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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Barton Book Press (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974298107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974298108
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,093,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His novel, set in an ancient monastery, is centered around two priests, Father Xavier Fontaine and Father André Jeneau. They are entangled in a murder investigation as well as the mysterious disappearance of a young novice, Sister Domenique Rondeau. While hatred, passion and personal beliefs motivate the storyline, the dark secrets and suspense are unyielding.

From the Author

To the reader: It took five years, three trips to Canada, and many, many nights without sleep to complete SHROUDED INSANITY. I dove deep inside the darkest aspects of religion and combined my own personal beliefs to bring to life a story of mystery, suspense, and deception. Please be advised that your reading experience and trek into my imagination will be spellbinding.

Sincerely, Jamian Snow


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The story was ingenious with all of the twists and turns.
Mike Grant
Also, Dean Koontz's book Odd Thomas, (which Jamian Snow recommends) is a great too!
janine yost
It was definitely an excellent book and I can't wait for the sequal.
ty parsons

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By susie o. on October 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
(...) I'm a stubborn reader-meaning that when I purchase a book, particularly in hardcover, I consider it my duty to finish it. Finishing this book was an activity lacking any pleasure.

I accept that books I buy for entertainment don't need to be very believable. Most killers portrayed in thriller fiction are not believable in terms of actual profiles, nor does mental illness or psychopathy get a fair portrayal. That is expected.

Snow's book is an example of a neat idea and locale-subterranean corridors, religious zeal, and murder-combined with exceedingly poor dialogue and storytelling. The characters are drawn with unsharpened crayon, and the logical leaps within conversations strain credibility, several examples are included below:

"Jesus Christ!" Piedmont said, instinctively covering his mouth with a handkerchief. "Not again! Not Joline, too! I don't know how much more of this I can stand. When will the madness stop?" He gagged as he witnessed the pitiful sight and grimaced when the men placed the bodies onto the dew covered ground.

"Inspector," Roget said, gently squeezing his shoulder. "Snap out of it. I think you may be too personally involved to think straight. You might even be playing right into the killer's hands."

"What?" Piedmont exclaimed, wiping vomit from his mouth. "What the hell are you talking about?"

"In view of the fact that your daughter was the last victim, maybe someone else should handle this."

"Are you out of your mind, Roget?" Piedmont screamed. "Ever since Jacqueline's death, finding that son-of-a-bitch has been my only reason to get up in the morning. I can handle it. I'll be fine. Now lay off."

"Okay," Roget said. "Simmer down.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "belhdnlane" on April 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book grabbed me right in the beginning, and did not let me go until the end. I have never been so unable to put down a novel as I was here. I finished the whole thing in one sitting; I had to know what was going to happen next! The plot keeps you guessing, and when you begin to understand what is happening, you can't help but cross your fingers and hope like heck that your favorite character wins. Really, do yourself a favor and pick up this novel. I haven't read a book that stayed with me in a long time, but Shrouded Insanity does. The story and the characters are unforgettable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Woolford on June 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This was easily one of the worst books that I have read. I can't imagine why anyone would like it. It was childish and inconsistent. I certainly wasn't on the edge of my seat waiting for the end. I actually kept reading just to figure out why I paid for the book. The reviews are actually much better than the book and certainly did a huge sales job. Can I return it?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "tina12118" on July 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one for all thrill-seekers out there. I read it twice, not wanting it to end! It's a Gothic tale of mystery, madness, and mayhem. A must read!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Grant on April 15, 2004
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SHROUDED INSANITY was fast paced and a definite roller coaster ride from first page to last. The story was ingenious with all of the twists and turns. I can't wait to read Jamian Snow's next novel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Princess Candy on April 19, 2004
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Jamian Snow has written an awesome story. I loved it and could not put the book down. You almost feel as if you are in the story yourself. The characters are very life-like and the settings are extremely vivid.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "bigg3187" on April 15, 2004
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Shrouded Insanity is awesome! The characters seem to jump right off the page. The setting in the olde monastery was perfect for the religious angle mingled with intrigue. A must read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Crane, book critic on April 19, 2004
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Jamian Snow, a new author to hit the market, comes out with a powerful first novel. It rivals Mary Higgins Clark in the suspense department. It is a real delight to see that new talent still pops up every once in a blue moon. This suspense/thriller would be great for the big screen. The fanaticism of the religious fiend and the sheer terror invoked on the young nun, Domenique, are brilliantly written. It scared the hell out of me. So much so that I wanted more.
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