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The Shimmer

The Shimmer

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When a high-speed chase goes terribly wrong, Santa Fe police officer Dan Page watches in horror as a car and gas tanker explode into flames. Torn with guilt that he may be responsible, Page returns home to discover that his wife, Tori, has disappeared.

Frantic, Page follows her trail to Rostov, a remote town in Texas famous for a massive astronomical observatory,


When a high-speed chase goes terribly wrong, Santa Fe police officer Dan Page watches in horror as a car and gas tanker explode into flames. Torn with guilt that he may be responsible, Page returns home to discover that his wife, Tori, has disappeared.

Frantic, Page follows her trail to Rostov, a remote town in Texas famous for a massive astronomical observatory, a long-abandoned military base, and unexplained nighttime phenomena that draw onlookers from every corner of the globe. Many of these gawkers—Tori among them—are compelled to visit this tiny community to witness the mysterious Rostov Lights.

Without warning, a gunman begins firing on the lights, screaming “Go back to hell where you came from,” then turns his rifle on the bystanders. A bloodbath ensues, and events quickly spiral out of control, setting the stage for even greater violence and death.

Page must solve the mystery of the Rostov Lights to save his wife. In the process, he learns that the decaying military base may not be abandoned at all, and that the government may have known about the lights for decades. Could these phenomena be more dangerous than anyone could have possibly imagined?

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Publishers Weekly

The unexplained real-life phenomenon of the Marfa, Tex., lights in the sky provides the inspiration for this patchwork thriller from bestseller Morrell (First Blood), who plays with possible theories to account for the mysterious lights-the shimmer of the title-as well as the various reactions people have had to them since as far back as WWI. When Tori Page, wife of Santa Fe cop Dan Page, unexpectedly turns up in the small west Texas town of Rostov, the book's stand-in for Marfa, Dan flies to Rostov, where he winds up trying to understand the lights' powerful effects. Some can't see the lights, some feel they can produce miracles and some viewers turn homicidal. Still others hope to harness the power of the lights for military uses. A massacre, secret government installations and experiments and Page's investigative efforts fail to coalesce into the kind of riveting suspense that has been Morrell's hallmark. 10-city author tour. (July)

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Library Journal

The Rostov Lights in Texas have been around for hundreds of years. People are drawn to the site to look—some see them, others don't—but all are affected in some way. New Mexican police officer Dan Page follows his wife, Tori, to the site, determined to discover the cause of her fascination with the lights. Multiple points of view, minute-by-minute current events, and historical flashbacks detailing previous encounters with the lights converge, as Page finds himself at the center of a disaster. Some observers become unaccountably violent, and there is a mass shooting at a tourist observation platform. What exactly are the Rostov Lights, and where do they come from? VERDICT Morrell (Scavenger), known as the father of the modern action novel, fleshes out his usual action-packed style with a surprisingly delicate love story in this tale inspired in part by the true-life phenomenon of the Marfa Lights in Texas. His fast-moving plot recalls conspiracy theories à la Roswell and The X-Files and will appeal to both fans of that paranormal show and to Morrell's readers.—Charli Osborne, Oxford P.L, MI

—Charli Osborne

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Vanguard Press
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6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)


Meet the Author

David Morrell is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including his award-winning Creepers. Co-founder of the International Thrillers Writers Organization, he is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel. To learn more, go to www.davidmorrell.net.

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The Shimmer 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Santa Fe police officer Dan Page is on a high speed car chase when the other vehicle an SUV crashes into a tanker; the ensuing explosion emits a fiery blast into the sky. Stunned, he returns home only to find his wife Tori gone. Already filled with remorse and questioning what he could have done different, Dan also fears for his spouse, but pulls himself together and follows her trail.-------- He tracks her to Rostov, Texas home of an observatory, a highly patrolled top secret science facility. There is unexplained night sky phenomena that make no sense as some people can see lights in the air while others see nothing. He finds Tori standing amidst other people staring into the sky as if she was beckoned there like in that old movie. Before he can figure out what is going on, a massacre follows when someone begins to shoot at the lights. ------------- This is an exciting thriller with several major happenings going on that converge in Rostov, but fail to completely do so in the story line. Filled with action, conspiracy buffs will relish this engaging tale as the audience and the new Mexico sheriff want to know what is going behind the fence, under the ground and in the sky. Sort of combining Roswell with Marfa, David Morrell provides his fans with an entertaining but somewhat disjointed tale.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Loni More than 1 year ago
This book is a very fast read with strong, likable main characters, and a story that is original and intriguing. I had trouble putting it down.
floridakeys More than 1 year ago
How could I have missed an intense author like David Morrell!!
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sandiek More than 1 year ago
Dan Page's wife, Tori, has disappeared. Frantic with worry, he puts out requests to police to locate her knowing that they will do their best as he is a policeman also. He gets a call the next day from a little town in Texas named Rostov. The man on the phone says Tori has been found, but when Dan asks if she is all right, he is told he needs to come and see for himself. When Dan gets there, he finds that Tori seems to be mesmerized and in another world. She has come to Rostov because of a local feature; mysterious lights that some can see and some cannot. Tori can see them and is spending most of each night just staring at the lights. She is joined by many others, who all seem fascinated by what they are seeing; at least at first. While Dan tries to get Tori to leave, a man seems to have a psychotic break, and starts firing at the crowd. Multiple individuals are killed and the man gets Dan in his sights. Coming out of her trance, Tori grabs a sheriff's gun and kills the madman. Others start to be affected by the lights. The lights are located outside of a military installation, or as things evolve in the Page's understanding, the installation has been located near the lights. Personnel at the base start to have the same kind of breakdowns that the man at the observation field did, and more and more people are killed. In the midst of this, Dan and Tori do their best to determine what is going on, and what part the lights play in the havoc that has come to Rostov. David Morrell has written twenty-three other novels. The most famous are probably the Rambo novels that the popular movie series was based on. In The Shimmer, Morrell has created another suspenseful world that draws the reader to find the answers to the questions he poses. This book is recommended to thriller readers.
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
My first David Morrell book was Brotherhood of the Rose, which was also my first time liking movie so much that I wanted to read the book. David is a very talented writer, and you can tell that he does his research and really knows what he's talking about! For instance, one of the main characters in this book is a pilot. David learned how to fly planes and is now a pilot as well. The Shimmer introduces us to policeman Dan Page right in the middle of an unusual car chase. Dan had the day off and was flying his small plane, when he gets pulled into a car chase which does not end well. Dan's day does not get any better when he returns home to find his wife Tori gone, leaving a short note that she's gone to visit her mother. Even more surprising is the news that Tori was going to drive, but never made it. Tori is eventually located by the local police chief in a small Texas town called Rostov. Dan flies down immediately, and things go from strange to downright weird. Rostov seems like a nice enough small town....aside from the spooky abandoned military base, a huge observatory and, oh yeah, the appearance of mysterious lights that not everyone can see. Some people have positive reactions to the lights, but some become angry and one angry observer opens fire on the crowd, killing several bystanders. Despite the massacre, Tori does not want to leave the Lights, so Dan decides to investigate in order to save his marriage and solve the mystery. This was not what I'd call the usual Morrell thriller, as there's a touch of science fiction because of the Rostov Lights. Are they a natural phenomenon, a government experiment, ghosts, or possibly alien visitors? I think Morrell did a great job incorporating the mystery of the Lights, the possible government involvement, the various townfolk, and the relationship between Dan and Tori. Enjoyed this story much more than his last few books, and am now intrigued about the real-life lights in Marfa that inspired this story. Gave this book a 4 out of 5 rating as I think the writing was very good, it had a well thought-out plot, and the characters were both believable and interesting. I couldn't wait to read what came next, and recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good thriller with a touch of the paranormal!
ignacio_4_bn More than 1 year ago
If you like action, you're going to enjoy "The Shimmer" but it's also for people who like suspense books. While sometimes the events that take place can be questionable (can there really be such a thing as these "lights"), the overall feeling you get from this book is that it's sort of like UFOs. Some people are going to have an easier time reading this book if they are more open minded. I'm not saying you need to believe in UFOs to enjoy it, but you need to try to be open to new ideas to at least get through the whole book. I enjoyed reading this book although at times I had to stop and think about what was being said and re-read it a couple of times before continuing with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time i looked at this book in the bookstore I wasn't too sure about it. So i got home and started reading it and i couldn't put it down. I was so intrigued by the story and the characters, that i just couldn't put it down. It has so many twists and turns that you keep guessing whats going to happen next. He is truly a timeless writer who can appeal to my age group and i would definately recommend him to anyone. He is one of my favorite authors that i look forward to reading more of his material
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This was my first time reading this author. I very much enjoyed the book - and was taken by the surreal nature of the work. It help my attention and I was compelled to stay with it until the end. The main characters are captivating and the relationship between the husband and wife is real world and will enable the reader to identify some of their relationship issues. The mystery of the lights drives the action and makes the reader think about war and violence. I recommend the work highly.
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Subdi_Visions More than 1 year ago
Title...The Shimmer Author...David Morrell Publisher...Vanguard Press Genre...Thriller Reason book was read...I've liked reading David Morrell books since the 80's. He's an excellent author. Main characters...Dan and Tori Page are the good guys. The bad guys are a couple military guys. One affected by the mysterious lights of the books title. The other someone trying to use the lights as a quasi super weapon. Summary...There are some mysterious lights that sometimes, to some but not all people, appear in the desert near a smallish west Texas town based on the real town and mystery lights of Marfa. Honestly when I picked up this book it was because I'm a fan of Mr. Morrell. The small description left me a little doubtful but I was very pleasantly surprised. Mr. Morrell weaves a good yarn around these lights that had me turning the pages much to the Frustration of my wife. The only part I didn't care much for was the tension between Dan and his wife, Tori. It just didn't ring right for me. Recommendation to read or not...Definitely read this if your into thrillers...