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The Shadow Constant by A.J. Scudiere is a brilliantly conceived and written novel, intensely riveting, and thoroughly engaging. This is a must-read novel eclipsing many other "must-read" novels. Scudiere's attention to detail presupposes personal knowledge of an authentic antebellum plantation mansion transposed to the pages of this book. If you can read only one book this year, The Shadow Constant would be an excellent choice for that book. It is a classic "David vs. Goliath" story situated in today's world.   -Readers Favorite, 5 stars!

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It's A.J.'s world. A strange place where patterns jump out and catch the eye, little is missed, and most of it can be recalled with a deep breath; it's different from the world the rest of us inhabit. But the rest of us can experience it--when we read.  In this world, the smell of Florida takes three weeks to fully leave the senses and the air in Dallas is so thick that the planes "sink" to the runways rather than actually landing.
            For A.J., texture reigns supreme. Whether it's air or blood or virus, it can be felt and smelled.  Reality is always a little bit off from the norm and something usually lurks right under the surface. As a storyteller, A.J. loves irony, the unexpected, and a puzzle where all the pieces fit and make sense. Originally a scientist and a teacher, the writer says research is always a key player in the stories. AJ's motto is "It could happen. It wouldn't. But it could."
            A.J. has lived in Florida and Los Angeles among a handful of other places.  Recent whims have brought the dark writer to Tennessee, where home is a deceptively normal-looking neighborhood just outside Nashville.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Griffyn Ink; 1 edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937996212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937996215
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on July 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Book Info: Genre: Thriller
Reading Level: Adult (minor F/F situations)
Recommended for: Fans of thrillers, those who like to see a realistic representation of Asperger's
Book Available: July 16, 2013 by Griffyn Ink in Paperback
Trigger Warnings: violence, attempted murder, murder, arson, kidnapping

My Thoughts: I want to point out that I'm a huge fan of A.J. Scudiere. Not all of her books were five-star ratings for me, but all were very enjoyable. I think she has a lot of talent, and some great stories to tell. So when Griffyn Ink sent me a sample of the book and asked if I wanted to review it, I told them if A.J. Scudiere wrote it, I wanted to read it; I didn't need to look at the sample. Most of her books I was provided in exchange for a review, but once I'd read them, I went out and picked up a final copy for myself--sometimes for Kindle, and in one case, an autographed paperback.

This book has a steadily creeping and slowly building feeling of suspense that is as impressive as it is subtle. I stopped for a break and noticed my entire body was tense. To me that is a highly successful effect! Sometimes you can intellectually understand the suspense, but when it is a physical affect... that is some really decent writing.

One of the characters in the book has Asperger's, and it was interesting to me how well the author created the subcurrents that this condition can cause among different people. Reenie, Evan's girlfriend, is initially extremely intolerant of Kayla's differences, and treats her very poorly, while Ivy quickly susses out Kayla's actual abilities and provides a much-needed foil to the hostility from Reenie and the sometimes overprotective attitude of her brother Evan.
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Disclosure: my son has Aspergers, so I know a little about the social issues that challenge people with it. What I loved about this book is that it shows the gifts, not just the challenges. Imagine you were the one to find the plans. could you have interpreted, enhanced and built an energy machine? Yeah, me neither! But that's the gift, and after hearing several psychologists say girls can't have Aspergers, here's a girl that does, and uses it to her advantage.

So to the book, if you love Michael Crichton, you'll love AJ Scudiere! This has been the first book since I read Rising Sun cover to cover in one day that I simply couldn't put a book down! Great suspense, creative cast, and a plot that could easily be ripped from the headlines!

Read it, you'll look at the world differently when you're done. And that's a good thing!
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One of the most amazing things about The Shadow Constant by A.J. Scudiere is the thoroughness of her portrayal of what it is like to live with Asperger's Syndrome. The effects of the condition expand beyond the main character Kayla and effect everyone around her.

One of the defining characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome is difficulty with interpersonal relationships and the reader experiences this not only with Kayla's employment history and her inability to hold down a job, but also with her brother, brother's girlfriend and Ivy, the woman hired by her brother to "babysit" Kayla. In the novel, Scudiere portrays two of the most common reactions to people on the spectrum. On the one hand, friends and family can be accepting and overprotective, while others can label those of us with these disorders. However, in both cases, just about everyone ends up underestimating people struggling to live with Asperger's Syndrome, one out of love and the other from judgments and prejudices. This plays out beautifully in Scudiere's novel and is elevated into an overall theme.

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Wow! An overwhelming read. I wouldn't have thought that this story would have led me down an unusual path as this, but I am glad it did, because I enjoyed every step of the way. Tensions are unleashed as they search to find the truth. THE SHADOW CONSTANT, by A. J. Scudiere is a masterpiece beautifully and skillfully written. In this gripping tale of intrigue, murder, and mayhem, Kayla, her brother Evan, Reenie, and Ivy are trying to turn an old plantation house into the Hazelton House Museum when suddenly, everything starts going wrong as they come upon some interesting artifacts that had been hidden among the walls. Some even had dried blood on them. Suddenly our story turns into a deep and awesome mystery. Why were the items put there in the first place? Could these artifacts be the results of an unhappy event? Could more unhappy events follow?
As the amazing plot begins to thicken strangers start showing up at the plantation. Then Kayla, with her special skills, comes across an even bigger artifact and begins to work on it. Then, just as suddenly, deeper trouble follows and one person goes missing. Can the mystery be solved and the missing person found before it is too late? Or will Kayla's ability cause even more trouble? Will everyone be picked off one by one?
As I kept turning the pages and savoring every word, I traveled helplessly along with the wonderful characters as they were being dragged unwillingly deeper into the core of the story. I loved the detail work that went into this exciting, nail-biting new challenge with a new twist that kept me enthralled.
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