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In the Shadow of the Earth (The Gods in Hiding Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.P. Borders
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Book Description

Science meets magic, and the true nature of reality is revealed!

What if reality isn’t as rigid as we think it is?

Professor Jim Canter was tormented by memories of his devastating failure as a physicist. The experiment that should have proven his radical, world-changing theory had instead ended in universal accusations of fraud and deceit.

What if the laws of physics are flexible?

Clinging hopelessly to the remnants of his shattered career, he is forced to consider an incredible idea proposed by a mysterious new graduate student. Mika convinces him to try a final experiment, one that could show an unprecedented link between reality and the human mind, opening the door to possibilities beyond anything Jim had ever imagined.

What if science really can explain magic?

The outcome leads them both into a terrifying confrontation with an organization of ancient, undead creatures dedicated to keeping these secrets for themselves, and who may present an even greater threat to all of mankind.

What if the gods actually did exist? What if they still do?

Now they must race against time to find a way to protect themselves from an enemy that cannot be seen or touched, one that has been preparing for untold thousands of years.

With gripping realism and outstanding characterization, In the Shadow of the Earth introduces a darkly fascinating perspective on the nature of humanity and the universe. This science fantasy doesn’t just ask the question “what if it could be?” Instead, it asks “what if it already is?”

Editorial Reviews


"...a phenomenally well developed science fiction / paranormal book that bursts with potential ... almost falls of the page with chilling realism..." Paul Little,

From the Author

In the Shadow of the Earth is the beginning of an ambitious new series dedicated to exploring the darker side of human nature. The rigorous attention to detail, in-depth characterization, and a unique approach to a logical magical system combine with fast-paced action to provide a compelling and original story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1975 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: John P. Borders; 4 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GAAQ14S
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story woven through a realistic science framework November 8, 2013
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I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction, but this was a new experience for me. The main characters came to life in a way that I have never quite felt. Even though both of them were supposed to be far smarter than normal people, they still seemed somehow real.

I especially liked Mika, a young woman who was an amazing heroine. She wasn't plucky, she wasn't sexy, she wasn't a fighter, and she wasn't worried and uncertain. Instead she was brilliant, in an almost terrifying way. But in spite of that, she was still very much a woman. After reading this book I almost felt like I knew her. And Jim's emotional intensity drew me right in.

The story was also unusual, mostly because it was so realistic, and almost had me believing it was possible. The magic was totally original, at least to me, and seemed to be explained by some sort of really complex physics that I didn't quite understand, but was very cool. I can't wait to see where it goes in the future. I'll definitely buy the next one in the series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth A Read March 10, 2014
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I read the first paragraph of In the Shadow of the Earth and thought, yes, this is the way a book should start. It grabbed my attention and made me want to read on, so I began the book with high hopes, and apart from a few issues, it didn't disappoint. Overall, I found it a very enjoyable read.
In the Shadow of the Earth is a unique mixture of science and fantasy. It's a story about a scientist who develops magical abilities and by doing so attracts vampire-like creatures called Umbravi. The Umbravi are planning to take over the world and only Jim, Mika, Eric and Carl seem to know they exist, but do they have any hope of surviving an attack?
There is something quite solid about this story; the characters are well-drawn and likeable, the plot is engaging and the tension and pace rises nicely as the end draws near. I don't know how realistic the scientific and technological aspects of the story are, but it's clear that the author has thought them through, and he presents them well. The story held me sufficiently to make up for the issues.
What are the issues I'm referring to? When I first read this, the prose lacked sophistication and I sent some detailed notes to the author. He has now fixed many of these issues, but he retained a large section of expositional writing where I felt the author dumped information without any attempt at integrating it into the story. He assured me that he did it on purpose for a good reason and since I can see his point, I'm prepared to pass it, though I still believe it could have been handled better.
The strongest scenes and best writing are in the Umbravi section. Particularly noteworthy is the scene between Eric and his son. I also found the visuals for Mika's hacking attempt very evocative.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I read the whole thing as punishment for having bought it February 24, 2014
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I really should have read the four and five star reviews first. From one such: "Even though both of them were supposed to be far smarter than normal people, they still seemed somehow real." Yep. Absolutely. Characters that "were supposed to be far smarter than normal people" who were, of course *sigh*, dumber than a bag of hammers and obviously no more literate or intelligent than the author whose constant misuse of words, execrable grammar and silly writing never once justified their descriptions as extremely intelligent, let alone even moderately bright.

Yep. "real" all right. As real as the brainiacs making "Jackass" movies.

Let one simple example suffice: "Mika" had been studying the villains for more than a decade and "Eric" for far longer. For at least a decade, they had been aware of "" as a domain name grabbed up early by their adversaries, and yet until it was revealed to them in a direct confrontation with one of the "umbravi," THEY WERE CLUELESS AS TO ITS MEANING.

Stupidities like this abound and are definitive in establishing these "far smarter than normal people" characters as morons no better-informed than (and just as illiterate as) typical college graduates nowadays. By about 1/3 of the way through the book, I was hoping the villains would kill off the morons, but then the villains were revealed to be about as smart as Zabriskan Fontemas as well!

All the silly emo whining, internal dialog STOPPING all action (and wasting time) in action scenes, asinine time-wasters like, "And for God's sake, stop calling me 'Professor' [sic]! We don't have time for these formalities!" *head-desk* Just wasted two sentences' worth of time on that asinine remark instead of dealing with it later.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start of a series(hopefully) to come.... November 27, 2013
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I finished In the Shadow of the Earth over the course of a weekend. I started it on a flight and was so engrossed that I didn't even realize that the flight was almost over until the pilot came on the loud speaker. I appreciate that Borders took the time to develop the characters in such a way that you felt as if you know them. All have strengths a weaknesses which make them more interesting and likeable. You can't help but feel something for each and every one of them. The plot progresses at a decent pace and keeps the reader guessing as to what is going to be unveiled next. There was so much thought put into the complex characteristics of the nemesis and the strategy to defeat them, but Borders explains it in such clarity while still respecting the intelligence of the reader to not completely dumb it down and consistently falling on his physics background to support even the most unrealistic of scenarios. I recommend this book to both the science fiction fan and also those that just enjoy a good story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars No ending!
I hate books that do not have closure at the end. This book went on and on - so long and drawn out that I was expecting a dramatic finish. But no.. there would be no wrap up. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Picky1
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked it a lot. Hope the next book is better. Have a few questions for the writer.
Published 2 months ago by alone248
5.0 out of 5 stars finally, a sci fi story for contemporary adults!
I've waded through countless sci fi books in my 70 plus years of reading and do get tired of the same old themes pretty much handled in the same old ways with a smattering of teen... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janet Barnstable
5.0 out of 5 stars very refreshing
Loved the characters(they sucked you in.)had a very good story line. Can't wait to read the next book. I loved it
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story which I didn't think was something I would ...
Excellent story which I didn't think was something I would be interested in. I am now looking forward to the rest of the series.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book as it was an unusual type of ...
I really enjoyed this book as it was an unusual type of story. Only problem was that the ending was abrupt and made me wonder if that was all or had I missed the rest. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donna Bryant
4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed
I really enjoyed his characters and his world. I do wish there was a book 2 out there already! I am ready for more of the reality he created.
Published 6 months ago by Patricia Lessard
4.0 out of 5 stars in the shadow of earth
I very much enjoyed this book. It was interesting and had a solid plot. I will read the sequel as soon as it come out.
Published 6 months ago by Acey
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a good read
This book took me by surprise. It is fiction, but cuts so close to reality that you begin to think it could, perhaps, have grains of truth. Excellent! Highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by Super techie
4.0 out of 5 stars Quantum physics angle
Liked the connection between quantum physics and magic. Hopefully the follow-on book will expand this aspect and clarify how professor was imbued with this power.
Published 8 months ago by George
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More About the Author

J.P. Borders was born in Indiana, and became obsessed with science fiction and fantasy at an early age. He spent his teenage years working in the family construction business, rebuilding cars, and reading everything he could find. He studied physics in college, and earned his PhD while participating in one of the experiments that co-discovered the top quark. During this time he realized he had a true passion for computer programming, and has spent the years since as a C++/C#/Java developer/architect on Wall Street.

It was almost by accident that he started writing stories of his own, and has begun an ambitious cycle of books, The Gods in Hiding. The series is based upon physics, computers, and the direct manipulation of reality by the human mind. Unfortunately he can only claim expertise in two of these three topics, but hopes you will overlook his inexperience with the third.

J.P. Borders lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.


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