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Thalo Blue [Kindle Edition]

Jason McIntyre

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Book Description

Sebastion Redfield is being hunted.

A young man on the brink of true adulthood, Redfield experiences the trauma of his life when a trespasser breaks into his home. The psychiatrist assigned to help him recover from the break-in begins to unravel a more disturbing truth about his ordeal: that someone or some thing has been hunting him.

Touted as "Jason McIntyre's most complex, multi-layered, and disturbing work," THALO BLUE delves into the life and times of Sebastion who, through his unique condition, may be the only person alive able to stop the mysterious "thief". This figure is unstoppable, even by death it seems, and he wants something that only Sebastion possesses. An explosive confrontation in his home during the middle of a brutal winter begins their terrifying encounter, one that will eventually stretch across a city, a township and a country.

Recovery is Sebastion's next phase of life--and not just physical recovery but an emotional healing from a life of family drama and the burden of being 'gifted'. Sebastion and the psychiatrist assigned to help him deal with the break-in quickly realize that the ordeal is not over. Now, to save his own life, he and the therapist must dredge up his dark, painful past for clues as to who or what the terrifying thief may be.

Part literary noir, part mystery, and part horror, THALO BLUE is sure to paralyze readers and keep them gnawing at their nails at each startling revelation.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050OXK58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,061,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read 21 July 2011
By kyriaw - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
At first I had a really hard time getting into this book. It starts off with the main character getting attacked and the narrative goes from one person's mind to the other. For the first couple of chapters it is like this, but with additional characters still, and frankly, I was a bit confused.

Then it starts to level out. It still switches back and forth, but it does it slower, and you have more time to process each section. After this happened, I started to like the book. The main character is an unhappy artist who has been bossed around by his father and is kind of still trying to find his place in the world. His mother left when he was young and he has issues with women and life in general.

Then this attacker comes into his life and everything changes. I will not tell you what happens, but the author has made it an interesting read, especially when he ends it. You do close the book (or turn off the Kindle) with a feeling of closure, which I find important.

The only thing I didn't know was that it is a fantasy book to a certain degree. Not fantasy like dragons and elves, but Stephen King fantasy-like. I won't tell you any more than that. I also had no idea that "thalo blue" is a type of blue. See, you do learn something new every day!

I give this book a 3 out of 5.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly well-written and masterfully crafted! 17 May 2011
By Genna Sarnak - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Jason McIntyre's latest novel, THALO BLUE, is absolutely frightening, but in a way that I loved!

Hauntingly well-written and masterfully crafted, THALO BLUE is primary about Sebastion "Zeb" Redfield, a troubled artist on the cusp of true adulthood. The story opens as a circumspect "thief" breaks into Sebastion's house and attacks him. While the attack seems random at first, a deeper, more complicated meaning soon surfaces and Sebastion, along with his assigned psychiatrist, must figure out what's driving this monster, before it's too late and he consumes them all. The book also delves into Sebastion's twisted, yet beautiful, past, capturing the rawness of growing up in a candid and heart-wrenching way.

The novel, very simply put, is about the pursuit of life and happiness in the face of adversity, complicated family relationships, and the inevitability of death.

The first few pages (perhaps even the first two or three chapters) are a bit confusing and it took me a while to orient myself inside the world McIntyre creates, but that was part of what I loved about it. Sebastion's reality is fragmented and his memories come to him in bits and pieces, and that's exactly how they are delivered to the readers. You get only as much as Sebastion will admit and reveal to himself. Although a tad "different," I am really drawn to Sebastion. There is something about his sensitivity to life, poetry, and sensory notions that make him both incredibly intriguing and captivating.

I truly enjoyed unraveling the events that shaped Sebastion into the man he is present day. In a way, the structure of the story reminded me a bit of the movie, Memento, mostly because of the way it intricately unfolds. Jumping from past to present, from the perspective of Sebastion to an EMT, to the infamous thief, McIntyre brilliantly weaves the narrative back and forth.

I highly recommend THALO BLUE to those who enjoy mystery, thriller, and ornately crafted stories. The characters are haunting and tend to linger long past the closing images. I will 100% be reading more from McIntyre very soon!

THALO BLUE sinks its claws into you and refuses to let go.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Farthest Reaches of Drama and Suspense 14 May 2011
By Ann Mauren - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
THALO BLUE is one of those rare books that can manage to capture different bits of mystique all at once. It's a terrifying look into a world where things are not what they seem. It's a paranormal journey to the farthest reaches of one young man's wild imagination. We get to see his triumphs and his failures through the lens of his difficult condition and his painful world is exacerbated by a sometimes troubled home life. But there's drama too, and heavy suspense, plus the requisite dark moments and even a little romance. This book will engage nearly every kind of reader -- if you can get past the scary opening -- so scary, in fact, I felt like I was right there with the main character, Sebastion Redfield, looking into the dark eyes of a terrifying stranger.

Be prepared as you go on a journey with Sebastion. He's not likely to be the same, and perhaps by reading THALO BLUE, you might find yourself profoundly changed too. Highly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Grim Synaesthetic Wonderland. 3 May 2012
By Shivanee N. Ramlochan - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
[The following is an excerpt from a full-length review of Thalo Blue.]

Good writing does not necessarily a good novel make, but Jason McIntyre is a good writer. When we read, we allow the author an unshakeable level of dominion over our senses--if the writer does his work well, we won't want to be shaken. It took me no more than a handful of chapters to feel confident that I was in no danger of decrying foul fiction, and knowing this holds its own kind of quiet reassurance. What I loved best about McIntyre's prose were moments when it lent itself to a sage series of omniscient narrative contemplations.

This novel earns its chops based on a neat list of accomplishments. Principal among these is its sophisticated residence in a genre of writing about which I am typically leery. [...] A suspense thriller edged with nuances of psychological investigation, Thalo Blue is as much an examination of human behaviour beneath pressure as it is a bildungsroman with bite. If reading it prompts you to search out more of McIntyre's work, then we're in the same synaesthete's landscape of brightly-hued anticipation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying 16 May 2012
By Amber Jerome~Norrgard - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Jason McIntyre's Thalo Blue is gripping, terrifying, and an addictive, psychological thriller. McIntyre's book is poetic in its descriptions, and the author possesses the rare ability to pull the reader into the world he has created; Thalo Blue is so detailed and expressive I felt at times I was not reading a novel, but watching a movie. The ending is EXCELLENT; I was stunned and absolutely thrown by not seeing it coming at all.
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