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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    Are you a music lover? Have you ever found yourself slipping away, lost inside the notes of a great tune? If so, you will love this book!

    Wilson brings us a down and out band, playing in dive bars and drinking way too much alcohol. They're all in search of that one song that will be their own; the one that will bring them fame. Then a chance encounter between one member and an old man playing achingly beautiful blues on a harmonica takes them on a strange journey that changes all their lives. We crawl inside the musical notes and experience the pain and redemption in a way I've never experienced with a written word.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005


    Brandt defines the down and out musician. When he's not soused in Jose Cuervo he plays rhythm guitar for an unremarkable band in a hole-in-the-wall bar. Until one night he hears a lone harmonica playing music so deep, so pure, so full of pain he wanders the empty streets driven by the desire to play it. One by one the music transforms the other members. They feel pain so sharp and piercing it could only be the pain of the entire world straining for release. The band sells all to follow Brandt and seek out that one song. The one song behind it all. The one perfect pattern that blends each piece in harmony. Deep Blue is that song. It lives in the words, bleeds off the page, and seeps into your being. Mood, story, emotion bound together and layered on top of rich, rhythmical cadences that thrust the reader forward in wave after unrelenting wave. Deep Blue left this reader with something to ponder. Deep Blue left this writer with something to aspire to. David Niall Wilson's Deep Blue is simply the best novel I've read this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2004

    The Blues meets God, and it is good...

    This is a novel that starts out good and grows to be better. Each character is broken down, and then re-constructed as a part of the whole as Brandt, the leader of the band and the newly blessed conduit of the world's pain, leads them across roads and mountains to face off with a darkness beyond anything they could have expected. Very smooth writing, literate, yet accessible. This book blends supernatural horror and a Christian backdrop of faith and redemption. Good stuff - - should be perfect for followers of The Left Behind series, or those who enjoyed The Passion of the Christ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    A winner

    Guitarist and vocalist Brandt knows that the booze has taken him down so far as he barely can perform at gigs. He is so drunk he has left his keys behind so he cannot enter his apartment. When he hears strange sounding blues, he investigates and meets harmonica playing Wally. Not long afterward, Brandt plays the performance of his life and walks away........................... Band member Synthesia follows with her most incredible show and leaves. That leaves band members Shaver and Dexter to cross over, but both fears where the music will take them. Unless the entire band takes the giant leap along with Shaver¿s artist pal Liz, they will not be able to accomplish their mission when they confront their enemy in the California Mountains.................................... This is an engaging but weird fantasy that needs patience and a bit of adjustment to comprehend what is going on as David Niall Wilson keeps readers guessing. Once the readers begins to grasp the underlying parable that emerges slowly that there is more to this band and its mentor than a local gig, the tale hooks the audience with its magic¿s in the music theme. Readers who give the plot time to develop will appreciate the complex DEEP BLUE allegory........................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    In DEEP BLUE, David Wilson doesn't write about people you know.

    In DEEP BLUE, David Wilson doesn't write about people you know. He writes about the guy the bartender told you about. The lady your girlfriend's sister once knew. The people you heard about second hand. The main character is Brandt; a down-and-out musician musician who finds the key to playing the blues, but with devastating results. As is his habit, Wilson takes the conventions of horror and tweaks them, most often with incredible results. And DEEP BLUE is no exception. Here Wilson proves that horror is not a matter of sprays of blood and horrific creatures. This is a horror of the soul, and very effectively done.

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