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The Grendel's Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Mayne
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

T.R. Westwood: distinguished professor of biology and the galaxy's greatest hunter is in for the biggest challenge of his career. When an unknown animal starts killing off settlers on a backwater planet run on coal and steam power, he's the only person who can help stop the slaughter. Rocks and spears or shotguns and canons, he'll use whatever is allowed to get the job done.

In a post-singularity future where the human race has spread to millions of worlds, sometimes the native animal population isn’t exactly compatible with our expanding civilization. Taking advantage of a mind as sharp as his aim, Westwood is the only man you call if local wildlife gets out of control and starts devouring your local population.

The Grendel's Shadow is 35,000 word novella mixing elements of post singularity science fiction, steampunk, horror and western.

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  • Print Length: 124 pages
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  • Language: English
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read April 2, 2011
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Great Title!

I am giving the story a "5 star" rating on content alone, this is a very compelling story the puts the reader in mind of STAR TREK, STARGATE and the PULLMAN trilogy.

The story opens with the central characters landing on a planet whose population has made a choice to live with technology analogous to Earth's (America and Europe) late 19th century where steam was the latest technology. Though it is mentioned in the story there are thousands of planet with advanced technology, there are a large group of these planets that are Chartered as "Covenant" planets, wherein the colonists can decide how they are going live, somewhat like communes and reclusive religions. There seems to be an agreement Galaxy/Universe wide to honor the decisions made by the individual world's population and abide by the Covenant by bringing in no "modern" technology to help with any problems that may occur on those particular planets.

Dr. Westwood is the main character, the most "Famous Hunter In The Galaxy" who travels to this planet with an embedded reporter to hunt a heretofore unknown animal who has developed a taste for human flesh. Westwood has to accomplish this mission under constraints posed to him by the Covenant agreements (his "elephant" gun is the most powerful weapon on the planet) and the particularly dangerous and aggressive native fauna and flora.

It is my hope this Author will continue to write and in particular, write about this fascinating universe he has created, Westwood is interesting enough to warrant another story or two in order to delve deeper into his psyche, quite truthfully there isn't enough information in his background to satisfy my curiosity about some of the actions and statements made by and about him, though it is easy to fill in the blanks.

This is a highly entertaining read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The (Triumphant!) Return of the Dime Novel May 23, 2011
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In days gone by, even the most voracious reader could have his appetite whetted by the dime novel. These were often produced quickly -- and relatively cheaply, as one can surmise by the name -- so as to provide a growing literary audience with the staples of a down-and-dirty read: razor sharp fast characterization backed by plenty of action & adventure with a healthy dose of intrigue thrown in for good measure. Dime novels were the kind of taut experiences to be soaked up one after the other, and, thankfully, author Andrew Mayne has reproduced the feel of this era with his space-faring THE GRENDEL'S SHADOW.

Like a good dime novel, the story is kept simple: the people of a frontier planet are being terrorized by a menacing creature, and only the galaxy's greatest mind and adventurerer, T.R. Westwood, and his unlikely sidekick -- a journalist named Allan -- can answer the call-to-duty, solve the mystery of this new predator, and return the town to its peace ... but not without confronting the vengeful beast head-on! THE GRENDEL'S SHADOW is told in this quick, narrative style ... light on nuance but heavy on pulp as these two men are joined by a beautiful doctor-turned-protector in the race to save their very lives!

In all seriousness, this is the kind of book that folks would've scarfed up in a lazy afternoon of reading, then they'd rush on to the next dime novel. THE GRENDEL'S SHADOW captures this essence perfectly. Told sparsely, Mayne manages to capture the derring-do of light sci-fi adventure told against the backdrop of a new world. He's produced -- at it's heart -- a monster story ... the great beast terrorizes the countryside until the great hunter can save the day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Action Science Fiction May 30, 2011
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A fun read that captures the feel of many of the great action adventure science fiction stories of the past with a main character that feels both real and like a bigger than life hero.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! June 16, 2011
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This was a great read. Neither my wife nor I could put it down, and that was after I'd already listened to the audiobook. I would agree with another review, that the only issue with "The Grendel's Shadow" is that it ended, but the author happened to mention on Twitter (only moments ago) that another Westwood adventure is incoming! I can't wait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, fast read. Looking forward to more! June 16, 2011
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I found this story to be a very entertaining read with good action and strong sci-fi. I am hoping Andrew Mayne decides to tell more stories in this rich and engrossing universe he has created.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy! May 9, 2011
By Meaghan
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To be honest, I was originally going to wait until this came out in hardcopy because I really don't like e-books. That being said, this was probably the best $1 I've spent in a long time. I'm so glad I didn't wait! I was sold purely on the fact that Andrew Mayne wrote it as I'm a huge fan of his, and I'll probably buy the hard copy and the audio book when they're available. This book is wonderful! The characters are engaging, the story is entertaining and the universe Mayne has created is very interesting. I hope Mayne continues to write about the adventures of T.R. Westwood.

I highly recommend this book. It's only $1, so what are you waiting for?! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative of Heinlein April 29, 2011
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While this book offers a great story of man against the unknown on a backwards world, I found the most intriguing thing to be the glimpses of the universe it's set in. I want to know more about the Covenants and the Artificials. This book feels like some of Heinlein's best early exploration stuff, like Tunnel in The Sky. Sadly it's too short to get into the particulars of the universe it's set in. It does give you some good character development of it's two main characters in the space available. I look forward to exploring this setting more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A bizarre shadow
In a distant planet and future, but realistic and gripping. I had pleasure readind it and hope others have the same experience. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Bernard
4.0 out of 5 stars before you go
It takes a little bit to get into the story but boy it is non stop once you know what is going on! Again, a very different and imaginative story line. A joy to read! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Z Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars This book could become its own big hit series.
Its good, If I'm going to be objective, its probably just good, but I'd love for this to start a series and I had fun with it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zomnivore
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
Andrew Mayne has grown to one of my favorite writers. His books truly draw me in. Excellent reading. Highly recommended!
Published 15 months ago by Arkansas Gentleman
3.0 out of 5 stars fun reading not "literature"
I'm not going to give a synopsis.. you can get that elsewhere... i've been reading a cross section of reviews for mayne's various e-books and would like to say something important... Read more
Published 16 months ago by serendipity reader
4.0 out of 5 stars good
So well written, that I did not even notice a plot hole until 2 days after i finished the book! A great read, that coudl easily be teh start of an exciting series.
Published 16 months ago by glenn slate
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not my favorite
I really enjoy this author, but had put this novella off because the summary didn't grab me the way his other books have (which I have very much enjoyed). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Christopher I. Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars the grendel's shadow
The author has a great imagination and after reading the first book he wrote I have Read all his works to dat. This was not one of the best
Published 16 months ago by avidreader
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm realy having trouble titling my reviews...
Titling reviews are beginning to seem very pretentious to me...

Grendel's Shadow was a very fun read. Read more
Published 16 months ago by WrongWay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fast paced story
Great faced paced story.

Story was well balanced between a steam punk back water planet and hunting through the jungle. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sean Cady
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More About the Author

Known for his creative and visual style of magic, Andrew has made ghosts appear on the screens of borrowed iPhones, shrunk himself to one foot tall and even made a town think they were besieged by UFOs. With over 45 published books, DVDs and effects, Andrew is considered one of the most creative magicians of his generation. His creative repertoire stretches from both intimate close-up magic to grand illusion.

He's the publisher of, - magic's number one daily magic news site, co-host of Weird Things the podcast and co-founder of Jaras/Mayne productions and has produced content for the Cartoon Channel and the G4 network.

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