Mysterious lights out of Rostov Texas draw hundreds of spectators each night, including police officer Dan Page’s wife, Tori. When Page follows her to Rostov and the viewing platform, they become witnesses to a massacre. A gunman shoots dozens of bystanders, but that’s just the beginning of the bloodshed. The lights are also connected to a secret government research project. But no one realizes how powerful the lights can be.

The Shimmer revolves around the lights, their effects on townspeople and tourists: some see them, some don’t, some believe the lights can heal, others are driven by them to kill. It’s an engrossing thriller, good escapism, but can be a little gory in parts.

I listened to it on audio, and my one complaint was that the narrator never let up. Just his tone of voice kept insisting “tension.” It fit the story-line, which was constant action, but annoyed me after a while. I think I would have preferred to read the book, rather than listen to it.

Purchase at Amazon or an Indie bookstore.

Narrator: Phil Gigante
10 hours, 30 minutes
Published July 7, 2009

3½ out of 5 stars

I borrowed my copy from the library and the above is my honest opinion.


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