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Brandt is a down-and-out guitarist and vocalist who believes his life has hit rock bottom. When he meets an old harmonica player, Brandt is gifted--or cursed--with new abilities to feel the pain of others. The music will release the pain, and it is the only thing that will release the pain. Brandt must play, or the pain will build up inside until he destroys his own mind f ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published July 9th 2005 by Five Star Trade (first published May 13th 2004)
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Darcia Helle
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
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Ms. Nikki
Hmm. The writing is very good. It was on another level. Deep comes to mind. The writing was deep and it flowed with its own lyrical tempo.
The story itself was melancholic. The story didn't pull me in. Maybe because I'm unfamiliar with bands and music. I'm just not that in touch. And the whole book used music/instruments as a tool to communicate and extricate feelings.
The characters were real in their pain. They just didn't excite me, or make me care.
This read was soul searchingly lonely, longin
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Madelon
If the Blood Is the Life, Music is the Redemption...

DEEP BLUE, by David Niall Wilson, should rise to the top of your ‘to be read’ list so you can experience the joy of reading a novel written so beautifully that you are carried along on a musical riff that binds the characters to the plot and you to the words on the page.

The blues is the music of heartache and pain and torture. The wail of it all brings tears to the eye and a catch in the throat. It is the background music of life itself. The ba
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Thomas Smith
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 ...more
Dave Higgins
Wilson puts a new spin on the old tale; instead of losing his soul to the devil, a blues musician who is already lost is given the power to truly play the blues.

The novel starts with Brandt, a blues guitarist, so broke he cannot make the rent and so drunk he cannot perform. As he stumbles from a failed gig, the sound of a harmonica draws him into an alley, and toward the dark heart of the blues. Burdened by a new feeling for pain, one final gig with his band becomes a descent into horror, and he
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Deb Glass
Awesome

Much like Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked, good and evil fighting across the cosmos with a solid bass, lightening fast riffs, blended together between the drum beat, melody line and the solid love of friends.
Kurt Criscione
The introduction of the book is fascinating as Dave talks about the elements that inspired him to write the book... the base concept of a blues band whose lead singer/ rhythm guitarist gains the ability to feel all the worlds pain, and he MUST play it... very cool. Since this is a Dave Niall Wilson story we have a balancing force of darkness and some mish mash of religious ideals that are battling it out.
Jason
This one was painful to read. It felt like two different books were being read and forced together no matter how awkwardly they fit.

The stories about the sineater were very interesting and promising. But the story with the blues band was less interesting and promising.

Oh well.
J. Goodman
This book was a fantastic read. Dark, gritty and full of characters so real you half-expect them to walk through your door for an impromptu jam session.
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David Niall Wilson has been writing and publishing horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction since the mid-eighties. An ordained minister, once President of the Horror Writer 's Association and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award. He lives outside Hertford, NC with the love of his life, Patricia Lee Macomber, His children Zane and Katie, occasionally their older siblings, Stephanie, who is ...more
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