Colored Floodlights (Paperback)

By Frank Drury

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781475011395, 300pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2012



After serving three tours in Afghanistan, Roy Calhoun comes home to Jacksonville, Florida to try and live a normal life, which is difficult to do with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is fortunate enough to be introduced to a psychologist named Parker Boyce, who not only treats him with therapy but befriends him as well. Parker grew up in California but has recently moved to Florida with money he inherited when his wealthy father died. He takes Roy into his upscale home in an affluent neighborhood of the 1% and treats him like he is a part of the family, even hiring him as caretaker and helping him start classes at the local community college. Parker's wife has a younger sister, Roberta, who lives in California with their mother, a waitress and recovering alcoholic. Roberta comes to visit Parker and his wife and a romance begins to develop between Roberta and Roy. She convinces him to attend some of the Occupy Wall Street 99er protests that are going on in major cities all over the country. With help from his Xanax prescription, Roy attends rallies with Roberta in Atlanta, Washington DC, and finally in Jacksonville, although he never really seems to understand the 1% vs. 99% confrontations that take place at these events. He spends very little of his time experiencing Afghanistan flashbacks and is able to function well with therapy and meds, until a moment comes one day when he loses control and shows a side of himself he has tried to keep hidden from everyone else.

About the Author

Frank Drury is the author of AN EMPTY SKY, published in 2010. Midwest Book Review called it "a fascinating and thought provoking read." He spent the early years of his career as a struggling screenwriter in California before moving to the East Coast and finding success in the high risk world of futures trading, which is where he gained the inspiration for AN EMPTY SKY. He currently lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with his wife and daughters and continues to write fiction. A DREAM AWAY was his second novel, published in 2011. Midwest Book Review said, "Learning the value of family and what it all means." Another reviewer wrote, "The reader will not welcome real life interruptions!" This book, COLORED FLOODLIGHTS, is his latest novel. His books are available through Kindle,,,, Powell's Books, Tattered Cover, and Boulder Bookstore. They may also be purchased through your local independent book store. You may contact the author at or, visit his website at to read some of the reviews of his work.