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Casting Shadows Everywhere [Kindle Edition]

L.T. Vargus , Tim McBain
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

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#1 Amazon Best Seller - OVER 100 5 STAR REVIEWS!

Killing someone is a lot harder than you'd imagine. Physically harder, I mean. On TV a guy strangles someone for like 5 seconds and the body slumps to the ground in a heap of dead just like that. In real life, it takes so long you wouldn't believe it.

See, I saw someone get strangled once when I was 9.

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In his own words, 15 year old Jake is a “huge pussy.” He flinches. Always. He's too timid to make a move on Beth, the buxom girl of his dreams, and too busy getting face-slammed into lockers by bullies to do much else. He seeks the guidance of the biggest bad ass he knows, his cousin Nick.

Nick is a professional burglar and makes Jake his apprentice. They stalk suburban neighborhoods night after night, ransacking houses for jewelry and sweet valuables. Nick teaches Jake the finer points of breaking and entering along with his dark philosophy - that there is no right or wrong in the world, just a series of events that happen without meaning.

At first, adopting Nick's callous worldview helps Jake get over his fears and confront his tormentors, but he also unleashes an aggression in himself he never thought possible. And as he learns more about his cousin, he realizes that Nick's crimes go way beyond burglary.

In the end, Jake must face not only the monster in his cousin but also the one in his own heart.

Product Details

  • File Size: 810 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502999994
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smarmy Press (August 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CR0T70U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Affirming June 17, 2013
My best friend in college was a Dead Head. You know, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, tie-dye, cool music, and dope. Lots and lots of dope.

My friend was way into acid. Not me, I couldn't give up control like that, and besides, someone had to drive, right? And grass just made me sick at my stomach, so no pain. However, my friend told me about her "trips." It was "trippy" listening to her, to say the least.

"Why," you ask, "are getting into this? Is this a book about the Grateful Dead and acid trips?"

Well, no, not exactly. But this powerful, horrifying book took me to a place in my mind that must be very like those acid trips. Weird, lost, surreal . . . and deeply, deeply moved by the experience.

Through the journal of a 15-year-old, we take a weird journey through what it means to be 15, powerless and alone. How easy it is to be swayed, to be taught by a 24-year-old sociopath who happens to be your cousin, that "There ain't no magic power that makes right and wrong have real meanin' is all."

It is so easy, when you are a beta, to fall sway to the alpha, especially when the school bullies become involved. To stare down that dark path, the one that leads to "Isn't that the natural urge here? To find a way to grind the sadistic kid's head into the ground so he can see what it feels like?"

This book moved me, pained me, in so many ways. It brought up memories best forgotten, pain, heartbreak. But mostly, it opened me up with the wisdom and compassion shown by the author. Many issues were touched on. The aforementioned bullying, of course. But also expectations, loss, grief, and how easy is is to turn an inherently good person to the dark.

Looking back on my review, it seems that I didn't like the book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Read May 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Bravo, Vargus. This is GOOD.
OK, so this is something of a weird read, not because of the content (which is unique, I must say), but because it read like literary fiction even though I wouldn't categorize it as such; it just doesn't belong in the mainstream; the build-up to the real goods of the content is slow and sometimes boring--but worth it--and the book, in my opinion anyway, leans more toward character development than plot, even though the plot is good and mainstream-worthy. See why this is weird? I guess it casts shadows on both the literary and mainstream.
I will say that:
1. This book is impressive, because the dream sequences and the main characters' learning about the different parts of the brain and how they work, run perfectly parallel to the plot.
2. This book is effective in being philosophical and bringing forth ethical dilemmas for the reader to consider. Who were your teachers in life? Did they teach you right? Does your loyalty toward your teachers--because they are your teachers--end once you realize that what you have been taught is not right? How much of human behavior is explainable?
This book has a very slow-build up, but once it has built, it explodes! I'd recommend this much!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't at ALL what I expected! June 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I admit, much like the reviewer above me, the book seemed to start out slowly. As I progressed through the book, the premise of "teen writing in a diary" scenario seemed to lull me, the reader, into expecting a typical angsty teen novel. This is not the case.

Vargus must have done a lot of factual research, because interesting facts are peppered throughout the book, right alongside the story, almost underlining it. I wasn't expecting that kind of attention to detail. But also interesting was how the main character wove these facts into his own life. I definitely felt there was a battle of morality going on within the story, but these facts kept popping up, reminding us that this person is still discovering the world around him.

This book takes you through many of the dilemmas facing teens on the verge of adulthood, and understanding how to function within society. We get snippets of his unsatisfactory home life and how he finds role models outside of his environment. As I mentioned, I first assumed this was a novel for juvenilles, but I found as an adult it is incredibly entertaining. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! June 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a free copy of Casting Shadows Everywhere by L T Vargas in return for which I agreed to do a review.

CSE is Jake's story. He is 15 years old, and, for me, he is a mash-up between Holden Caufield from Catcher in the Rye and Lenny from Of Mice and Men.When Jake decides to keep a written journal, we become aware of all his thoughts which become influenced by his cousin, Nick.

Nick has a somewhat twisted notion of life. Kind of an is that all there is spin and no matter what the subject or issue, for Nick it's just a load of crap. Jake begins his journal by telling us killing someone is a lot harder than you'd imagine. He got to reach that conclusion from his association with Nick. When Jake is in trouble because he won't stand up for himself during some bullying from his classmates, Nick is there coaching him on how to rise above life's problems and be the one in control.

Jake is fixated on pondering the meaning of life and how it all fits together. In his black and white world, if he can just get a handle on how and why everything works the way it does, he can then move on to the next big thing. He analyzes everything from how the right and left sides of the brain process information so differently to why McDonald's has successful marketing campaigns. But in the end, he only manages to see that nothing really matters because it's all a load of crap. I loved L T Vargas' descriptions of Jake's thought processes. By the time he finishes one of his explanations for how he arrives at the conclusions he reaches, I'm almost convinced that he does present a certain amount of logic to his arguments. This is what reminded me of Holden Caufield.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is not usually my type of read. ...
This book is not usually my type of read. I prefer some sort of surrealism to my stories, but I was drawn to the characters' dialogue, which felt real. Read more
Published 14 days ago by William Endres Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the tone and feel of the main character throughout ...
I loved the tone and feel of the main character throughout the entire book. All of the characters were extremely realistic which made this book hard to put down. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Brit
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious Yet Unorthodox Storytelling Not For Everyone
"Casting Shadows Everywhere" by Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus is a bold step in experimental storytelling that may or may not set out to do what the storytellers... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Anthony M. Harrington
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are one of many of my friends who is offended by bad language,...
Before I start my review I do want to give my conservative warning, If you are one of many of my friends who is offended by bad language, this book may not be for you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rhett
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Published 1 month ago by bob cruise
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word, 'Casting Shadows Everywhere' is 'excellent'
'Casting Shadows Everywhere' is beautifully written; a little terrifying, sometimes sad, filled with funny observations on everything from tacos to the workings of the brain, and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike Billington
2.0 out of 5 stars Casting Shadows Everywhere
I guess i didn't get it. I found the dialogue to be annoying (how many times can he say "like"?) and redundant and silly. The characters were dull. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tezza
4.0 out of 5 stars Philosophical and conversational
You'll be drawn in by the first-person protagonist's quirky voice. It's a fun read, quick and engaging, though the writers could get a pro editor to polish it a bit further, for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Brunette
4.0 out of 5 stars Casting Shadows Everywhere: A reminder of growing up lost and confused where to begin?

Tim McBain got me at "I'll gargle bleach if you read my book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emersenlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This book was so good. Random Twitter message got me to read it. The story is funny and entertaining. It pulls you in and holds you there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Fennell
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