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Roger Belkin, an educated businessman and devoted husband, takes the love of his life, Lois, out for a night of intimacy in the sprawling city. On their return home, a mysterious rainstorm devours their vehicle and inflames a horrific multi-car accident, which tears the couple apart. Alone, destitute, and disoriented, Roger battles the city's shadows, the trigger-happy pol...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Pendan Publishing (first published 2009)
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Shovelmonkey1
Mar 27, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a proficient editor
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: kindle freeness
Kindle.
What a thing of potential beauty you are. And yet also a double edged sword. Clouded Rainbow was imported directly into my thinky thing via the medium of Kindle. A free e-book? What could be nicer? I'll tell you. A free e-book that has been well edited. Kindle is a double edged sword for all writers as well, whether they have realised it or not. The note-taking and highlighting system means that reviewers, both kind and cruel, paid and unpaid can now make easy use of this facility, taking...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
I made it 11% into this Kindleing belch-inducing indigestibility before bulimia set in and I had to stop.

Really a shame, too, because I like the idea of a man and wife whose car accident gives them simultaneous amnesia and whose rescuers, being separated by time and distance (his damaged body remains in the car, hers is thrown free and reasonably unharmed), don't connect the two in their minds, leading to a search for each other with no idea of why they're separated.

In better edited hands, this...more
Chalandrea
This book...was just not good.

I'm not sure if I was supposed to be on Roger's side throughout the events of the book, but I found him to be insufferable, classist, and obsessive (not in a good way).

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Renee Parisio
Ugh. "electronic beeps from the enraged microwave stabbed Carol's sensitive ears."
Why was this microwave so pissed off? Just one sample of overly-dramatic prose from this clunker.
Grady
A Pretty Solid First Novel

CLOUDED RAINBOW is a fast paced little story about love and devotion and the extremes to which one can go to follow the heart. The action involves a happily married couple who happen to be involved in a strange car versus truck accident that separates the two physically, each fearing the other dead, until the end of the struggle to survive spells out a degree of devotion that is credible yet amazing in its resilience. It would appear this is the first novel by Jonathan...more
Roger DeBlanck
Jonathan Sturak pulls off quite an achievement with this exhilarating romantic suspense novel. Roger and Lois Belkin are a devoted couple. On their anniversary, they become seriously injured in a horrible car accident, each suffering head trauma. During the emergency response at the scene, they are rushed to different hospitals. This unfortunate separation ignites a series of nerve-wracking events that have life-shattering results. Sturak manages to keep the pace moving at rapid speed while skil...more
Margitte
I downloaded this book as a free book on kindle. I figured it was only right that I should write a review for this book as a courtesy for the author's generosity. So here it is.

Judging from the many reviews it received, there are more than enough information about this book available all over the place. So I will make it short and sweet as possible.

Roger and Lois Belkin are celebrating their wedding anniversary in a poshy restaurant. A terrible rainstorm raged outside when they set out for home...more
Michelle
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book? Was it going to be paranormal? Was it going to be a mystery? What was going to happen?

Though it turned out to not be anything like I expected it, I liked it. And yes, I liked the ending as well, because that isn't something you see very often. It was fast paced (though it took me forever to read it because I was only able to do a few pages at a time) and really kept you on the edge of your seat. What was going to happen to the two main characters as t...more
hugsandcookies
Never ever have I read a book that made me sob like a blubbering idiot (no lies :D).

I can't believe the way it ended and I don't think that I can even look or read another book like this. I am a real hopeless romantic at heart and always expect the happy ever after, but Roger and Lois Belkin *sobs some more*..........

Okay I don't know what I expected from this book but not something like this. The beginning to end just took me further into the story. I had doubts about what was happening to Roge
...more
Kimberly Mauldin
Jun 21, 2012 Kimberly Mauldin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Kimberly by: a friend
This story is not easily forgotten. Stuark has put together a true possibility of occurrences and related them in order to put them into a genre that is not usually read by me. A friend recommended this book and I debated long and hard about whether or not to read it. However, once I finally started it, I could not let go of it.

This is the story of Roger and Lois Belkin. Deeply in love and celebrating, caught up in a horrendous accident, they are separated. Roger only has a partial memory longi...more
Meghan
I really liked this story. Roger and his wife are celebrating their anniversary at a restaurant and on the way home an 18-wheeler loses control and there's a huge pile up on the bridge that leads to their house. This story is the adventure Roger has to go through to get to his wife, Louis, after waking up in a different hospital and no one being able to tell him exactly what happened. The end - oh my God the end - not what I expected at all. My heart was beating rapidly through the whole story a...more
Jessica
I seriously went through this entire book thinking it was written by someone in middle or high school. However, upon completing the book and seeing the "About the Author" section state that he is a graduate of Penn State University, I was actually surprised. This book is terrible....

For Example:

"Det. Cleveland had a logical, mathematical mind and solved his cases by deducing the truth from the facts presented. He didn't believe in magic or the paranormal and knew that every crime had a criminal"...more
Jen
Man and wife are victims of a horrific car accident. Man loses memory and wife winds up in a coma...in a different hospital. Journey toward reunion of the pair ensues with heavy law enforcement involvement. This seems like an interesting concept.

To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website:http://jenpaul13.wix.com/makinggoodst...

In one word, this work: ironic. Roger doesn't like doctors or hospitals and he winds up in one...to then escape...and unknowingly have his wife in a different...more
Tracey Madeley
I believe this is the first novel by this author and as no one creates their best work at their first attempt the reader should keep this in mind. The novel is referred to as a thriller by the author, but I would put it in the romance category. It also boasts 100,000 downloads, but that could be because it is offered for free over a long period of time.

It is the story of Roger and Lois Belkin and how an accident changes their lives. I imagine the detective is meant to be central to the story as...more
Cathy
Got this as a freebie on ebookfling. Very overwritten, melodramatic story. Some compelling elements, lousy over romanticized ending. Seems like a student practicing to write a novel.

Janie Williams
This book was on the fringe of what I like to read. The whole timeline is somewhere between 24 and 48 hours. Without giving anything away, it seemed at every turn the "hero" could not catch a break. For me, it was unrealistic. I tried to put myself into the hero's state of mind, but he made choices that I couldn't see happening in a real life scenario. I adore psychological thrillers but this fell short of that genre. It was a real push to finish the book.
The characters are well defined but I di...more
Jlo
This book was wonderful. I wasn't able to put it down. I read it in one afternoon. I would highly recommend.
Beth
I would recomend this book it has alot of twists and turns and the end was unexpected.
Christine Redlin
A page turner a love story at its core!
Jonathan Sturak
Apr 07, 2012 Jonathan Sturak added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: romance, suspense, and thriller lovers
I have learned to Never Give Up...
Lindsay
Oct 28, 2012 Lindsay marked it as kindle-i-own-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Amazon Freebie 10/28/2012
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Because I highly enjoyed Sturak's A Smudge of Gray, I picked up Clouded Rainbow, which was free on Amazon.

Clouded Rainbow is about a loving couple who go out to a nice restaurant but meet tragedy on the way home. The rest of the book involves their journey back together.

I enjoyed the setup of the couple. They were both very likeable. The detective reminded me of the detective in his other novel and I liked his emotional journey throughout the book. The book overall was well written and easy to r...more
Melissa Levine
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Deeds
Clouded Rainbow is a free Kindle e-book with a pretty interesting cover which was what initially had attracted my attention. That and the whole 'free' thing. Anyway, the basic plot is that a couple who is very much in love with each other wind up separated after a tragic accident, thus prompting the man to try finding his wife. Overall, this plot held an awful lot of promise but unfortunately, Sturak didn't really deliver.

The book starts off talking about Roger Belkin, an incredibly successful,...more
Misty Baker
“Devotion” is a part of life. We see it in movies, hear about it from co-workers, experience it in literature, and dream of it in our own lives, but at what point does devotion become manic?

Roger loves his wife, and (with the expectation of coming home from work at a decent hour) would do anything for her, but after a freak rainstorm and horrific accident, being there for Lois isn’t exactly an option anymore. Why? Because he has no idea where she it. Separated by chaos the two are sent to differ...more
J.W. Cunningham
Roger Belkin, an educated businessman and devoted husband, takes the love of his life, Lois, out for a night of intimacy in the sprawling city. On their return home, a mysterious rainstorm devours their vehicle and inflames a horrific multi-car accident, which tears the couple apart. Alone, destitute, and disoriented, Roger battles the city's shadows, the trigger-happy police, and his own tragic flaws to find his lost wife.

While the premise of this book was excellent, the writing of the book was...more
Viviana
Clouded Rainbow started really slow with not much action going on, but toward the last half of the book things started getting interesting. It makes you think a lot about what people are willing to do when they love and devote their lives to someone. How someone's death can affect the lives of the people around? What could someone do to help? Lovely story. I love the ending, so sad and powerful but with hope for something better; after the storm paces the sun will sun must stronger. 3 Stars

Jan Mcclung-short
Goodness, how do you picture love. Roger Belkin plans a night of dinner, wine, gift of a diamond necklace for his and Lois's anniversary. They live for each other and through each other they bath in each others love. Read about how one man can love a woman with all his heart and soul and do anything to be next to her. His being senses her being and is drawn to her side. How can one accident on a rainy bridge change your life? Very drastic and forever..
Amber
Clouded Rainbow has some good bones and a lot of mess. The plot is an interesting one with husband and wife getting in an awful car accident. They are taken to separate hospitals across town Mrs.Belkin in a coma, and Mr. has head trauma. Roger awakes in the hospital afraid and missing his wife Lois. He breaks out of the hospital with no clue as to what has happened to search for her and ends up on the streets. The good bones stop there. Although, the plot is quite interesting everything that tra...more
Lynnette
I wanted to love this book...I truly tried by pushing through to the end. The story line slowly collapsed under the unwieldy and overblown writing. Descriptions are great when well done, but this writer obviously had an English teacher devoted to the "care and feeding of similes and metaphors."
What could have been a well crafted tale simply ended up as lifeless as the fish.
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Jonathan Sturak grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He is a Penn State University graduate and holds degrees in Computer Science and Film. He currently lives in Las Vegas where he uses the energy of the city to craft stories about life and the human condition. "The Place Called Home," Sturak's essay about Eastern European heritage in Northeast Pennsylvania, was featured on Glass Cases...more
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