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rank 391
word count 19283
date submitted 19.12.2009
date updated 11.05.2013
genres: Thriller, Romance
classification: universal
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A Patch of Dappled Sun

Gabriel Green

He was paid to kill her. Now he wants to save her.

 

Crippled and abandoned at birth, David Leighton has never known love. Isolated from the world, both physically and emotionally, his singular reason for living is to kill for money.

Until the day he sees her.

Taking a contract on a couple, David shoots the man but, as he takes aim at the woman, for the first time ever, he cannot squeeze the trigger.

Unable to understand why the memory of her face makes him feel unwell, he decides he must find out who she is and why she was marked to die. He also comes to realise that he is determined to protect her.

As Maria goes on the run to escape her fate, an accidental encounter with the handsome young Paul Harlin pitches them into an intense love affair. Despite the danger hanging over them, they work back through her story to discover why there is a price on her head and what needs to be done to save her life.



 
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Aurora87 wrote 1145 days ago

Marvellous in every way. The pitch made me want to read more, and you didn't disappoint. I hope this gets published so I can read it in paperback.. it's always such a chore reading good books online! I'm backing this. Best wishes, Emily (Traps and Topaz)

KarenConabeare wrote 736 days ago

I read The Time Glimpser and thought that was good, (VERY GOOD). I felt the need to read this book too....wow! The ending just blew me away. I never saw it coming. The writing is superb throughout and this would be an amazing film. I wish you all the best and would have paid good money to read this book. I am off to read your third and you deserve success.

Famlavan wrote 1483 days ago


A Patch of Dappled Sun

Immense piece of writing, the plot, the narrative, however it was the dialogue for me, it is a lesson in itself – Brilliant
A Snifter of Lagavulin to its success – Good luck.

cbearly wrote 1531 days ago

Gabriel:

A Patch of Dappled Sun deserves all the accolades it receives. I would gladly plunk down the money for a copy.

Job well done.

Backed with the best of luck,

Candace Bowen Early (A Knight of Silence)

Chris 1 wrote 247 days ago

I liked this (read all five chapters) and you've got a very unusual 'hitman' in David. nobody would suspect a severely disabled person to be in that business so it's almost perfect cover, AND the weapons would be shielded in the security x-ray screens at every international airport - eat your heart out James Bond!

After years of lonely isolation, as sometimes happens, you get emotionally involved in your work and he's fallen for a woman he was meant to kill and thus starts the hunt for her identity. My thoughts are, David is in some sort of personal crisis for this to happen but this may well unfold in later chapters?

Then art dealer Paul Harlin is similarly struck by the same mysterious woman now on the run in Amsterdam in a chance rescue from a street mugger. He's also on the hunt for her. At some point, the two - David and Paul - are going to confront each other.

H'mm Maria Cassa? Is she connected to the mafia? Who knows? But you've got the ingredients for an interesting, well-written thriller. BACKED

Seringapatam wrote 378 days ago

Gabriel, I found this to be very gripping and the hooks in it were so tempting. I fell into this book as I was dying to see what happened next. Well done. Job done. That is supposed to be what a book does for me and it IS as simple as that. Great use of your characters and balanced so well throughout the book. You have smashed it and although not normally my genre, it is now. I score this very high. A clever piece of literature.
Sean Connolly British Army on the Rampage. ( B.A.O.R) Please consider me for a read or watch list wont you? Many thanks.,Sean

Jaclyn Aurore wrote 450 days ago

I love stories like this.... bad boy, love at first sight.... world changes... he's still bad but not for her.

the thriller in the killing - excellent. I was hooked from the start and read on until there was nothing left.

David's obsession is penned clearly... love it.

my only nitpick, is to maybe drop the last paragraph from the pitch as that gives the game away.... that's going to be a great twist that i'd never see coming, you know?

anyway - excellent start, look forward to more

Jaclyn x
It Never Happened

Scott Toney wrote 684 days ago

I really like the title and will be reading soon! Have a great day!

KarenConabeare wrote 736 days ago

I read The Time Glimpser and thought that was good, (VERY GOOD). I felt the need to read this book too....wow! The ending just blew me away. I never saw it coming. The writing is superb throughout and this would be an amazing film. I wish you all the best and would have paid good money to read this book. I am off to read your third and you deserve success.

Aurora87 wrote 1145 days ago

Marvellous in every way. The pitch made me want to read more, and you didn't disappoint. I hope this gets published so I can read it in paperback.. it's always such a chore reading good books online! I'm backing this. Best wishes, Emily (Traps and Topaz)

karamina wrote 1146 days ago

This is tight, well written, and I love it. Have backed you! Rushing to school to pick up children, but wanted to leave a quick comment.

Rachael
x

Michael Croucher wrote 1170 days ago

A terrific start, tightly written, hooks galore and all kinds of pace; my kind of reading - backed with pleasure.

Kaimaparamban wrote 1182 days ago

This is a rare style of writing. There are a few characters. Two ways. One is of hate and one is of love confluence in one woman is a rare treat as far as readers are concerned. Changing of mind has beautifully described in this novel. You have succeeded in projecting such team and characters perfectly.

Joy J. Kaimaparamban
The Wildfire
The Seagulls

Twhit wrote 1185 days ago

This is excellently told. In the beginning paragraphs I loved how you trusted the reader would pick up his handicap without actually spelling it out. Then a few paragraphs down you spelled it out twice (mentioning the rods etc). I think one of those could be pulled out. That is my only super critical nitpick. The rest of the chapter is absolutely written well. I feel the eerie-ness of David as he unpacked. I also loved how you unfolded his profession as a hit man in the hotel room. My sympathy turned immediately to scorn. (without a lot of over-dramatic writing). I will put this on my watchlist. Very good job. Best Wishes, Twhit

mariahj24 wrote 1292 days ago

I find your writing style very easy to read. Upon the opening paragraphs one already has a sense of what it must be like to live in a society full of people who are so impatient. It's easy for the reader to get lost in the predicament of the main character which makes this a compelling read. I would recommend this book to friends and family. Thank you for sharing this work. Backed, Mariah

Ron Mitchell wrote 1327 days ago

I really enjoy your writing style and the way it flows. One suggestion as you do another edit begins in the 2nd sentence. It is an incomplete sentence. Try placing it in the body of the 3rd sentence. "He was dead (from a single head shot) before his body hit.... Best of luck with this book. It has an intriguing premise.
-author of December Gold (I would appreciate your support)

paperbat wrote 1341 days ago

Gabriel. I have just finished the first few chapters. I am reading more, but dont have the time yet ! But I have got a good overview of its story. Well paced and thought out. Dialogue is appropriate as well. Will write a more detialed commentary later. All the best. Oh and I have gladly backed it!
I would appreciate your take on my childrens' book. Please comment - positve and back it or critisize and not. Jerry - paperbat

memphisgirl wrote 1342 days ago

I've somehow missed this perfect piece. What a skillful, fluent blend of musical narrative and dialogue. So glad I found it. A must read at the top of my guilty pleasure list.

Memphisgirl
Ashes By Now

Frank James wrote 1345 days ago

A Patch of Dappled Sun,

I liked this book and I intend to it all when I get time. BACKED

Frank James (The Contractor)

CarolinaAl wrote 1352 days ago

"Bloody hell Luce." Comma after 'hell.' When you address someone in dialogue, offset their name or title with commas. There are more cases of this type of problem. Other than that, this is a gripping journey filled with surprises. Fascinating characters with real emotions. Excellent dialogue and narration. Intriguing storyline. Backed.

SammySutton wrote 1376 days ago

Gabriel,
What a wonderfully descriptive piece.
The details in which you decribe David's circumstances are superb.
Great writing.
Good Luck!
Sammy Sutton
King Solomon's '13'

wespollet wrote 1392 days ago

Hi Gabriel, A true masterpiece! Great Writing. I Like it and the air of mystery that kept me turning the pages. I BACK the book! Harold Alvin(ICON)Wesley

wespollet wrote 1392 days ago

Hi Gabriel, A true masterpiece! Great Writing. I Like it and the air of mystery that kept me turning the pages. I BACK the book! Harold Alvin(ICON)Wesley

odeb wrote 1395 days ago

"explain synopis" To me a wasted chapter.
I did not have time to read complete story. After reading complete story. I could not stop. I do not see how anyone could do less.
BACKED

odeb -GHOSTWOMAN

SusieGulick wrote 1398 days ago

Dear Gabriel, I love the intrigue in your story - I'd rather have a guardian angel than an assassin after me, any day. :) What a story you weave.! :) Your pitch is excellent, so set the hook for me to read your book. :) When you use short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, it makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm backing your book. :)
Could you please take a moment to back my TWO memoir books? Thanks, Susie :)

This is information from authonomy (so beware of any other untrue information you may receive that is spam & not quotes of authonomy):
"When you back a book, it only improves the ranking of that book, not yours. However, the author whose book you are backing may decide to back your book also, in which case yes, your ranking would be improved"...authonomy quote.
"Every time you place a book on your bookshelf, your recommendation pushes the book up the rankings. And while that book sits on your bookshelf, your reputation as a talent spotter increases depending on how well that book performs.

mvw888 wrote 1428 days ago

Your description of David and his disdain for wheelchairs and the childhood traumas that he has survived--well this is awesome character development. Tweaks at the reader's heartstrings a bit, puts us off balance and wondering about his complexities. I liked the assassination scene, although I felt it could have moved along maybe a tad more quickly. Everything here is well-written with good choices in detail and setting. Promises to be a good story.
---Mary
The Qualities of Wood

CraigD wrote 1432 days ago

Really good hook in the prologue, and a premise that promises to pull the reader along. My one critique is the number of sentences that begin with pronouns; this causes a lot of sameness in sentence structure. Particularly in the prologue, if you recast most of the sentences, your writing will be as compelling as the storyline. But besides that, the writing is solid, and the style complements the genre. Happy to back this for you.
Craig
The Job

Andrew Burans wrote 1466 days ago

The openning, short chapter sucked me in - the inner workings of the mind of a killer dealing with his own internal angst. Your character development is strong as is your use of imagery. A most enjoyable read. Backed with pleasure.

Andrew Burans
The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning

snave wrote 1473 days ago

Beautiful and charming. What a lovely opening which am sure will draw in many a reader - backed.
andy and vesna
When Spirits Break Free

T.Edwards wrote 1476 days ago

I was pulled in by the premise but once I started reading i was intrigued, good story, backed with pleasure.

Stone Legend wrote 1476 days ago

Dear Gabriel

You have a every interesting pitch and writing style. I like your idea and your command of the english language is simply superb! That being said I do have one or two little things I think you should look at.

The first is Maria is not featured for a very long time in the first couple of chapter. In the very first chapter we see a glimpse of her (but never quite) I was led to believe, by the pitch that she would be our heroin, but further in I still see no Maria. In the prologue I think you might want add a description for her, that could make it cheesy though. But something fleeting... WHY did he find her so beautiful? All that you stated was the he saw the most beautiful creature.

Now what did she look likie? You don't have to put in her whole description, but on characteristic is enough. Eyes are always a big favourite, hair, skin, perhaps her aura. But there has somethng.

One other thing in your first dialogue you write you tended to state the argument, but never describe in what manner they say it. Now this, again, does not need to be over done, but a 'he said' 'she said' is sometimes needed to give the story a little more deph.

Apart from that it's very well written, you have a very powerful story going here, but if your intention is that Maria will be your main character then she needs to feature a little bit earlier. Perhaps after the prologue? If she's going to be the heroin we're going to have to get to know here, don't we?

Still very well done and good luck to you!

Happy Writing!

Anne Morgan - Forgotten Gods

PATRICK BARRETT wrote 1477 days ago

Great storyline which is developed well. It is professionally written and polished. Your skills as a writer are very apparent. It is a beautiful story and flows well at a perfect pace. Congratulations on a fabulous book - will back you soon. Paula & Patrick Barrett - How Mean is My Valley?

Famlavan wrote 1483 days ago


A Patch of Dappled Sun

Immense piece of writing, the plot, the narrative, however it was the dialogue for me, it is a lesson in itself – Brilliant
A Snifter of Lagavulin to its success – Good luck.

Batwidow wrote 1484 days ago

Hi Gabriel, Fabulous read - I would carry on with this if it was a book in my hand. Good luck! Backed with pleasure. AnneX

Gabriel Green wrote 1486 days ago

Hullo Gabriel. Bound to become a winner. How distracting to be a 'hit' man under the cover of an honest disability. No one would think to stop and question him. People with disabilities don't do things like that. Ha-ha you have proved them wrong. already shelved and now backed. Please take a look at my book and thanks in advance


Linda Lou Long
Southern dis-Comfort
http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=11421



Thank you. for your backing. I thought I had already backed yours but must be mistaken. Will get onto it in the next day or so. Thanks again. Gabe.

Linda Lou wrote 1486 days ago

Hullo Gabriel. Bound to become a winner. How distracting to be a 'hit' man under the cover of an honest disability. No one would think to stop and question him. People with disabilities don't do things like that. Ha-ha you have proved them wrong. already shelved and now backed. Please take a look at my book and thanks in advance


Linda Lou Long
Southern dis-Comfort
http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=11421

marywood18 wrote 1488 days ago

I didn't expect a re-run of the prologue only with more detail and background information when I turned to your first. I wonder why? Usually a prologue gives a back ground that is vital and then the novel either goes back much further or forward to a point where the story is picked up. Or is this referring to a second double hit he has to make? The problem, if this is the same one, is, we know the outcome, which loses the tension for us.

You have a terrific set up here, the disabled man - that hasn't been done since ironside - I think....

And, your ideas are second to none - all the ingredients for a thriller that will do well. I still think an active voice and seeking out repetition of information and cutting it will greatly enhance your work -

As usual she asked him in a polite voice to remain seated.

The near hysterical receptionist caused him a delay. Not used to having guests check out within an hour of arriving he wrung his hands in distress wanting to know what problem the hotel had caused to warrant such a thing. Calming him by telling him the change had been caused by a business matter and assuring him he would return at a later date David left.

Just a couple more examples for you.

I don't want you to get the wrong impression, I only make these kind of suggestions if I think the work is really something special, sorry if I have offended, but you are worth me taking the risk, best wishes, Mary

marywood18 wrote 1488 days ago

Hi, sorry it took so long to get round to your book after your request, but i am here now. Your prologue is gripping, but could be even more so if you upped the pace and tension.

Even though you use different guises to tell us about the pause, they mean the same so are repetition: He paused - a moments hessitation - the briefest hiccough, just use one to up the tension and pace. Three, lulls the reader to a safe place and the impact is lost.

I would advise you start with the second paragraph and weave in the first and as this is a thriller, is should crack off the page, so use an active voice throughout.

The shooter prided himself he could make a double hit in three second. The two hundred yard space between him and his targets did not pose a problem. The couple walked hand in hand, chatting. Happy in each others company. He trained his telescopic sight on the head of the man, edged it a millimetre to the left and squeezed the trigger. The man fell. He would not have felt the slap of the bullet or the cold concrete that accepted his body. Nor would he see the agony of the woman as her silent scream took her to her knees.

Her turn.

etc...

I hope this helps and gives you an idea how your work could read if the the three disciplines mentioned above are applied. I am only wanting to help, you have an obvious talent and one I will back without any hessitation, best wishes, Mary. When you wrote to me you did not promise a return read, but I would be grateful if you would take the time to look at, An Unbreakable Bond and if you like it give it a backing, thank you.

Cherry G. wrote 1488 days ago

Hi Gabriel,
Just finished your book "A Patch of Dappled Sun". I'm not usually into the thrillers but this was a bit different because lot of focus on characters and relationships etc. An unusual plot, with a brilliant ending. Now I understand the title and what was going on! In fact, I thought the ending was the finest part of your book (that is NOT a hint that I wanted it to end) and the paragraph relating to the



























































































































































Hi Gabriel,
Have just finished your book "A Patch of Dappled Sun". I'm not usually into thrillers but this was no ordinary thriller...the characters were interesting and had relationships etc. Now I understand what was happening and the title is explained. In fact, I found the last 2 chapters the most powerful in the whole book and I loved the paragraph which explained the *dappled sun" of the title. I'm not going to try give advice on your writing style etc, you're clearly streets ahead of me.
So well done, I'm impressed. When I "reshuffle" my bookshelf, later tonight or at weekend, I'll place you on my bookshelf.
.I see you're very high in the rankings but are stationary at moment. Authonomy demands a lot of input, doesn't it. Now that I've be using it for about 10days I've come to the conclusion it's a way of gaining useful advice, rather than getting read by any editors. (ED at the right time is almost impossible and not necessarily related to writing skills!) I'm wondering how many writers have found publishers through this site (and what that would be in % terms of registered users. Probably makes the national lottery odds look good!) At least you've got a good agent!
Good luck with writing and regards to Sue,
Cherry G. "Sister: One Woman's Journey through the Trojan War"




plip wrote 1491 days ago

Well, I have chased the elusive Maria and her unfolding mystery through 18 chapters, and have gone just a touch past my bed time. Well done, this is really good, in every respect. Sorry, no useful critique from me.
phil 'Eland Dances'

Margaret Anthony wrote 1491 days ago

Whilst you say you are promoting this, I'm not really sure you have to try too hard.This surely must rise on its own merit.
The perfect mix for a good thriller is here in spadefulls. Impressive story line, a highly original character in David plus a twist on his persona, suspense and intrigue, fast-paced, not a hint of over writing and in total, a polished piece of work.
More than well worth shelving. Margaret.

lookinup wrote 1492 days ago

Thrillers aren't exactly my genre but how gruesome details can be so effectively communicated without overwhelming the reader fascinates me. Commenting on the unembellished, tight writing that conveys precisely what it needs to might work, or that the opening chapter so aptly hints at the flavor and content of what's ahead. I wonder if in the pitch, being more subtle work, hinting at what is ahead also. This is just a thought. Really great writing in my opinion. Backed.

Catherine (The Golden Thread) Might not be your genre either; but do comment if you like.

Vick wrote 1492 days ago

A dramatic prologue and engaging character in David. Happily on my shelf!
Vick
Endless

Barbara O'Neill wrote 1492 days ago

Hi Gabriel, have read your first chapter. Good pitch, strong opening, interesting premise. Clear scene, graphic and nicely understated. I'm immediately into the story and want to see what happens. Good luck. Backed. Perhaps you'll find time to read The Giant Killers?

Caroline Hartman wrote 1492 days ago

A Patch of Dappled Sun
First of all I love your cover and your pitches. They caught and kept my attention. I only read three chapters, but your storyline is very clever and shows great potential.
Caroline/Summer Rose

Closet Writer wrote 1493 days ago

I read your synopsis in C35, C1, C18 and C34. You certainly have a very intriguing plot!

Backed with pleasure,
SC Dwinnell, "Nobody Liked to Say"

meemers wrote 1493 days ago

It's no wonder this is such an emotional and compelling work of art. The way you superimpose Paul from David's love for Maria is ingenious. I love the way he loves her and goes to any length to save her. The writing flows with beauty.

backed
sue

Patrick Xavier wrote 1494 days ago

Excellent.

Bill Carrigan wrote 1495 days ago

Gabriel, it's Bill again--this time to thank you warmly for backing "The Doctor of Summitville" and to comment on "A Patch of Dappled Sun." I may have mentioned before how much I like your title and pitch, and now I can add, your first three chapters. I'll continue reading when I have time and try to comment in more detail. For now I'll mention my admiration for your theme: change of mind from intended murder to determined rescue. It's a setup for thrilling action and character transformation and should go well our reviewers and editors.
Backed.

Best wishes, Bill

Tawn Anderson wrote 1496 days ago

This is great! The prologue really starts the mystery off with a bang. Then you jump to David on a plane and feel his frustration coming throuhg. I love that one of your main characters is disabled... a shame we don't see more of this. My only nit is that some of your chapters get a little long. It might read differently on paper, but on screen, the eyes get a little tired and I found myself skipping ahead (of course, only to go back and re-read). It might help just to break it up. Other wise this is wonderful. I am not sure if I already backed this, so I'm going to do it again just in case!

Tawn Anderson (Providence)

Eveleen wrote 1497 days ago

beautifully written, backed. Hope you'll read mine

Su Dan wrote 1497 days ago

Forgive me, I need to read more of this to judge; you are on my watchlist...
SU DAN [SEASONS]

Ransom Heart wrote 1497 days ago

"the big baby in the push chair"
What a totally sympathetic way to explain the back story of the paid would-be assassin!
This is a well-crafted story, compelling, disciplined in meeting the expectations of the genre.
Backed.
Marianne (Saint Paddy and the Sundial)

Emoo wrote 1497 days ago

The title drew me in. That - and the interesting plot.

Happy to have on my book shelve.

Hsiau Hsia Moo

(The Monarch Butterfly)