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Clouded Rainbow

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,028 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Roger Belkin has everything going for him, the career, the car, the marriage. Roger spends his days working as an investment manager and planning his life with his wife, Lois. But just as Roger is living the American Dream, on one cold, dark night, he will lose everything. A horrific traffic accident tears Roger and Lois apart and sends this loving husband on a tragic jour ...more
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Pendan Publishing (first published 2009)
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Mar 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a proficient editor
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: kindle freeness
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
Richard Derus
Mar 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: one-star
This is NOT a thriller.
Way too overdescriptive, to the point where it got boring and I had to skip some paragraphs.
And, come on, it was so unbelievable! Roger left the hospital and no one noticed? Machines beep, staff notices! He had just been in a serious accident and he could just leave like that? His injuries let him cross the city? The whole police department was after him for some minor disturbances?
Feb 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, 2012
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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Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

Aug 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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"
Jonathan Sturak
Dec 31, 2009 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance, suspense, and thriller lovers
I have learned to Never Give Up...
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Roger DeBlanck
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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, where each of them suffers 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 spee ...more
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worth-it
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
Kimberly Mauldin
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Angel **Book Junkie**
This book earns one star only because it was free!
I couldn't do it. I did not like it and I only wanted it to end.
It took me 4 days (to me that is a lifetime) to even read this book because nothing I mean nothing held my attention. The writing was dramatic in places where I do not believe that it was intended and I caught myself many times with my Kindle on my chest asleep. I NEVER fall asleep reading. Hey but what does my opinion count for?? It doesn't so go out and try to read this.
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful. I wasn't able to put it down. I read it in one afternoon. I would highly recommend.
Christine Redlin
A page turner a love story at its core!
Jan 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Not well written- didn't make it past 13% on my kindle. Stilted writing, unlikeable & poorly formed characters. ...more
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recomend this book it has alot of twists and turns and the end was unexpected.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, this book had potential to be good.

Well, this book had potential to be good. That potential is the only thing winning it an extra star. Unfortunately it was too full of purple prose pretention to be enjoyable. The characters felt like marionettes as opposed to real people, despite the visible effort to shove some kind of humanity into each and every breathing thing that pranced on stage, and honesty the worst one was Roger. He was so dumb. Everything he did was dumb. He caused his own bad
Michelle Mingus
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast read

Clouded Rainbows is a short book filled with a heart wrenching struggle of a man and woman separated by unfortunate events. The writer encourages you to feel the intense need for them to be reunited!
Linda Peckman
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic love story of determination with an ending you don't see coming. I have re-read this book several times and I enjoy it more each time. I have recommended this book to several people who have enjoyed it as much as I have. Loved it!
Nelly Gears
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read book

If you believe in true love, then this is the book to read, all the way through hoping they find each other.........
Twist and turns. Definitively a romantic love story
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Not a thriller it was really sad though. A very unfortunate thing happened in this story which was ok, although rather slow however I think it highlighted what the author wanted to portray-the way we look at situations and people in different situations.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The story was good. A thought-provoking concept. The delivery was a bit dull. I still give it 3.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I skimmed the last few chapters. Worst. Book. Ever!
Glad it was a freebie and I didn't waste my money.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Very good story, very poor editing.
Waste of time. Awful book.
Melissa Herman
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read!!
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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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