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With "The Shimmer," David Morrell, as always, has given us a good thriller. He sets the story in fictional Rostov, Texas -- which, he tells us in the book's Afterword, corresponds to the real-life west Texas border town of Marfa. I had never heard of the Marfa lights before I listened to "The Shimmer;" but, it seems, these mysterious nighttime lights have been baffling people for well over a century. Adding to their mystery, some people can see the lights, and some people can't! According to Morrell, nobody, so far, has adequately explained the lights -- providing a perfect setting for a spooky thriller, right? Intriguingly, similar lights appear at three other widely-dispersed places in the world: Norway, Thailand, and Australia. Utilizing his born-in-the-blood writing genius, Morrell also incorporates other real-life elements into "The Shimmer" -- the near-by abandoned WWII air base, radio observatory, and set for the 1956 James Dean movie "Giant" (called "Birthright" in the story) -- weaving them cleverly into the plot. I deducted a star from my rating of the story, because I found the character of Tori -- the protagonist's wife -- unlikeable, and, therefore, Dan's devotion to her inexplicable. Otherwise, I liked "The Shimmer," and recommend it to all thriller-lovers intrigued by mysteries. The Narrator, Phil Gigante, is an excellent actor, with more than enough expertise to enliven anything that he dramatizes.
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Story was OK, narration good but not up to par for Morrell. I've been a fan since the "Brotherhood" books, "Rambo" and on so not only do I love his reads, I'm always rooting for and expecting the best. For me, this one wasn't quite up to Morrell standards.
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