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Failing Test: Book One of The Shadow Series [Kindle Edition]

J.M. Pierce
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You know him, but you can't remember his name. He is the one that is always there, in the background, all but invisible to those roaming the hallways. What if he had a secret? What if it was a secret that even he didn't know?

Test Davis has always been a blur to those around him. He's a shadow like a million other kids--not smart enough for the academic team, not beast enough for the football team, not extroverted enough for the drama crowd. In all things Test is just...not, which is why no one ever notices him.

But what happens when someone does notice him-- Nicole Paxton, a cheerleader, no less? What happens on the night that Test finds out there's nothing average about him and that a powerful gift has been hidden within, secretly waiting to be set free and alter his life forever? The question is, will that power save him and those he loves or tear them apart?

Failing Test is approximately 84,000 words.

Look for other books in the Shadow Series! A Shadow's Light: Book Two, The Memoirs of Clifford T. Johnston: A Shadow Series Novelette, and The Reverence of One: Book Three, are all available!

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About the Author

J.M. Pierce is a simple midwestern man with a creative side who has found writing as his primary outlet. He lives happily with his wife and two children in rural Kansas and finds happiness in a good cup of coffee, a Kansas sunrise, a good book, the sound of his daughter singing, his son's laughter, and his wife's eyes. Everything else is gravy.

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  • File Size: 760 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace; 1 edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner! January 10, 2012
Failing Test transports the reader back to a time of teenage angst and uncertainty. Test Davis struggles with his past while trying to find a way to cope with his place of belongingness during his high school years. During such a tumultuous time, Test not only struggles with who he is, but also with newly discovered "powers" that he lacks the ability to control. Throw in teenage love with all the twists and turns and this book has it all! A must read for those that love this genre!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Misunderstood Superhero August 21, 2010
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Just as teenager Test Davis delves into a blossoming romance with his long time crush, Nicole, he discovers that he has supernatural abilities. His powers are so intense that he struggles to control them, exploding his life into turmoil, violence and angst with the result that he becomes a fugitive running from the authorities while coming to terms with his powers. Will his romance with Nicole survive? Will he be able to come to terms with his powers and learn to control them? Will the world be able to accept him?

JM Pierce has written an engaging story told by two voices, by Test and by Nicole. Both characters are well fleshed. Test's frustrations and angst left me rooting for him. I felt Nicole's pain as she tried to decide whether to lead a fugitive's life with Test or give him up. The story is far from over and I look forward to the sequel.... Get writing, JM!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of Power August 16, 2010
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Failing test excels at an aspect of the superhero genre that isn't typically tackled. Most of us would love to super powers, but we don't think about the consequences of those powers and what they would mean to those we love. While Test is a good person, the power within him can be destructive, and it changes the landscape of his life.

While there are many vampire novels to choose from, Failing Test stands on its own merits as a coming-of-age story mixed with a wonderful what-if scenario, proving that while Test is in some ways super human, he is also just as vulnerable as the rest of us, and pain is pain, even to someone who can easily throw cars and pulse his way around the world. I would love to see this character five years down the road when he has finally come to terms with who he is. Something tells me his world will be better for having him in it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I found it explosive!! April 26, 2012
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I do think the story line could have been better, more in depth. But I must admit that I doubt you will find a more exciting and adventurous story.
After Test started realizing he had certain powers that came to the fore front when he was emotionally upset, he just kept experimenting, sadly while he was besieged by police, FBI, and the National Guard. In rescuing his friends from confinement and a violent tornado.

There really was not too much time to catch your breath till another catastrophe struck.
I enjoyed it. I thought it could have been a story about SUPERMAN!!! YEA!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book December 4, 2012
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Shows a new and interesting plot that left me guessing, nice to get away from the cookie cut stories. while the characters are likable and are not the perfect characters, but have room that you can grow with them.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Failing Test (The Shadow Series #1) - J.M. Pierce April 11, 2013
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I didn't like Failing Test as much as I thought I would, based on the synopsis. It definitely had its moments, but overall I just wasn't very impressed with the book.

The biggest problem I had with the book was the reaction of the law enforcement when they hear about Test's powers. For instance, he accidentally reveals his powers to a bunch of his classmates when he defends his girlfriend from some of her old friends, who weren't happy about her leaving their clique to date Test. He smashes up a car, and levitates two jocks, then melts a fiery log into a puddle of goo. He runs off, and naturally, the classmates call the police to report the attack.

Here's my problem - a bunch of incredibly drunk teenagers call the police and report that one of their classmates has magical superpowers that he used to attack them...and the police don't think twice about it. Their reaction isn't to laugh at how ridiculous the story is. They don't stop to question the source at all. The very next day, the front page declares Test a national threat who definitely has magical powers. And when the police see Test for the first time, they open fire on him immediately, without even waiting for him to prove if he has the alleged powers or not. So drunken teenagers are a completely credible source in this world. I'd hate to deal with their legal system.

And that's another thing. Why did Test keep using his powers against the police? If he had never used them to attack the police, he could have just looked at the police and said, "Really? A bunch of drunk kids told you I had superpowers?" He laments that if he'd taken a bat to the kid's car instead of mind-crushing it, he wouldn't be in trouble. Then why not tell the police that that was what happened, then?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it! October 6, 2012
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ebook: shadow series: jm pierce

summary: test isnt normal, he has powers, dangerous powers, and a dangerous temper. he'll need his friends to help keep him in check, and help him out of trouble.

review: amazing, i absolutely love it. there's some editing kind of problems. words may disapear just flip the page back and forth they'll show up. some spots dont connect and get confusing, but sort out. that's about it for problems, though one character i find very annoying, nicole, she starts off as a popular girl and pretty much treats test like a yoyo. othersiwe it's pretty great some words and reactions are a bit awkward, but it hardly matters with the wonder of the story. i've been devouring this series taking about a day or less really for at least one of the books. it's set to sit at the top of my fav list. i even got the novellete that follows cliffs life, i read a clip of it and loved it. so in short: i love it! i got the first ebook free i encourage you to try and catch this fantastic read ^.^

rating: 4.9 (docking a little for editorial problems you know to be fair)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill ride that you don't want to end!
Failing Test is like a thrill ride that is over before you are ready to get exit the ride. I was drawn in from the start and still wanting more at the dramatic ending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fantasybkgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars I devoured reading this book
I was reading a series of books but had to take a break from it to read this book. It fired my imagination and I have quickly read this book and purchased the next one! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth Wiseman
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Stop Reading This One
Great book in general. Characters are developed well, and great story line. Really great series - I highly recommend reading this!
Published 4 months ago by Melissa Cornell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 months ago by TwiztedKitty
3.0 out of 5 stars Tried a couple times to finish, and kept putting it down
It's okay... The story did not lead me to finish the series.
Published 9 months ago by Julia Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I found the book interesting and intertaining, all in all I would recomend reading it.
Published 9 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story with characters that steal your heart.
I'm not very fond of this genre of stories, however I have found myself not able to put it down for too long of a time before picking it up again. Anxious to start book 2.
Published 10 months ago by MSanator
2.0 out of 5 stars INSTANT RAGEEEEE
Instant love.

Instant hatred.

Instant power mastery.

Instant friends.

Instant trust. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Vi King
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
different. Just not my style.
Published 11 months ago by Shannah
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I've read in a long time
One of the most poorly written books I have read. There is nothing redeeming in this collection of clichés. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jay Rohrssen
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J.M. Pierce is a simple mid-western man with a creative side who has found writing as his primary outlet. He lives happily with his wife and two children in rural Kansas and finds happiness in a good cup of coffee, a Kansas sunrise, a good book, the sound of his daughter singing, his son's laughter, and his wife's eyes. Everything else is gravy.

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