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

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

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.

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  • File Size: 1975 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: John P. Borders; 4 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GAAQ14S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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 "umbravi.net" 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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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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