that you can't say on TV, as well as a couple of sex scenes that were actually very well done, better described as TV-MA rather than NC-17 or X.
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