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Book 2 of 2 in the Peter Warlock Series

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Magician and psychic Peter Warlock has a full plate again (Dark Magic, 2012). He’s “seen”—and nearly been killed by—a serial killer preparing for his next murder, but Peter doesn’t know his name or whereabouts. He knows only that the next victim is named Rachel. Liza, his lover, has only recently learned of his psychic gifts, and she’s having difficulty adjusting, especially to the threats from “shadow people”—ghostly beings allied with the killer. Holly, a college-age witch whom Peter once babysat, is madly in love with him, and Peter knows well that the emotions of a witch are not to be trifled with. On top of these difficulties, he’s learning dark truths about his own boyhood and the murder of his parents. Swain, who has two successful private-eye series to his credit, has dropped the ball with this one. The narrative and dialogue are leaden, and the characters are as insubstantial as the wispy beings who menace the hero. Still, for devotees of paranormal thrillers, it may still merit a look. --Thomas Gaughan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“A darkly brilliant story of magic and witchcraft...Curl up in your favorite chair and prepare yourself to be fully enthralled.” ―David Copperfield

“Jim Swain's books are must-reads for me.” ―Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of The Affair

“Keeps the reader guessing from the first magic act to the final curtain call. A definite page-turner!” ―Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Born to Die

Dark Magic is entertainment magic, a thrilling and wildly creative ride that surprised me every step of the way.” ―Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girl

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Product Details

  • Series: Peter Warlock Series (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765367920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765367921
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been devotee of Jim Swain's Los Vegas and the Jack Carpenter series and eagerly read Dark Magic and the Shadow People even though they were not available on Kindle.

In Shadow People we find that shadow people are trying to stop a serial killer killing a research scientist and somehow force Peter Warlock to help them. Thereafter we run through the perils of the witch Holly, the worries of his love Lisa and the mysterious hands of Peter's Friday Night paranormal group meetings as well as Peter's Harry Potter like worries about his hidden past and super powers from the devil.

We then have a helter skelter race with Peter the FBI, local law enforcement and Lisa to save the next victim complete with monsters and unexplained fires.

Does all this sound too much? For me it was. I understand that books about paranormal happenings will have some strange events, but this one has crammed in every possible happening without any discernible care about plot, character or understandable events.

Mr Swain's obvious interest and expertise in these matters has detrimentally affected his ability to write a simple and coherent novel.

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Excellent story. I am very quickly becoming a huge James Swain fan. And as such, will have to invest in some of his earlier works.
I am thoroughly enjoying the characters in this series. Well, all but one, Peter Warlock's demandingly annoying girlfriend, Liza. What a thorn in the side. And, here is my future prediction. This woman is somehow gonna bring tragedy to the life of our hero. She is evil.
All the remaining characters work well with the story. From Snoop, Max, Milly, Holly and the Friday night séance club, to Agent Garrison, Dr. Sierra and the aging priest. And then, all the evil doing bad guys. Wow. Just a great supporting cast.
The premise is well thought out and brilliantly executed. Some plot twists were fairly obvious. But that's okay. I love those aha moments when you figure something out early. Makes ya feel so warm inside.
I anxiously look forward to the next chapter in the tale of Mr Warlock. Looks like Dante is gonna be a pain in the keister.
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I think it's hard to make sequels totally unique because readers know a back story. That said I enjoyed the pacing and dialog of this book except for one thing - I didn't like the Chinese girlfriend's saying she would do anything but then fighting so hard at times against the main character's true nature. Too much wanting to have it both ways.
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I have been a fan of James Swain for a long time. His books never fail to entertain me from the first sentence to the last sentence. Shadow People the second in his Dark Magic series did not disappoint. The journey he takes his characters on is one of twists and turns which lead to a explosive ending. He adds the human element to all of the characters in that they are flawed just like we all are in real life. They are not bigger than life and they are not perfect. As a reader one can relate on so many levels. If you have not yet been introduced to this author then you are missing out. Shadow People is just his latest in a long line of entertaining as well as informative reads.
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It’s really hard to find good icky bug and it’s just by sheer coincidence that this is the third one I’ve found in the past month. Though not exactly monster icky bug (my word for horror), it does have monsters of sorts, in a supernatural vein.

I’ve actually meant to pick this book up for a while, but kept passing it up for some reason. I’m now glad I grabbed it. I’ve never heard of the author before and his previous books have slipped by me. When I read the blurb on the back, I was mildly intrigued but not totally hooked, at first. I finally broke down and am glad I took the chance, because it turned out to be a pretty decent supernatural thriller.

The characters were likable, the plot intriguing and unique, and the icky bugs interesting. The author’s intimate knowledge of slight-of-hand added an extra dimension to the main character as well.

The writing was outstanding with solid third-person, past-tense and no noticeable head-hopping. There was no long and rambling character exposition and unending narrative to bog things down. The story moved.

The plot had plenty of twists and turns and the ending was satisfying. However, the author left plenty of hanging threads for a sequel and the ending pretty much reeked of that. I didn’t care because I’d be willing to take on the next one.

This was a story where I looked forward to reading the next chapter. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t dread having to get through one section to get to the good parts like some other books I’ve read. Can’t ask for better than that.

Yup, a nice surprise, and I’m glad I finally grabbed it off the shelf. It was worth it. Highly recommended.
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I finally had a chance to read Swain's new installment in the Peter Warlock series, and I am glad I did. The author takes us deeper into the tortured soul of the main character, who is forced to confront horrific details of his past while trying desperately to stop a serial killer AND save his relationship with his emotionally needy girl friend.

Taking off where the last book ended, Warlock is back at his Friday night seance with his fellow magicians when he finds himself drawn into a psychic situation that becomes frighteningly too real. Pulled back from the spirit world in the nick of time, Swain sees a Shadow Person, a specter still partially among the living, scuttling about the walls of the apartment. Soon, he sees them everywhere. Are they trying to help Peter locate the serial killer? Or trying to lure him to a horrible death?

Swain's research is incredible. Who knew that the Washington Square Arch had an interior, or that the evil Order of Astrum is based on a mystic society founded by the wickedest man in the world, Aleister Crowley? Swain's familiarity with New York City is also readily apparent in the detail he brings to his cityscape.

Shadow People is a real page turner. I was sorry when it was over, but also happy that it is clear there will be another book in the series.

If you like a supernatural mystery, with a romantic love triangle thrown in, Shadow People is definitely for you.
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