In the Shadow of the Earth (The Gods in Hiding Book 1) Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished 12 months ago by Picky1
I liked it a lot. Hope the next book is better. Have a few questions for the writer.Published 15 months ago by alone248
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 morePublished 15 months ago by Janet Barnstable
Loved the characters(they sucked you in.)had a very good story line. Can't wait to read the next book. I loved itPublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 18 months ago by Joey S
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 morePublished 18 months ago by Donna Bryant
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 19 months ago by Patricia Lessard
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 19 months ago by Acey