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The Shimmer

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  926 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
When police officer Dan Page's wife disappears, her trail leads to Rostov, a remote Texas town where unexplained phenomena attract hundreds of spectators each night. Not merely curious, these onlookers are compelled to reach this tiny community and gaze at the mysterious Rostov lights.

But more than the faithful are drawn there. A gunman begins shooting at the lights, screa
Paperback, 423 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Vanguard Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well, what can I say. Take a Miracle sight like Lourdes or one like it, combine it with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, mix in a little PC cr*p and you've got the book. Personally I can't believe this is the same writer who gave us First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose, Fraternity of the Stone and others. At times I found this book silly and even annoying.

And as a rule I like Morrell.

The opening scenes of the novel were, I thought rather promising and I was getting interested, then it jus
Mar 26, 2015 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of the unexplained (i.e. the Bermuda Triangle) would probably like this book. It's based on the mysterious Marfa Lights phenomenon. Interesting and quick-reading, the plot does lag a little in the middle. However, the pace really picks up in the exciting last third of the book. A bit weird, but alot of fun.
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first chapter of The Shimmer by David Morrell, I was hooked. Even with working every day for eight hours, I was able to polish the book off in a little over two days. I became engrossed in the story and just couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.

What I enjoyed about the story was the flow. It was perfect. The book quickly built in intensity and then maintained a sense of tension which made it hard for me to want to put it down, so I didn't. I had to know what the ligh
Martin Hill
Dec 02, 2012 Martin Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take a mysterious natural phenomenon like the Marfa Lights, a famous movie classic like "Giant," toss in a sinister military weapons project, mix well with a heart-wrenching love story, and what do you get? David Morrell's "The Shimmer," a fast-paced, page-turning sci-fi thriller.

"Shimmer" takes place in Rostov, Texas, Morrell's fictional stand-in for Marfa, Texas, where strange lights can sometimes be seen dancing in the darkness across the rough lands near the Mexican border. The book's hero,
James Piper
A cop goes searching for his missing wife and finds she's become entranced by these mysterious lights near a small town in southern Texas. Some people see the lights and are drawn to them like an addict to his fix. Most simply don't see them and feel they are being tricked. Natural explanations are offered but nothing is definitive. It’s a mystery.

The novel centres around the mystery of these lights--past encounters and present. I was caught up in understanding what caused them. As a skeptic I w
Amanda Lyons
Apr 15, 2010 Amanda Lyons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shimmer is the first book I've read by David Morrell an author my fiance has long recommended and read himself for several years. Having read this book I can see why.

The Shimmer is an interesting tale about a strange phenomenon in the west Texas dessert and how it comes to affect one couple, a military man, a journalist and the town where it generates. The central story revolves the couple but we also get a quite a look into the other aspects of the story as it goes along. Based on a real p
Sep 22, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
This was an engrossing mystery/thriller. Morrell is a master of weaving several stories together around one event/object--in this case, "the shimmer," which is actually mysterious lights in West Texas. Are they supernatural? Physical phenomenon? Psychological? Government experiments? Nobody really knows for sure but the lights attract a lot of people and they've been appearing for more than 100 years. As officer Page's wife, Tori, becomes drawn to them, Page is forced to investigate the lights i ...more
May 09, 2014 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
David Morrell's acknowledged inspiration for The Shimmer is the phenomenon known as the Marfa lights. The lights are colored, basketball-sized orbs of light that appear occasionally throughout the year near the small, west Texas town of Marfa. They have been embraced by some UFO and paranormal enthusiasts, while being dismissed by science as natural phenomena and reflections of the headlights of vehicles traveling on a nearby highway. Morrell gives lip service to the mundane, but builds his stor ...more
Roger Blakesley
David Morrell has been having coffee with Dean Koontz. I read this 2009 book seeing as it was a stand alone novel. I particularly liked Morrell's afterward revealing how the novel came to be.

I had been very disappointed in his later works after his earlier adventure thrillers (Those written while he was in Iowa.) Burnt Sienna was a tremendous let down. But in the case of The Shimmer he delivered a good albeit mildly predictable read.

The characters are friendly and engaging and as long as you kno
The book was pretty good early on, but I kept waiting for things to come together, for a more in depth explanation, and it never came. There's no closure. It's written like a mystery and told like a mystery, but when you get to the end and you're expecting some big reveal, all you get is "It's a mystery!" Very disappointing.

The characters are better than those in Morrell's Frank Balenger series, but they still aren't exactly great. The side characters are better, at least. Page and Tori were pre
Stacey Becker
My sister loaned me this book. It was obviously good enough to keep me turning the pages until the very end, and when events rose to their fevered pitch, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. It was definitely haunting, and that was drew me in, and I couldn't wait to get to the end to see how they resolved and explained everything, except they really don't. It's modeled after the Marfa Lights, so it was almost like reading stories about the Marfa Lights. Interesting, for sure, ...more
Amanda Morgan
Jun 25, 2014 Amanda Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For as far back as anyone can remember, Rostov, Texas, has been home to an indefinable phenomenon, the Rostov Lights. “The Shimmer” explores this phenomenon without offering an explanation.
Inspired by the similar real-life Texas Marfa Lights, Morrell decided to take this story, add a whole new world of characters and details, and turn it into something scary and all-too believable.
Police officer Dan Page returns home from work one night to find his wife missing. She has left a note saying she’
Коста  Сивов
Sep 14, 2014 Коста Сивов rated it it was amazing
Да, това е същият онзи Дейвид Морел, който преди малко повече от тридесет години създаде емблематичния образ на Джон Рамбо в своя дебютен роман "Първа кръв", дал началото на един франчайз, който продължава да интригува феновете и до днес. Мнозина са наясно, че Морел е страхотен писател, чиито трилъри се харчат като топъл хляб и редица светила в литературата се надпреварват да се изказват ласкаво за него и за книгите му. Малцина обаче навярно са чували, че канадецът пише също така хоръри и произв ...more
Mishel Zabala
This is my first novel by David Morrell and I have to say I didn't really know what to expect going into THE SHIMMER. I knew the synopsis intrigued me and I was basically just hoping for a good read...which is exactly what I found! The fast-paced story is filled with mystery, action, and suspense and I had a good time reading it.

The book opens up to police officer Dan Page flying his Cessna like he does on most of his days off. But he ends up becoming part of a police chase as he watches over th
Sep 01, 2009 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan Page, a Santa Fe police officer, and his wife Tori, are having marital problems. Tori, on her way to see her mother, decides to divert to the fictitious city of Rostov, Texas. Years before as a child, she was fascinated by the mysterious lights that shows up and could only be seen by some people, not by others. Her father, who could not see the lights, forced her to leave. When Dan receives a call from the sheriff, telling him that his wife's car was found there, he becomes mystified when th ...more
Sep 05, 2009 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Shimmer, David Morrell, Dan Page is a Santa Fe Deputy, who returns home after a horrific day at work to find his wife Tori missing. His search for her leads him to Rostev, Texas, a town know for its mysterious bouncing, shimmering lights. These lights have been reportedly seen beyond the horizon for many many years. Although many people have their theories about these lights, no one knows for sure their origin.

When Dan finds his wife, she is staring at these mysterious lights from an obse
Rich Stoehr
Oct 20, 2010 Rich Stoehr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll take a cue from Morrell's style and get right down to it: The Shimmer is one of the best thrillers I've read recently.

The story is a complicated one, spanning generations and peopled with many characters. Despite this, Morrell handles it all with what looks like natural ease, transitioning from the present-day to the past and back again, from one character to the next, moving the ball forward at a steady pace. As the story begins, we get to know a policeman and his wife and their troubled m
Nov 07, 2009 Alexia561 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, review-copy
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
Jan 20, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, audiobooks
Though this is probably a three and a half star read overall, I'm rounding up rather than down because the strengths outweigh the weaknesses. David Morrell is an author who has produced winner after winner, building most of his career off military thrillers and spy fiction (First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fifth Profession, etc). In the first decade of the 2000s, he has included more elements of horror in his books. This actually reads like a '90s Dean Koontz book. The town in the b ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Charli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, thriller
LJ review:

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 d
Nick Cato
After discovering her suitcases missing and a note that turns out to be a lie, Dan Page learns his wife Tori has left for a small town in Texas--a town with an unusual history.

After some quick detective work (easy, being Page is a cop), Page lands his small plane on the outskirts of Rostov and is taken to his wife by the local sherriff. Before long Page discovers Tori hasn't actually left him, but felt "called" to come to Rostov after a recent medical diagnosis as well as memories of a strange c
Oct 19, 2009 Cheryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Police officer, Dan Page receives a call from Police Chief Roger Costigan in Rostov, Texas. He is calling to notify Dan that his wife’s car was found on the side of the road and Victoria near by. Dan has no clue what Victoria could possibly be doing in Texas but he aims to find out. He books the first flight out to Texas.

When Dan arrives to retrieve his wife, he finds himself fighting something that just may be bigger than him. Tori and dozens of other people are drawn to an unexplained green l
Kay Elizabeth
Mar 08, 2010 Kay Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Shimmer (Vanguard Press, ISBN 9781593155377, Hardcover, 352pp) is an engrossing and suspense packed thriller from the pen of Rambo creator, David Morrell. Set in and around the fictional Rostov, Texas, The Shimmer’s about mysterious lights in the sky near the small town. Are they so much more than they appear to be or just some geological anomaly as some think? An out of town policeman’s search to discover their source unveils centuries old sightings, hidden government projects and that his ...more
"This is my first experience with David Morrell's work. I can see how he would be considered a great thriller writer. Unfortunately, I suspect that The Shimmer is not an example of his best work, which is extremely disappointing because it has such great potential. [return][return]The premise itself is intriguing. Mysterious, unexplained lights hold some interest for me because there is a location north of Houston, Texas that has a similar phenomenon. My husband took me to see these particular l ...more
The man who created Rambo wrote this book. 'When police officer Dan Page’s wife disappears, her trail leads to Rostov, a remote Texas town where unexplained phenomena attract hundreds of spectators each night. Not merely curious, these onlookers are compelled to reach this tiny community and gaze at the mysterious Rostov Lights. But more than the faithful are drawn there. A gunman begins shooting at the lights, screaming “Go back to hell where you came from!” then turns his rifle on the innocent ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Morrell is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This is the third book I have read by Morrell and so far it is the best yet. The Shimmer is a very quick read that is hard to put down. This one has a little bit of everything: action, mystery, and sci-fi. The Shimmer is a great book! Don't be surprised if you want spend your next vacation searching for the Marfa Lights in Texas after reading The Shimmer!
Feb 02, 2015 Trucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting if you understand what the author is leaning toward in the varying aspects of this story: The making of Giant the movie, strange lights that James Dean was supposedly drawn to....but for me, the actual components of the marriage between the main character and his wife is what really tied this all together and made it a good read.
Engaging characters, high suspense, and a mysterious phenomena based on fact, David Morrell again brings a spellbinding, gripping story. The mysterious lights, actually seen in four places around the world, are still unexplained and the catalyst that moves the story (Google "Marfa lights"). Some of the background plot scenes were actual stories from residents, including the fascination of a young, superstar actor whose life and career were tragically cut short (hint, he starred in East of Eden a ...more
Susan Rowald
Aug 08, 2014 Susan Rowald rated it really liked it
With the parallels to Marfa, TX, I was hooked! This book kept me reading as fast as I could to see what happened next. I love books that are built around actual places. They really capture my imagination and make me want to research and learn more. (Of course that's one reason I love Nevada Barr's books too ). Very enjoyable read for me.
Harry Roger Williams III
This book is one of a small number that I consider outstanding for a rather strange reason. It deals with strange events that could be considered occult, science fiction, or merely strange and unsettling. The strange thing about it is this: my wife Jody and I both liked it and found it to be a compelling page-turner. We rarely like the same books, or music, or anything except our home and one another. When I told Jody this is the creator of Rambo, that was not a selling point. She found herself ...more
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David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years. He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited-series The Chosen.
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